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SUPPORTING MARIJUANA DECRIMINALIZATION IN VIRGINIA

This article originally appeared in RVA Magazine on 8/1/17. An archive is here. One of the ever-present issues in 2017 is the debate surrounding marijuana decriminalization and legalization. As support for marijuana increases nationally, legislators have been forced to respond by modernizing their positions. Republicans used to be united in their opposition to drug legalization, but it has become… Continue reading SUPPORTING MARIJUANA DECRIMINALIZATION IN VIRGINIA

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Equality Virginia endorses incumbent House candidates

This article was origianlly published in GayRVA on 7/13/17. Archives are here, here, here and here. Equality Virginia’s Political Action Committee (EVPAC) recently announced its endorsement of 17 incumbent candidates (all Democrats) for the House of Delegates in the 2017 election. These endorsements are based on the candidates’ answers in a survey from EVPAC. The candidates claimed in the survey that, if… Continue reading Equality Virginia endorses incumbent House candidates

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RESTAURATEUR RUNS FOR HOUSE OF DELEGATES AS LIBERTARIAN

This article originally appeared in RVA Magazine on 7/17/17. Archives are here, here and here. Jake Crocker has been a small business owner in Richmond for years, and currently owns three restaurants (Uptown Market & Deli, F.W. Sullivan’s and Lady N’awlins) in the city. Now, however, he is venturing out to try something new: he is running as a Libertarian candidate for… Continue reading RESTAURATEUR RUNS FOR HOUSE OF DELEGATES AS LIBERTARIAN

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BOOTLEGGERS, BANDITS, AND THE HISTORY OF PROHIBITION IN VIRGINIA

This year marks around the 100th anniversary of Prohibition, also known as the Temperance Movement. Prohibition was an early 1900s social movement against alcohol and the Library of Virginia (LVA) is hosting a new exhibit called, Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled on the events surrounding this very sober timeframe in Virginia’s history.

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Openly gay democratic candidate Ben Hixon aims to unseat conservative Culpeper incumbent, provide voice for rural ‘progressive libertarians’

This article originally appeared in GayRVA on 7/20/17. Archives can be found here and here. A rural Virginia gay man is challenging the author of last year’s failed “religious freedom” bill for Virginia’s 30th House District. Until last month the delegate in question, Delegate Nicholas “Nick” Frietas (R-30) was running unopposed in his reelection campaign. However, that has now changed… Continue reading Openly gay democratic candidate Ben Hixon aims to unseat conservative Culpeper incumbent, provide voice for rural ‘progressive libertarians’

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What do the candidates for governor think of the Confederate monuments?

A large flashpoint recently has been the debate over monuments to the Confederacy in public spaces. One of the most flamboyant voices in this debate was Corey Stewart before he came in second place in the Republican primary. Now he has been replaced by Ed Gillespie, a more establishment candidate. Still, the ever-present debate over… Continue reading What do the candidates for governor think of the Confederate monuments?