COMMENTARY

Raise your hand if you ever talked about the emoluments clause in our Constitution until about 18 months ago.Most Americans never heard of it before Donald Trump became president.Many Americans, in fact, knew nothing at all about the Constitution beyond the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights, though...
Forget “all of the above.”Under Gov. Ralph Northam, Virginia’s next Energy Plan will emphasize the features of a clean energy future: solar and wind, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, energy storage and offshore wind. This marks a welcome departure from previous state energy plans, though whether the end result serves...
As Jim Bacon at Bacon's Rebellion chronicles ably and fairly here, an email by David Poole, executive director of the Virginia Public Access Project, to the nonprofit's board of directors that raised concerns about the source of our funding, leaked out to a wider audience this week.Poole had asked...
Lately, we have all been horrified by the spectacle of toddlers and other children, separated from their parents at our southern border, appearing in court alone to face deportation.While our collective distaste is justified, the truth is that people of modest means, like these asylum seekers, have been shuffled...
Thirty years ago, John Q. Public Servant had a report he had to produce for his boss, the county manager.He was tired and his kid was sick, so he left work a bit early to work on it at home.He sat down at the kitchen table after grabbing one...
You’ve heard of the “Virginia Way.”  For those inclined to consider it a cherished asset of the Old Dominion, the term conjures a tradition of restrained, courtly statesmanship and of high-minded legislating that puts principle over party and personality.At its best, they would argue, that approach to governing...
A recent headline from Lawyers Weekly (referencing a Richmond Times-Dispatch article) reads: Fraudster preyed on the poor.“A self-proclaimed credit consultant has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for ripping off debt-troubled customers in Chesterfield County,” the story says.  As any legal-aid attorney will tell you, this is...
Much has been made of longtime respected Republicans calling for voting against their own party.Steve Schmidt, a lifelong GOP activist and the man who, as John McCain’s campaign manager in 2008, brought us Sarah Palin, recently resigned from the party and said he would support Democrats this fall....