ICYMI: Which version of McDonnell is the real one?
Local / Politics / Virginia

ICYMI: Which version of McDonnell is the real one?

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Thursday. I couldn’t help but think of the thesis (pdf) which figured so prominently in the 2009 gubernatorial election once it was discovered. (I wrote some about it at the time.) If nothing else, it was clear that Bob McDonnell revered the traditional family: a working … Continue reading

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4th Circuit: Marriage ban invalid
Hampton Roads / Local / Marshall Newman Amendment / Politics / Virginia

4th Circuit: Marriage ban invalid

Monday afternoon, a panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the lower court’s ruling that Virginia’s marriage equality ban is unconstitutional. The 2-1 decision (pdf) represents the next step in the march to the U.S. Supreme Court. The only question is how we get there. The defendants could appeal for a hearing … Continue reading

ICYMI: Don’t let the election come quietly
2014 Elections / Hampton Roads / Local / Politics / Virginia

ICYMI: Don’t let the election come quietly

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Thursday. There’s an unwritten rule in politics about debates: Incumbents shun them; challengers desire them. As I wrote this article, I was thinking about two contests: the U.S. Senate race and the 2nd Congressional district race. The first debate in the Senate race will be held … Continue reading

ICYMI: What we’re missing from reportless Richmond
Local / Politics / Virginia

ICYMI: What we’re missing from reportless Richmond

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Thursday.  When the Pew Research Journalism Project released its report last week, I couldn’t help but think of Julian Walker, the former statehouse reporter for our paper. The loss of Julian last month came on the heels of other losses of coverage in Virginia – this … Continue reading

Norfolk elected school board: nearly 17,000 signatures
Education / Local / Norfolk / Politics

Norfolk elected school board: nearly 17,000 signatures

In a press release (pdf) this morning, Norfolk Citizens for an Elected School Board announced that nearly 17,000 signatures have been obtained and submitted for the placement of the question on the ballot. Norfolk voters will have a choice in November 2014 to change the management of Norfolk public schools from being appointed by City … Continue reading

ICYMI: Norfolk should vote on electing school board
Education / Local / Norfolk / Politics

ICYMI: Norfolk should vote on electing school board

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Thursday. Getting this question on the ballot in November is a real possibility. Just this morning. I was told that the State Board of Elections says that the petitions have to be submitted by 5pm Wednesday, not Monday as was previously thought. As I mentioned in … Continue reading