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  • Lex Obscura

    We concocted the term “lex obscura” (law in a darkened enclosure) to describe the distance a word or term may have traveled or matured from creation to contemporary usage. In the fallout from hundreds of pieces of legislation introduced across… Read More ›

  • One Size Does Not Fit All

    By Frank Blechman Unlike many of my columns for this blog, which are long, rambling, have unexpected conclusions, and challenge belief, this column is short, true, and clear. For many years, I have supported community organizing as the critical tool… Read More ›

  • Two May Not Be Better than One

    A simple Google search inquiring “why do US state legislatures have two chambers” returns no sources providing convincing, rational reasons. Rather, reviewing a number of the results, one hears the words from grammar and high school civics course resonating that… Read More ›

  • Inflation Fright is GOP Scam

    Editors’ Note: Reposted from The New York Times, March 23, 2021. A drum beat by elected GOP officials has begun with chants about rising gasoline prices and blame for the new administration. Krugman’s easy to understand explanation helps to counter… Read More ›

  • Some Few Carp About the Absence of a Presser

  • Vetting Facts Before the Fact

    The Washington Post reported that the former president told 30,573 lies during his four years in office, with more than half being in the final year. Fact checking the 45th president emerged as a premier occupation or fascination during the… Read More ›

  • Around the Novahood

    GMU FACULTY SUPPORTS ITS CUSTODIANS Professors at George Mason University in Fairfax are expressing solidarity with the custodial workers, who say that they were exposed to poor working conditions and have faced retribution for trying to organize. More than 220 people… Read More ›

  • Primaries? Go Away!

    By Frank Blechman By the time this is published, we will be just eight weeks from the Republican Nominating Convention and a little more than 12 weeks from the Democratic primary. The filing deadline passed last week. A few TV… Read More ›

  • Suisse Cheese: Bait for Tax Cheats

    Editors’ Note: Reposted from The New York Times, March 13, 2021. Tax avoiders, complicit international banks, expensive lawyers work together.  By Katie Benner and Michael Forsythe Seven years after Credit Suisse promised federal prosecutors that it would stop helping rich Americans hide their… Read More ›

  • Beyond Our Border

    Editors’ Note: VoxFairfax seeks to supplement the geographical view of our features Around the Novahood and Beyond the Novahood by introducing a new feature intended as a reminder that, beyond the Commonwealth, there exists another universe of events of interest…. Read More ›