Tag: Virginia

With Lack of Consistent COVID-19 Messaging From Trump Administration, Lax Responses and Misinformation May Increase Health Risks

Photo: ANGELA WEISS (AFP via Getty Images) Since the coronavirus broke out in the U.S., Donald Trump has offered mixed messages on the severity of the virus, America’s readiness to combat it, and what the administration plans to do to help millions of Americans access healthcare and resources as the pandemic spreads. Just today, Trump […]

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This Is Not the Moment for Progressives to Despair

If South Carolina was make or break for Joe Biden, then so was Michigan for Bernie Sanders. After falling behind Biden in the Super Tuesday primaries last week, Sanders needed Michigan — where he won a stunning upset against Hillary Clinton four years ago — to reinvigorate his campaign and restore its glow of victory […]

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Democratic Majority in Virginia Strips Itself of the Power to Draw District Lines

WASHINGTON — Democrats in Virginia’s State Legislature took a blue-moon political step on Friday and voted to largely strip themselves of the power to draw new political maps next year — maps that could well have locked them into power for a decade. But to say they acted grudgingly is an understatement. The State House […]

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Virginia Becomes the Latest State to Ban Hair Discrimination: ‘It Is Not What We Stand For’

Photo: Shutterstock File this under the exceedingly slim folder labeled “Good News in 2020″: Virginia has become the first Southern state to ban hair discrimination, a law that disproportionately impacts black people and their ability to wear their hair as they please. As CNN reports, the Commonwealth is now the fourth state in the country […]

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Restoration and Reform, or Revolution?

It’s 2016 all over again. A crusading Bernie Sanders now faces off again against a more mainstream candidate, one with flaws that give many voters pause. This time, it’s Joe Biden. Sure, Elizabeth Warren is still in the race for the Democratic nomination, but her chances of prevailing have evaporated. And, I must say here, […]

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How Joe Biden Ran Up the Score in Virginia

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — They were disaffected Republicans in affluent Washington suburbs. They were shipyard employees in Norfolk. And they were health care workers in Petersburg. They all came together on Super Tuesday in an extraordinary surge to the polls in Virginia, propelling former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. to an overwhelming victory in […]

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Why Biden Is the Change Candidate

If you want to oust President Trump this fall and then achieve far-reaching changes such as universal health care, who should you vote for? Until last week, the answer for many was Bernie Sanders, the champion of a “political revolution” that includes Medicare for All. But increasingly there’s a sense that in practice the real […]

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Virginia Is First Southern State to Ban Conversion Therapy for Minors

Virginia became the first Southern state to ban licensed medical professionals from practicing conversion therapy on minors, as Democrats in the state pass expansive civil rights bills after gaining control of the legislature and governor’s mansion for the first time in nearly 30 years. Conversion therapy — a widely discredited practice based on the premise […]

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The Virginia Primary Is a Huge Test of Biden’s Fresh Endorsements and Bloomberg’s Cash

UPDATE March 3, 2020, 7:08 p.m.: CNN is projecting Joe Biden will win Virginia’s primary. ARLINGTON, Virginia – Voters here could play an outsized role in affecting Democratic primary nationwide on Super Tuesday. Its polls — along with Vermont’s’ — close at 7 p.m. EST tonight while millions of west coast voters will still be […]

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Super Tuesday States: What to Watch for in California, Texas and Elsewhere

Fourteen states are holding primary elections in today’s Super Tuesday contests, including the two that award the most delegates, California and Texas, as well as a number of critical general-election swing states. Here’s a look at six of the most interesting battlegrounds. .container.svelte-1bzrc2h{margin:auto;margin-bottom:1em;max-width:600px;overflow:hidden}.subscribed-widget.svelte-1bzrc2h{position:absolute;top:0;left:0;background:#fff}.fallback.svelte-1bzrc2h{width:600px;height:104px}@media(min-width: 600px){.fallback.svelte-1bzrc2h{height:87px}}.button-container.svelte-1bzrc2h{position:relative} div.horizontal-line.svelte-17maztd{width:100px;border-top:1px solid lightgray;display:block;margin-bottom:15px;margin-top:15px} p.introduction.svelte-1f0sojw{font-family:”nyt-franklin”;margin:0 0 0.5em 0;font-size:14px;font-weight:500;max-width:300px;line-height:1.3}@media(max-width: 600px){}@media(min-width: 600px){p.introduction.svelte-1f0sojw{max-width:600px}} .button.svelte-16xx00{font:200 15px/15px […]

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Who Will Win on Super Tuesday? Here’s What Polls Show in 6 Key States

Welcome to Poll Watch, our weekly look at polling data and survey research on the candidates, voters and issues that will shape the 2020 election. [This article was updated on Monday, March 2.] With four nominating contests down, 155 pledged delegates have now been divided among the Democratic presidential candidates. But this Tuesday — Super […]

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Best Gift Ever: Charlottesville to Celebrate End of Slavery Instead of Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday

Image: Shutterstock For the first time since World War II, guess who won’t be getting a birthday party in Charlottesville, Va.? If you guessed Thomas Jefferson—the same guy who once wrote “all men are created equal,” yet somehow owned over 600 of our ancestors—you’d be correct. Advertisement The Washington Post reports that despite Jefferson’s name […]

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9-Year-Old Creates Art Kit To Celebrate Multicultural Crayon Shades

A 9-year-old from Virginia is on a mission to promote inclusivity in art. According to the Washington Post, Bellen Woodard launched a project dubbed “More than Peach” that celebrates the variety of multicultural crayon shades. Through her project, Woodard produces art kits that feature crayon colors that are reflective of different skin tones. She was […]

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Bernie Sanders Has Some Work to Do in the Suburbs

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — In the Trump era, the suburbs have been Democrats’ surprising superpower. . A revolt by college-educated voters, largely women, in suburbs from Virginia Beach to Oklahoma City, from Houston to Southern California, delivered the House majority to Democrats in 2018. Driven by anxiety over guns, health care and the environment, and […]

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1st Grade Teacher Brings Black Excellence to the Classroom by Dressing Up as Historical Figures During Black History Month

Photo: Good Morning America (YouTube) LaToya McGriff is here to make a difference. While educators throughout the country have spent their February schooling students on the importance of historical black figures like Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, the first-grade teacher from Suffolk, Va., has gone the extra mile of ensuring that her students […]

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Trump Can Withhold Millions From ‘Sanctuary’ States, Court Rules

The Trump administration can withhold millions of dollars in law enforcement grants from so-called sanctuary jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with immigration authorities, a federal appeals court said in a ruling issued on Wednesday. The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Manhattan conflicted with three other appeals courts, which […]

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Hate Is on the Ballot

On election night 2018, newly re-gaveled House Speaker Nancy Pelosi presided over a celebratory press conference after the Democratic Party’s recapture of a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. At the center of the party’s success, Pelosi explained, was its “For the People” agenda—and particularly the party’s laser-focus on health care access and the […]

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‘It Didn’t Work:’ States That Ended Parole for Violent Crimes Are Thinking Again

WAVERLY, Va. — After Zenas Barnes was convicted of three robberies in the 1990s, he accepted a plea deal that stunned even veteran lawyers for its severity: 150 years in state prison. Mr. Barnes, who was 21 at the time, said that he had not realized when he took the deal that the Virginia Legislature […]

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White Amateur Historian Says He Stole Slave Auction Block Plaque Because It Didn’t Do Enough to Honor Descendants of Slavery

Photo: Shutterstock When a plaque disappeared off a sidewalk in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month, it raised alarm bells. The sign, though small, was significant: it marked the site of an auction block where enslaved Africans were sold. As The Washington Post reports, some assumed it was done to protest a proposed state law that […]

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Virginia’s Black Residents, Businesses Left Out Of Lucrative Casino Plans

The ongoing debate over whether to build and operate new casinos in Virginia has failed to take the commonwealth’s Black residents and their economic opportunities into consideration, African American business leaders say. In particular, there appears to have been no opportunity for Black people and Black-owned businesses in Virginia to participate in the economic development […]

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Gun debate in Richmond will head back to local governments, analyst predicts

× Gun debate in Richmond will head back to local governments, analyst predicts NORFOLK, Va. – Bills in the General Assembly would empower local governments to make more decisions about guns, but they could shift the debate back to local governments, an analyst predicts. The Senate has passed SB35 and the House of Delegates passed HB421. […]

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