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West Virginia School Choice Week 2020

This year’s West Virginia School Choice Week was a blast! We had nearly 700 students, parents, teachers, and school administrators come out to celebrate education freedom in the Mountain State with us!   Due to the busy schedule of the legislature, Senator Patricia Rucker came out early… Read More
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“Well, It’s an Election Year…”

Does West Virginia have time to wait? No, it does not. Will it wait? Yes, I’m afraid it must. As most West Virginians know, the state’s economy, education system, and demographics are not healthy. Are they better than a few years ago? Certainly. However, West Virginia is not in a… Read More
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New Year, New West Virginia!

If you’re like most people, you make resolutions at the beginning of every year – lose weight, read more books, travel someplace new, finish a degree, etc. A new year is a chance at a fresh start – it’s an easy marker on the calendar that allows you to push… Read More
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An Economist Ruins Christmas Gift Giving. . . Maybe

Friends, Christmas is less than a week away! Hopefully, you’ve finished all your shopping. If not… I wish you luck this weekend out with fellow procrastinators.   With the spirit of gift-giving in the air, there are two key ways to think about the gifts you pick out for friends… Read More
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Social Capitol, Dignity, & a Sense of Place

“People need to be a valued member of something larger than themselves.” Chris Arnade, author, Dignity.   When I heard Mr. Arnade say this, I immediately though, “How many West Virginians feel as though they are a valued member of something larger?” I have no hard evidence, but I wager… Read More
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Miss Virginia Movie Screening with Virginia Walden Ford!

We are so excited to announce that we are partnering with West Virginia Voices for Education Choices to host a screening of Miss Virginia! We will also be hosting Virginia Walden Ford herself for a Q&A session after the movie! Come prepared with your burning education choice questions. This will… Read More
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Halloween Haunts: Rest in Peace

In these Halloween Haunts, we share some frightening government waste of  taxpayer money that is truly scarier than any horror film!    The Untrackable $200 million Asset   State lawmakers finally created a centralized state vehicle inventory system in 2018 to help track as many as 12,000 gover… Read More
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Halloween Haunts: Trick or Treat!

In these Halloween Haunts, we share some frightening government waste of  taxpayer money that is truly scarier than any horror film!    Superintendent’s Five-Finger Discount Yields Felony Charges A former superintendent and curriculum director for Logan County Public Schools, was charged with t… Read More
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Halloween Haunts: Phantom Leases

In these Halloween Haunts, we share some frightening government waste of taxpayer money that is truly scarier than any horror film!    Health and Human Resources Wastes $1 Million on Phantom Leases   The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) wasted nearly $1 million… Read More
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Drain the Swamp: Relocate the Department of Labor to West Virginia

Is it time to relocate Washington, D.C.? Well, not in a literal geographical sense – that would be a feat that would make even Marvel supervillain, Ultron, blush. (Look up the plot for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.) More realistically, what about relocating the litany of federal agencies that cu… Read More