Latest Virginia State General Assembly News

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...

Disgraced former Virginia lawmaker seeks state Senate seat

Apr. 4, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia lawmaker who used to spend his days at the General Assembly and his nights in jail after being accused of having sex with his teenage secretary is launching another political campaign. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Joe Morrissey launched a bid for a...

Accuser still wants Virginia lieutenant governor to resign

Mar. 31, 2019 4:59 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The first of two women to accuse Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault says she still wants him to resign. CBS News released excerpts Sunday of its interview with Vanessa Tyson, who said Fairfax forced her to perform oral sex in 2004. Fairfax said the encounter was...

Virginia governor finds ways to get beyond blackface scandal

Mar. 29, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two months after a blackface photo in an old yearbook nearly ended the political career of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, his life seems mostly back to normal. The Democratic governor is cracking jokes at almost daily public appearances around Virginia. State lawmakers who called on him...

NTSB: Impaired truck driver likely cause of GOP train crash

Mar. 21, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A trash truck driver who had marijuana in his system likely caused a fatal collision last year with an Amtrak train that was carrying Republican lawmakers, federal investigators concluded Thursday. The National Transportation Safety Board's final report said the crash in rural Virginia...

Feds release files on GOP train crash ahead of final report

Mar. 19, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Federal investigators released nearly 100 documents Tuesday that detail last year's fatal accident between a trash truck and an Amtrak train that was carrying Republican lawmakers in rural Virginia. Photos, witness accounts and other information were made public ahead of a final report...

Supreme Court struggles with Virginia redistricting case

Mar. 18, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed to struggle Monday with how to resolve a case that could help flip control of the Virginia House of Delegates to Democrats. The justices heard arguments in a case about the map Virginia has used to choose House delegates, a map a lower court ruled discriminated...

Virginia's Fairfax compares himself to lynching victims

Feb. 24, 2019 5:29 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Embattled Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax compared himself to Jim Crow-era lynching victims in a surprise speech Sunday, as he resists widespread calls to resign prompted by allegations of sexual assault. Fairfax strongly defended himself and lashed out at his critics from his rostrum...

Virginia Republicans invite Fairfax's accusers to testify

Feb. 22, 2019 5:46 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia House Republicans announced plans Friday to hold a public hearing where Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax and the two women who have recently accused him of sexual assault can testify, a move that will likely inflame a partisan battle over the General Assembly's role in investigating...

Virginia House Republicans invite Lt. Gov. Fairfax and women who accused him of sexual assault to testify at hearing

Feb. 22, 2019 12:19 PM EST
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia House Republicans invite Lt. Gov. Fairfax and women who accused him of sexual assault to testify at hearing.