The 2022 elections broke Mitch McConnell’s heart. After multiple terms as Majority Leader and a tantalizing two-year stint in an evenly-divided Senate under President Joe Biden, Mitch could taste his return to power. When Herschel Walker failed to get across the line and Chuck Schumer took full control, Mitch
Derrick Evans attacked the United States Capitol building on January 6th, 2021. He filmed himself at the violent breach of the East Rotunda doors. He shouted at and obstructed the police officers trying to protect the United States Congress as it counted the electoral votes for the 2020 Presidential election,
If there is one lesson to be learned about our judicial system over the past six years, it is this: we have no "institutions," only people. The mythology of "our institutions" exists mainly to protect officials in powerful positions from scrutiny and criticism. And there is no more "institutional" man
I spoke with Peabody-Award-winning journalist Trey Kay for his WV Public podcast "Us & Them." We discussed the Inflation Reduction Act, Joe Manchin's political present, and his future (partial spoiler: if there is one). Listen in particular for Mike Plante's insights – you could learn more about politics from him in an
[This post was originally published in The Atlantic, in March, 2021] In 2005, I gathered with my fellow West Virginia trial lawyers for our annual conference in Charleston, the state’s capital. After legal seminars, we headed for back rooms, where the gregarious group told stories, drank whiskey, and assessed
[This piece was originally published in the West Virginia Record in October, 2017] During the Civil War, flags on the battlefield had enormous tactical and strategic importance. Regimental flags allowed soldiers to know the position of their units, and which direction they should be moving to keep up with it.