Up-to-date analysis of the local political landscape
Monday, September 24, 2018
UPDATE: The Race in the Virginia 2nd District
I was star-struck by Democratic candidate Elaine Luria way back on January 30. She was already turning heads as an ex-Navy commander running as the insurgent in a military-heavy district. Since then, she's continued and built a credible and effective campaign against a first-term Republican, Congressman Scott Taylor, a swaggering ex-Navy Seal who should have the seat sewn up by now.
J.W. Williamson was the founding editor in 1972 of the Appalachian Journal: A Regional Studies Review, which he edited until July of 2000. He has taught college classes in Appalachian history, cultural politics, and literature, and he has lectured widely on the pop-culture history of "Appalachia" in the American consciousness. His books include Interviewing Appalachia, Southern Mountaineers in Silent Films, and Hillbillyland: What the Mountains Did to the Movies and What the Movies Did to the Mountains. He has won the Thomas Wolfe Award given by the Western North Carolina Historical Society, the Laurel Leaves Award given by the Appalachian Consortium, a special Weatherford Award given by Berea College, and the Cratis Williams-James Brown Award given by the Appalachian Studies Association.
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