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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...

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...

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...

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...

Governor: That Wasn&#39;t Me
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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...

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...

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,...

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...

Murdered Reporter&#39;s Boyfriend Among Virginia Winners
'Anti-Trump Wave' Results
in Big Gains for Democrats

'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'...

Trump Slams Gillespie After Virginia Loss

He 'worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for'

(Newser) - President Trump tweeted in support of Ed Gillespie early Tuesday—but he didn't take long to distance himself from the Republican candidate after he lost the Virginia governor's race. Gillespie "worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for," Trump tweeted after Gillespie...

Democrats Win Governor Seats in Virginia, New Jersey

Ralph Northam takes closely watched contest in Va.; Phil Murphy will succeed Chris Christie

(Newser) - Democrat Ralph Northam has won Virginia's closely watched race for governor , reports the AP . Early unofficial results show Northam defeated Republican Ed Gillespie on Tuesday in a race that had been seen as a test of whether Democrats could withstand a candidate who ran largely on President Trump'...

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