ICYMI: Don’t break Norfolk School Board into wards
2014 Elections / Local / Norfolk / Politics / Race

ICYMI: Don’t break Norfolk School Board into wards

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Thursday. In it, I discuss why I believe the elected school board Norfolk’s voters approved Tuesday should be elected at-large and not by ward. I’ve lived here long enough to see that the ward system has not been good for Norfolk. Yes, it got a third … Continue reading

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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

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

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

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: Taking steps to make every vote count
2014 Elections / Hampton Roads / Local / Norfolk / Politics / Virginia

ICYMI: Taking steps to make every vote count

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Sunday. (Yeah – not my normal day but not much has been normal around here in a while.) I attended a presentation in late August called “Evolution of Virginia Elections.” It was quite interesting, especially for anyone who has an interest in Virginia history. I obtained … Continue reading

Obtain Voter ID at these events
2014 Elections / Local / Norfolk / Politics / Virginia

Obtain Voter ID at these events

This November, voters will be required to show valid photo IDs in order to vote. The Norfolk Office of Elections is holding several events across the city to provide photo IDs to those who lack them. Acceptable forms of voter photo identification include: a valid Virginia Driver’s License or DMV- issued photo identification card, valid … Continue reading