When he came to the world of the media, Brad McElhinny said newspapers were strong.  “I never dreamed I’d be on the radio, and now I work for MetroNews,” he said.  Technology has allowed new ways of communicating news and events.”

This is his fourth year covering the legislative session, but said the first three were “crisis years” filled with teacher strikes and budget issues.  He’s finding advice he received to be correct in that “election years are different.”

He said bills to bring some Virginia counties to West Virginia are attracting attention.  The solar bill is getting more resistance in the House due to the “culture of coal.”  He’s following bills related to foster care and adoption.  “These bills are most meaningful and an outcrop of the opioid crisis,” he said.

He added that part of his job strategy is to never work in the legislative press office in the Capitol basement.  “In the halls, I get open, honest, off-the-record conversations that provide me with context,” he explained.