State

Electoral Turnout Dynamics

As the above VPAP visual illustrates, turnout was all-important in last month’s election. It was the highest it’s been in the past 20 years, 7 percentage points higher than the next-highest level, in 1999.  The Commonwealth records 5,628,989 registered voters… Read More ›

Why We Have Not Killed All the Lawyers

The Industrial Revolution in the United States spawned vast wealth, manufacturing regions, and an array of commercial processes and products the envy of the rest of the world, as well as customers across the globe. Industrialization brought millions of immigrants… Read More ›

Death Be Not Proud

Death be not proud: the opening words to Holy Sonnet X by the English poet John Donne (1572-1631) are generally interpreted by literary scholars as a prelude to the balance of the sonnet’s theme, asserting that death is truly powerless in… Read More ›

New Voters Turned Virginia Blue

Editors’ Note: An insightful analysis reposted from The New York Times, November 9, 2019.  By Sabrina Tavernise and Robert Gebeloff SOUTH RIDING, Va. — Not long ago, this rolling green stretch of Northern Virginia was farmland. Most people who could vote had grown up here. And… Read More ›

When in the Course of Human Hypocrisy . . .

The Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA) has announced that it rejected a contribution from the state’s lieutenant governor, Justin Fairfax, and his PAC, to purchase a table at the organization’s forthcoming Blue Commonwealth Gala in June. Ostensibly, the reason is… Read More ›