My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Thursday.
It has always bothered me that until a state issue hits the national news, far too many in Virginia were unaware of the issue. Sometimes, like the electoral vote scheme, the state and local media has been covering the topic from the beginning. I wrote about it in the Pilot back in December, an opinion based on the news reports of the filing of the bill. But it wasn’t until the national folks got in on it over the last couple of weeks – saying, I might add, the same thing that I and others had said – that the folks started paying attention.
There is a reason why Virginia’s elected representatives get away with doing so much: voters simply don’t pay attention. And they know it. A rare victory occurred yesterday when the uranium mining bill was pulled by its sponsor. The public has been actively engaged in maintaining the ban. Pressure has been applied to local electeds, the result being council resolutions across the state in favor of keeping the ban.
Redistricting could be an issue like that. It’s not as if the local media isn’t covering it. But for far too many, if it isn’t on Maddow or Colbert, it’s not news.
You get the government you deserve when you don’t pay attention. Unfortunately, I get the same government.
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