Author Archives: Kerry Dougherty

About Kerry Dougherty

Kerry Dougherty spent 42 years in daily journalism, working for the Washington Post and The Virginian-Pilot, where she spent 17 years as a metro columnist. In December2017 she accepted a severance package from The Pilot and launched She lives in Virginia Beach. She may be reached at

Unfair Double Standards Rule

“How is this fair?” Shannon Jones wants to know. How is it that her grandfather’s funeral was forced – by order of the governor – to be almost a non-event while demonstrators and protestors violate Virginia’s 10-person crowd-size rules with … Continue reading

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Behaving Like a Commonwealth

Gov. Ralph Northam’s press conferences are weird, unsettling events. They’re free of the fireworks and drama that are a regular feature of the president’s wild pressers. But there’s a sense of quiet despair and dictatorial impulses about them. Northam is … Continue reading

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Virginia’s Vengeful Politicians

Terry McAuliffe is a terrific politician. If you’ve met the former Virginia governor you know what I mean. He’s smooth. He oozes charm. Like many skilled politicians, underneath that affable exterior lurks a ruthless operator with an elephantine memory. Just … Continue reading

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