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  • Former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder Will Not Endorse Obama Again

    11/05/2012 6:33:10 PM PST · by muawiyah · 15 replies
    Gather ^ | nov 5, 2012 | Renee Nal
    Former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder endorsed President Obama in 2008. America's first Black American Governor has opted not to endorse a president this time around.
  • Wilder raises doubts about Obama in battleground Virginia

    11/02/2012 3:14:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 1, 2012 | Steve Contorno
    Former Virginia Gov. Doug Wilder, America's first elected black governor, has his own reservations about America's first black president, Barack Obama. Wilder, an emphatic Obama supporter in 2008, said his fellow Democrat should have focused more on creating jobs during his first term and faulted the president for failing to keep his campaign promise to bridge the partisan gap in Washington. "I think he's governed left of center and didn't focus on jobs and economic recovery," Wilder told The Washington Examiner. But will Wilder still vote for Obama on Tuesday in a battleground state Obama is desperate to win again?...
  • VA Dem Doug Wilder at Romney Fundraiser

    08/16/2012 6:35:37 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 22 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 8/16/2012 | Matthew
    A potentially large change of events as former Virginia Governor Doug Wilder appeared at a Romney fundraiser today. This came after his criticism of Joe Biden for his "chains" comments the other day. According to Pajamas Media, Wilder (D-VA) was a surprise guest and was introduced by current Governor Bob McDonnell at the fundraiser in Richmond, VA. Wilder had said that slavery was not something for Biden to joke about:
  • Black ex-gov of Va slams Biden for 'chains' remark

    08/15/2012 5:01:36 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 15, 2012 | unattributed
    The nation's first elected black governor, Doug Wilder of Virginia, has lambasted Vice President Joe Biden on national television for his comment Tuesday about banks keeping people "in chains." Wilder, a Democrat and a grandson of slaves, echoed indignant Republican claims that Biden's remarks before a largely black crowd in Danville, Va., brought racism into the presidential race. *** Wilder said he felt Secretary of...
  • Slavery museum disputes $1.6 million shortage claim

    01/16/2012 12:27:25 PM PST · by freespirited · 16 replies
    Former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder's slavery museum is disputing a claim by the city of Fredericksburg that the museum failed to account for $1.6 million in funds. As part of its efforts to seek federal bankruptcy protection, the United States National Slavery Museum is trying to stop the appointment of an examiner to review its finances. The museum also maintains that it be allowed to reorganize so it can eventually resume fundraising and seek tax-exempt status with Fredericksburg. Last month, an attorney for the city filed a motion as part of its efforts to collect more than $215,000 in delinquent...
  • Obama-Clinton ticket for 2012 (L. Douglas Wilder)

    08/02/2010 1:37:45 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 43 replies · 9+ views
    Politico ^ | 08/02/2010 | L. Douglas Wilder
    With midterm elections approaching, and many focusing on politics, more than a few people want to determine what the tea leaves might mean for 2012 — when the “Big One” is on us again. It would be good for President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party to address some important issues — now. The president’s poll numbers can be read different ways, depending on who is doing the reading. One thing is clear, though: He has to improve his favorability numbers, as well as the unsettled national mood reflected in the “right track/wrong track” indicators. Neither is easy. Nor is...
  • Virginia House panel votes to end one gun-a-month law

    02/12/2010 11:34:02 AM PST · by HokieMom · 9 replies · 343+ views
    RTD ^ | Feb 12, 2010 | staff
    The House Committee on Militia Police and Public Safety voted 15-6 today to eliminate Virginia’s one-gun-a-month limit on the purchase of handguns. = break = Andrew Goddard, father of Virginia Tech shooting survivor Colin Goddard, argued that only gunrunners need to buy more than one handgun a month. The vote was largely along party lines. Two Democrats voted with the Republican majority. The measure now goes to the full House of Delegates. The one-gun-a-month law, which passed in 1993, was a key initiative of then-Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, a Democrat. Last year both candidates for governor, Democrat R. Creigh Deeds...
  • Former Dem Virginia Governor Wilder Calls on Obama to Fire DNC Chairman Tim Kaine

    02/10/2010 1:34:56 AM PST · by BIOCHEMKY · 35 replies · 972+ views
    Fox News ^ | Feb. 9, 2010 | AP
    RICHMOND, Va. -- Democratic former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder is urging President Barack Obama to fire Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine, another former Virginia governor. Wilder wrote of Kaine, in a column for the Politico news Web site, that "the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee is the wrong job for him." In an interview with The Associated Press, Wilder cited Republican victories in last month's Senate election in Massachusetts and in gubernatorial races last fall in New Jersey and Virginia. "I'm just disappointed in his leadership," Wilder told the AP. "And there are a lot of people...
  • Former VA Dem Governor Doug Wilder: Obama needs a staff shakeup

    02/09/2010 4:30:17 PM PST · by Outside da Box · 10 replies · 533+ views
    The Politico ^ | 2/9/2010 | Doug Wilder
    The changes must go much deeper. Obama’s West Wing is filled with people who are in their jobs because of their Chicago connections or because they signed on with Obama early during his presidential campaign. One problem is that they do not have sufficient experience at governing at the executive branch level. The deeper problem is that they are not listening to the people. Hearing is one thing; listening is another.
  • Doug Wilder: Obama needs a staff shakeup

    02/09/2010 11:44:04 AM PST · by Phlap · 29 replies · 839+ views
    Politico ^ | 02/09/2010 | Doug Wilder
    During the 2008 campaign, I strongly endorsed Barack Obama for president. I did so early, when many Democratic leaders — including many prominent African-American politicians — believed the safe bet was to back then-front-runner Hillary Clinton. ... I still believe Obama can stand for positive change. But first he must make some hard changes of his own. The need is becoming more obvious by the day: He must overhaul his own team, replacing the admittedly brilliant advisers who helped elect him with others more capable of helping him govern. Getting elected and getting things done for the people are two...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 10 January 2010

    01/10/2010 5:07:31 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 427 replies · 10,553+ views
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 10 January 2010 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Sunday, January 10th, 2010 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and Jack Reed, D-R.I.; Democratic National Chairman Tim Kaine; Republican National Chairman Michael Steele.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, R-Calif.; Kaine; Steele.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich.THIS WEEK (ABC): Christina Romer, chairwoman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn.; former Gov. Doug Wilder, D-Va.; Romer.
  • Fmr. Gov. Doug Wilder (D) Refuses To Endorse Creigh Deeds (D) For Governor

    09/24/2009 9:31:10 AM PDT · by ReagansRaiders · 64 replies · 2,365+ views
    Virginia Tomorrow ^ | 9/24/2009 | L. Douglas Wilder
    here may have been no period in our State’s history when the voters are more aware of what issues confront them in their choice for Governor. We have undergone the worst economic downturn since the Depression. I have previously set forth the things that I would look to see the next Governor address. (1) Who is best suited by temperament and training to govern in hard times? (2) Who has presented to the people realistic plans for Education, Transportation, Health Care, Public Safety and Social Services, etc.? (3) Who is strong enough to stand up for the state when tough...
  • Former Gov. Wilder in no hurry to endorse Deeds

    07/24/2009 5:12:25 PM PDT · by csvset · 10 replies · 506+ views
    Politico via Pilotonline ^ | July 24, 2009 | Jonathan Martin
    The Obama administration dispatched a senior aide to Richmond Wednesday to urge former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder to get behind state Sen. Creigh Deeds, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee. Patrick Gaspard, the White House political director, met with Wilder, the nation's first elected black governor, for over two hours in Virginia's capital. But Wilder, in disclosing the meeting in an interview with POLITICO, made it clear that he remained far from endorsing Deeds and was in no hurry to weigh in on the closely watched race — all the while outlining with his typical brutal candor what he thought some...
  • Wilder Casts a Fresh Eye on Race Factor:

    11/02/2008 3:33:43 AM PST · by Nick Thimmesch · 8 replies · 892+ views
    WAPO ^ | 11-2-08 | Tim Craig
    When L. Douglas Wilder was campaigning in Virginia in 1989, he went into Election Day convinced that he had done everything he needed to win and become the country's first elected African American governor. The polls showed him with a double-digit lead, and the post-election exit polls had him winning handily.
  • Powell Backed Black Democrat Before

    10/19/2008 2:18:11 PM PDT · by VU4G10 · 39 replies · 1,287+ views
    newsmax. ^ | 101908 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell endorsed Barack Obama on Sunday morning during his appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press." The media spin has been that Powell, a Republican and former John McCain supporter, has taken very the unusual step of crossing party lines to back a Democrat he thinks will serve the country best. But a review of Powell’s own campaign contributions with the FEC shows that he has crossed party lines once before to help an African-American Democrat in a federal race. In 1994, then-Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, the state’s first African-American governor, entered the Democratic primary...
  • Does A Right-Wing Conspiracy Help Hillary? (Obamessiah Supporter Blames *Us* For His Guy's Woes)

    05/05/2008 2:31:48 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 20 replies · 90+ views
    CBS News ^ | 05/04/2008 | Bob Schiffer
    (CBS) In states such as Indiana where open primaries allow independent and Republican Party members to vote for Democratic presidential candidates, right-wing radio commentators are exhorting their listeners to cross party lines and vote for Sen. Hillary Clinton, in the hope that she - and not Sen. Barack Obama - will become the nominee against Sen. John McCain, a supporter of Obama said. Mayor Douglas Wilder of Richmond, Va., a former senator, said a concerted effort by right-wing media was driving voters to Clinton because, he feels, she is the weaker candidate for the Democratic nomination. "Why are the poll...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 4 May 2008

    05/04/2008 5:20:53 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 340 replies · 368+ views
    Various big media television networks ^ | 4 May 2008 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Sunday, May 4th, 2008 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean; Joe Andrew, former DNC chairman; Clinton campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe; Carly Fiorina, adviser to John McCain's campaign. MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind.; Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C.; Richmond Mayor and former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder. THIS WEEK (ABC): Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y.LATE EDITION (CNN) : Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Govs. Mike Easley, D-N.C., and Bill Richardson, D-N.M; Robert Reich, former...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 17 February 2008

    02/17/2008 5:07:03 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 380 replies · 557+ views
    Various big media television networks ^ | 17 February 2008 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Sunday, February 17th, 2008 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Mike McConnell, director of national intelligence; Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle; Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill.FACE THE NATION (CBS): David Axelrod, strategist for Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign; Howard Wolfson, communications director for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign; Richmond Mayor and former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder; Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.THIS WEEK (ABC): Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.LATE EDITION (CNN) : Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal; former presidential candidate...
  • Va. gov. still sore over Clinton comment (former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder)

    02/09/2008 9:28:04 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 393+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/9/08 | Bob Lewis - ap
    RICHMOND, Va. - The nation's first elected black governor said Saturday he is not ready to excuse comments former President Bill Clinton made about Barack Obama. In campaigning for his wife last month on the eve of the New Hampshire primary, Clinton called Obama's opposition to the Iraq war "a fairy tale." Clinton suggested Obama had toned down his early anti-war fervor during his 2004 Senate campaign. "Barack Obama is not a fairy tale. He is real," former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder told reporters at a Democratic fundraiser as the former president spent the day campaigning for Hillary Rodham...
  • Bill Clinton not forgiven for South Carolina salvo

    02/09/2008 8:39:37 PM PST · by jdm · 15 replies · 326+ views
    CNN ^ | Feb. 09, 2008 | by Peter Hamby
    RICHMOND, Virginia (CNN) – Doug Wilder, the nation’s first black governor and a prominent backer of Barack Obama, told reporters Saturday that Bill Clinton has not yet atoned for his attacks on the Illinois senator during the South Carolina primary.
  • Obama supported by [Virginia Governor] Wilder (who says BHO could shatter GOP 'lock' on South)

    08/28/2007 6:34:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 681+ views
    The Politico ^ | August 28, 2007 | Mike Allen and John F. Harris
    L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia, who made history as the nation's first elected black governor, is preparing to campaign aggressively for Barack Obama, and predicted in an interview that the charismatic young candidate could shatter the Republican Party's virtual lock on the South. "He's not race-less," Wilder said of Obama, "but the skin color is of no moment. I don't think he would be an easy target for the Republicans." The unstinting embrace by Wilder, now the mayor of Richmond, could be important in Virginia and other southern states, where his reputation still looms large and the African-American vote could...
  • Wilder Says Obama Could Loosen Republican Grip On South

    08/28/2007 6:57:02 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 48 replies · 932+ views
    RTTNews ^ | 08/28/07
    L. Douglas Wilder, who in 1989 became the nation's first elected black governor, said in an interview published today that Sen. Barack Obama could loosen the Republican Party's grip on the South.Wilder, now the mayor of Richmond, said in an interview with The Politico that he doesn't think Obama "would be an easy target for the Republicans," adding that he will campaign for the first-term Illinois senator.The 76-year-old Wilder, known for his candor, criticized African-American activists who have questioned whether Obama is "black enough" in his style and political leanings. Wilder said the rift has arisen because Obama is not...
  • A miracle cure for what ails us

    08/17/2007 11:02:31 AM PDT · by JZelle · 1 replies · 429+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 8-17-07 | Wes Pruden
    LEWES, Del. There's a time in every presidential campaign when the only thing left to do with it is to take it out and shoot it. Not necessarily the candidates, just the campaign. We're not quite there yet, but we're getting close. Maybe it's the view from the seashore, the clear air and the salt breeze, but this campaign looks and sounds like it's over, or should be. We're already well into goofiness, over-the-top claims and underdone conspiracy theories. An Internet headline cries that "Buffet says Obama can spread fairness and prosperity." That's either the view from Omaha (Warren Buffet,...
  • Wilder to endorse Webb for Senate

    10/25/2006 9:06:59 AM PDT · by freespirited · 22 replies · 486+ views ^ | 10/25/06
    Mayor L. Douglas Wilder will endorse Jim Webb for U.S. Senate Wednesday afternoon at City Hall, according to a city press release. Webb will be present at the endorsement
  • Slave museum founder wants corporate funds

    02/08/2006 6:22:29 PM PST · by ncountylee · 48 replies · 807+ views
    UPI ^ | 2/8/2006
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- The founder and supporters of the yet-to-be-built U.S. National Slavery Museum are taking a frank tone with corporations in the search for funding. Richmond, Va., Mayor and museum founder Douglas Wilder told the National Press Club Tuesday corporations that benefited from slavery ought to reach into their pockets for this cause. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports more than $50 million in cash and pledges have been raised -- out of the $200 million needed to build and operate the museum in Fredericksburg, Va. Entertainer Ben Vereen spoke in support of the project -- challenging corporate America...
  • City gets $650,000 to fight gun crime

    02/24/2005 11:38:58 AM PST · by The Other Harry · 11 replies · 317+ views
    Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch ^ | February 24, 2005 | DAVID RESS
    City gets $650,000 to fight gun crime Mayor and police chief are figuring out how to use surprise funds BY DAVID RESS TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITER Feb 24, 2005 Everyone should have a rich uncle like this: Richmond's is named Sam, and he cut the city a surprise check for $650,000 yesterday to fight gun violence. The money is from the Bush administration's "Project Safe Neighborhoods" and amounts to a little more than half the funds allocated to Paul J. McNulty, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. "This was unsolicited," Mayor L. Douglas Wilder said. "It took us totally...
  • Mayor-elect Wilder to seek injunction against Jamison severance

    12/16/2004 6:57:20 PM PST · by Doohickey · 16 replies · 521+ views
    NBC12 Richmond, VA ^ | 12/16/2004 | WWBT NBC12 Richmond, VA
    Richmond Mayor-elect Doug Wilder is going to court to try and block the $175,000 severance package approved by City Council for the outgoing City Manager. In a statement from Wilder, released today by Richmond attorney Don McEachin, Wilder says he has enlisted McEachin to "..begin the process of preparing the papers to file what I will call the "people's law suit" against the Jamison/City Council law.” Wilder argues that state law prohibits such a “gift,” and he calls on Council to rescind its action. “But if they insist on their raid of the public treasury,” says Wilder, “I have instructed...
  • Civil Rights for the Politically Correct (Conservative Black Prof. loses benefits)

    05/18/2004 10:35:01 AM PDT · by Dutchgirl · 16 replies · 314+ views
    Campus Report online ^ | 5/13/04 | Malcolm A Kline
    Cary, N. C.—How is it possible, half a century after the Supreme Court’s Brown decision, for respected, tenured, award-winning African-American professor Jean Cobb to lose benefits at a university she has taught at for more than three decades? “She is a Republican and an objective scholar who takes a dim view of the political correctness scourge, and of those who use the classroom to indoctrinate students into radical (Marxist/black separatist) politics,” her friend, Dr. Carey Stronach, said recently. “For this she should be applauded, but instead, it has been the undoing of her career.” Her political affiliation made sociology professor...
  • Should voters settle impasse?(Allen, Wilder, Kilgore call for tax increase referendum!)

    03/02/2004 4:19:15 AM PST · by xyz123 · 16 replies · 133+ views
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | MICHAEL HARDY AND JEFF E. SCHAPIRO
    <p>Two former governors - a Republican and a Democrat - and the GOP's likely 2005 nominee for governor yesterday urged a seemingly deadlocked General Assembly to let Virginians vote on record increases in taxes for cash-strapped services.</p> <p>The proposal, by Sen. George Allen, R-Va.; former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder and Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore, deep- ened the turmoil engulfing the legislature. It appeared to increase the likelihood the assembly will adjourn March 13 without crafting a budget.</p>
  • Senate's Republican leadership has already left GOP Peter Ferrara

    02/20/2004 3:56:58 AM PST · by chambley1 · 2 replies · 174+ views
    Northern Virginia Journal ^ | 2/20/04 | Peter Ferrara
    An extraordinary event in Virginia politics occurred Feb. 17 when Senate Majority Leader Walter Stosch, R-Glen Allen, and Republican Whip Ken Stolle, R-Virginia Beach, came to a meeting of the Republican state central committee- which I attended to explain why the entire Senate Republican leadership co-sponsored the largest tax increase in Virginia history. Their bill would raise taxes by $2.5 billion over the next two years, more than two times what Democrat Gov. Mark R. Warner has proposed. It would raise sales taxes 22 percent, general income tax rates by 10-to-15 percent, the gas tax 20 percent, and the cigarette...
  • A Giant Step Forward: Mayor-at-Large Vote Puts City on Road to Racial Progress

    11/30/2003 4:15:58 PM PST · by putupon · 7 replies · 144+ views
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | Nov 30, 2003 | L. DOUGLAS WILDER-FORMER GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA
    <p>November 4 the voters of the city of Richmond distinguished themselves in a manner long to be remembered and emulated. While it is true that they voted overwhelmingly to change the form of government to elect the Mayor at-large, much more was accomplished.</p>
  • The Wilder Effect - Why Bobby Jindal lost in Louisiana, despite being ahead in the polls.

    11/18/2003 8:40:56 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 134 replies · 363+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/17/03 | FredBarnes
    BOBBY JINDAL'S DEFEAT in the Louisiana governor's race Saturday is a bigger loss for Republicans than just an office they've held for eight years. For now, it denies the party an impressive new national figure, a 32-year-old Indian-American who's destined to be a political star sometime--but not yet. Why did Jindal lose after leading his Democratic opponent, Kathleen Blanco, in statewide polls in the weeks before the election? In a word, race. What occurred was the "Wilder effect," named after the black Virginia governor elected in 1989. Wilder, a Democrat, polled well, then won narrowly. Many white voters, it turned...
  • Wilder sees Virginia holding firm with GOP

    11/06/2003 6:11:23 AM PST · by .cnI redruM · 19 replies · 176+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | 6 Nov 03 | By S.A. Miller
    <p>Former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder said yesterday the Old Dominion remains a Republican state and isn't likely to go Democratic anytime soon.</p> <p>"The South is going Republican," said Mr. Wilder, a Democrat. "Is there a chance for Virginia to turn back Democratic? I don't think so. Not in the immediate future, because you have to show the party stands for the things that are considered reasonable and normal."</p>
  • Wilder sees Virginia holding firm with GOP

    11/05/2003 10:34:42 PM PST · by kattracks · 4 replies · 107+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 11/06/03 | S.A. Miller
    <p>Former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder said yesterday the Old Dominion remains a Republican state and isn't likely to go Democratic anytime soon.</p> <p>"The South is going Republican," said Mr. Wilder, a Democrat. "Is there a chance for Virginia to turn back Democratic? I don't think so. Not in the immediate future, because you have to show the party stands for the things that are considered reasonable and normal."</p>