ICYMI: Redistricting reform should start now
2014 Elections / Hampton Roads / Local / Politics / Virginia

ICYMI: Redistricting reform should start now

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot last Thursday. In it, I looked at the results of last Tuesday’s special elections and how the outcomes were pre-ordained based on the partisan composition of the districts. Although it may have appeared that I was picking on Marcus Calabrese in my earlier post, I really … Continue reading

ICYMI: Next step towards marriage equality
Hampton Roads / Local / Marshall Newman Amendment / National / Politics / Virginia

ICYMI: Next step towards marriage equality

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Thursday. In it, I discuss the correct decision by those involved in Virginia’s marriage equality case to appeal the 4th Circuit decision in Bostic v. Schaefer to the U. S. Supreme Court. I have been hearing rumblings that some supporters of marriage equality didn’t want the decision … Continue reading

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