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Virginia Residents Ordered to Stay at Home Till June 10

Rules also take effect Monday in Maryland and North Carolina

(Newser) - Residents of three more states go under "stay-at-home" orders—not suggestions—Monday. The governors of Virginia and Maryland announced that residents must remain home except for activities such as food shopping, work deemed essential, exercise (while abiding by the standard social-distancing rules), and medical care, report the Richmond Dispatch ... More »

Pro-Gun Rally Brings Thousands to Richmond

Large protest underway in Virginia

(Newser) - Gun-rights supporters gathered en masse at Virginia's state Capitol in Richmond Monday, and things have been peaceful in the early going. Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency ahead of the march, which is taking place amid a heavy police presence and temperatures in the 20s. "... More »

Va. Preps for Gun Rally With 'Enormous Potential to Go Bad'

Capitol Square gun rights demonstration expected Monday in Richmond

(Newser) - Law enforcement agencies in Virginia are planning a "strong presence" Monday as gun rights advocates are set to converge upon the state's capital of Richmond to protest proposed gun control measures. The rally is happening amid a governor-issued state of emergency barring weapons from Capitol grounds through Tuesday... More »

Virginia Governor: We Need 'Laws, Not Thoughts and Prayers'

Ralph Northam calls special session to discuss stricter gun laws

(Newser) - Following the Virginia Beach mass shooting that left a dozen dead, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is recalling lawmakers to the state Capitol for a special legislative session aimed at passing new gun laws. "Votes and laws, not thoughts and prayers," are needed right now, Northam said, per the... More »

The Probe Into Northam's Yearbook Photo Is Complete

Investigators still unsure if Virginia governor is pictured

(Newser) - An investigation ordered up by a Virginia medical school failed to determine whether Gov. Ralph Northam is in a 1984 yearbook photo of a man in blackface next to someone in a Ku Klux Klan hood. Investigators with a law firm hired by Eastern Virginia Medical School said Wednesday they... More »

After Racist Photo Scandal, Black Voters Have New Support

Governor created diversity director, vetoed sentencing bills

(Newser) - Issues important to black people have found new support at the top of Virginia's government lately. Since Gov. Ralph Northam faced calls to resign after he apologized for a racist yearbook photo, he's created the job of director of diversity, equity and inclusion, the Wall Street Journal reports.... More »

Va. First Lady's Mansion Tour Leaves Some 'Deeply Offended'

Pam Northam handed cotton to African-American students on tour

(Newser) - Another Northam fumble has emerged, with a Virginia DOE rep citing a new "racially insensitive" incident—but this time it doesn't involve Ralph Northam . The Washington Post reports it's the governor's wife, Pam Northam, who's under fire following a tour of the governor's mansion.... More »

Northam's Word Choice Gets Him Deeper Into Hot Water

Embattled Virginia governor refers to slaves as 'indentured servants'

(Newser) - Virginia's already-embattled governor may have stepped in it Monday: In an interview with CBS This Morning , Ralph Northam, embroiled in a blackface scandal, started things off by saying:
  • "Well it has been a difficult week. And you know if you look at Virginia's history we are now
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Northam: Virginia Needs My 'Moral Compass'

'I'm not going anywhere,' embattled governor says

(Newser) - Ralph Northam says he "doesn't live in a vacuum," and he's aware of calls for his resignation and he's "thought about resigning." But he tells CBS This Morning that "Virginia also needs someone who is strong, who has empathy, who has courage,... More »

2 Big Developments in Virginia's Political Mess

Report says governor won't resign; 2nd woman comes forward against lieutenant governor

(Newser) - After a relatively quiet day on the Virginia scandal front, two potentially big developments emerged Friday afternoon:
  • The governor: Gov. Ralph Northam told his Cabinet that he will not resign over the controversy involving a blackface photo in his medical school yearbook, reports the AP . Northam has made no official
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In Biting Editorial, WaPo Declares Northam Must Go

'Virginians deserve better'

(Newser) - Virginia's Democratic governor needs to stop making excuses and start packing his bags, the Washington Post 's editorial board has decided. Gov. Ralph Northam "can no longer effectively serve the people of Virginia who elected him," the board writes, slamming his "shifting and credulity-shredding explanations"... More »

Virginia Has a New Blackface Scandal on Its Hands

Attorney General Mark Herring admits to donning blackface in college in 1980

(Newser) - Who's next in line if Virginia's Democratic governor goes? The answer just got thornier. On Wednesday, the No. 3 in line copped to wearing blackface while in college in 1980. Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring issued a lengthy statement in which he said that as a 19-year-old he... More »

Virginia's Political Mess Just Got Even Worse

As governor ponders resignation, lieutenant governor fends off accusations of his own

(Newser) - Virginia politics was in turmoil Monday, with the governor fending off calls to resign and his lieutenant governor forcefully denying sexual assault allegations. The accusations against Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam have been swirling for days, ever since a photo emerged of a person in blackface and another person in KKK... More »

Embattled Governor 'Now Considering Resignation'

Ralph Northam met with senior staffers Sunday night

(Newser) - Ralph Northam was still the governor of Virginia as of Sunday night—but with dozens of his fellow Democrats calling for him to step down over a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook, few observers expect him to last another week. Sources tell the Washington Post that Northam... More »

Va. Governor Explains Shifting Statements on Racist Photo

As Hillary Clinton, state's senators say he has to go

(Newser) - Virginia's embattled governor on Saturday pledged to remain in office after disavowing a blatantly racist photograph that appeared under his name in his 1984 medical school yearbook—and more calls for his resignation followed. After Gov. Ralph Northam spoke on Saturday, both of Virginia's US senators said they... More »

Governor: That Was Not Me

"That is not my picture," says Gov. Ralph Northam

(Newser) - Virginia's governor on Saturday vowed to remain in office despite widespread calls for his resignation after a racist photo surfaced on a school yearbook page, the AP reports. His refusal to step down could signal a potentially long and bruising fight between Northam and his former supporters. Northam said... More »

Governor Sorry for KKK, Blackface Photo

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam apologizes

(Newser) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's page in his 1984 medical school yearbook contains a photo of a person in blackface and another wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood next to different pictures of the governor, the AP reports. The revelation of the photographs prompted some Republicans to call for his... More »

Her Abortion Bill Failed, but Her Comments Spurred Outrage

Failed legislation on late-term procedures in Virginia becomes national political issue

(Newser) - A bill in Virginia that would have lifted restrictions on late-term abortions has failed, but the controversy and political fallout over the legislation is only growing. One Democratic lawmaker has taken the unusual step of apologizing for co-sponsoring the bill, saying she wasn't aware of all its details. Meanwhile,... More »

Outgoing Virginia Governor Pranks His Successor

Terry McAuliffe gives Ralph Northam an unnerving welcome to the governor's mansion

(Newser) - Playing pranks on your successor is a tradition among Virginia governors. When Mark Warner moved out of the governor's mansion in 2006, for example, he left a life-size cutout of himself in the shower for the recently elected Tim Kaine, the Washington Post reports. Kaine paid that favor forward... More »

'Anti-Trump Wave' Results in Big Gains for Democrats

Murdered reporter's boyfriend was among Virginia winners

(Newser) - Almost a year to the day after President Trump was elected, Democrats scored big victories in races across the country—especially in Virginia, where Democrat Ralph Northam defeated Trump-endorsed Republican Ed Gillespie in the governor's race . Democrats made major statewide gains in Virginia as well as recapturing the governor'... More »

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