Most Virginians support gay marriage.

Just over five years ago I wrote this about the Virginia constitutional amendment to prohibit gay marriage: So we’re going to spend a lot of time and effort into passing a constitutional amendment to ban something that’s already illegal, only to have the state collectively slap itself on the forehead in 5-10 years when everybody […]

About the three constitutional amendments on the ballot.

There are three constitutional amendments on the ballot on Tuesday that are worth bringing up here, if only as a form of education (for all of us). Here are some quick notes on each of them. The first is a bit of Dillon Rule busywork: Shall Section 6 of Article X of the Constitution of […]

Del. Marshall explains the constitutional exception to bill limits.

This was the first year in which the House of Delegates has had a self-imposed 15-bills-per-person limit. So while in 2008 there were 2,234 bills introduced, that dropped to 1,774 this year (and that includes bills carried over from the prior session), a 21% reduction. But the limit isn’t really 15—it’s possible to introduce more. […]

Albemarle’s useless DUI checkpoint.

DUI police checkpoints aren’t just unconstitutional, they’re also ineffective. Albemarle’s stopped 545 vehicles last night, and found two people who above the limit. That’s a 0.3% success rate making it, by any rationale, a total waste of time. More effective? Watch the cars go by and pull over the people who are driving badly. That […]