Norfolk: Vote Yes on elected school boards
2014 Elections / Local / Norfolk / Politics

Norfolk: Vote Yes on elected school boards

My latest op-ed, entitled “Big question on Norfolk’s Nov. 4 ballot,” appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Thursday. I think the title above is better ;) The question, the very last item on the ballot next Tuesday, is a simple one: Shall the method for selecting the school board be changed from appointment by the governing body … Continue reading

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Your comments: Norfolk’s 2015 Legislative Priorities
2014 Elections / Local / Norfolk / Politics

Your comments: Norfolk’s 2015 Legislative Priorities

The Norfolk City Council has posted its draft 2015 legislative priorities document and is inviting public comment. In this year’s draft priorities package, Council has identified public education, flooding mitigation, and enhanced mobility as the city’s three highest strategic priorities. Considering the substantial state cuts already absorbed by the city over the past several years, … Continue reading

Southside Hampton Roads voter guides
2014 Elections / Hampton Roads / Local / National / Politics / Virginia

Southside Hampton Roads voter guides

The Virginian-Pilot has compiled a voter guide for Southside Hampton Roads. The guide includes both federal and local candidates – remember, three localities have local contests on the ballot – and has not only profiles of the candidates but also video interviews, if the candidate chose to participate. This has to be one of the … Continue reading

ICYMI: Virginia’s redistricting dilemma
Hampton Roads / Local / Norfolk / Politics / Race / Virginia

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

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
Hampton Roads / Local / National / Norfolk / Politics / Virginia

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