My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in Thursday’s Virginian-Pilot. If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you know that I’ve long advocated that Virginia adopt a redistricting plan that removes the drawing of the lines from the the hands of the legislators. Any likelihood of that happening over the next 10 years evaporated Tuesday night.
Of course, it would help if folks paid attention to what’s going on. I get so tired of people railing about Washington. Whether you like or dislike what’s happening there, the best thing you can do to try to fix it is pay attention to local and state elections. Sadly, not enough people do.
As has been the custom over the last few years, I participated in a post-election roundup Wednesday night at a Republican Women’s Club meeting in Virginia Beach. Even there, the questions were about national issues, like health care, instead of what happened or what might happen in Virginia. With the overwhelming national political coverage, it’s far too easy to ignore what’s going on right under our noses.
I honestly don’t care what happened in Ohio Tuesday. I don’t live in Ohio. And Ohio ain’t Virginia.Try paying attention to stuff happening here.
Like Congressional redistricting. It dropped out of sight after the last legislative session in June. But expect it to be front and center come January, as this article mentions.
All politics is local.