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In Virginia Beach and Suffolk, Trump loomed large in hard-fought battles for control of the legislature

BY: - November 6, 2019

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 ballot. Most said they’ve voted […]

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Virginia is all-in on offshore wind but Dominion’s decision raises questions about cost, competence

BY: - November 4, 2019

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 and Dominion Energy bookended those of […]

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‘A great deal of happiness’: Remember, there’s a lot more to life than elections

BY: - November 4, 2019

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 his own adversity by putting others’ […]

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THE WEEKENDER: a round-up of opinion and commentary across Virginia

BY: - November 3, 2019

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 for us why this year is […]

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LGBT Virginians want leaders to champion Virginia values

BY: - October 29, 2019

By James Parrish As 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 in this day […]

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A once-in-a-generation reboot election heightens stakes in Va. House, Senate races

BY: - October 28, 2019

The curse (or blessing, depending on your viewpoint) of Virginia public life is that every year brings an election. Each is distinct in rhythm and intensity.  Presidential elections bring the most spending, passion and highest turnouts. One year later, Virginia elects its governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. Then come the “off-year” federal elections for […]

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Prediction: It will be another ‘health care election’

BY: - October 28, 2019

The 2018 midterms were a “health care election.” Mobilized by the Republican Congress’ attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, midterm voters turned out in the highest percentage since 1914 and sent Democrats to control the House of Representatives. The 2017 election in Virginia was a health care election, too. More than 70 percent of […]

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The Weekender: a round-up of opinions from across Virginia

BY: - October 27, 2019

Mercury commentary you might have missed: Roger Chesley reminded elected officials, who often seem to view themselves as indispensable, that they’re all replaceable. And, in a guest op-ed, attorney Jon Sokolow made the connection between the long-running struggle for civil rights and the fight against Dominion Energy’s proposed Buckingham compressor station, part of the Atlantic Coast […]

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Virginia is again at the center of a major civil rights battle: Once again, it’s on the wrong side

BY: - October 25, 2019

By Jonathan Sokolow The year 1963 was transformative in the Civil Rights Movement and in our country. In January, George Wallace was inaugurated as governor of Alabama, pledging “segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever.” In April, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested while leading a campaign in Birmingham that is most remembered for […]

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Elected officials, take heed: You’re all replaceable 

BY: - October 24, 2019

I’ll never run for elective office – not that the electorate is pining for me, anyway. Because when you throw your hat into the ring, private issues suddenly become fair game for public scrutiny. Things the news media wouldn’t cover involving everyday citizens suddenly show up on the front page, live at 6 p.m., or […]

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The Weekender: Impeachment, eulogies, guns, gubbins and more

BY: - October 20, 2019

The Weekender: a round-up of opinions from across Virginia. Mercury commentary this week that you might have missed: If there’s a tie election this year in a House of Delegates or Senate race, we’re still going to the bowl (a random drawing). But that needs to change, I argue. Roger Chesley says a judge’s decision striking down Virginia’s requirement to identify […]

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Preserving access to safe, legal abortion in Virginia

BY: - October 18, 2019

By Paulette McElwain The Supreme Court just demonstrated exactly how crucial the Nov. 5 election will be for the future of access to safe, legal abortion in Virginia. The court announced it will review a Louisiana abortion restriction nearly identical to one of the Texas restrictions struck down by the court in Whole Woman’s Health […]