DHHR begins accepting child abuse reports via email

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV State law requires all those who work with children to report suspected child abuse for investigation. In the past, reports were made to local West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources offices directly. In the early 2000s, DHHR shifted to a centralized intake model. All reports of suspected child abuse […]

Lawsuit alleges child abuse was reported to DHHR, they took no action 

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV Publisher’s Note: The Real WV will provide in-depth reporting on the context of this legal case in the coming months. This article focuses on the most recent legal step, the filing of a civil suit against the DHHR by Raven Bumgarner.  Nearly two years to the day after the death of […]

BACK PEW–Breaking down the details

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV March 8, 2023 Last week, I wrote at length about how politics has become a performance. Right on cue, our leaders proceeded to hold a balloon drop photo op to celebrate a tax cut and pay raise for public employees…while quietly giving themselves a much larger raise and increasing employee insurance […]

THE BACK PEW: Sparks fly at halftime

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By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV February 8, 2023 It’s officially halftime under the dome! This is day 30 of the 60-day legislative session. And it began with a bang this morning!  COMPETING TAX CUT PLANS. Senate Republicans and Democrats joined together in a press conference to present their tax cut plan. The main parts are: 15% […]

THE BACK PEW: ‘Politics has become personal’

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By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV January 26, 2023 Someone once told me, “Everything is political. Except politics, and it’s personal.” Truer words were never spoken.  The increasingly-visible drama unfolding under the golden dome right now can be boiled down into those two categories–political and personal.  POLITICAL. Here’s the dirty little secret most everyone in the capitol […]

EDITORIAL: The foster care ‘avalanche’ is coming

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By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV January 17, 2023 How many foster kids do we have in West Virginia? During the State of the State address last week, Governor Jim Justice said, “In this state, we’ve got plus or minus 1,000 foster kids, don’t we.”  Delegate Kayla Young responded on social media the next day by saying, […]