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Beyond Our Border

              TEXAS Sixty Democrats in the state’s lower house fled to Washington to deny a quorum to the Republican-dominated legislature determined to adopt repressive voting restrictions. The Lone Star State is slated to gain… Read More ›

Old Dominion, New Dynamics

History suggests that Virginia was named for the “Virgin Queen” Elizabeth I (d. 1603), while its nomination as “Old Dominion” is said to have arisen from Charles II’s (d. 1685) reign emphasizing a relationship with the English monarchy. Today, Virginia’s… Read More ›

Amazon, My Amazon

Often despite dedicated efforts to the contrary, our nation collapses under its own dynamics, forgetting the lessons of history and the laws and policies that previous events have taught us. In A History of American Law (by Lawrence M. Friedman),… Read More ›

Beyond Our Border

FLORIDA If ‘ya can’t beat ‘em, assassinate ‘em! So it appears to one GOP congressional candidate in Florida. Heated political contests are common in these wonderful United States, and no more so than in the Sunshine State. However, unlike the… Read More ›

Disparate Impact

Few argue that there exists no bias or discrimination in our daily lives as it may involve gender, age, color, or other. At times, the bias may even be widespread yet mostly invisible to observers. For decades, people of color,… Read More ›

Campaign Treachery

When power and influence shift from one side of the political aisle to the other, there are consequences, usually and unfortunately to the voters. The Commonwealth’s politisphere has long been a playpen among corporate competitors for advantage, prominently led by… Read More ›

Just WIN, Baby

By Frank Blechman I have written before that electoral campaign strategies actually aren’t that complicated. I often quote long-time Fairfax County political sage Larry Byrne (husband and strategist of former State Senator and US Congresswoman Leslie Byrne) who said, “In… Read More ›

Cut Nose, Spite Face

THE SUM OF US, by Heather McGhee Book Review by Frank Blechman In The Sum of Us, Heather McGhee brings over 20 years of experience into a strong and very readable case that white supremacist racism hurts white people as… Read More ›