Tag: Herring, Mark R

‘It Just Went Poof’: The Strange Aftermath of Virginia’s Cascade of Political Scandals

RICHMOND, Va. — More than a dozen state lawmakers filed onto the stage, summoned by the smiling leader of their state: Ralph S. Northam, the governor of Virginia. On the governor’s right were a handful of House Democrats, who as a group in February said they were “no longer confident in the governor’s representation of […]

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‘He’s Not There Yet’: Embattled Governor Seeks Forgiveness From Black Virginians

RICHMOND, Va. — He prayed with black leaders, invoked his deep respect for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and insisted that the blackface he once wore was not indicative of the type of person he is today. He discussed increasing funding for at-risk youth programs and affordable housing, and scheduled the first of […]

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Unmistakable Divide Among Women in Virginia Over Accusations Against Fairfax

RICHMOND, Va. — To Constance Cordovilla, the president of the Virginia National Organization for Women, the two sexual assault allegations against Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax are not just grounds for him to resign — the detailed claims also demand that women side with his accusers. “It would set back survivors if we don’t because […]

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The Political Ascent of Justin Fairfax, and the Disturbing Allegations That Might End It

RICHMOND, Va. — One afternoon in the early 1990s, a middle-schooler showed up at Frank E. Emory Jr.’s law office in Charlotte, sent there by an aunt who knew Mr. Emory from church. The child, in town visiting relatives, wanted to hear about the law. He had plans. “He said, ‘I’m going to run for […]

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Virginia’s Economy Weathers the Storm in Its Statehouse

As politicians across the country demand a change in Virginia’s embattled leadership, business leaders are largely sticking to the sidelines. Leading Virginia business groups have stopped short of calling for the resignation of the state’s top three elected officials, all embroiled in personal scandals. Most corporate executives have avoided weighing in at all. And there […]

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Will Power Trump Values in Virginia?

For over 50 years, the Democratic Party has carried the banner of racial and gender equality, and all the more so during the Trump era. In contrast to an increasingly dystopian Republican Party, Democrats from the left and the center have united behind an idealistic image of their party as a rainbow coalition of resistance […]

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If Justin Fairfax Is Forced Out in Virginia, Who’s Next in Line?

Coalescing scandals have engulfed Virginia’s leaders, plunging the state into political free fall. First, Gov. Ralph Northam came under fire for a racist yearbook photo, which he acknowledged and then denied appearing in. He also admitted to wearing blackface to dress up as Michael Jackson in the 1980s. Then Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax was […]

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Virginia’s Racist History Clashes With New South Image

RICHMOND, Va. — L. Douglas Wilder, a grandson of slaves, became America’s first elected black governor 30 years ago, winning in Virginia in part by finessing the racist history of the state that is now roiling its politics once more. To succeed as a black candidate in 1989, Mr. Wilder had to patiently accommodate the […]

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Virginia Is in Turmoil. Here’s a Breakdown of Seven Days of Scandal.

For Virginia’s top state officials, it was a week of chaos. There was an apology, a reversal and an admission about blackface. A sexual assault allegation was made, and an emphatic denial was made in response. Then came another admission about blackface. Last week, the clouds began to gather over Gov. Ralph S. Northam, 59, […]

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Virginia’s Governor Is Hanging On. He Might Last Another Three Years.

RICHMOND, Va. — Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia apologized. He held the ritual news conference of a humiliated politician, punctuated with a discussion of whether he could still do the moonwalk. He went into seclusion. And so, here he is: diminished, abandoned, condemned — and still the governor of Virginia. Mr. Northam, besieged after the […]

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Virginia Political Crisis Grows for Democrats and Republicans

RICHMOND, Va. — The political crisis in Virginia intensified Thursday as several leading Democratic presidential candidates called for an investigation into a woman’s sexual assault allegations against Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax, a Democrat, saying they thought her account was credible. At the same time, a powerful Republican state senator faced questions about his role […]

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Virginia Mulls Misdeeds of Its Leaders and Braces for More Turmoil

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia braced on Thursday for sustained political upheaval as the crisis of personal conduct that has engulfed the state government’s three leading officials showed no sign of ending. Although two of the Democratic officials — Governor Ralph Northam, who on Saturday admitted to using blackface in 1984, and Lt. Gov. Justin E. […]

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Second Virginia Democrat Says He Wore Blackface, Throwing Party Into Turmoil

RICHMOND, Va. — The third-ranking elected official in Virginia, Attorney General Mark R. Herring, acknowledged Wednesday that he had worn blackface at a party as an undergraduate student, deepening a crisis that has engulfed the state’s Democratic leadership. Then, just two hours later, a woman came forward to describe in detail her accusation that Lt. […]

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