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Whether city officials acknowledge it or not, Main and Market Streets downtown are actually part of a major state highway. It is a key artery moving traffic north and south through the Northern Panhandle. In a recent interview with me... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2018 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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The misdirection and misinformation from WV GOP legislative leadership is frustrating. Rather than recognize the importance of education and the very real needs of teachers, they try to demonize and sweet talk their very real and intentional disregard for the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2018 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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WV legislative leaders have made a bad misstep. They have run roughshod over the desires of their constituents the last few years in order to do the bidding of a right wing agenda and corporate interests. They have felt immune... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2018 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
“Money is the mother’s milk of politics”, the old saying goes, but just like many people feel about breastfeeding, some WV legislators prefer that campaign cash be covered up. On Tuesday, Ohio County Delegate Shawn Fluharty was warned not to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
Much of the Watchdog Morning Show is devoted to the hot politics news and important issues of the day, but most days, we step down to more mundane matters as well. Here's a smatter of some recent non-political rants of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
Mountain State lawmakers are moving into the 2nd half of their 60-day session with differing ideas on how successful they've been so far. Ohio County democratic delegate Shawn Fluharty was on The Watchdog Morning Show and notes only a single... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
Johns Hopkins' researchers looked at a variety of ways to test for the addition of the powerful drug fentanyl to street level products. It's dramatically more potent and addictive than traditional drugs. n 2016, overdoses claimed more than 64,000 lives... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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With the growing discontent of WV teachers and state employees virtually dominating the Capitol, it seems ludicrous to be worrying about allowing schools to offer elective courses in the Bible. Senator Ron Stollings (D-Boone County), who opposes the bill, grew... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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In the wake of WV teachers’ growing discontent with low pay raises and increasing insurance costs, GOP legislative leaders all week have been claiming they’re getting the message. House Speaker Tim Armstead: “If they’re doing that to try and send... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2018 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
Kendra Fershee came out swinging this week after AG Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama-era guideline for federal prosecutors to essentially leave marijuana prosecutions alone in states where its use is now legal. Kendra Fershee, a law professor running in West... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2018 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
Statewide Talkline host Hoppy Kercheval is known for his calm demeanor, fair interviews, and meticulous attention to research. But he's also known by friends as a man who likes to travel . On a recent Watchdog Morning Show, Hoppy shared... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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It was a weird year in WV politics and government. To bring it close to the end, the "genetically superior" cows our former Ag Commissioner bought from Oklahoma for breeding ended up having some difficulty....breeding. Placed in proximity of a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
The race for congress in Wet Virginia's 1st Congressional District should be more interesting this year than it has been for the past several elections. Since Alan Mollohan was ousted in his 2010 primary and Wheeling engineer/businessman Dave McKinley, a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
In the midst of hot political talk, rants over sexual outrage or the latest lunacy from Trump's White House, we try to take time on the WATCHDOG MORNING SHOW to reflect back on what always seem like better times--the days... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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It's really simple: basic health and safety in housing should be guaranteed. Wheeling council should quickly move a rental registration/inspection program forward. It is long overdue. Despite landlord posturing and threatening, there is no excuse for substandard housing that can't... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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For much of a day, the D or the R didn't make any difference. Americans put on goofy glasses, looked to the Sky, listened to scientists and felt giddily connected. Laughing, awestruck, inspired, uplifted. A reminder--if we choose to see... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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As WV wrestles with its budget crisis, can we learn from other states efforts? Meg Wiehe from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy was with us on The Watchdog Morning Show and says "yes", we can. For one thing,... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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Social media is a great way to share, vent, and debate. But I have noticed lately it's becoming the venue of bitch by the lightly aggrieved. There are always restaurants with occasional bad food, retail stores with examples of bad... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
Let's catch up on some of last week's interviews on the Morning Show In the wake of Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, we talked with former intelligence operative Jack Rice about its impact. The budget discussions continue in... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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Members of the press are like lawyers: everyone hates us until they need us. If we ask questions of officials you think are doing a good job, we're called partisan. If we aren't aggressive enough with those you think are... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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We're not living in a Democracy, we're living in an oligarchy. Our elected officials don't listen to us anymore. They listen to contributors and corporate masters. They respond to right wing media love and ignore their constituents or the mainstream... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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City leaders need to address reality as it as and not how they want it to be. Wheeling council’s recent increase in overtime parking fines won't do any harm but won't make much difference in the parking problem. People don't... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
President Trump had already said he wouldn't attend the White House Correspondent Association Dinner this year. Today his staff said none of them will attend either. "The WHCA board regrets this decision very much. We have worked hard to build... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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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
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at Howard Monroe And The Morning Show
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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