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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 ›

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 ›

Beyond Our Border

NEBRASKA The official motto of the Cornhusker State is “Equality Before the Law.” Two inmates convicted of murder in separate instances became engaged to marry in 2011, having been introduced to one another by a mutual friend before they were… 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 ›

Outside the Novahood

POUND, VA, POLICE DEPOUNDED Pound, Virginia. Surely you’ve heard of it. Located in Wise County, in far southwest Virginia on the West Virginia border, it consists of 2.6 square miles (that’s two point six, not twenty-six) and has a population… Read More ›