This was not an opinion piece, but a news story. Kudos for Michael Hardy and Jeff Shapiro for calling it like it is.

Against the backdrop of November’s elections for the House of Delegates’ 100 seats and the three statewide offices, lawmakers flooded the assembly in-basket with bills that sometimes seemed more symbolic, even silly, than substantive.

They were, in legislative parlance, “brochure issues” tailored to stir voters, never mind that the legislation stood little chance of being endorsed by lawmakers.