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The truth about Medicaid in Virginia

Tue, 10 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500

Republican opponents of Medicaid expansion seized on a state report last month showing Virginia’s Medicaid program eating a substantial and growing portion of the state budget. The response, of course, was predictably partisan and shrill, steeped in half-truths and devoid of inconvenient facts that otherwise dismantle their position altogether.

The state's inhumane failures

Mon, 09 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500

The disgraceful and lonesome death of Jamycheal Mitchell in a concrete cell should compel state lawmakers to do whatever is necessary to prevent such a death from ever happening again.

The allegations against Sessoms

Sun, 08 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500

VIRGINIA BEACH waited nearly a year to learn the results of the investigation into conflicts of interest on the City Council. The findings announced last week - five misdemeanor summonses against Mayor Will Sessoms - revealed no concerted effort by him to profit personally.

Wrong call on Keystone pipeline

Sat, 07 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500

THE OBAMA administration’s belated decision Friday to kill the Keystone XL pipeline ends a seven-year battle that was more about the state of the world climate than about bringing oil to Texas from Canada. The problem is it’s not clear that killing the pipeline will meaningfully improve the climate or the trajectory of global warming.

Conflicting research on Antarctic melting

Fri, 06 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500

NASA SCIENTISTS are half a millimeter apart about Antarctica's annual effect on sea level rise. A new NASA study shows that Antarctica is actually adding ice faster than the continent's glaciers are melting. That conclusion is the result of immensely complicated calculations of ice height across the continent, measured by satellite altimeters.

Partisan districts find no favor

Thu, 05 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500

FOR THE first time in decades, maybe ever, every single member of Virginia's General Assembly on Tuesday's ballot was re-elected. Under normal circumstances, that would be an overwhelming endorsement of the way the commonwealth's lawmakers had conducted business and themselves. But two factors undermine that conclusion.

Republicans retain grip on capitol

Wed, 04 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500

DEMOCRATS spent months, and millions of dollars, trying to retake control of the state Senate. On Tuesday, all that effort proved for naught. Republican Sen. Frank Wagner of Virginia Beach trounced Democrat Gary McCollum in a race that had been billed as a marquee matchup for control of the chamber.

Our picks for the General Assembly

Tue, 03 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500

Millions of dollars have poured into political campaigns that will end today, mercifully, as voters across Virginia choose representatives in the state Capitol and in certain city and county offices. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., and all 140 seats in the House of Delegates and Senate will be decided through today's vote.

Smarter approach to juvenile justice

Mon, 02 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500

Across the country, research and fiscal realities have conspired to bring political opposites together to help troubled kids and keep society safer.

A plan for Norfolk to survive

Sun, 01 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0400

AMERICANS FIX things. We deal with disasters - natural and human-made - by throwing people and equipment and expertise and money at a problem until sheer will rebuilds. That approach has served us well as a nation and especially in a place like Norfolk, which has burned and flooded and been overtaken by disease and war almost continually in its very long history.