Charlottesville–Right Now: Author Chris Hedges joins Coy Barefoot

12.7.10 Best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges joins Coy to discuss his new book Death of the Liberal Class. Movements expressing rage, anger, and discontent towards established power have taken center stage, argues Hedges, because today’s government is no longer looking out for the working class. From the creation of the middle class out of the labor movement, to the financial ramifications of World War I and the Espionage Act of 1917, one of the most intelligent, informed guests in the history of the program explains exactly to where and under what circumstances this “liberal class” has dissappeared.

Local Democrats on the future of the party

At the November 21 Democratic breakfast, a panel of Virginia Democratic Party leaders spoke about the future of the party following the recent and disappointing elections. The panel included:

  • David Brown, Charlottesville City Councilor and Committee member
  • Sarah Buckley, aide to Delegate David Toscano, organizer of Charlottesville-Albemarle Young Democrats and Vice President for Campaigns for the Virginia Young Democrats
  • Anna Scholl, Finance Director for Congressman Perriello
  • Chris Dumler, veteran from the Cynthia Neff campaign and 2008 coordinated campaign
  • Don Mark, Political Director for the Democratic Party of Virginia.

Paul Martin, professor at UVA’s Batten School for Public Policy moderated the discussion.

Charlottesville-Right Now: Brian Wheeler

Brian Wheeler, Executive Director of Charlottesville Tomorrow joined Charlottesville Right Now to discuss growth and development issues. This week on the show:

  • The reconstruction of the Downtown Mall is complete, and Brian says he is impressed by the work. (C-Ville Weekly)
  • City Democrats select Dave Norris and Kristin Szakos as their nominees for City Council. Incumbent Julian Taliaferro came in third. (Charlottesville Tomorrow)
  • County Democrats have nominated Madison Cummings as their candidate for the Samuel Miller District. (Charlottesville Tomorrow)
  • County Republicans will announce two candidates who are running for the Samuel Miller District. (Charlottesville Tomorrow)
  • Supervisor Dennis Rooker is currently unopposed, but has raised over $66,000 (Virginia Public Access Project)
  • Brian announces cvillepedia, Charlottesville Tomorrow’s new encyclopedia on community and local government (cvillepedia)

Supervisor Slutzky responds to talk about his potential challenge against Bell

Albemarle County Supervisor David Slutzky joined Coy Barefoot on the November 10, 2008 edition of WINA’s “Charlottesville–Right Now!” to talk about his potential challenge to Delegate Rob Bell (R-58). The topic was recently covered in the Daily Progress. The conversation begins with Slutzky’s thoughts on last week’s elections, but Slutzky also responded to the article. Slutzky says he will make his decision on what to do next after the first of the year.

Senator Deeds addresses Charlottesville Democrats

On Saturday, April 19th, Senator Creigh Deeds addressed a small crowd at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Democratic Breakfast, and reviewed the recent General Assembly, the one-day veto session scheduled for April 23rd, as well as a possible special session on transportation. Deeds is in his 17th year in the legislature, and has announced he will seek the Democratic nomination in next year’s race to succeed Tim Kaine as Virginia’s Governor. Deeds began his talk by saying that the legislative process can be frustrating.