Opinion, please: McDonnell trial
Local / Politics / Virginia

Opinion, please: McDonnell trial

The trial of former governor Bob McDonnell and his wife is, mercifully, coming to an end. Nearly every newspaper and TV station in the state has had reporters there, day after day. If you haven’t seen the coverage, you must have been living under a rock :) I’ve been doing a few TV appearances about … Continue reading

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ICYMI: Redistricting reform should start now
2014 Elections / Hampton Roads / Local / Politics / Virginia

ICYMI: Redistricting reform should start now

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot last Thursday. In it, I looked at the results of last Tuesday’s special elections and how the outcomes were pre-ordained based on the partisan composition of the districts. Although it may have appeared that I was picking on Marcus Calabrese in my earlier post, I really … Continue reading

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