Two May Not Be Better than One

A simple Google search inquiring “why do US state legislatures have two chambers” returns no sources providing convincing, rational reasons. Rather, reviewing a number of the results, one hears the words from grammar and high school civics course resonating that… Read More ›

The More Things Change . . .

The January 6 assault upon the Capitol occurred, in part, because the mob was encouraged to believe that the presidential election was sufficiently close to conclude that it could be undone by compromising the vote of the Electoral College (EC)…. Read More ›

Cancel the Culture of Democracy

At times, we are moved to shake our heads in wonder at the adaptability of politicians, especially right wingers, and more especially Republican conservatives (if, in fact, there is a difference in those terms), to coopt a concept for their… Read More ›

Special in Virginia

By Frank Blechman Virginia likes to be special. First at this. Last at that. We take (too much) pride in doing things our own way. We don’t play well with others. We don’t learn well from others. We don’t have… Read More ›

Republican Rapture

Michael Steele, former RNC chair and now an MSNBC political commentator and staunch anti-Trumper, in a recent interview observed that Virginia was a bellwether model of the wave of political changes occurring in southern states such as North Carolina, South… Read More ›

Proportions of Political Power

Since adoption of the US Constitution, the nation’s electorate has quietly sustained a national gerrymander known as the Electoral College (EC). It was inserted into the document to “balance” the interests of less populous states with those of the more… Read More ›

Am I Blue?

By Frank Blechman Just this once, I am going to give away the answer right at the beginning. Question:  IS VIRGINIA BLUE (solidly Democratic)? The national pundits certainly think so. My Answer:  NO. Explanation: Virginia voters have given statewide majorities… Read More ›