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Virginia governor wants Confederate arch gone from US fort

Apr. 19, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Ralph Northam is calling for the removal of an arch honoring the former president of the Confederacy at Fort Monroe, where the first enslaved Africans arrived in Virginia 400 years ago. The Daily Press reports that Northam's office presented a letter to the Fort Monroe Authority...

North Carolina Gov. Cooper vetoes 'born-alive' legislation

Apr. 18, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a measure Thursday written by Republicans and backed by social conservatives that addresses a doctor's responsibilities if a later-term abortion results in an infant born alive. Cooper announced his decision two days after the General...

Ex-Virginia Gov. McAuliffe won't run for president in 2020

Apr. 17, 2019 10:00 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe won't run for president in 2020, meaning establishment, centrist Democrats will have one less option in a nominating free-for-all that so far has highlighted the party's leftward shift. McAuliffe said Wednesday night that instead of joining a...

The Latest: McAuliffe says he'll focus on Virginia politics

Apr. 17, 2019 9:49 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (all times local): 9:45 p.m. Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he won't run for president in 2020 and will instead focus on helping Democrats win in the state. McAuliffe made the announcement Wednesday on CNN. He flirted with a...

Scandals lead to fundraising woes for top Virginia Democrats

Apr. 16, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A series of scandals surrounding Virginia's top Democrats has made it difficult for them to raise money in a key election year. Gov. Ralph Northam, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax and Attorney General Mark Herring all posted anemic campaign finance reports Monday that are far below what their...

Northam won't be part of graduations amid blackface scandal

Apr. 16, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has withdrawn from plans to be a commencement speaker at his alma mater, Virginia Military Institute, and won't participate in any other graduation ceremonies amid the persisting scandal over a blackface photo. News outlets report the Democrat is abstaining...

Va. governor nixes appearance at event that drew protesters

Apr. 15, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

BURKE, Va. (AP) — Virginia's governor pulled out of an event where he would have faced protesters for wearing blackface in the 1980s. The Washington Post reported that Gov. Ralph Northam cited safety concerns for cancelling his appearance at a Sunday fundraiser for a Democratic state senator in northern...

GOP states discover a tax hike they have to like: for roads

Apr. 14, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — After passing waves of tax cuts in recent years, some lawmakers in several Republican-dominated states have decided it's time to make a big exception and are pushing for tax increases to fix roads that are crumbling from years of neglect. In the past month alone, the Republican...

Arkansas Senate approves bill banning 'sanctuary' cities

Apr. 5, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate voted Friday to prohibit cities from refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities and threatening to cut off their funding if they adopt "sanctuary" policies, even though no city in the state has done so. The majority-Republican Senate voted 24-5...

Virginia Lt. Gov. seeks investigation of assault allegations

Apr. 3, 2019 7:37 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax said Wednesday he's asked prosecutors in Boston and North Carolina to investigate sexual assault allegations two women have made against him. Speaking at a news conference, Fairfax again said the allegations are untrue and the sexual encounters he had...