November 7, 1997
Today in history: Nov. 7In 1874, the Republican Party was symbolized as an elephant in a cartoon by Thomas Nast in Harper's Weekly magazine.In 1916, Republican Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to Congress.In 1917, Russia's Bolshevik Revolution took place as forces led by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin overthrew the provisional government of Alexander Kerensky.In 1967, Carl Stokes was elected the first black mayor of a major city -- Cleveland, Ohio.In 1989, L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia became the first elected black governor in U.S. history; David N. Dinkins was elected New York City's first black mayor.
July 16, 1999
CARL Stokes, who is running for mayor of Baltimore, made the following statement the other day: "I want to set the record straight and clear up any confusion. I would not want an error like this to create a misperception about me." What misperception? The misperception that Carl Stokes is a college graduate? I might be wrong, but it sounds like ole Carl has stumbled across a new campaign theme: The city of Baltimore has had 12 years of an Ivy League-Rhodes Scholar Mayor and what has that gotten us?
January 10, 2011
On Thursday, the City Council fulfilled our low expectations by selecting a well-connected convicted criminal over better qualified and law-abiding candidates for the vacant council seat in the 9th District ( "Despite criminal record, council picks Welch for seat," Jan. 6). This is the same City Council that turned a blind eye to the illegal activities of Sheila Dixon and Helen Holton and appointed another person of questionable integrity, Carl Stokes, to the council seat vacated by Jack Young (who has his own well-documented ethical issues)
July 8, 1994
Unlike Chicago, dead people seldom vote in Baltimore elections. That does not mean that the Monumental City is without traditions of skulduggery, though. Just ask Carl Stokes.Mr. Stokes is the city councilman who wanted to go to the state Senate from East Baltimore's 45th District and then use his victory to build momentum for a campaign for City Council president.Whether any of that is going to happen is now uncertain because a political unknown named Clyde A. Stokes filed to oppose him, thus effectively giving the election away to Nathaniel J. McFadden.
August 12, 1999
SOME PEOPLE get it. Carl Stokes, for example, and Martin O'Malley, too. And legislators such as Clarence Blount and Jim Campbell and Tony Fulton who stand on one side of the street, and those such as Pete Rawlings and Joan Carter Conway standing on the other, but not so far away that they can't hear echoes of each other's heartbeats in the midst of political struggle.And some people don't get it. Julius Henson, for example, and Nathaniel McFadden, too. Henson tried to turn this mayoral campaign into the slummy revival of 1995.
August 31, 1999
Well, I got my man.After watching last night's televised debate among Carl Stokes, Martin O'Malley and Lawrence Bell, it's clear to me who should be the next mayor of Baltimore.Unfortunately, Kweisi Mfume isn't running.He only moderated last night's debate -- but such is his stature that each candidate, eager to show his intimate relationship with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People leader who walked away from his own sure shot at City Hall, declared, "Well, Kweisi," at the beginning of each answer with such lock-step response that viewers might have imagined Mfume held the only vote in town.