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Two Good Reasons for Democratic Leaders to Downplay Talk of Impeachment...

Don't get me wrong: I think we already know plenty enough to warrant impeaching and convicting Donald Trump, and removing him from the presidency. The...

Trump and the Republicans, or, How to Treat Gangrene

This piece is running in newspapers in VA-06, my very red congressional district represented (or mis-represented) by Bob Goodlatte. Here are the words of our...

Wednesday News: “Comey’s Memo Is the Smoking Gun of Donald Trump’s...

by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, May 17. Trump urged halt to Flynn probe, former...

Bob Goodlatte’s Violation of His Oath of Office

This is running in several newspapers in VA-06. **************** In early April, I issued a public challenge to Bob Goodlatte to debate me on the proposition: The...

“Impeach Trump?” A Movement to Shame Republicans Who Protect Trump and...

This week I challenged Bob Goodlatte, the Chair of the House Judiciary Committee. I challenged him on his home turf and, with the help...

Tomorrow Morning in Harrisonburg: Publicly Issuing the Challenge to Bob Goodlatte

Tomorrow morning, at Bob Goodlatte's office at 70 North Mason Street in Harrisonburg, at 10 AM, I will be publicly issuing the challenge to...

Impeachment Delayed is America Imperiled

It looks to me increasingly likely that the Trump presidency will end with his removal from office through impeachment (despite the effort of the...

I Challenge Bob Goodlatte to a Public Debate on Whether Donald...

I intend to pose the following public challenge to Representative Bob Goodlatte (VA-06), Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, against whom I ran in...

Why It’s Time to Impeach Ken Cuccinelli

Cross posted at Daily Kos

The moment to impeach a public official is when they begin to represent a tangible threat to the very democracy they have been elected to serve.  This moment has come for Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

There are a number of potential grounds upon which to make the case against Cuccinelli, who has spent his first year in office pursuing partisan goose chases rather than performing his job as the chief legal officer for ALL Virginians.  But I will focus on just one issue, the one that, I believe, is so utterly offensive to the American democratic tradition that it demands an equally aggressive rebuke.

And that is his relentless pursuit of Professor Michael Mann and the University of Virginia, in a poisonously misguided effort to turn the threat some vested interests feel at the concept of climate change into an official state criminal investigation of a scientist for his research.  Cooch's decision to appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court the rightful ruling of Judge Paul Peatross, who threw out Cooch's baseless case against Mann, shows that a state official who will not listen to reason needs to be challenged himself.

We are not talking here about politicians having policy differences and hashing them out fairly and squarely in the public arena.  Cuccinelli's witch hunt against Mann escalates our political wars to the unheard-of level of actually criminalizing scientific research that threatens one's donors.  Let's be blunt here: we are talking here about an unprecedented act in American history.