Dan Catalano



Senate hopeful Tim Kaine gave a rousing introduction of Barack Obama during the President's campaign stop in Charlottesville last week. Photo: Sarah Cramer

Convention check-in: Enduring the parties’ parties

Well, here we go again. With the Democratic party spending this week in North Carolina celebrating the re-nomination of President Barack Obama, and the Republicans still cleaning up from their hurricane-shortened coronation of Mitt Romney in Florida, we are once again forced to endure two weeks of tightly scripted, substance-free political theater that combines the intellectual […]

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. Photo by James Scheuren.

McDonnell operating below the radar on abortion

Trying to pin down Bob McDonnell’s true agenda is, as the old saying goes, like trying to nail Jell-O to a wall. Since the day he was elected, our helmet-haired governor has consistently portrayed himself as a conservative straight shooter focused on righting Virginia’s economy, with little time for social-issue warfare or backstabbing political gamesmanship. […]

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Photo ©Carrie Devorah/WENN

Odd Dominion: Will Cuccinelli and climate skeptics ever learn?

There is, at this very moment, a highly amusing video burning up the YouTubes featuring Aaron Justus, weatherman for Richmond’s CBS affiliate WTVR, delivering an apocalyptic weather report in perfect deadpan. After calmly detailing “a volcanic eruption right near Charlottesville” which will bring local temperatures up to 400 degrees, he explains that the tidewater area […]

The unlikely return of George Allen

The unlikely return of George Allen

Will George Allen’s ability to capitalize on anti-Obama sentiment put him back on the political map? (Washington Time-Zuma Press) Depending on when you’re reading this, Virginia’s ex-governor, ex-senator, and ongoing political punch line George Allen is either a) the presumptive Republican senatorial nominee, or b) the actual Republican senatorial nominee. The chance that he is […]

It's election time again—let the wooing begin!

It's election time again—let the wooing begin!

President Obama made an appearance at Virginia Commonwelath University in Richmond May 5, one of two stops on his first official campaign weekend. Virginia is poised to get plenty of attention from the candidates in the lead-up to the November presidential election. (Zhang Jun/Xinhua/Zumapress.com) Unless you’ve spent the last month spelunking in Luray Caverns, we’re […]

Are Virginia's Republicans trying to reelect Barack Obama?

Are Virginia's Republicans trying to reelect Barack Obama?

 Here’s an interesting fact from last week’s Republican primary in Michigan: Although Rick Santorum recently led Mitt Romney by as much as 15 points in the polls, he ended up losing by a three-point margin. And a huge part of that 18-point swing came courtesy of women voters. In fact, if only men had voted […]

Meet the new bosses, worse than the old bosses

A common refrain when an extremist legislature is elected is that the voters didn’t realize what they were voting for. Whenever a lawmaking body goes off the deep end and starts proposing all sorts of laws that were never mentioned during campaign season, charges of bait-and-switch are never far behind. Thus, as Virginia’s Republican-controlled General […]

The year in electoral absurdity

The year in electoral absurdity

Yes, as shocking as it seems, Virginia has completed another circuit around the sun, and one more crazy political year has finally drawn to a close. And, as ever, we here at the Odd Dominion want to celebrate this historic moment by challenging you, dear readers, to a test of wits. (Or half-wits, as the […]

Rules to run by

As we reach the height of campaign season, perhaps it behooves us all to pause for a moment and review the rules of the game. We’re not claiming that politics is a piece of cake, or that following a a set of simple steps will guarantee your election. But folks, come on! If you’re going […]

Law and disorder

Law and disorder

Here’s something you may not know: As a percentage of its total population, Virginia’s incarcerated class now ranks 12th in the nation, with one out of every 89 adults currently living in prison.

T-Mac bounces back

T-Mac bounces back

As any longtime reader of this column well knows, we have an inordinate amount of affection for Terry “the Macker” McAuliffe, the Democratic party operative legendary for his fundraising prowess and appetite for political theater. You may abhor his politics, but McAuliffe is one of those outsized personalities who manages to make the process fun, […]

Blown away

Hey, we just got back from our annual two week working vacation in Rome. (We’re finishing up a series of watercolors featuring semi-nude members of the Italian parliament.) Anything exciting happen while we were gone? Appetite for self-destruction? RedState.com cofounder Erick Erickson suggested that a recent speech by Tea Party favorite Jamie Radtke (pictured) meant […]

Follow the money

Follow the money

Ah, politicians and their quasi-legal payola—it’s a love story as old as time. In the good ol’ days, the transfer of cash from businessman to elected official was a relatively straightforward affair, usually involving a fat envelope and a fine Cuban cigar. But as the glory days of William “Boss” Tweed’s Tammany Hall slowly gave […]

No charm offensive

No charm offensive

As our increasingly dysfunctional federal government limps toward a deal to raise the U.S. debt limit, I think we all can agree that no one is going to leave this messy process covered in glory. But if there is one grating personality that rises head and shoulders (and teeth and hair) above the rest, it’s […]

Political capital

Though anecdotal evidence might suggest otherwise, Virginia’s economy is actually doing quite well—especially when compared to the nation as a whole. Our unemployment rate is currently 6 percent, compared to a dismal national average of over 9 percent, and, according to a recent study released by USA Today, Virginia’s economy is now the 10th largest in the country.

Movin' on up

In politics, there are basically three kinds of travel: business, pleasure, and of necessity. And there’s nothing that lawmakers love more than combining the first two types (as a group of General Assembly members did on a recent, all-expenses-paid “fact-finding” trip to Paris—sponsored by a company that, coincidentally, wants to extract vast quantities of uranium from Pittsylvania County).