COMMENTARY

Mercury commentary ICYMI: Roger Chesley noted that statesmen like former Virginia Republican Sen. John Warner are in short supply in the modern GOP of Trump. In a guest column, Northwestern University professor Steven Lubet reminds us that senators aren't really jurors in impeachment trials. Bob Lewis bids good riddance...
We have few honest brokers in Congress anymore.It’s one of the most inarguable statements about the lawmakers sitting in judgment of Donald Trump. The House of Representatives, controlled by Democrats, just approved two articles of impeachment against the president because Trump urged a foreign nation – Ukraine – to dig...
By Steven Lubet, Northwestern UniversitySenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell created a predictable stir when he told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he would structure the impending impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in “total coordination with the White House counsel’s office.” He added, “There will be no difference...
You’re driving along when blue strobes begin flashing not too far off your rear bumper and you pull to the side of the road. It’s a busted taillight, maybe expired tags or driving a few miles per hour over the speed limit. “License and registration please.”You know the...
The weekender: Our round-up of Virginia opinion.  Mercury commentary ICYMI: In a guest op-ed, Kim Bobo, executive director of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, looked forward to the policy balance in traditionally pro-business Virginia shifting back toward workers during this General Assembly session.Mercury columnist Bob Lewis explored how much the...
By Kim BoboOver the last decade, Virginia’s House and Senate Commerce and Labor committees pretty much ignored the labor side of the equation. Ranked the top state for doing business, Virginia is also ranked the worst state for workers.Addressing Virginia’s pitiful labor protections and raising a few core standards...
By Timothy Joseph Unhinged leaders, dynastic intrigue, devastation and plunder: For 15 years I have been researching and teaching the ancient historian Tacitus’ works on the history of the Roman Empire. It has rarely been difficult to find echoes of the history he describes in current events.I’m not the first...
By Kyle Shreve Biomass remains a renewable energy source that continues to be an integral part of Virginia’s energy solution. This biproduct of the forestry industry produced nearly 7 percent of Virginia’s energy in 2018 according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. However, a commentary recently published in the Virginia...
By Harry Gewanter, MDBelieve it or not, there is a rare oasis of agreement in Washington, D.C.: Everyone wants to do something to stop so-called “surprise” medical bills.But, since nothing is simple in Washington (or with health care), the quest for a quick fix brings potential risks of making...
A fundamental clash over gun rights and gun control looms a few weeks away and resolving it could test the operational structure of Virginia government and the rule of law.  Across the commonwealth, rural localities are declaring themselves “Second Amendment sanctuaries” in response to last month’s election that gave Democrats...