Stephen Smoot

Yay! We’re Average!

May 4, 2012
3 out of 5 stars

West Virginia is wholly, undeniably, completely average according to Chief Executive.net Magazine. Considering where we have been, that is a good thing. The publication studied taxation and regulation, workforce quality, and lifestyle. West Virginia garnered three out of five stars for each category. The Mountain State received a total ranking of 34.  In 2011, the […]

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Requiem For a Story

April 27, 2012
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Every journalist understands it. You have a great story with a unique angle. You do the research, score the right interviews, organize and write it just so. You send off a message to the editor and say “It’s just about ready.” Then it dies. The reason for the very existence of it disappears. All that […]

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Traditional Private Sector Unions Weigh Options For 2012

April 16, 2012

The Democratic Party’s support of Barack Obama may bring costly long-term penalties.   Republicans at one time enjoyed the support of blacks and large parts of labor. Upon the onset of the Great Depression, those workers and minorities perceived that the GOP no longer seemed to concern itself with their issues. Republicans were more and […]

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Tags: Barack Obama, Cecil Roberts, EPA, Lisa Jackson, Richard Trumka, War on Coal
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Yoder, Loughry Have Strong Edge in Experience in State Supreme Court Race

April 11, 2012

Tish Chafin wants to be your next West Virginia State Supreme Court of Appeals justice. The AFL-CIO loves her. So does the UMWA. I would imagine that you can throw the trial lawyers in there as well. But what are her qualifications? She headed the West Virginia State Bar. She is married to southern West […]

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Tags: Alan Loughry, Judge John Yoder, Tish Chafin
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Obama Gives West Virginia Senator the Republican Treatment

April 4, 2012

About six weeks ago, veteran Washington Examiner reporter Michael Barone described Barack Obama in the following fashion: “Obama seems to live in a cocoon in which Republicans are largely absent, offscreen actors that no one pays any attention to.”   West Virginia junior senator Joe Manchin expressed the same frustrations on April 3 during a […]

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Tags: Barack Obama, Joe Manchin, Michael Barone, Nick Joe Rahall, War on Coal
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A West Virginia High School Honors the Finest

April 3, 2012

This spring, like every other, a West Virginia high school uniquely celebrates excellence by remembering a true hero. Keyser High School in Mineral County names a young man to receive the Jonah “Ed” Kelley Award. Considered the highest honor given to a young man by the school, the award goes to an individual who best […]

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The Deadly Cost of Racism

March 28, 2012

Washington DC and its surrounding area is home to one of the most racist institutions in the United States. It serves millions per year, including many West Virginians, yet it has a deadly track record. The entity in question is the Washington DC Metrorail. A recent Washington Times investigation slammed the service, citing named sources […]

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Tags: Earl Ray Tomblin, Eastern Panhandle, Washington Metro, Washington Times
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West Virginia Scores Low, But Improving, According to Center for Public Integrity

March 20, 2012

Sometimes a D+ means that you are average. West Virginia scored a D+ on the Center for Public Integrity’s system of evaluating the potential for corruption, but received a ranking of 27. The center examined West Virginia’s, ahem, colorful past and cited numerous examples of government malfeasance. State efforts at reform were also noted and […]

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West Virginia Stands Ready to Help Put America On Top

March 12, 2012

If only America had national leadership dedicated to energy production!   The United States could emerge in the next decade as an energy giant, producing and exporting more than any other nation on the planet.  Energy could fuel American prosperity, not just in profits from this sector alone, but also lower costs for manufacturers looking […]

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Big Government and Wealth Gaps

March 8, 2012

One of the last outposts of the once celebrated Occupy movement resides in Washington DC. The remaining tents whip in the early spring breeze. Tattered signs still putter their 99 percent message at passers by who no longer care. Tourists see them as a curiosity, rather than political inspiration. Occupy looks more like a zoo […]

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