Dark money floods eastern panhandle, sinks Senate President Blair


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 […]