ICYMI: Virginia’s redistricting dilemma
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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

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Reminder: 2nd CD candidate forum tomorrow
2014 Elections / Hampton Roads / Local / National / Politics / Virginia

Reminder: 2nd CD candidate forum tomorrow

Just a quick reminder that the 2nd Congressional District candidates forum is tomorrow – Saturday, October 18 – at 10am. Doors open at 9:30am. The forum will be held at the Chandler Recital Hall of the Diehn Fine & Performing Arts Center (Corner of 49th Street and Elkhorn Avenue) on the campus of Old Dominion … Continue reading

Suffolk candidates forum 10/16
2014 Elections / Hampton Roads / Local / Politics

Suffolk candidates forum 10/16

The Nansemond-Suffolk NAACP, in cooperation with the Zeta Epsilon Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. and the Suffolk Retired Teachers’ Association, are hosting a forum for city council and school board candidates this week. When: Thursday, 10/16, 6pm – 8:30pm (Meet & Greet begins at 5:45pm) Where: Tabernacle Christian Church, 2500 E. Washington St., … Continue reading

ICYMI: Make most of do-over for the 3rd
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ICYMI: Make most of do-over for the 3rd

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot last Thursday. The topic, of course, was the ruling last week (pdf) that Virginia’s 3rd Congressional district has to be redrawn. If the 3rd is redrawn, the surrounding districts have to be redrawn as well.  This is a golden opportunity to get redistricting done right – … Continue reading

ICYMI: Another wasted opportunity in Richmond
Local / Politics / Virginia

ICYMI: Another wasted opportunity in Richmond

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot last Thursday. I finally got around to writing about the “full and fair” hearing that the legislature had. It was, of course, anything but. Not that I expected anything different. Still: Virginia has always taken a fiscally conservative stance, regardless of which party is in charge. … Continue reading

Upcoming forums and debates
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Upcoming forums and debates

OK, so it’s October and the election is coming up pretty quickly. A few items that may interest you. Senate candidates Virginia Senate Debate – Tonight (10/7), 7pm, TV broadcast on local NBC stations and CSPAN2. Moderated by Chuck Todd of Meet The Press. “The People’s Debate” – October 13, 7pm, TV broadcast. Sponsored by … Continue reading

Oh happy day!
Marshall Newman Amendment / Politics / Virginia

Oh happy day!

Marriage equality in Virginia? Heck yeah! This morning the Court issued additional orders from its September 29 Conference.   Most notably, the Court denied review of all seven of the petitions arising from challenges to state bans on same-sex marriage.  This means that the lower-court decisions striking down bans in Indiana, Wisconsin, Utah, Oklahoma, and Virginia … Continue reading

ICYMI: Taking steps to make every vote count
2014 Elections / Hampton Roads / Local / Norfolk / Politics / Virginia

ICYMI: Taking steps to make every vote count

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Sunday. (Yeah – not my normal day but not much has been normal around here in a while.) I attended a presentation in late August called “Evolution of Virginia Elections.” It was quite interesting, especially for anyone who has an interest in Virginia history. I obtained … Continue reading