After my retirement from the House of Delegates two years ago, I would frequently get the question, “do you miss it?” My response was typically: “I miss the major challenges. I would have loved to help develop the Virginia response to the pandemic.” I soon came to see that the legislature had little role to play; most of the decisions were made in the governor’s office. [Read more…]
Filibusters do occur in some state legislatures, but they rarely succeed in blocking legislation. Unlike the U.S. Senate, most state legislatures still operate on the Founders’ majoritarian principles.
While Democratic leader in the Virginia House of Delegates, I witnessed Terry McAuliffe’s lead in the 2013 governor’s race collapse in the aftermath of the botched rollout of the federal health care exchanges. He won, but only because the campaign ended before the full force of the public’s anger could be felt. [Read more…]
Virginia, there is an important election this year. It is happening right now. It will be close. And the results will make a difference— not only in the Commonwealth, but across the country. Control of the nation runs through the states, and Virginia frequently has been the bellwether of national trends. The 2017 and ’19 “blue wave” elections in the Commonwealth brought great changes: [Read more…]