Ask Mrs. Vera: Do you find last week’s election results encouraging?

Mrs. Vera with Doll House

Dear Mrs. Vera,

Do you find last week’s election results encouraging?

Yours not convinced truly, Ken…Cloacanellie? Canolismelly? Cootchycootchycoo-new-hell-pee?

Mrs. Vera Newman,San Francisco, California.Photo: Michael Johnstone

Dear Mr. Cucinelli,

Not knowing the spelling of one’s last name can lead to some confusion at the ballot box and that may have been a factor in your defeat you could have anticipated, but it’s too late, now.… [Read more]

Race for the Virginia Governor’s Office: Choices

Virginia Governor's Mansion

Many of us pay attention to national elections and our local political races. It’s often a challenge to get people to pay attention to elections that don’t have impact them directly. One political race, however, is receiving widespread attention: the Virginia governor’s race.

The recent fundraising e-mail sent by the Democratic Governors Association is a reminder of the stakes :

Friends,BREAKING: A new Roanoke College poll on the Virginia governor’s race shows radical Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli beating our Democratic candidate, Terry McAuliffe, 34-29.[Read more]

The 2012 Dark Horse Candidate: Hurricane Sandy?

And you thought voter ID laws would be a deterrent to the Democratic vote...

Hunkered down in my apartment in Virginia Beach, VA, I’ve been running circles from the windows to the TV to the computer, obsessing on Hurricane Sandy since 3:45 Monday morning. I noticed something unusual—little to no political ads. Not much in the way of campaign propaganda whatsoever. Was I simply sleep deprived, or was something unusual going on?… [Read more]

President’s Day 2012: The Day Democracy Lived in Virginia

Pro Choice

The start of last week marked the 132nd President’s Day.  It also marked an historic march on Richmond, Virginia, in the name of Democracy.  According to the AP, “…about 1,400 people, most of them women, linked arms to form a silent human cordon along the Capitol Square walkways that legislators use between the state Capitol and their legislative offices.”

Why did these women do this? … [Read more]

The Virginia Loyalty Oath: More Than A Step Backwards

Virginia Loyalty Oath

The Loyalty Oath enacted by Virginia Republicans in December of 2011 is already receiving severe criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike. The oath, voted in by the GOP State Central Committee, requires any person voting in the Republican primary on March 6th to sign a statement.  Voters are expected to sign this oath prior to casting their ballots requiring the voter to support the nominated Republican candidate for president.… [Read more]