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

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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

ICYMI: Even the schedule is inside baseball
2014 Elections / Hampton Roads / Local / Norfolk / Politics / Virginia

ICYMI: Even the schedule is inside baseball

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot last Thursday. The inspiration was the short time frame for nominating contests for the open seats in the 90th and the 48th House of Delegates districts. By setting the date for the special elections for 8/19, which is less than 60 days away, the speaker relied … Continue reading

90th House special election
2014 Elections / Hampton Roads / Local / Politics / Virginia

90th House special election

With the resignation of Del. Algie Howell, the 90th House seat becomes vacant. A special election has been set for August 19, with a candidate filing deadline of next Monday, July 7 at 5pm. The short date means party nominating contests have to take place this week. Democrats have scheduled a caucus for this Saturday, … Continue reading

ICYMI: Assembly history seems poised to repeat itself
Local / Politics / Virginia

ICYMI: Assembly history seems poised to repeat itself

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Thursday. In it, I took a look back at the last time there was a suit involving a gubernatorial veto: the 1996 George Allen case. The circumstances were striking similar: a governor of one party facing a legislature of another. What goes around comes around. Although … Continue reading

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