Today: Special election in the 90th
2014 Elections / Hampton Roads / Local / Politics / Virginia

Today: Special election in the 90th

For voters in parts of Norfolk and Virginia Beach, today is Election Day. Democrat Joe Lindsey and Republican Marcus Calabrese are vying for the open seat. Vote at your normal polling location until 7pm. If you are unsure of where to vote or if you live in the district, use this tool to find out. … Continue reading

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ICYMI: There will be math
2014 Elections / Education / Local / National / Politics / Virginia

ICYMI: There will be math

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Thursday. I ran across an article – “Why Do Americans Stink at Math?” –  the other day that mentioned an old story about 1/3 versus 1/4 hamburgers. (Apparently, some folks thought the anecdote was made up – but marketing students have been hearing about it for … Continue reading

ICYMI: Next step towards marriage equality
Hampton Roads / Local / Marshall Newman Amendment / National / Politics / Virginia

ICYMI: Next step towards marriage equality

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Thursday. In it, I discuss the correct decision by those involved in Virginia’s marriage equality case to appeal the 4th Circuit decision in Bostic v. Schaefer to the U. S. Supreme Court. I have been hearing rumblings that some supporters of marriage equality didn’t want the decision … Continue reading

ICYMI: Which version of McDonnell is the real one?
Local / Politics / Virginia

ICYMI: Which version of McDonnell is the real one?

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Thursday. I couldn’t help but think of the thesis (pdf) which figured so prominently in the 2009 gubernatorial election once it was discovered. (I wrote some about it at the time.) If nothing else, it was clear that Bob McDonnell revered the traditional family: a working … Continue reading

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

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: What we’re missing from reportless Richmond
Local / Politics / Virginia

ICYMI: What we’re missing from reportless Richmond

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Thursday.  When the Pew Research Journalism Project released its report last week, I couldn’t help but think of Julian Walker, the former statehouse reporter for our paper. The loss of Julian last month came on the heels of other losses of coverage in Virginia – this … Continue reading