ICYMI: The legislature’s dereliction of duty
Hampton Roads / Local / Politics / Virginia

ICYMI: The legislature’s dereliction of duty

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Thursday. The dereliction of duty is the member’s failure to do what is best for the citizens of Virginia. Over a year ago, I pointed out that the creation of the MIRC and how it basically meant that Medicaid expansion wasn’t done. As I watched last … Continue reading

About these ads
5 former VA AGs: Dismiss McDonnell corruption charges
Local / Politics / Virginia

5 former VA AGs: Dismiss McDonnell corruption charges

Who says bipartisanship is dead? Not these five: Democrats Andrew P. Miller, Mary Sue Terry and Stephen D. Rosenthal join Republicans J. Marshall Coleman and Mark L. Earley in the filing, arguing that the “expansive interpretation of federal law” on which counts 1-11 are based “is completely alien to any legal advice that any of … Continue reading

Q’Pac: 6-1 support medical marijuana, 50% marriage equality
Hampton Roads / Local / Marshall Newman Amendment / Norfolk / Politics / Virginia

Q’Pac: 6-1 support medical marijuana, 50% marriage equality

In a poll released this morning, Quinnipiac found support among Virginia voters for medical marijuana to be 84%, although that support does not extend to recreational use: Support for legalizing marijuana for personal use is 46 percent, with 48 percent opposed. Democrats support the measure 58 – 35 percent, with Republicans opposed 68 – 27 … Continue reading

ICYMI: Facts aren’t optional
Local / National / Politics / Virginia

ICYMI: Facts aren’t optional

Ronald Reagan paraphrased John Adams when he said, “Facts are stubborn things.” Adams had continued: “whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot last Thursday. In it, I discuss something that has … Continue reading

Marriage equality case fast-tracked in 4th Circuit
Local / Marshall Newman Amendment / Politics / Race / Virginia

Marriage equality case fast-tracked in 4th Circuit

From the AFER press release yesterday: Richmond, VA – On Monday, March 10, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit granted AFER’s proposed motion for an expedited briefing schedule in Virginia’s marriage equality case, Bostic v. Schaefer (formerly Bostic v. Rainey). On February 13, 2014, the Federal District Court for the Eastern … Continue reading

Inside baseball part 9,999,876
2013 Elections / Local / Politics / Virginia

Inside baseball part 9,999,876

No, not that kind. This kind: In modern usage, inside baseball is a figurative adjective meaning appreciated by only a small group of insiders or aficionados. It also serves as a noun denoting inside-baseball matters. The term is usually used in politics, where the inside-baseball business includes the sorts of things political strategists think about … Continue reading