Virginia Politics and Business Should be More than Roads & Bridges

Over at the Bacon’s Rebellion blog yesterday, I read an interesting post by James Bacon on economic development in Virginia. It is well worth a read. Then come back here. It reminded me of a subject I’ve been studying for several years now, the North/South divide in Virginia politics. If you spend any appreciable amount …

Media Fueling Division in Richmond, Arm of the Democratic Party of Virginia?

It seems that events in Richmond keep taking a more partisan tinge. Harsh at times. Most of it not based in political reality. And, as I penned yesterday, increasingly ethnic focused. This is bad on all counts. If you want to move product you need less rhetoric, more substance. Along similar lines, D.J. Spiker posted …

[insert your issue here]-baiting makes for bad politics, in Virginia and Everywhere Else

Whether red-baiting or race-baiting or [insert your issue here]-baiting, it all makes for bad politics. In turn, bad politics makes for bad policy. And, bad news too. Consider this headline from a recent Roanoke Times article, “Don’t believe Senate GOP looks out for blacks“. Really? Absolutely not necessary. The Virginia Republican party leaders should call …

Virginia Uranium: Dig Baby Dig

A lot of folks in Virginia have no idea that the Commonwealth has large deposits of uranium. It can be a very lucrative money maker for Virginia. The thing is, the Virginia government says it cannot be mined. You can explore it, but not extract it. At least not yet. The Virginia Assembly has taken …

The Hungry Government Syndrome Spreads to Virginia

When economic times are tough, governments get hungry – especially the local governments. In my parts of the Commonwealth – Northern Virginia – higher taxes and regulations are how most of the local governments survive. Rather than cut services that should be done by the private sector and reduce red tape, taxes go up and …

Around the Commonwealth …

About three hours from Washington, DC at Virginia’s Eastern Shore is the NASA Wallops Flight Facility and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS). Established in 1945, the spaceport provides launch support services and facilities to the U.S. government, the private sector, and academia. This week NASA will be testing a potential new crew abort method for …