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  • Transition team must act with urgency

    Transition team must act with urgency

    Friday, December 16 2016 6:00 AM EST2016-12-16 11:00:16 GMT

    Governor-elect Jim Justice’s policy committees seem to be made up of some of the state’s best minds. Dr. Clay Marsh with West Virginia University Hospitals; Bill Ihlenfeld, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District; Richard Adams of United Bank; Dave Arnold with Adventures on the Gorge; a host of other intelligent, qualified, inventive people who understand the challenges our state faces. 

    Governor-elect Jim Justice’s policy committees seem to be made up of some of the state’s best minds. Dr. Clay Marsh with West Virginia University Hospitals; Bill Ihlenfeld, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District; Richard Adams of United Bank; Dave Arnold with Adventures on the Gorge; a host of other intelligent, qualified, inventive people who understand the challenges our state faces. 

  • Chief of staff brings needed experience to the Justice team

    Chief of staff brings needed experience to the Justice team

    Friday, December 9 2016 6:00 AM EST2016-12-09 11:00:15 GMT

    This week, Governor-elect Jim Justice announced that Nick Casey, a long-time lobbyist, former congressional candidate, former state Democratic Party chairman and a fixture in West Virginia’s political scene, will serve as the Justice administration’s chief of staff.

    This week, Governor-elect Jim Justice announced that Nick Casey, a long-time lobbyist, former congressional candidate, former state Democratic Party chairman and a fixture in West Virginia’s political scene, will serve as the Justice administration’s chief of staff.

  • Opportunity makes WV workers happy

    Opportunity makes WV workers happy

    Friday, December 2 2016 6:00 AM EST2016-12-02 11:00:19 GMT

    As you’ll read in “The Buzz” in this week’s edition, Sokanu, a company that bills itself as “a career discovery platform,” recently released a study that indicated the happiest workers live in Hawaii. Working on a tropical island that boasts breathtaking natural beauty, stunning beaches and awe-inspiring mountain vistas should not come as a surprise. 

    As you’ll read in “The Buzz” in this week’s edition, Sokanu, a company that bills itself as “a career discovery platform,” recently released a study that indicated the happiest workers live in Hawaii. Working on a tropical island that boasts breathtaking natural beauty, stunning beaches and awe-inspiring mountain vistas should not come as a surprise. 

The new year, 2014, is here. It's an election year, so it's unlikely we can expect too much from our elected leaders in Charleston over the coming months. 

That's unfortunate, because a cold, hard reality is going to be front and center this year and we're going to need some dedicated leadership to keep the state on solid financial footing. Reality of another kind may be setting in this year as well. For the first time in a very long time, this state might finally have a viable two-party system. Republicans have been asserting themselves and it's clear a once-devoted Democratic voting base is comfortable exploring new ideas.

Who can blame them? On a national level, the Democratic Party has been hijacked by the extreme left. Costly new entitlement programs, the Environmental Protection Agency's continual assault on the mining industry and the overall disconnect between Washington and West Virginia have left many with the feeling the Mountain State has been marginalized. Here at home, so many voters are losing patience with the majority party at the statehouse — a group that far too often puts the special interests above good governance and is not doing much to spur an economy that fails to produce sustained prosperity.

Some have described this pivot away from the Democratic Party in more substantial terms. Just this week, Chris Hansen, campaign manager for the U.S. Senate campaign of Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., told the New York Times that the upcoming political shift is like "a dam ready to break." We hope he's correct. Whatever side of the aisle you identify with, nothing motivates elected officials quite like the thought of competition.

For far too long, elected office has been seen as a birthright. The state has a pitiful history of political graft and corruption. Sadly, as we have seen in Mingo County, new chapters are being added to this book. Dismissive of the voters and the privilege that accompanies public trust, those who abuse their office clearly never felt much need to move the state forward. Hopefully, that is changing. Hopefully, we're on the cusp of a new day where those fortunate to receive our vote understand their obligations. This state does not need more of the same. we need new fresh ideas and elected officials at every level who look past the spoils of their post and see a West Virginia fighting to join the rest of the country. Quite simply, we need men and women who put our state first.

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