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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Editor's Notebook

Editor’s Notebook: Come now … this isn’t really about the environment

A grocery store that shall remain unnamed except it isn't either Giant or Safeway put out a press release a couple of days ago, saying that it was doing away with plastic bags in Northern Virginia, and intimating it...

Editor’s Notebook: Never underestimate the ‘share-a-brewski’ factor

Opinions are like you-know-whats -- we've all got them and frequently they stink -- so it's no surprise that pollsters and pundits are coming out of the woodwork to explain what went right for Republicans and what went wrong...

Editor’s Notebook: Another real-estate milestone falls

A couple of weeks ago, we did an article in which it was noted that, in Fairfax County, the average sales price for single-family homes was edging ever closer to the $1 million mark. In the article, we asked top...

Editor’s Notebook: Please spare us this, big guy upstairs

Were he a betting man, Del. Alfonso Lopez told a gathering of seasoned Arlington Democrats this week, he'd wager that the courts will rule that Virginia has to hold yet another House of Delegates campaign in 2022, this one...

Editor’s Notebook: Oh, boo hoo hoo for you!

Get those tiny violins out – we’re holding the world’s smallest “pity party” today! Wednesday's front page of The Washington Post, which I passed while getting a Big Gulp for caffeination, had an above-the-fold story down the left that, at...

Editor’s Notebook: The Democrats’ rural problem

We'll see if they actually want to come to grips with it, but last week's Virginia election certainly showed Democrats have themselves a "rural problem." As Del. Alfonso Lopez put it yesterday during an online confab with senior Democrats in...

Editor’s Notebook: Back when N.Va. swung both ways

Here's one from the way-back column, this past week in 1980. As Ronald Reagan and Republicans were basking in the afterglow of a big election victory, local Democrats were trying to pick up the pieces. As late as 1980, all of...

Editor’s Notebook: Channeling his inner John Major …

It took a while, but I've finally figured out who Glenn Youngkin's political spiritual guiding light was. Whether Youngkin is aware of it or not, it is former British Prime Minister John Major. Think about it: Back in the early...

Editor’s Notebook: All signs point to cleaner medians

Good news on the campaign-sign-clearing front -- it looks like most campaigns and political organizations have decided to remove their signage from medians far sooner than the rules allow. Arlington Democrats estimate they removed 80% of signage from medians on...

Editor’s Notebook: Random election jottings

Let's start off the day with something nice: Giving credit where credit is due for an adult response to the events of the week. The Democratic caucus of the Virginia State Senate yesterday put out a respectful, decent statement congratulating...
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Editor’s Notebook: Get those boxes packed!

Yesterday marked the first day that sports czar Dave and I took some boxes from our current office across...
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