On ethics
Hampton Roads / Local / Politics / Virginia

On ethics

Every year, as a requirement for maintaining my CPA license, I have to take an ethics course. Perhaps it is time for something similar for our elected officials. The annual ethics requirement didn’t always exist. It used to be a one-shot deal: after passing the exam, I had to complete a comprehensive professional ethics exam … Continue reading

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Quick hits: 11/18/24
Hampton Roads / Local / Politics / Virginia

Quick hits: 11/18/24

Not much has changed around here – still swamped. But I’ve been keeping my eye on several stories: The Sessoms saga. The Virginian-Pilot’s John Holland dropped a bombshell in his investigative report of votes made by Virginia Beach mayor Will Sessoms that appear to have benefited borrowers of his employer, TowneBank. In the wake of … 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

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