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February 2, 2022
A Landmark Environmental Precedent Was Just Set in Virginia
Thanks to frontline activists and a new law promoting environmental justice, Virginia became one of the first states to recognize the disproportionate impact of pollution on Black, Indigenous, and low-income communities.
Crystal “Red Bear” Cavalier-Keck
January 25, 2022
Virginia Is for Suckers
If you were a Joe Biden/Glenn Youngkin voter, you ignored a lot of evidence that the man in fleece was no moderate.
November 17, 2021
There’s Still More to Learn From Virginia
Much of the commentary since this month’s off-year elections in Virginia missed these key mistakes that Democrats made leading to losses up and down the ticket.
November 16, 2021
Progressives Can No Longer Cede School Boards to the GOP
They should treat them as political arenas in which to fight—and win.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
November 11, 2021
Virginia Republicans Perfected the Post-Trump Dog Whistle
Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin figured out exactly how far, and how close, to keep Donald Trump.
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November 9, 2021
The Anatomy of a Dog Whistle
Acting outside of our awareness, using frequencies we may not consciously hear, dog whistles evade our better angels on race.
November 8, 2021
“Corporate Democrat Goes Down to Defeat in Virginia”…
...is a headline you didn’t see last week. But it contains more truth than all the scare-mongering over critical race theory.
Jennifer C. Berkshire
November 3, 2021
Lessons From Virginia: You Can’t Ignore the Civil War
America’s unresolved racial identity crisis continues to define US politics.
November 3, 2021
Virginia Is a Wake-Up Call for Democrats Before the Midterms
Those suburban voters Democrats are banking on? They might be going home to the post-Trump GOP.
October 27, 2021
These Two Virginia Democratic Women Have a Real Shot at Flipping GOP Seats
Although the national narrative is “Virginia Dems are in disarray,” there are some bright spots for progressives.