Dark money floods eastern panhandle, sinks Senate President Blair

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By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV Senate President Craig Blair, who also serves as the state’s Lt. Governor, lost in the primary election earlier this month to Tom Willis, a lawyer and member of the West Virginia National Guard from Berkeley County. Blair is a longtime leader in the state Republican party who had amassed a huge […]

BACK PEW: What do the primary election results mean? 

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After fifteen months of covering the primary races in West Virginia, what did we learn? West Virginia continues to turn deeper red, as expected, with a few small exceptions. RIGHT TURN. The governor’s race was always about which of the four main candidates could best appeal to the right wing of state party voters. Patrick Morrisey […]

BACK PEW: Politics is outweighing policy so far this session

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV January 21, 2024 While legislative leadership is talking publicly about bread & butter issues like child care and economic development, the tenor of this legislative is much different on a day to day basis. Why is that? In this week’s column, I dive into the politics, rather than the policies, that […]

Will the WVU Board of Governors back Gee? 

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV West Virginia University Vice President Rod Alsop, a former Chief of Staff to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, made a presentation to legislators this week at the capitol in place of President Gorgdon Gee.   As he spoke, a powerpoint slide behind him contained his message: “RUMORS OF OUR DEMISE HAVE BEEN GREATLY […]