Breeze Airways bringing direct flights to SC & FL

PRESS RELEASE from the office of Governor Jim Justice Gov. Jim Justice today announced a partnership with the successful new low cost carrier Breeze Airways to connect West Virginia International Yeager Airport (CRW) with at least five cities over the next two years. New nonstop flights to Orlando, Florida (MCO) and Charleston, South Carolina (CHS) will […]

Gov. Justice announces return of Gold Rush stockings

WVDNR will stock 68 waters with golden rainbow trout March 28 – April 8. PRESS RELEASE from the office of Gov. Jim Justice Gov. Jim Justice announced today that the West Virginia Gold Rush will return for its sixth year on March 28, giving anglers 12 days to catch golden rainbow trout and win prizes. […]

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 […]

Early spring plants in danger

By Jason Christian, Blue Weather & RealWV Flowers and trees came out nearly twenty days early this year but now are in danger of freezing. Temps look to be more like winter most of March. Many people are ready for spring after getting teased with mild weather the last three weeks but we are going […]

BACK PEW–Lights, camera, action!

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV March 1, 2023 With 10 days to go in this legislative session, we’ve learned several important lessons about the state of our state.  One, money still runs the show. Despite broken personal relationships, the House, Senate, and Governor compromised on the largest tax cut in state history…so they can say, “We […]

THE BACK PEW–All hat, no cattle in Charleston

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By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV February 23, 2023 The 2023 regular legislative session is 3/4 complete. So far, it has been, “All hat, no cattle.” Lots of talk with little substance. The final few weeks will be busy, as a very small number of bills have completed the process at this point. Here are several noteworthy […]

THE BACK PEW–Watch out for the quiet ones

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By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV February 16, 2023 They say you should always watch out for the quiet ones. That’s especially true of legislation. Because politicians try and get you to look left while they’re pulling a trick to your right.   Here are some bills I’m watching right now.  COAL SEVERANCE TAX CUT. SB168 passed the […]

Tax plans get more examination, and governor hosts a roundtable of tax cut advocates

By Brad McElhinny, WV Metronews February 13, 2023 The governor, House leaders and Senate leaders all still say they want to cut taxes, and they’re assessing each other’s plans. Senators introduced a tax proposal last week, advocating for changes in several sections of the code. The governor today hosted a roundtable discussion with nationally-known advocates for […]

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% […]