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MEET A VIRGINIAN: Virginia Dare

Child Becomes Alt-Right Icon Born in 1587 in the Roanoke Colony in what is now North Carolina, Virginia Dare was the first English child born in a New World English overseas possession; she was named after the territory of Virginia. What became of Virginia and the other colonists remains… Read More ›

Religion, Politics, and Public Policy

In view of the many public statements by political persons that the United States was founded upon Judeo-Christian principles, one becomes convinced that none of them has actually read the First Amendment’s opening lines:     Congress shall make no… Read More ›

Socialism Is All Around Us

At a rally in Iowa on October 9, 2018, President Trump officially denounced his political opposition as seeking to “impose socialism,” among other unpardonable offenses, against the Republican order. Who is behind this scheme? They are candidates for elected office… Read More ›

MEET A VIRGINIAN: Pocahontas

Pocahontas. The name resonates to–what? Mystery? History? John Rolfe? Disney? Elizabeth Warren? Born in Werowocomoco, Virginia, about 1596 as Matoaka and also known as Amonute, Pocohontas was a Native American known for her association with the settlement at Jamestown, Virginia…. Read More ›

Labor’s Love Lost in Last Place in Virginia

New data have emerged demonstrating what most observers of the Virginia economic and political scene have always known: the Commonwealth is unfriendly to organized labor in particular and to working families more generally. According to the Census Bureau, Virginia’s population… Read More ›

The Beat Goes On . . .

Editors’ Note: This article is cross-posted from Blue Virginia, August 26, 2018, with permission.   Clergy Denounce VA GOP for “Abhorrent Use of the … Unite the Right Rally to Falsely Attack Leslie Cockburn In a Mailer Sent to Voters”… Read More ›

Insuring Shooters?

Virtually everyone is familiar with the success of the National Rifle Association (NRA) in defeating gun control efforts and expanding gun ownership of firearms. This effort has been accompanied by the NRA’s relentless state-by-state activities to encourage legislatures to broaden… Read More ›

Gerrymander on Your Own Dime

By Jim McCarthy and Michael Fruitman On March 1, 2017, SCOTUS remanded Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections back to the Eastern District of Virginia, having ruled that the lower court had employed an incorrect legal standard in determining that race… Read More ›