Around the Novahood

LEESBURG, LOUDOUN JOIN TO ALLOW PUBLIC UNIONS The Loudoun County government voted to write an ordinance enabling collective bargaining among some county employees. Collective bargaining for state employees remains forbidden under the 1977 ban; the new law permits localities to… Read More ›

Virginia Trumpometer

VoxFairfax is indebted to the Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP) for its continued publication of data concerning the Commonwealth’s political landscape. On May 5 (Cinco de Mayo), VPAP published a visual tracking data of individual donors to the presidential campaign… Read More ›

Subtle Perpetuators of Inequity

From inception, the nation’s criminal justice system has had an unhealthy set of roots in slavery and racism. A sample of that codex is found in the 13th Amendment, passed in 1865, which declared slavery unconstitutional but hedged with “except… Read More ›

Dillon Rule Rules

That the Commonwealth is a “Dillon Rule” state is a fact of reality cognitively and consciously known to only a small population of residents and geeks who author or edit blogs on politics. In short, the rule means that local… Read More ›

Around the Novahood

LOUDOUN  DUSTUPS OVER RACE AND EDUCATION INTENSIFY A group of Loudoun County parents is trying to oust six members of the school board because of an ongoing feud over “critical race theory.” The group, the Fight for Schools PAC, is… Read More ›

Commonwealth Metamorphosis

By Frank Blechman Virginia’s leaders have lately been basking in positive publicity for being “the first state in the South” to do this or that. First to end the death penalty. First to legalize recreational marijuana. First to end choke… Read More ›

Welcome the Gate Maker

About 15 years ago, Howard Dean, then chair of the Democratic National Committee, proposed that the party undertake an explicit “50–state strategy“, putting resources into building a Democratic Party presence even where Democrats had been thought unlikely to win federal positions. The objective… Read More ›

Outside the Novahood

WOKE SCREAMING CICADAS READY Does anyone remember 2004? They’re baaaaaack–or soon will be. Just awakening from their 17-year nap, billions of screaming Brood X cicadas are set to invade a 14-state area that includes Virginia. You will know them by… Read More ›

One Size Does Not Fit All

By Frank Blechman Unlike many of my columns for this blog, which are long, rambling, have unexpected conclusions, and challenge belief, this column is short, true, and clear. For many years, I have supported community organizing as the critical tool… Read More ›