Leahy: Three Things to Watch in Virginia
Keep an eye on the 1st Congressional District race, the redistricting lawsuit and the state budget. Each has the potential to deliver a big shock to Virginia’s political system.
Leahy: Virginia Lawmakers Are Unprepared for a Post-Roe Landscape
Democrats can play defense until the 2023 elections, when the state House and Senate will be on the ballot. Or even longer, to the 2025 gubernatorial race.
Leahy: Virginia Democrats Have No Excuse on Voting Rights
They aren’t bold leaders, fighters or change agents. Instead, they are mere extras on the broad political stage, lacking lines, direction and agency.
Leahy: Tim Kaine’s Lessons for Glenn Youngkin on Dealing With the Legislature
Pressure campaigns on policy matters stiffens the other side’s resolve.
Leahy: Harry Byrd’s Political Descendants Versus Virginians’ Voting Rights
The voting public’s rights are being undermined so as to not inconvenience a small group of politicians and their inkblot theories of representative government.
Leahy: Youngkin’s Action Persona Scrapes Against Capitol Square Tradition
He vetoed nine of the 10 bills sponsored by Sen. Adam P. Ebbin (D-Alexandria) while signing identical House bills in six of those cases. Typically a governor signs both versions, allowing both sponsors bragging rights for getting a bill passed into law.
Leahy: Want to Really Fix Virginia’s Standard Deduction? Index It.
A doubling of the standard deduction is long overdue
The Virginia Way Lives On
It’s not what’s illegal or unethical that’s a problem. It’s what’s above board and commonplace. This is the Virginia Way.
Leahy: Miyares Has a Rare Opportunity to Claim the Mantle of Voting Rights Champion from Democrats
The long-shot challenge to the establishment looks a lot better now than it did a few weeks ago
Leahy: Grading Virginia’s General Assembly Session
The Virginia General Assembly’s regular session has ended, and the worthies have (temporarily) left Richmond to its own devices. Normally, this would mean handing out grades for the various political performers, new and old alike, and gearing ourselves up for the real show this year: the November congressional elections. But the General Assembly will soon have to return to RVA to finish its most important job: completing the state budget.