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Bray comments on Bob Huggins' 800th win

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This weekend, we watched something amazing happen.  West Virginia University Men's Basketball Coach Bob Huggins won his 800th game.

Bray comments on Ken Hechler's legacy

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This week, this state lost a towering public figure and one of our last great political characters. Ken Hechler lived quite a life.

Bray comments on clean drinking water

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Clean water is one of West Virginia's most abundant and precious natural resources. Far too many of us know what happens when we can't use it.  

Bray comments on incoming state leadership

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As Gov.-Elect Jim Justice assembles his leadership team, it's important that, along with leaders in the House of Delegates and State Senate, they develop an agenda that truly serves this state.

Bray comments on the school grading system

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Now is the time to develop a plan to help, direct resources where they are needed and make things better. 

Bray comments on the rise in hate-filled actions in WV this week

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Quite simply, this is not who were are. West Virginia is no place for hate.

Bray comments on Election Day

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Election 2016 is almost behind us, but, if you haven't voted, you've got a few more minutes to get to the polls.

Bray comments on the upcoming election

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We have a choice to make this election. On both the federal and state levels, it seems that one party thinks it is above the law.

Bray comments on early voting

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Early voting starts this week in many counties across our state.

Bray comments on WVU's leadership in state government

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I've said countless times that our state needs leadership from West Virginia University. Led by President Gordon Gee, our flagship institution of higher learning is doing just that..

Bray comments on the second WV gubernatorial debate

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This is an important election — our state is at a real crossroads.

Bray comments on FirstEnergy

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First Energy's move to sell its coal plants and tinker with the power grid in our state is a bad deal for West Virginia.

Bray comments on WV vs. EPA

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We need our government to stand up for the jobs and futures of West Virginians!

Bray comments on the flood relief bill's passage

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With the passage of a flood relief bill, our men and women at the statehouse have proven what can be done when we put politics aside and truly work for a better West Virginia. 

Bray comments on a state Supreme Court election ruling

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The majority issued a sober, objective ruling based on law and informed legal reasoning.

Bray comments on Labor Day

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This week, we take time to honor our country's working men and women.

Bray comments on the Business Summit

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Nearly 1,000 of the state's top business minds are expected to attend the event at the historic resort.

Bray comments on the Mercer County molestation sentencing

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Prober, while doing volunteer work at a local church, molested a number of young boys. For more than 20 years, he preyed on children. For these crimes, he could and should have been sentenced to life behind bars..

Bray comments on West Virginians' generosity

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I guess this should come as no surprise, but a recent survey showed that West Virginia is one of the most generous states in the country, and the Charleston-Huntington area is one of the five most giving metro areas.

Bray comments on state vehicles

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Our elected leaders are finally taking a look at the state's vehicle fleet.

Bray comments on the economy

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We know our people can work; all they need is a chance.

Bray comments on WV flood relief

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Whether near or far, our people always stand tall in the face of adversity.

Bray comments on flood recovery efforts

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As we move forward with the flood recovery efforts, we need to have a very frank, realistic conversation about what our next step is.

Bray comments on the Fourth of July

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Fireworks, picnics, cookouts with family and friends — hopefully your Independence Day celebration was worth remembering, but let's not forget what it is that makes this nation so very special.

Bray comments on the gubernatorial race

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Bill Cole versus Jim Justice — this is going to be a spirited, lively gubernatorial campaign.

Bray comments on the Orlando shootings

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The tragedy in Orlando is truly heartbreaking. That kind of viciousness has no place in America. 

Bray comments on Shell's cracker announcement

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Shell Oil's announcement today that it is fully funding the construction of a major petrochemical complex, made up of an ethylene cracker with a polyethylene derivative unit near Pittsburgh, is great news for West Virginia and the Ohio Valley Region.

Bray comments on the state's population loss

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We learned some interesting news recently: Charleston's population, our state's largest city, has dropped below 50,000. 

Bray comments on the state budget

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Our elected leaders need to politics aside, work it out, find something everyone can live with and move on.

Bray comments on budget negotiations

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Putting together a budget is never much fun — it's especially painful when you've got more going out than you do coming in.

Bray comments on the budget standoff

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It is time now for Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and our Legislature to solve our budget standoff.

Bray comments on how candidates need to earn our votes

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 I'd like to take just a moment to recognize Bo Copley. Bo is a laid-off coal miner who asked Hillary Clinton some tough, but very fair and very poignant, questions in Williamson on Monday. His interaction typified why so many here in West Virginia and across the country just don't trust what we hear from Washington. As Election Day nears, let's make certain the candidates who earn our vote are the ones who put people over politics.

Bray comments on early voting

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Early voting starts tomorrow. This is a great opportunity to make our voices heard and be part of the democratic process.

Bray comments on the state budget

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As our elected leaders get closer to hammering out a budget, I hope everyone can stay on task..

Bray comments on the need for a budget compromise

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No one would argue against remaking state government and finding a better, more efficient way to deploy public money.

Bray comments on the state's meth scourge

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The meth trade is changing in West Virginia. Small labs will always be a problem, but now, authorities are making larger busts and it appears the Mountain State is part of network that expands across the country.

Bray comments on the Belgium attacks

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Sadly, the wave of terror engulfing Europe is not slowing down. London, Spain, Paris and now Belgium have all been targeted by violent extremists. 

Bray comments on the budget process

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Coming off the most productive legislative session in decades, the West Virginia legislature has made the right decision to postpone finalizing the next year's state budget until the revenue shortfalls can be calculated and understood.

Bray comments on the final days of of the legislative session

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Only a few days remain in the 2016 Legislative Session. To quote one of my favorite songs, "we've got a long way to go and a short time to get there."

Bray comments on energy

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For better or worse, we are an energy state. It's a volatile industry and our elected leaders need to be responsive and find ways to allow for growth. 

Bray comments on right-to-work lawsuit

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The teamsters union is suing West Virginia University over the results of a study about how a right-to-work law would impact the state.

Bray comments on working for a better West Virginia

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Standing up for what's right and what's good may not be easy, but our lawmakers are doing just that. The workplace freedom bill and the legislation to end prevailing wage are key steps to moving our state in a new direction. We saw spirited debate from both sides, and, even in the face of an executive veto, members of the House and Senate are standing tall. That's working for a better West Virginia.

Bray comments on WVU research

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Our state's flagship university serves a vital role in West Virginia, and now, we're learning all of America is looking to Morgantown for leadership. West Virginia University was recently named one of the top research institutions in the country - alongside places like Yale, Duke and Johns Hopkins. This distinction is a testament to our school and the men and women who have worked so hard to get us here. Now the entire nation can say "Let's Go Mountaineers."  

Bray comments on the religious freedom bill

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We have a lot of issues in this state - declining population, a serious lack of jobs, drug addiction and very little economic opportunity. We don't need to create more problems , and that's just what House Bill 4012, a.k.a. the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, does. If you read the bill, it seems to have less to do with religion, and more to do with giving trial lawyers yet another source of income. This session is too important to get sidetracked by nonsense.

Bray comments on Sales Taxes

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Sticking to a budget isn't much fun, and, quite frankly, neither is creating one. As we enter the new year, we're learning that a number of cities across our state are using their new-found authority to create sales taxes. Once again, our elected leaders are getting it wrong. Our people need opportunity; the last thing we need is for government to take more of our hard-earned money.

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