One year ago today
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One year ago today

A year ago this time, I was heading to Worcester, Maryland to get married. Right now, I’m  waiting for the decision from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on the Bostic case. Releasing it today would be a very nice anniversary present. I witnessed the original arguments in this case but and was, obviously, thrilled … Continue reading

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ICYMI: Virginia’s full week of electoral aftershocks
2014 Elections / Local / National / Politics / Virginia

ICYMI: Virginia’s full week of electoral aftershocks

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Thursday. The resignation of Puckett, followed by the defeat of Cantor and then the passage of a budget all happened in one week. Today, we await the governor’s action on the budget. One thing for sure: Virginia politics is never boring. Whatever the governor does is … 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

ICYMI: Facts aren’t optional
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ICYMI: Facts aren’t optional

Ronald Reagan paraphrased John Adams when he said, “Facts are stubborn things.” Adams had continued: “whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot last Thursday. In it, I discuss something that has … Continue reading

Texas, too
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Texas, too

Texas joins the chorus of states where a federal judge has declared its marriage equality ban unconstitutional. Meanwhile, here in Virginia, the ACLU, which has a separate lawsuit pending in the Western District of Virginia, is seeking to join with the Bostic case in the Eastern District, although it doesn’t look like an amicable pairing. … Continue reading

Audio Ed Gillespie: Kaine &Warner “Each cast the deciding vote”
2014 Elections / Local / National / Norfolk / Politics / Virginia

Audio Ed Gillespie: Kaine &Warner “Each cast the deciding vote”

Ed Gillespie, longtime Republican Party activist and currently the chair of the Republican State Leadership Committee, spoke this morning at the Republican Party of Norfolk breakfast. Gillespie is considering a run for U.S. Senate against popular Democrat Mark Warner. I tried – without success – to get him to confirm that he is definitely in … Continue reading