COMMENTARY

Mercury commentary you might have missed: Roger Chesley reminded elected officials, who often seem to view themselves as indispensable, that they're all replaceable. And, in a guest op-ed, attorney Jon Sokolow made the connection between the long-running struggle for civil rights and the fight against Dominion Energy's proposed Buckingham compressor...
By Jonathan Sokolow The year 1963 was transformative in the Civil Rights Movement and in our country. In January, George Wallace was inaugurated as governor of Alabama, pledging “segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever.” In April, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested while leading a campaign in Birmingham that is...
I’ll never run for elective office – not that the electorate is pining for me, anyway. Because when you throw your hat into the ring, private issues suddenly become fair game for public scrutiny. Things the news media wouldn’t cover involving everyday citizens suddenly show up on the front page,...
The Weekender: a round-up of opinions from across Virginia. Mercury commentary this week that you might have missed: If there's a tie election this year in a House of Delegates or Senate race, we're still going to the bowl (a random drawing). But that needs to change, I argue. Roger Chesley says a judge's decision striking...
By Paulette McElwain The Supreme Court just demonstrated exactly how crucial the Nov. 5 election will be for the future of access to safe, legal abortion in Virginia. The court announced it will review a Louisiana abortion restriction nearly identical to one of the Texas restrictions struck down by the...
Octoroon. Quadroon. Aryan.  In the year 2019, these were some of the hideous choices folks wanting to marry in Virginia could select under the heading of race. Sure, there were other options, and the list wasn’t uniform among the various localities. Some choices weren’t as incendiary.  But the point is –...
For a little while, the bowl was all anyone could talk about. The blue-and-white stoneware vessel handcrafted by a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts potter got a starring turn in a memorable episode of Virginia politics a little less than two years ago when the name on the slip of...
There’s bad news for Virginians looking to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels: The job just got 2% harder. That’s the percentage increase in electricity use in Virginia over the past year, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA).  The increase was driven by the continuation of...
By Mary Finley-Brook I filed a records request with the State Corporation Commission to find out who owns the 1,600 megawatt Chickahominy Power Station under permitting in the majority-minority county of Charles City. As a consumer on the PJM Interconnection electricity grid, I will help pay for this $1.6 billion...
Imagine the political climate the commonwealth would’ve faced had Gov. Ralph Northam acceded to the harsh voices demanding his resignation, following the discovery months ago of a racist photo on his decades-old yearbook page. We could’ve had hearings in the General Assembly over rape allegations against Justin Fairfax, who would’ve...