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Virginia Switches Out Capitol Statue of Robert E. Lee

A 16-year-old civil rights leader will be honored instead of the Confederate general

(Newser) - For 111 years, Robert E. Lee has held a place of honor in the US Capitol's Statuary Hall, next to George Washington. But "Confederate images do not represent who we are in Virginia," said a state legislator who led a commission that urged removing Lee's statue....

Another Governor Was Possible Kidnapping Target

FBI agent says Virginia's Ralph Northam was discussed by paramilitary groups

(Newser) - Members of anti-government paramilitary groups discussed kidnapping Virginia’s governor during a June meeting in Ohio, an FBI agent testified Tuesday during a court hearing in Michigan. Special Agent Richard Trask was part of the investigation that led to six men being arrested and charged last week with plotting to...

Another Governor Tests Positive
Another
Governor
Tests Positive

Another Governor Tests Positive

This time it's Virginia's Ralph Northam and his wife

(Newser) - On Thursday, GOP Gov. Mike Parson of Missouri tested positive for COVID-19 . On Friday, one of his Democratic counterparts made the same announcement. Per a release cited by Axios , Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and his wife, Pamela, both have the coronavirus. The couple were tested after they discovered a member...

Governor Wants 'Divisive Symbol' Gone, Judge Says Hold Up

Attempt to remove Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond, Va., is temporarily blocked

(Newser) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northham last week ordered the removal of an iconic statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Richmond "as soon as possible"—but now a judge is saying not so fast. On Monday, a judge in the former capital of the Confederacy issued a temporary...

Jerry Falwell Jr. Just Issued a 'Rare Apology'

Liberty University president says sorry for mask 'joke' using blackface photo linked to Va. governor

(Newser) - Jerry Falwell Jr.'s attempt to make a face mask joke at the expense of his state's governor has backfired—and now it's even prompted what the New York Times calls a "rare apology" and deleted tweet from the Liberty University president. It all started when...

Another Big Statue Will Fall: Report

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam plans to have statue of Robert E. Lee taken down

(Newser) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is expected to announce plans Thursday for the removal of an iconic statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Richmond's prominent Monument Avenue, a senior administration official told the AP . The governor will direct the statue to be moved off its massive pedestal and...

Falwell Says There's Only One Mask He's Going to Wear

It has yearbook picture of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam in blackface

(Newser) - Jerry Falwell Jr. says that since Virginia's governor has ordered people to wear masks, the only one he's going to wear will have a picture of Gov. Ralph Northam on it—in blackface. The Liberty University president tweeted a photo of the mask Wednesday, which features the controversial...

Virginia Governor Goes to the Beach Sans Mask, Takes Selfie

Ralph Northam criticized for Memorial Day weekend maskless beach visit

(Newser) - Gov. Ralph Northam has repeatedly urged Virginia residents to cover their faces in public during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Democrat didn’t heed his own plea when he posed mask-less for photographs alongside residents during a weekend beach visit, the AP reports. A spokeswoman for the governor’s office...

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 ...

Pro-Gun Rally Brings Thousands to Richmond
Pro-Gun Rally Brings
Thousands to Richmond
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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. "...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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....

Embattled Governor Uses Term 'Indentured Servants,' to Uproar
Northam's Word Choice Gets
Him Deeper Into Hot Water
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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
...

Northam: 'I'm Not Going Anywhere'
Northam: Virginia
Needs My 'Moral Compass'
INTERVIEW

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,...

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
...

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"...

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...

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