Update on candidates’ forums
2014 Elections / Hampton Roads / Local / Norfolk / Politics

Update on candidates’ forums

The Norfolk candidates’ forum tonight will go on as scheduled but without the participation of current mayor, Paul Fraim. I am told that the other two candidates for mayor will be present, along with the two candidates vying in Ward 5. In addition, there will be a forum this Friday for Newport News candidates. The … Continue reading

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ICYMI: The legislature’s dereliction of duty
Hampton Roads / Local / Politics / Virginia

ICYMI: The legislature’s dereliction of duty

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Thursday. The dereliction of duty is the member’s failure to do what is best for the citizens of Virginia. Over a year ago, I pointed out that the creation of the MIRC and how it basically meant that Medicaid expansion wasn’t done. As I watched last … Continue reading

Q’Pac: 6-1 support medical marijuana, 50% marriage equality
Hampton Roads / Local / Marshall Newman Amendment / Norfolk / Politics / Virginia

Q’Pac: 6-1 support medical marijuana, 50% marriage equality

In a poll released this morning, Quinnipiac found support among Virginia voters for medical marijuana to be 84%, although that support does not extend to recreational use: Support for legalizing marijuana for personal use is 46 percent, with 48 percent opposed. Democrats support the measure 58 – 35 percent, with Republicans opposed 68 – 27 … Continue reading

The Friday read: decline of local news reporting
Hampton Roads / Local

The Friday read: decline of local news reporting

Courtesy of VA News, check out Charting the years-long decline of local news reporting from The Washington Post. The slow deterioration of local-news reporting has been a source of alarm in some quarters for years, especially the retreat from state- and local-government accountability reporting. In 2009, a blue-ribbon panel backed by the nonprofit Knight Foundation … Continue reading

ICYMI: Big choices ahead in May
2014 Elections / Hampton Roads / Local / Norfolk / Politics

ICYMI: Big choices ahead in May

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot last Thursday. The topic is, of course, the upcoming May local elections, the candidates for which I posted here. As I mentioned in the article, there are two upcoming candidate forums in Norfolk: Tuesday, April 15, Granby High School Auditorium, 7pm to 8:30pm – Mayoral candidates … Continue reading