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By the numbers: Norfolk contests
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By the numbers: Norfolk contests

April 15 was the filing deadline for financial reports in local races. The reports of candidates who file electronically are available for all to see on the State Board of Elections website.  A summary of the reports for Norfolk candidates is below: I’ll try to get to the other cities as I have time. About … Continue reading

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Update on candidates’ forums
2014 Elections / Hampton Roads / Local / Norfolk / Politics

Update on candidates’ forums

The Norfolk candidates’ forum tonight will go on as scheduled but without the participation of current mayor, Paul Fraim. I am told that the other two candidates for mayor will be present, along with the two candidates vying in Ward 5. In addition, there will be a forum this Friday for Newport News candidates. The … Continue reading

ICYMI: The legislature’s dereliction of duty
Hampton Roads / Local / Politics / Virginia

ICYMI: The legislature’s dereliction of duty

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Thursday. The dereliction of duty is the member’s failure to do what is best for the citizens of Virginia. Over a year ago, I pointed out that the creation of the MIRC and how it basically meant that Medicaid expansion wasn’t done. As I watched last … Continue reading

5 former VA AGs: Dismiss McDonnell corruption charges
Local / Politics / Virginia

5 former VA AGs: Dismiss McDonnell corruption charges

Who says bipartisanship is dead? Not these five: Democrats Andrew P. Miller, Mary Sue Terry and Stephen D. Rosenthal join Republicans J. Marshall Coleman and Mark L. Earley in the filing, arguing that the “expansive interpretation of federal law” on which counts 1-11 are based “is completely alien to any legal advice that any of … Continue reading

Q’Pac: 6-1 support medical marijuana, 50% marriage equality
Hampton Roads / Local / Marshall Newman Amendment / Norfolk / Politics / Virginia

Q’Pac: 6-1 support medical marijuana, 50% marriage equality

In a poll released this morning, Quinnipiac found support among Virginia voters for medical marijuana to be 84%, although that support does not extend to recreational use: Support for legalizing marijuana for personal use is 46 percent, with 48 percent opposed. Democrats support the measure 58 – 35 percent, with Republicans opposed 68 – 27 … Continue reading

The Friday read: decline of local news reporting
Hampton Roads / Local

The Friday read: decline of local news reporting

Courtesy of VA News, check out Charting the years-long decline of local news reporting from The Washington Post. The slow deterioration of local-news reporting has been a source of alarm in some quarters for years, especially the retreat from state- and local-government accountability reporting. In 2009, a blue-ribbon panel backed by the nonprofit Knight Foundation … Continue reading