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Sentara and the Judge

by James C. Sherlock Updated Feb. 23 at 2:15 pm In an ongoing series of reports, Ray Locker, enterprise and investigative editor of the Checks and Balances Project, has exposed a story with far-reaching implications. Norfolk Circuit Court Chief Judge Mary … Continue reading

Crash and Burn

Lots of truly awful legislation is making its way through the General Assembly, but at least two of the worst bills appear to be dead. No guarantees they won’t be back next year, but we can rest easy for now. … Continue reading

What If They Gave a Health Care Plan and Nobody Paid?

Here’s the news you heard: More than 8 million Americans signed up for Obamacare through state market exchanges. Here’s the news you didn’t hear: One third of those 8 million did not pay their first month’s insurance premium. The Obama administration … Continue reading

The Promise and Pitfalls of P3s

The $2.1 billion Midtown-Downtown Tunnel project will alleviate some of the worst traffic congestion in Hampton Roads. But the deal raises questions about transparency and accountability in Virginia’s public-private partnership law. Continue reading

Chesapeake Regional Medical Center Sues Sentara – Again

by James C. Sherlock A tip of the hat to my friends at Checks and Balances Project for alerting us to a new civil suit filed April 27 against Sentara by Chesapeake Regional Medical Center (CRMC). I will comment on … Continue reading

Mark Herring’s Worst Thanksgiving –  Conspiracy Against EVMS may lead to Federal Involvement

by James C. Sherlock Scandals are sometimes overrated. Not this one. I have reported here before on the strange case of the EVMS-ODU merger. I posted here on Nov 1, Nov 2  and Nov 3 with my own concerns on … Continue reading

In Energy Studies, No Renewables, Please

By Peter Galuszka For years, Virginia Tech has operated the Center for Coal Research which is dedicated to studying bituminous product, enhance its marketability and make mining it safer and less environmentally destructive. The center receives funding and has sponsors … Continue reading

Innovation in the Business of Higher Education

Virginia universities shared business best practices today at Virginia Commonwealth University with the hope of finding ways to shave costs and improve the student experience.  George Mason University expects to save $3 million over the life of a five-year contract … Continue reading

Cutting the Strings

The 2005 covenant between the state and higher-ed has given public institutions more autonomy, flexibility, and, above all, control over tuition. This is the second of four articles exploring higher-education accountability in Virginia since enactment of the 2005 “Restructuring Higher … Continue reading

Our Way or the Highway

by James A. Bacon James E. Rich has resigned from his position at the Commonwealth Transportation Board under pressure from the McDonnell administration. The Culpeper transportation district representative had opposed funding of the controversial Charlottesville Bypass and then had tried … Continue reading

Tarheel Lawsuit Could Change VDOT Planning Practices

The proposed Monroe Bypass south of Charlotte. (Click for more legible image.) A lawsuit filed against a proposed bypass near Charlotte, N.C., could have a big impact on how road and highway projects are decided in Virginia. If a coalition … Continue reading

Trani Gets Some Payback

A word to the Wise: be wary when you mess with a street-wise Italian guy from Philly. That’s Eugene P. Trani, the outgoing president of Virginia Commonwealth University, to be precise. Trani’s 19-year tenure at VCU has been marked by … Continue reading

Regional Government Reveals the Rot in the Republican Party

Jim Bacon gave me dispensation for this longish post because it is one perspective on the Virginia political process today. HB 6055 is the son of Frankenstein (HB 3202) that was ruled Un-Constitutional by the Virginia Supreme Court. The arrogance … Continue reading

Grab Your Pitchforks, the Rebellion is Here!

The April 3, 2006, edition of the Bacon’s Rebellion e-zine has been published. You can view it here. This week’s columns include: Pod PeopleBy stringing disconnected pods of development along our main roads, local planning policies force Virginians into their … Continue reading