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

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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: Even the schedule is inside baseball
2014 Elections / Hampton Roads / Local / Norfolk / Politics / Virginia

ICYMI: Even the schedule is inside baseball

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot last Thursday. The inspiration was the short time frame for nominating contests for the open seats in the 90th and the 48th House of Delegates districts. By setting the date for the special elections for 8/19, which is less than 60 days away, the speaker relied … Continue reading

Updated: 3 in for 90th
2014 Elections / Hampton Roads / Local / Norfolk / Politics

Updated: 3 in for 90th

UPDATE: Only three candidates completed the filing. From earlier today: Four candidates have filed paperwork to be on the ballot for Saturday’s firehouse primary, according to VPAP.  They are: Alex Askew Rick James Terrell Kingwood Joe Lindsey Candidates have until noon today to file their declaration of candidacy and pay a $2,500 nonrefundable filing fee. … Continue reading

90th House special election
2014 Elections / Hampton Roads / Local / Politics / Virginia

90th House special election

With the resignation of Del. Algie Howell, the 90th House seat becomes vacant. A special election has been set for August 19, with a candidate filing deadline of next Monday, July 7 at 5pm. The short date means party nominating contests have to take place this week. Democrats have scheduled a caucus for this Saturday, … Continue reading

ICYMI: Making time for elections
2014 Elections / Hampton Roads / Local / Norfolk / Politics / Virginia

ICYMI: Making time for elections

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot on May 29. (Obviously, I’ve been a little busy in the interim.) It was the final installment of a three-part series on why I think moving local elections to November is a bad idea. (Part 1, on money, is here. Part 2, on people, is here.) … Continue reading

ICYMI: Limited resources for local candidates
2014 Elections / Hampton Roads / Local / Norfolk / Politics / Virginia

ICYMI: Limited resources for local candidates

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot last Thursday. It is the second of a three-part series on why I think the move to November for local elections is a bad idea. (Part 1 is here.) In this article, I look at another important element of successful campaigns: people. There’s no doubt that … Continue reading

Quick hits 5/23/14
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Quick hits 5/23/14

It’s been a really, really busy week. A few things that have caught my eye in between everything: NYT: “Who Gets to Graduate?”  – Income, it seems, is a pretty good predictor. VP: “Virginia GOP executive under state investigation” – This will be interesting to watch. WP: “How gerrymandered is your district?” – At 79.26, … Continue reading