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Ranked Choice Voting: Yea? Nay?

NAY Virginia’s GOP conducted a nominating convention utilizing ranked choice voting (RCV) among delegates to select statewide candidates. New York City recently concluded a Democratic primary under RCV. RCV is intended to afford voters an opportunity to order choices for… 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 ›

Outside the Novahood

FROM BORDER WALL TO NORFOLK What a change in administrations can mean! President Joe Biden is returning billions of dollars to a series of military projects, including funds to upgrade safety violations at a 64-year-old Norfolk Naval Shipyard building. The… Read More ›

Around the Novahood

IN NEED OF A BIGGER BOWL. . . . Setting a state record, a goldfish weighing in at nearly 4 pounds was recently caught at Hunting Creek near Alexandria indicating NOVA residential qualifications. As goldfish are not native to the… Read More ›

Loudoun Lowdown

In recent weeks, Loudoun County—and its school system—has been all over the news, particularly among right-wing outlets such as Fox, who decry the county’s supposed descent into the teaching of critical race theory, which only suggests that aspects of systemic… Read More ›

Do It My Way

By Frank Blechman I have written several times in this column that in political campaigns, there are really only two strategies: Keep the bums in, or throw the bums out. I have said that for a challenger or an incumbent,… Read More ›

Outside the Novahood

NO GAMBLING = A HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION? Six Norfolk and Virginia Beach business owners have sued the Commonwealth in hopes of keeping skill games in operation beyond July 1 — the day they are scheduled to be banned. Attorneys argued… Read More ›

Around the Novahood

REPARATIONS A REALITY IN VIRGINIA  Discussed widely as an idea, the first reparations checks have now been issued, by Virginia Theological Seminary to descendants of Blacks, some enslaved, who worked on the campus during the eras of slavery, Reconstruction, and… Read More ›

To Do Or Not To Do

By Frank Blechman Many, many times, I have been in “strategic planning” sessions in which someone has insisted that we had to pick one goal or one approach to that goal. Recognizing that time and other resources are limited, I… Read More ›