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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...

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 Ralph Northam has withdrawn from plans to be a commencement speaker at his alma mater, Virginia Military Institute, and won't participate in any other graduation ceremonies amid the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...

Fiery 12-car crash slows traffic in DC area, injures 1

Apr. 5, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

VIENNA, Va. (AP) — Police say a fiery 12-car chain-reaction crash backed up traffic on a major Virginia highway in the Washington region, but only one driver was hurt. Virginia State Police said in a statement that Thursday's crash began with a two-vehicle collision on eastbound Interstate 66. Police say...

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...

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...

GOP: Dems won't hold bipartisan hearing for Fairfax accusers

Apr. 2, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — House Republicans said Tuesday that they tried and failed to broker a deal with Democrats that would allow for a bipartisan public hearing in which two women who accuse Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault could testify under oath. Republican Speaker Kirk Cox issued a...