Augustus C. Johnson Papers, 1970-2000 | Special Collections and University Archives
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This collection consists of editorials written by Augustus Johnson for theNorthern Virginia Sunin 1970 and 1971 and letters to the editor of several papers from 1993 to 2000.
Editorials favor the Democratic Party. They relate mainly to Northern Virginia politics and to a lesser extent Virginia State and national politics. Specific topics include: the Northern Virginia Elections; the goals of Fairfax County; a proposed prison in Green Spring, Virginia; the two-party system; party primaries and conventions; redistricting and reapportionment; urban sprawl; reformation of the U.S. House of Representatives; the welfare system; a constitutional amendment to allow 18-20 year olds to vote; Virginia obstructionism; populists and populism; campaign financing; and the Byrd machine. Some of the names mentioned in his columns are: Harry Byrd; Joel Broyhill; George C. Rawlings, Jr.; William S. Hoofnagle; Bill Stanhagen; John Lindsay, Henry Howell; Mills Godwin; Harold Ickes; George Kostel; Albert Gore; Fred Harris; Audrey Moore; Martha Pennino; Rufus Phillips; Joe Alexander; Allen Magazine; Herb Harris; Jim Scott; Ginny McEnearney; Warren Barry; Vincent Callahan; Clive DuVal; Tuffy Leemans; Linwood Holton; Elwood Clements; William Hassan; Paul Beeson; Norris Shealy; Ed Holland; John Melnick; Robert Weinberg; Mary Marchall; Dick Chew; G. Harrold Carswell; Richard Nixon; Judge Haynsworth; and Lewis Powell.
Letters to the editor promote such political candidates as Chuck Robb, Mary Sue Terry, Mark Warner, and Doris Lackey, and oppose candidates such as Oliver North, George Allen, and John Warner. Other topics include: the federal deficit; Clinton's deficit reduction program and tax bill; health care and insurance; term limits for congress; special interest money and PAC's; Clinton's Welfare Reform Bill; illegal contributions to George Allen's campaign; abortion; James Gilmore's promise to do away with the automobile property tax; the global economy; the 1994 Republican Contract with America; the line-item veto; flag burning; opposing use of the Confederate flag; campaign reform; gun control laws; and democrats and republicans. Other names mentioned in his letters are Douglas Wilder; Joe Mann; George Grayson; Franklin D. Roosevelt; J. Michael Sharman; Butch Davies; Newt Gingrich; Carlton Heston; Kenneth Starr; Michael Eisner of Disney; Eugene McCarthy; Thomas M. Davis; Pat Robertson; Jerry Falwell; and Andy Young.
This collection also contains a copy of Johnson's Virginia Politics web page updated on February 2, 2000 and biographical information on Johnson. His web page includes opinions on George W. Bush, George Allen, prayer in schools, national debt, Governor Gilmore, Campaign reform, flag burning, the First Amendment, the right to bear arms, and Tom Davis. Johnson's biographical material includes a short biography, milestones in his life, a guide to his personal and political papers in the Fairfax County Library, a program to "Celebrate Connie & Gus" in June 1998, and an essay about "Breaking the Byrd Grip."