COMMENTARY

Yes, Virginia, we had ourselves a year.From the executive branch scandals in the beginning of the 2019 General Assembly session — which came on the heels of a conservative furor over a failed abortion bill mentioned by President Donald Trump in his State of the Union address — to...
By Nicole Maurantonio, University of RichmondAs Christmas approaches, many families undertake a familiar ritual: an annual sojourn to the attic, basement or closet to pull out a box of treasured ornaments bought, created and collected over years, even generations.Hanging these ornaments on the tree is an opportunity to reconnect...
More than 100 localities across the commonwealth have passed symbolic “sanctuary city” amendments, measures that have no legislative teeth, but reiterate citizens’ rights to own and bear guns.Stafford County is among the latest local governments in Virginia to adopt the stance, bracing for gun control laws promised by...
As the dusky gloom deepened on the rainy first day of February, the news hit like a thunderbolt. A photo on Ralph Northam’s page in the 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook depicted one man in a Klan outfit and another in blackface. A conservative blogger had uncovered what...
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...