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Tom McLaughlin

Off to the races

I’m trying to stick to a new diet — the no mas presidential punditry meal plan — but there is political news this week on the more local level: the field is set in the race to succeed Congressman Robert Hurt in Virginia’s 5th District.

True colors

Is anyone surprised that Mecklenburg County's east-west divide would flare up and shoot some sparks into the debate over new school facilities?

A big cup of mea culpa

After all we’ve witnessed not even five months into 2016, I think a reasonable case can be made for the social value of shaming. So let’s get started — me first.

Critical mass

Now that the train is rolling, let’s see if we can keep it from jumping the tracks.

Lighting the fires

It truly is sad to realize that one of America’s two major political parties is on the verge of nominating a bigoted, loud-mouthed bankruptcy artist for president and all that GOP pooh-bahs can do about it is bleat like little sheep

Best laid plans

Let’s spin the wheel and see where it lands:

The party decides

They say the nastiest fights are over the smallest stakes, and the point was proven all over again Thursday night in South Boston. The occasion was a mass meeting of Halifax County Republicans, an event that featured various factions of the party casting Grand Old Poxes on each other’s houses. Because why? you ask. Get a load of this: the battle was over who gets to preside as county unit chair. Be still my beating heart.

Room for debate

It’s not often you see the Halifax County Board of Supervisors defy the will of a full room of citizens when rendering a decision, but that’s exactly what board members did Monday night by voting 7-0 to sell the old Halifax Elementary School property to Echelon Resources, a Richmond-based redevelopment company. Echelon’s proposal to convert the surplus school building into market-rate apartments has been overshadowed in recent weeks by a competing offer by Jack Dunavant, and the Halifax businessman and council member brought a big crowd in support of his plans for “Houston Place” to the supervisors’ meeting Monday night.

A time of choosing

I hate to have to say I told you so, but I told you so — for the last 30 years, really, but with growing alarm over the past 15 years, give or take. A lot of y’all didn’t want to hear it, and mocked the very idea that a one-note liberal like me would have anything worthwhile to say on the subject, but it’s finally become impossible to deny the obvious: There’s something seriously wrong with the Republican Party.

Ego and the id

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