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Wish Upon A Star

We are all to some degree a reflection of the nurturing environment that surrounds us, adopting views, ideas, even mannerisms of family, friends, public figures. Politicians occasionally portray some excesses in this regard, paraphrasing, sometimes plagiarizing, material from heroic figures…. Read More ›

The Road Ahead

It appears that  the Virginia Redistricting Commission (VRC) will not meet its timeline to produce  a set of electoral maps establishing new boundaries that are supposed to endure until the next census in 2030, in effect, a 10-year legacy. The… Read More ›

Redistricting Commission Imploding

Republicans Reject Compromise and Democrats Walk Out Editors’ Note: Reposted from Virginia Mercury, October 8, 2021. Sadly, redistricting in the Commonwealth fell prey to the Virginia Way. Critics of the original legislation will crow; a hopeful citizenry will sigh with… Read More ›

Political Calculus and Secularism

Editors’ Note: Reposted from The New York Times, August 29, 2021.  As the nation’s population dynamics continue to reorganize electoral maps, other social forces shift and shape to affect political outcomes. By Ryan Burge There’s no more politically unified religious… Read More ›

Rigged?

By Frank Blechman Why do incumbent elected officials usually win reelection? Critics would say they win because the elections are “rigged.” For me, that’s a question of semantics. Yes, in the past, gerrymandered districts have favored incumbents, not just by… Read More ›

Beyond Our Border

TEXAS The Lone Star State has been, over recent months, at the forefront of national news ignoring mask and vaccine warnings, banning abortion accessibility, and crimping voting rights. As voluminous as national attention has been on Texas, not every resident… Read More ›

Outside the Novahood

VA POLICE RANK-AND-FILE SUPPORT BAN ON TICKET QUOTAS The Virginia Police Benevolent Association is working with state lawmakers to draft legislation banning ticket-writing quotas for law enforcement agencies across the state. Virginia State Police, which the PBA says uses the… Read More ›

Gerry’s Salamander

It’s been more than 200 years since the first sighting of the salamander in Massachusetts in 1812, foisted upon the public by Elbridge Gerry. Over those two centuries, the creature has consumed or created countless millions of useless votes by… Read More ›

Beyond Our Border

CALIFORNIA The Golden State is threatened with a bacon drought in addition to its other water resource problems. Turkey bacon (turkon) is likely to experience a boon along with a price increase for orders of rashers, pancetta, gammon, and other… Read More ›