Norfolk: Vote Yes on elected school boards

My latest op-ed, entitled "Big question on Norfolk's Nov. 4 ballot," appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Thursday. I think the title above is better 😉 The question, the very last item on the ballot next Tuesday, is a simple one: Shall the method for selecting the school board be changed from appointment by the governing body … Continue reading Norfolk: Vote Yes on elected school boards

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Your comments: Norfolk’s 2015 Legislative Priorities

The Norfolk City Council has posted its draft 2015 legislative priorities document and is inviting public comment. In this year’s draft priorities package, Council has identified public education, flooding mitigation, and enhanced mobility as the city’s three highest strategic priorities. Considering the substantial state cuts already absorbed by the city over the past several years, … Continue reading Your comments: Norfolk’s 2015 Legislative Priorities

ICYMI: Virginia’s redistricting dilemma

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Thursday. In it, I discuss the effects of the U.S. Supreme court decision in Shelby on the upcoming redrawing of Virginia's 3rd - and surrounding - congressional district. I covered some of this ground in my earlier op-eds, particularly just after Shelby and after a bill … Continue reading ICYMI: Virginia’s redistricting dilemma

Norfolk elected school boards forum Thursday

When Norfolk voters take to the polls next month, there will be a question on the ballot (sample ballot - CD2, CD3) regarding elected school boards. This Thursday, October 23, there will be a panel discussion on the ballot question. The forum will be from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the Norfolk Technical Center (1330 N. … Continue reading Norfolk elected school boards forum Thursday

ICYMI: Make most of do-over for the 3rd

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot last Thursday. The topic, of course, was the ruling last week (pdf) that Virginia's 3rd Congressional district has to be redrawn. If the 3rd is redrawn, the surrounding districts have to be redrawn as well.  This is a golden opportunity to get redistricting done right - … Continue reading ICYMI: Make most of do-over for the 3rd

ICYMI: Taking steps to make every vote count

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Sunday. (Yeah - not my normal day but not much has been normal around here in a while.) I attended a presentation in late August called "Evolution of Virginia Elections." It was quite interesting, especially for anyone who has an interest in Virginia history. I obtained … Continue reading ICYMI: Taking steps to make every vote count

Obtain Voter ID at these events

This November, voters will be required to show valid photo IDs in order to vote. The Norfolk Office of Elections is holding several events across the city to provide photo IDs to those who lack them. Acceptable forms of voter photo identification include: a valid Virginia Driver’s License or DMV- issued photo identification card, valid … Continue reading Obtain Voter ID at these events

Jones’ honeymoon is over

Marcus Jones, the city manager in Norfolk, has enjoyed a rather extended honeymoon in his relationship with council. It seems that period has come to an end, with four members of council - that's half, by the way - taking issue with him in Tuesday's meeting. Jones has been on the job since February 2011. … Continue reading Jones’ honeymoon is over

Norfolk elected school board: nearly 17,000 signatures

In a press release (pdf) this morning, Norfolk Citizens for an Elected School Board announced that nearly 17,000 signatures have been obtained and submitted for the placement of the question on the ballot. Norfolk voters will have a choice in November 2014 to change the management of Norfolk public schools from being appointed by City … Continue reading Norfolk elected school board: nearly 17,000 signatures