Monthly Archives: October 2014

Vote “Yes” / Vote “No”

In addition to the usual Federal races on Tuesday, there will be ballot questions for local voters.  Here’s where I stand. The first involves a proposed constitutional amendment permitting localities to exempt from real property taxes the surviving spouses of … Continue reading

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“The McRib is Back” (and other things I learned in Richmond today)

This morning I was back in Richmond.  Ironically, it was not for state politics but rather an argument before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. I wrote last month about appearing before the Virginia Supreme Court.  … Continue reading

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E-Day Looms for Warner Re-elect

Today was a stunning fall afternoon.  Sharon had the older children and I was in charge of my three year old Ida Grace.  (Is it “babysitting” when you watch your own kid?) In the afternoon, I took Ida by the … Continue reading

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Data Collection (Part Deux) in Virginia

See yesterday’s article in the Virginian-Pilot. Again, Virginia law (Section 2.2-3800) is very clear:  government cannot hold personal information in covert databases, which are inaccessible to ordinary citizens.  Nor can it collect this personal data “except as explicitly or implicitly … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Alcohol in Virginia

A couple days ago, the Governor announced that our recent budget shortfall would be covered (in part) by an increase in taxes on ABC products.  But how did we get an ABC?  And why does the state regulate alcohol sales? … Continue reading

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