ACS Election Guide

November 2, 2009 | Comments Off on ACS Election Guide

The American Constitution Society has prepared the following Election Guide, which provides a brief summary of the positions of the candidates in tomorrow’s election for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and the House of Delegates (64th District). As a nonpartisan organization, ACS does not endorse or take a position on any candidate, but we hope […]

McDonnell: Scholar…Governor…Both…Neither…?

September 21, 2009 | Comments Off on McDonnell: Scholar…Governor…Both…Neither…?

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell is confronting a particularly tricky political opponent: himself. Twenty years ago, at the age of 34, McDonnell wrote an academic thesis titled “The Republican Party’s Vision for the Family: The Compelling Issues of the Decade.” Among other gender-based policy topics, his thesis opposed federal tax credits for child care expenditures, […]

2008: The Year of the Young Voter (Revisited)

November 11, 2008 | Comments Off on 2008: The Year of the Young Voter (Revisited)

Young voters were an important factor in the 2008 election outcome.  Official results are forthcoming, but Rock the Vote reports that an estimated 54.5 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds turned out last Tuesday.  This was an increase of nearly six percent from 2004 and almost 15 percent from 2000.  A record 24 million young people […]

Guns n’ Taxes

March 17, 2008 | Comments Off on Guns n’ Taxes

After stumbling on a recent news story about concealed weapons in restaurants, I decided to do a little digging on Virginia’s gun control laws. On March 4, Governor Kaine vetoed a Virginia state bill that would have allowed people to carry concealed weapons into restaurants that serve alcohol. Currently, it is only legal to carry […]

VA Attorney General Bob McDonnell Visits W&M

February 27, 2008 | Comments Off on VA Attorney General Bob McDonnell Visits W&M

Virginia Attorney General, Bob McDonnell, visited William & Mary School of Law earlier today and spoke to The Federalist Society and guests. Although ACS and I have some strong ideological differences with AG McDonnell, he should be commended for staying relatively non-partisan in his lecture. AG McDonnell touched on a variety of topics, and also […]

A POV on BOVs

February 20, 2008 | Comments Off on A POV on BOVs

William & Mary’s Board of Visitors recently decided not to renew President Nichol’s contract. As a result of their actions, President Nichol resigned from his position. I am no stranger to heavy-handed and ill-informed decisions passed by a Board of Visitors. I attended Virginia Tech when its Board of Visitors voted to dismantle affirmative action. […]

Senate Immunizes Warrantless Wiretapping

February 14, 2008 | Comments Off on Senate Immunizes Warrantless Wiretapping

Jim Webb, John Warner, and a supermajority of the Senate (68-29), just sold you out. The Senate just passed a bill which would excuse the telecommunications companies for violating the rights that same Senate conferred upon you. Make no mistake, there hasn’t been the slightest suggestion that what they did was legal. Rather, those supporting […]

Abercrombie & F#t@$

February 4, 2008 | Comments Off on Abercrombie & F#t@$

Lynnhaven Mall in Virginia Beach has long held a special place in my heart. Whether attending friends’ birthday parties at Aladdin’s Castle Arcade, or hitting up PG-13 movies at the old upstairs theater, Lynnhaven Mall has always been a place that Hampton Roads natives like myself have congregated. Historically, Virginia Beach has been a city […]

Guns and Virginia

November 13, 2007 | Comments Off on Guns and Virginia

This week, there was another disturbing reminder about the ease with which school shootings or public shootings can occur. The event reported on CNN is based out of Pennsylvania, where a boy has been questioned regarding communications that he had with another individual who killed eight people in Finland, before turning the gun on himself. […]

Granted Cert: Admissibility of Search Incident to Unlawful Arrest

September 25, 2007 | Comments Off on Granted Cert: Admissibility of Search Incident to Unlawful Arrest

Virginia law provides that an officer may not arrest someone detained for a misdemeanor, but must rather rely on a summons and release them. In this case David Moore was stopped on suspicion of driving on a suspended license, he was arrested, and in a subsequent search police found 16 grams of crack cocaine (an […]

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