Local candidates: No party affiliation on ballots

In Virginia, voters do not register by party. The only hint that a particular voter is Democrat, Republican or Independent is whether or not they vote in party primaries. I don't have a problem with that; after all, voters' party affiliation is a personal choice and "declaring" to be for one party or the other … Continue reading Local candidates: No party affiliation on ballots


DYK: Norfolk’s Ward System

An earlier comment by a poster reminded me that I needed to write a piece on the ward system. Come May, the ward system in place in Norfolk since 1992 will change slightly, expanding from its current seven members to eight with the election of a mayor. The mayor will be elected at-large, meaning he … Continue reading DYK: Norfolk’s Ward System

DYK: Local campaign finance

There has been some talk around the blogsphere regarding the debt that certain candidates incurred. I have heard that Dennis Kucinich is still carrying debt from his 2004 presidential run. Creigh Deeds has debt from the recount. Former Lt Gov candidate Chap Peterson ended his primary run in debt. What do all of these candidates … Continue reading DYK: Local campaign finance

DYK: Norfolk has 105,000+ registered voters

For the November 2005 elections, Norfolk had 105,022 registered voters. Unfortunately, only 42,634 of them bothered to vote. When you look at the number of people who vote in council elections, the numbers get even worse. The last council election in May 2004 (the two superwards) resulted in turnout of only 5,980 voters, an abysmal … Continue reading DYK: Norfolk has 105,000+ registered voters

DYK…Virginia is a Dillon Rule state?

In 1865, an Iowa judge by the name of John Dillon ruled in the case of Clark v City of Des Moines: It is a general and undisputed proposition of law that a municipal corporation possesses and can exercise the following powers and no others: First, those granted in express words; second, those necessarily or … Continue reading DYK…Virginia is a Dillon Rule state?