COMMENTARY

By Susan J. DemasPresident Donald Trump will almost certainly be impeached — it’s now just a matter of narrowing down the list of high crimes and misdemeanors and checking it twice.But as details emerge every day of his not-very-sophisticated plot to allegedly extort the Ukraine government into smearing a...
The headline from Tuesday’s election was that Democrats had taken control of both the legislative and executive branches of Virginia government for the first time since 1993.The blue sweep of the House of Delegates and the Senate combined with the party’s owning the offices of governor, lieutenant governor and...
The Weekender: a round-up of opinion and commentary across Virginia The aftermath: Tuesday saw a seismic election for Virginia, giving Democrats full control of state government for the first time since 1993. Commentary on what it means and what comes next dominated opinion pages in the ensuing days.From the Mercury: My...
Virginia’s State Corporation Commission has approved Dominion Energy Virginia’s request to offer a new product to electric utility customers who want to buy renewable energy at a discount but lack the knowledge to understand when they are being taken for chumps. “Rider REC” is an ultra-cheap version of the company’s...
What a world of a difference nine months and an election make.In February, Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam was fighting for his political life, with the blackface revelation and his less-than-inspiring response prompting widespread calls for his resignation from many in his party, which captured control of the General Assembly...
VIRGINIA BEACH — Abortion. Rejection of Donald Trump and all his minions. A desire to show their children that, through voting, they can effect change.Those were the reasons repeated time and time again by voters in Suffolk and Virginia Beach on Tuesday. Local and state candidates were on the...
It’s not every day that the names of a major utility and the nation’s largest grassroots environmental organization share space on a banner. But at the American Wind Energy Association’s annual offshore wind conference earlier this month in Boston, the logos of the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club...
Tomorrow, the 2019 campaign comes to its merciful and overdue end. There’s little new to say on election eve, and who isn’t bone-weary of politics by now. So allow me today to share something rarely found the past few months: a story about a young man who responded to...
Election Day is almost here. From mailers to TV spots, the mud is flying fast and furious, spurred by sky-high levels of campaign spending. It's all a reminder of what's at stake Tuesday: control of the Capitol.Mercury columnist Bob Lewis, a veteran former AP statehouse reporter, explained in his first column...
By James ParrishAs Election Day approaches, candidates across the commonwealth are knocking on doors and picking up phones to woo potential voters.One issue that demands attention from voters is each candidate’s stance on protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Virginia.Many people are surprised to learn that...