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Quick hits: 11/18/24
Hampton Roads / Local / Politics / Virginia

Quick hits: 11/18/24

Not much has changed around here – still swamped. But I’ve been keeping my eye on several stories: The Sessoms saga. The Virginian-Pilot’s John Holland dropped a bombshell in his investigative report of votes made by Virginia Beach mayor Will Sessoms that appear to have benefited borrowers of his employer, TowneBank. In the wake of … Continue reading

ICYMI: Don’t break Norfolk School Board into wards
2014 Elections / Local / Norfolk / Politics / Race

ICYMI: Don’t break Norfolk School Board into wards

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Thursday. In it, I discuss why I believe the elected school board Norfolk’s voters approved Tuesday should be elected at-large and not by ward. I’ve lived here long enough to see that the ward system has not been good for Norfolk. Yes, it got a third … Continue reading

Norfolk: Vote Yes on elected school boards
2014 Elections / Local / Norfolk / Politics

Norfolk: Vote Yes on elected school boards

My latest op-ed, entitled “Big question on Norfolk’s Nov. 4 ballot,” appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Thursday. I think the title above is better ;) The question, the very last item on the ballot next Tuesday, is a simple one: Shall the method for selecting the school board be changed from appointment by the governing body … Continue reading

Your comments: Norfolk’s 2015 Legislative Priorities
2014 Elections / Local / Norfolk / Politics

Your comments: Norfolk’s 2015 Legislative Priorities

The Norfolk City Council has posted its draft 2015 legislative priorities document and is inviting public comment. In this year’s draft priorities package, Council has identified public education, flooding mitigation, and enhanced mobility as the city’s three highest strategic priorities. Considering the substantial state cuts already absorbed by the city over the past several years, … Continue reading

Southside Hampton Roads voter guides
2014 Elections / Hampton Roads / Local / National / Politics / Virginia

Southside Hampton Roads voter guides

The Virginian-Pilot has compiled a voter guide for Southside Hampton Roads. The guide includes both federal and local candidates – remember, three localities have local contests on the ballot – and has not only profiles of the candidates but also video interviews, if the candidate chose to participate. This has to be one of the … Continue reading

ICYMI: Virginia’s redistricting dilemma
Hampton Roads / Local / Norfolk / Politics / Race / Virginia

ICYMI: Virginia’s redistricting dilemma

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Thursday. In it, I discuss the effects of the U.S. Supreme court decision in Shelby on the upcoming redrawing of Virginia’s 3rd – and surrounding – congressional district. I covered some of this ground in my earlier op-eds, particularly just after Shelby and after a bill … Continue reading