Are you ready to run?

It’s no secret men dominate politics, even though statistics show men and women are on pretty equal footing when it comes to getting elected. So why are women so grossly underrepresented in our democracy? It’s a simple: women are much less likely to be encouraged to run for office. Take a look at what West Virginia Focus reporter […]

Delegate harshly criticizes Tomblin over naval base decision

Delegate Isaac Sponaugle has some harsh words for Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, after the chief executive announced last Friday the state Department of Corrections (DOC) would not take possession of the soon-to-be-closed Sugar Grove Naval Base in Pendleton County. Although both Sponaugle and Tomblin are both Democrats, the Pendleton County delegate did not hold back his criticism. “This […]

Gazette-Mail newsroom loses 18 to lay-offs, retirements, departures

Written by Zack Harold On Tuesday, the Charleston Gazette-Mail announced to employees the results of its rehiring process. As those of you who followed along on Twitter already know, seven employees were laid off. Those layoffs include longtime Daily Mail photographer Bob Wojcieszak—who just won “Best Photo Essay” at the West Virginia Press Association Awards last weekend—Daily Mail cops reporter […]

Attorney General investigating possible Gazette-Mail antitrust violation

Written by Zack Harold West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has filed a petition in Putnam County Circuit Court, seeking documents for an investigation into possible antitrust violations by the Daily Gazette Company, which merged the Charleston Daily Mail and Charleston Gazette in July to form the Charleston Gazette-Mail. The petition was filed last Thursday, Aug. 13. You can click here to […]

West Virginia, student debt, and Hillary Clinton

Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton today will roll out a proposal for a ten-year, $350 billion plan called “New College Compact” intended to curb the United States’ growing student debt problem. The plan would include about $175 billion in grants to cover tuition at four-year public colleges and universities. But to receive the money, states would have to […]

Mike Green named president of state school board

Members of the West Virginia Board of Education elected Morgantown businessman (and West Virginia Focus columnist) Mike Green as their new president on Thursday. Green, who previously served as the board’s vice president, takes over for former president Gayle Manchin, whose nine-year term on the board ends this year. Manchin was elected to her two-year term […]