COMMENTARY

When is a drunken-driving arrest not really a drunken-driving arrest?When a Virginia legislator is behind the wheel — and the General Assembly happens to be in session. Del. Chris Hurst, D-Montgomery, knows all about it. A traffic stop involving the delegate has shed some light on a little-known section in...
If you've ever worked in journalism or had the misfortune of listening to a reporter complain about it, you've probably heard a version of this adage: The hours are long and the pay sucks, but, on the other hand, everyone hates you.That's why it's probably too much to expect...
By Susan GoodenState lawmakers have the opportunity in the next few weeks to approve a plan that could improve the lives of tens of thousands of our fellow Virginians.When he laid out his agenda for the 2020 General Assembly, Gov. Ralph Northam offered a proposal he calls G3, “Get...
By Wayne F. Pryor The Jan. 29 commentary “Setting a deadline for farm conservation practices would be a major step for Virginia water quality” might describe a bold stride. But for Virginia’s farmers it feels like a betrayal of trust. For years, farmers, conservation groups and soil and water conservation districts have worked diligently to address...
Virginia has an important decision to make. Its General Assembly should pass the constitutional amendment for redistricting, signaling to other southern states a new era of nondiscriminatory access to the ballot box.Gerrymandering, where legislators draw district lines to benefit themselves and preserve their seats, is a form of voter...
The next time someone tells you that the U.S. Senate is the world’s greatest deliberative body, your answer should be no longer than two words: Marco Rubio.Here’s what the Republican senator from Florida, and one-time Leader of the Free World aspirant, had to say about the impeachment trial that will likely...
Nothing makes a conservative’s blood boil faster than the idea that immigrants who haven’t cleared all the legal hurdles are getting a right or privilege in this country. It’s no coincidence that “Build the wall!” was (and remains) a galvanizing battle cry among President Donald Trump’s supporters.Immigrants have long...
Here’s a piece of advice for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, one of President Donald Trump’s chief sycophants and enablers: Get an extra layer or two of skin. You’re definitely on the thin side.And bone up on the ground rules that journalists use. You’re way too ignorant of them.Pompeo...
By Golden Bethune-Hill For the past decade, manipulated maps and unfairly drawn district lines have watered down the power of too many Virginians’ votes. Politicians, who were more interested in amassing power than improving life for everyone, gerrymandered the commonwealth and left poorer folks out in the cold. I’ve seen this...
By Matt KowalskiAs a restoration scientist with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, I’m often out in the field with Virginia farmers putting projects on the ground that benefit both stream health and farm operations. I also follow state policy in Richmond that could lead to more conservation practices on farms.Legislation...