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I was more of an Alpha beer drinker in my high school, college, and early working days. I would occasionally foray downtown but stayed mainly "Out The Pike". Alpha, Macs, Whistlestop. But when Ernie opened his "Cork and Bottle" on... Continue reading
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How long will WV GOP put the politics of personal destruction ahead of the welfare of the state and the benefit of its working men and women? Governor Jim Justice--and Justice alone--has developed a "business plan" that puts the Mountain... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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We now have an outline of the WV GOP leadership budget—and it is as expected. “Cut and cower” until some magic event makes everything right. Public ed, higher ed, DHHR among those to get hit. No pay raises for teachers... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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GOP leadership in WV is trying to pull a fast one. They say they want to lower your taxes and give you greater freedom to control your own taxation. But that is just the first shoe, my friend. Republicans have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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Many things we never thought were possible in America have now become our reality. A narcissistic, childlike, shallow-thinking bully is our President. A man who has shown support for white nationalism philosophies is his right hand man. The press, intelligence... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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Perhaps the only thing West Virginians dislike more than higher taxes is the miserable condition of our road system. And that could benefit Governor Jim Justice in his forward-thinking plan to undertake a massive infrastructure project creating 48,000 jobs, completing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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Governor Justice is thinking big and looking at more than “balancing the budget”. His greater goal is to see the state survive, thrive, and grow. And he knows that can’t be done by slicing and dicing the very programs and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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Keeping and attracting young people to WV is a major priority in the Mountain State. Having an educated, trained, professional workforce is critical to bringing the kind of 21st Century investment into the state that is necessary for it to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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"Wait and see", many said to me about Donald Trump. "Give him time. He isn't even in office yet", they said. Well. He took the oath. Gave a dark and divisive speech and got to work. Day one. Overturned an... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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The Saturday's Women's March On Washington was huge and peaceful. Hundreds of thousands of American citizens committed in their antipathy to the impending tyranny of Donald Trump. The President's press secretary went in full rant to excoriate the press for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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Although I wasn't there, thanks to the internet I watched both Jim Justice midnight oath at the Greenbrier chapel and his official swearing in on the state Capitol steps. The excitement and enthusiasm seems to flow from the crowd and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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Government should use business principles but it is not a business. The goal of private enterprise is to make money. The goal of government is to serve its citizens. As WV lawmakers and soon-to-be Governor Justice prepare to deal with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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A steep learning curve, deepening budget crisis, and increased partisan divide will set the stage for West Virginia's government this year. As the Mountain State legislature becomes deeper red, the executive branch is going through major personnel upheaval. In addition... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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2016 was a fascinating year. And 2017 presents its own special challenges. A movement to youth and change in Wheeling as a new, social-media-savvy crop of council candidates swept into City Hall this Spring along with an Ohio County school... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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Sometimes it's OK to blow your own horn 🎺. Today is one of those days. Live. Local. Experienced. These are key words to describe The Watchdog Radio Network, of which I'm so proud to be a team member. And we're... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
Does the Grim Reaper have some kind of quota system? Or does he get a bonus for end of the year soul harvests? This final week of 2016 brought the local passing of Wheeling Park High football coach and AD... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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I'm a sucker for good political novels, and a double sucker when it's set in an area I know. David Pepper is the chair of Ohio's Democratic Party and has a new novel called "The People's House". I wish I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2016 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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Donald Trump becomes the official President-Elect today when the electoral college votes are cast (actually it's not "official" until Congress records them on January 6th but the vote is today). Despite efforts by some to encourage EC members to refuse... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2016 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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Federal prosecutor for WV's Northern District has been aggressively dealing with the growing drug crisis in WV. Now Wheeling attorney Bill Ihlenfeld will be working with Governor-elect Jim Justice' transition team to develop some strategies that could be implemented statewide.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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AFTER MANCHIN, WHO'S NEXT? WV's US Senator Joe Manchin mentioned as possible Trump cabinet head. If it happens, who's next for Manchin's seat? The GOP has several strong contenders. Patrick Morrisey, Dave McKinley, Bill Cole are some names that pop... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2016 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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Jamboree In The Hills has come to an end. After 40 years, it's gone. And many country music fans are going ballistic. Of course, if you've been paying any attention, you know what's happened is a name change to "Jambo... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2016 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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Pretty proud of my hometown in the wake of last week's public forum on Wheeling's Human Rights Ordinance. The national political scene has been full of tweets, rants, reposts and protests. Blood- pressure-raising, sometimes mouth-foamingly-rabid, lack of civility have been... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2016 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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I always like recommending some different ideas for holiday gifts. This past week, I've featured a couple of good ideas on The Watchdog Morning Show. First up--a children's book written and narrated by a man better known for calling football... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
A busy day to start the week Customers up but dollars down for the Black Friday weekend. More than 154 million consumers will shop over Thanksgiving weekend, up from 151 million shoppers in 2015, according to the annual Thanksgiving weekend... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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28 million small businesses exist in America and account for 54% of all US sales. Over the last 2 decades, small businesses have accounted for 65% of net new jobs. And the dollars spent in your local small businesses stay... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show