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McDonnell Trial Reviewed(1)

October 30, 2014

In closing statements of former Governor Bob McDonnell’s August trial, lead prosecutor Michael Dry made a remarkable statement. McDonnell had flat-out denied key testimony of star witness Jonnie R. Williams, a suspected con man under federal investigation who had agreed to testify in exchange for a generous immunity agreement. Dry acknowledged that jurors might suspect […]

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Contracting Government Services Can Work

Editor’s Note: Virginia has been a leader in public private partnerships (P3’s) and in contracting out government services. The recent problems with P3’s on the proposed new highway 460 should not stop this process, but should be a caution that all such programs, large and small, need to be carefully thought through.) Despite decades of […]

Some Thoughts on Social Security

Today our local newspapers headlines were that the president was backing off from Social Security cuts in his budget which will be released early in March. As someone who receives Social Security, and also one hoping his own children will have a decent retirement which will include Social Security, it got me to thinking about […]

Better Government through Better Metrics

Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones wants to tackle the city’s entrenched poverty, and he wants to do it by investing smartly in community revitalization efforts. The big question is, what works? Supporting job training might seem a logical way for the city to lift people out of poverty. But what good is job training if poor […]

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