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Archive for the '2009 Governor's Race' Category

Yes, Slavery Was The Root Cause Of The Civil War. Now, Stop Saying It Wasn’t

by @ Thursday, April 8th, 2010. Filed under Bob McDonnell, History, Virginia

I don’t want to spend all day posting stuff about the Confederate History Month issue, but this comment from Civil War historian James McPherson needs to be shared:
[S]lavery was at the core of the events that provoked the secession of the first seven states from December 1860 to February 1861.
If it had not been for [...]

Virginia Governor Apologizes For Omission Of Slavery From Confederate History Month Proclamation

by @ Wednesday, April 7th, 2010. Filed under Bob McDonnell, History, Virginia, Virginia Politics

Earlier today, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was saying that he did not include a reference to, or condemnation of slavery, in his Confederate History Month proclamation because, well:
McDonnell said Tuesday that the move was designed to promote tourism in the state, which next year will mark the 150th anniversary of the start of [...]

Bob McDonnell Loses A Supporter Over Confederate History Month

by @ Wednesday, April 7th, 2010. Filed under Bob McDonnell, History, Virginia, Virginia Politics

Back during the 2009 campaign for Governor, one of Bob McDonnell’s biggest coups was obtaining the endorsement of Shelia Johnson, co-founder of Black Entertainment Television.
Well, she’s not happy today:
“I must condemn Governor McDonnell’s Proclamation honoring ‘Confederate History Month,’ and its insensitive disregard of Virginia’s complicated and painful history, the remnants of which many Virginians [...]

McDonnell Taking Heat For Confederate History Month Proclamation

by @ Wednesday, April 7th, 2010. Filed under Bob McDonnell, History, Politics, Virginia, Virginia Politics

Not surprisingly, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is taking some heat for his decision to issue an official proclamation honoring Confederate History Month:
RICHMOND — Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, reviving a controversy that had been dormant for eight years, has declared that April will be Confederate History Month in Virginia, a move that angered civil rights leaders [...]

No Virginia, You Shouldn’t Celebrate The Confederacy

by @ Tuesday, April 6th, 2010. Filed under Bob McDonnell, History, Virginia

Governor Bob McDonnell has decided to restart a tradition that Governors Warner and Kaine decided not to follow:
Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has quietly declared April 2010 Confederate History Month, bringing back a designation in Virginia that his two Democratic predecessors — Mark Warner and Tim Kaine — refused to do.
Republican governors George Allen and Jim [...]

Obama: Drill, Baby, Drill

President Obama announced the first expansion in offshore drilling in decades:
WASHINGTON — President Obama on Wednesday described his proposal to open vast expanses of American coastlines to oil and natural gas drilling, much of it for the first time, as a painful but necessary decision.
He said that his plan to allow drilling along the Atlantic [...]

Governor Bob McDonnell Signs Virginia HealthCare Freedom Act

It is now against Virginia law to require a citizen to buy health insurance:
Gov. Bob McDonnell signed the Virginia Healthcare Freedom Act in a mid-afternoon ceremony today in Richmond.
McDonnell, a Republican, was joined at the bill signing by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, State Sens. Steve Martin, Fred Quayle and Jill Vogel and Del. Bob Marshall, [...]

Bob McDonnell Under Pressure To Denounce Pat Robertson

by @ Tuesday, November 17th, 2009. Filed under Bob McDonnell, Virginia, Virginia Politics

Virginia Governor-Elect Bob McDonnell is facing calls to repudiate Pat Robertson in the wake of his comments last week comparing Islam to Nazism and Communism:
Fresh off his landslide victory in the race for Virginia governor, Robert F. McDonnell is already being forced to confront how he plans to handle his friendship with minister Pat Robertson, [...]

Pollster: Obama Hurt Deeds In Virginia

A week after the Virginia Gubernatorial Election, one pollster has looked at the data and found that President Obama hurt Creigh Deeds in the Old Dominion:
Democrats and the press are on a self-delusional kick that Barack Obama had nothing to do with the results in Virginia and New Jersey.  That’s fine by me.  The more [...]

Maybe This Time, Virginia Republicans Get It

by @ Thursday, November 5th, 2009. Filed under Bob McDonnell, Virginia, Virginia Politics

They may have won an historic victory on Tuesday, but it doesn’t look like Virginia Republicans are letting it get to their head:
RICHMOND — Despite winning the governor’s race by a 17-percentage point blowout, Virginia Republicans insisted Wednesday that they had gained no broad mandate and would make their top priority the pragmatic platform that [...]

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