Silence of the Lambs

On January 21, 2022, one day before the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Virginia’s new attorney general, by way of the state’s solicitor general, advised  SCOTUS that the landmark case was “wrongly decided” and that “Virginia is now of… Read More ›

Youngkin’s Election Integrity

Editors’ Note: Reposted from the Virginia Mercury, November 10, 2021. Commentary by Roger Chesley I doubt seriously that Thomas Youngkin, the 17-year-old son of Virginia’s newly minted governor, tried to pull a fast one by voting illegally on Election Day.  He… Read More ›

Gerry’s Salamander

It’s been more than 200 years since the first sighting of the salamander in Massachusetts in 1812, foisted upon the public by Elbridge Gerry. Over those two centuries, the creature has consumed or created countless millions of useless votes by… 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 ›

Outlaws, Felons, Justice

On March 25, 2019, Gov. Ralph Northam vetoed a bill that would have barred former felons from receiving certification as notaries public. In his veto message, the governor concluded, Permanently prohibiting a person from exercising a civil right without a… Read More ›

And Lead Us Not Into Temptation But Deliver Us

In recent weeks it was reported that the New Jersey Democratic-controlled legislature was considering adoption of legislation that would provide the Democratic majority with perpetual district dominance by way of a constitutional provision. By any other name, it’s called gerrymandering…. Read More ›