For Virginia Postrel Fans

(like me): So what do you think is at,, and

If only these sites were in a certain other state, er, commonwealth, and not Kansas or California! In any event, Virginia Postrel denies everything.

Mho (mail):
Pretty awesome account of the unintended consequences of residency restrictions. Great to see a state agency actually applying research to policy. Ginny is awesome.
1.10.2007 12:19am
Eugene Volokh (www):
Mho: OK, you've stumped me. Can you please explain?
1.10.2007 12:25am
Stephen C. Carlson (www):
No, Eugene, I think you meant "in a certain commonwealth" ....
1.10.2007 2:33am
Eugene Volokh (www):
Stephen Carlson: Cool, will update it, thanks!
1.10.2007 2:44am
Virginia Postrel (www):
Well, West Virginia is a state.
1.10.2007 3:03am
Eugene Volokh (www):
Actually, Virginia (the state, not the person) is a state, too, as both the U.S. Constitution and the Virginia Constitution say.
1.10.2007 3:38am
Mary Katherine Day-Petrano (mail):
What is the joke here? Don't get it. Did I miss out on some earlier threads or something?
1.10.2007 8:30am
Sasha Volokh (mail) (www):
This also connects with this old Virginia post (from Jan. 28, 2005 -- unfortunately, Virginia's blog doesn't display dates when you look at an individual post).
1.10.2007 8:49am
Mary Katherine - in the URLs given, postrel is a portmanteau formed from "post release," referring to the supervision of convicts after they get out of prison. But Postrel is also the last name of the writer referenced in the post, Virginia Postrel. (Sounds interesting - I will have to request one of her books from the library.)
1.10.2007 9:50am
Shangui (mail):
And the last URL notes "28 Boardman Place." Michelle?
1.10.2007 11:02am
Stephen C. Carlson (www):
Actually, Virginia (the state, not the person) is a state, too, as both the U.S. Constitution and the Virginia Constitution say.

Well, a state that likes to call itself a commonwealth.

Thanks for the tidbit about the Va. Const. By and large, the Va. Const. prefers "Commonwealth", e.g. in the oath of office: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia . . ." (Art. II, § 7)

Nevertheless, the drafters of Art. VIII § 10 were asleep at the wheel when they referred to the Commonwealth with the noun "State" -- in a provision about education no less. (The more common use of "state" as an adjective is more forgivable.)
1.10.2007 11:17am
Mary Katherine Day-Petrano (mail):
Thanks, Nikki. You can see I have not clerked in the criminal law area. What do I know? Well, I guess I know now.
1.10.2007 11:33am
Crunchy Frog:
Admit nothing.
Deny everything.
Demand proof.
1.10.2007 12:56pm
Wow. And I have to say, that Virginia Postrel would certainly be a post rel delight.
1.10.2007 7:59pm