LWV-VA: Don’t play partisan politics with our right to vote

In a press release today, the League of Women Voters of Virginia takes exception to reports that Congressional redistricting may be delayed and that General Assembly redistricting may be reconsidered. From LWV-VA president Lynn Gordon: It would be nice if politicians would put voters first for a change, by giving them the chance to choose … Continue reading LWV-VA: Don’t play partisan politics with our right to vote

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Redistricting do-over? Senate Dems to sue

Virginia Senate Republicans are considering revisiting redistricting come January. In a story by Steve Vaughan* in The Virginia Gazette, Senator Tommy Norment expresses the desire to change the lines drawn by the legislature and approved by the U.S. Department of Justice. In particular, Norment wants Williamsburg back in his district. As if there's not enough … Continue reading Redistricting do-over? Senate Dems to sue

Things we learned in last week’s election

It's so much easier to wax profound over an election once it's over. For honesty's sake, I think I'm on record at various places online predicting that the Republicans would take control of the Senate, 21-19, that Del. Robin Abbott would win a squeaker in the 93rd House District and that Sen. John Miller would … Continue reading Things we learned in last week’s election

Cumberland County voted out 4 of 5 Supervisors last Tuesday

After waiting until Wednesday evening for results, Cumberland County voters finally knew who would represent District 3 as a supervisor. A voting machine malfunction at 6:30AM on voting day caused the totals to not be able to be read by the poll workers and the Registrar. SBE personnel had to come to Cumberland to work … Continue reading Cumberland County voted out 4 of 5 Supervisors last Tuesday

Where the lines are drawn

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 … Continue reading Where the lines are drawn

Minority status

Tuesday's election was simply a confirmation of what many observers already knew was coming. The only question was how large Republican gains were going to be. The relegation to minority status of the Democratic Party was a long time in the making, and I don't expect it to change anytime soon. The failure can be … Continue reading Minority status

Not happy

Elections have consequences. Today, I'm pretty upset with both parties. A big fail for not doing more to make the elections in Virginia more competitive. Only seven of the 26 contested Senate races were decided by 10 points or less. I haven't pulled the numbers on the House side, but my guess is it is … Continue reading Not happy

Connie Brennan gains News-Advance endorsement (HD-59)

Connie Brennan of Nelson County, the Democratic nominee for the House of Delegates seat in District 59, has gained the endorsement of the News-Advance newspaper based in Lynchburg. Brennan, who was also a candidate 4 years ago for the same seat, is finishing her campaign with a flourish in the shrunken district. The News-Advance editorial … Continue reading Connie Brennan gains News-Advance endorsement (HD-59)