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Virginia Lt. Gov. Scandal May Get Even Messier

State's House Republicans plan public hearings for Fairfax's 2 female accusers to testify

(Newser) - Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax is blasting plans by state House Republicans to have a public hearing where Fairfax and the two women who have accused him of sexual assault can testify. Fairfax spokeswoman Lauren Burke issued a statement Friday saying House Republicans were proposing the hearing to distract from... More »

Fairfax Accuser Said Ex-NBA Player Also Raped Her

Friend of Meredith Watson tells 'NYT' that Watson alleges an assault by Corey Maggette

(Newser) - The mess at the top of Virginia's leadership continues, with neither Gov. Ralph Northam nor Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax making any move to step down. A friend of Meredith Watson, one of the two women who've said Fairfax sexually assaulted them, tells the New York Times that Watson... 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 »

As Fairfax Doubles Down, So Do His Accusers

Virginia lieutenant governor says he won't resign, accusers say they'll testify

(Newser) - Attorneys for a woman who has accused Virginia's embattled lieutenant governor of sexual assault say their client is "prepared to testify at impeachment proceedings and to cooperate with law enforcement in any investigation." Attorneys Debra S. Katz and Lisa J. Banks released the statement Saturday night on... 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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Latest in Virginia's Political Mess: Details of Alleged Assault

Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax has strongly denied the accusations

(Newser) - Virginia's political mess continues to get messier: The woman who says Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax sexually assaulted her in 2004 has now revealed graphic details of what she says occurred. Vanessa Tyson, a politics professor at Scripps College in California, released a lengthy statement via the law firm representing... 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 »

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