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Virginia governor asks lawmakers to focus on budget 'equity'

Virginia governor asks lawmakers to focus on budget 'equity'RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam asked lawmakers Thursday to pass a state budget that has a "greater focus on issues of equity" as he tries to move past a blackface scandal that nearly ended his governorship.



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'It's One of the Ugliest Parts of Humanity.' Virginia Lt. Governor's Accuser Speaks About the Issue of Sexual Assault

'It's One of the Ugliest Parts of Humanity.' Virginia Lt. Governor's Accuser Speaks About the Issue of Sexual AssaultA college professor avoided talking directly about her accusation that Virginia's lieutenant governor sexually assaulted her, but she wasn't shy about publicly discussing her research and thoughts on the growing number of women reporting abuse.



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Virginia governor vows not to resign over racist incident

Virginia governor vows not to resign over racist incidentVirginia's embattled Democratic governor vowed in an interview on Monday not to resign over revelations that he wore blackface at a 1980s party.



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Clamor for ouster of top Democrats slows in Virginia

Clamor for ouster of top Democrats slows in VirginiaRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The clamor for the resignation of Virginia's top two politicians seemed to die down Monday, with some black community leaders forgiving Gov. Ralph Northam over the blackface furor and calling for a fair hearing for Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax on the sexual assault allegations against him.



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Virginia political crisis in stalemate after impeachment threat

Virginia political crisis in stalemate after impeachment threatThe decision by Patrick Hope, Democratic member of Virginia’s House of Delegates, not to initiate impeachment proceedings against Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, 39, over accusations of sexual assault has left the next move unclear. Fairfax, once a rising star in the U.S. state’s Democratic party, has resisted all calls to resign following accusations he raped a fellow student at Duke University and forced himself sexually on another at a Boston hotel 14 years ago. Fairfax has said sexual encounters with both women were consensual and called the allegations a “smear campaign” against him.



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Poll: Virginia split on whether Gov. Ralph Northam should resign; he insists, 'I'm not going anywhere'

Poll: Virginia split on whether Gov. Ralph Northam should resign; he insists, 'I'm not going anywhere'Gov. Ralph Northam vowed to remain in office Sunday while Virginians appeared split on whether the besieged Democrat should resign from office.



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Racism and redemption: Virginia blackface row stirs painful past

Racism and redemption: Virginia blackface row stirs painful pastCan a politician be forgiven for racist behavior from the past? What if that behavior evoked the darkest chapters of American history, from slavery to segregation? The 59-year-old Democrat is refusing to resign over a yearbook photograph showing a person in blackface and another wearing Ku Klux Klan robes — denying either was him.



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Possible impeachment could further upend Virginia politics

Possible impeachment could further upend Virginia politicsRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers on Monday will reluctantly face the unprecedented prospect of impeaching the state's second most powerful leader as they struggle to address revelations of past racist behavior and allegations of sexual assault roiling its highest levels of office.



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Trump declares racial 'double standard' in Virginia scandals

Trump declares racial 'double standard' in Virginia scandalsPresident Trump addressed the scandals currently involving several Virginia officials, tweeting that "African Americans are very angry at the double standard on full display" in the state.



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Virginia governor vows not to resign over racist incident

Virginia governor vows not to resign over racist incidentVirginia’s embattled Democratic governor vowed in an interview on Monday not to resign over revelations that he wore blackface at a 1980s party, as a web of scandals enveloped three top party officials. A Democratic state lawmaker, meanwhile, said on Twitter that he would not move immediately on his call over the weekend for impeachment proceedings against Virginia’s lieutenant governor, who has been accused of sexually assaulting two women, charges he has denied. Party leaders in the state and across the nation have now called for Governor Ralph Northam and Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax over their separate accusations.



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