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The Future: Campaign Staff Unions

Editors’ Note: Sourced from Huffpost, May 4, 2020. While candidates for office proclaim allegiance to and platforms to benefit unions and their members, the failure of those same candidates to create and offer union membership and benefits to campaign workers… Read More ›

An Alamo State of Mind

By Frank Blechman In 2012, New York Times writer and columnist Gail Collins published a wonderful book entitled As Texas Goes, an examination of the outsized influence of Texas on American national politics and policies. In it, she reviews how… Read More ›

Electoral College Subverts Democracy

Editors’ Note: Sourced from The Washington Post, May 17, 2020. By E. J. Dionne Jr. A dangerous virus lurks in our republican democracy. It’s the electoral college. If you doubt this, please read the transcript of the Supreme Court oral argument last… Read More ›

Mr. Doctor Governor

By Frank Blechman Here in Virginia, we have the only governor in the country who is also a physician. Yet, in the current virus pandemic, he has not been a major spokesman. National media has not sought out Ralph Northam…. Read More ›

Where Are They Today? Jesse Ventura

JESSE VENTURA Fans surely recall Jesse “The Body” Ventura v. Hulk Hogan on Christmas Day in 1982 (Hogan won.) Ironically, it was in St. Paul, Minnesota–the state where Ventura was born and he would govern from 1999-2003. Today, at 68,… Read More ›

VA Inmates: Engine of Prison Capitalism

Editors’ Note: Sourced in part from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, May 9, 2020. In 1871, the Virginia Supreme Court declared that prisoners were “slaves of the state.” That edict has been emulated across the nation throughout its prison systems. Recently, the… Read More ›