COMMENTARY

By Holly HazardA few years ago, as lobbyists began pressing the General Assembly to resurrect the racing industry in Virginia, many of us were worried about the horses. It didn’t make sense that anyone would be instigating all this kerfuffle about a dying industry.The cost of keeping and...
By Donna M. Cox, University of DaytonFrom the moment of capture, through the treacherous middle passage, after the final sale and throughout life in North America, the experience of enslaved Africans who first arrived at Jamestown, Virginia, some 400 years ago, was characterized by loss, terror and abuse.The Abolition...
Back in 2018, as Dominion Energy was pushing its contentious Grid Transformation and Security Act through the General Assembly, the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee was debating whether the legislation allowed a "double dip" — that is, billing ratepayers twice for hundreds of millions in new utility spending contemplated...
By Bruce LedewitzEzra Klein, the editor-at-large and co-founder of of the online news and culture site, Vox, has written a timely book about America’s polarization: Why We’re Polarized. Bruce Ledewitz (Capital-Star file) He aims to explain how we came to this point, even though he feels that not much can be done...
By Kenneth DonovanIn June 1787, shortly after James Madison introduced his Virginia Plan for a legislature under the new Constitution, the deliberations hit a snag. A question arose as to whether slaves were to be counted for the sake of representation. With southerners advocating their inclusion to some degree...
By Bradley DunsmoreAs the second largest agricultural county in Virginia, our farmers' livelihoods are dependent on the land. They want to do everything in their power to implement conservation practices that protect their land and the Chesapeake Bay.For years, our farmers have voluntarily installed conservation practices that are making...
When it was first introduced, and before the utilities and special interests got their grubby little paws on it, the Clean Economy Act was an ambitious and far-reaching overhaul of Virginia energy policy that turned a little timid when it came to particulars. Sausage-making ensued. The bill that emerged from the...
By Mara RobbinsIn April of 2018, after re-supply to Red and Minor Terry’s tree sits had been prevented by law enforcement for over a week, it was decided that they would be fed bologna sandwiches twice a day. The officers assigned to hold them captive with 24-hour surveillance retrieved...
In December of 2017, a Republican-controlled Congress made good on freshman President Donald Trump’s pledge to overhaul the U.S. tax code. It gave wealthy people and their businesses generous tax breaks and put the nation’s growing debt on steroids.Drafters of the new tax overhaul sought to incentivize a major...
By Michael TownIn previous years, the midpoint of session was a time when we had a long list of missed opportunities, when we mourned all the good legislation to protect the environment that had died at the General Assembly and when we refocused our attention on the handful of...