Tag: Virginia

A Better Way to Attract Amazon’s Jobs

When Amazon abandoned its plans to build a new headquarters in New York, the foes of corporate greed declared victory. Yet, should all the outrage be aimed at Amazon? Certainly, in an era of concentrated wealth, taxpayers in big cities and small towns like Elwood, Ill., are rightly fed up with companies for accepting tax […]

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Northern Virginia Is Keeping Amazon’s 25,000 Jobs and It Wants You to Know It

WASHINGTON — When Amazon canceled its plans to build an expansive corporate campus in New York City this week, officials more than 200 miles away in Northern Virginia decided to make a statement. Their region had its act together, they had been far more prepared and they were free of drama. That message came from […]

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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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A Black Group Says Mardi Gras Blackface Honors Tradition. Others Call It ‘Disgusting.’

NEW ORLEANS — F. Brobson Lutz Jr. is one of those prominent Southern white men who once made a public appearance in blackface. It was at a big Mardi Gras parade years ago, and he knows there is photographic evidence. And yet Dr. Lutz, a 71-year-old internist, is not in the least bit worried about […]

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On Justin Fairfax and Believing Women When It’s Politically Inconvenient

Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty Images) Even the qualifier most frequently used when describing the allegations against Justin Fairfax, the Virginia lieutenant governor accused of sexual assault, tells a story. From “Justin Fairfax Faces Mounting Calls for Resignation Amid Second Sexual-Assault Allegation” Republican Speaker of the House Kirk Cox on Saturday urged Fairfax to resign after […]

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Governor Northam’s Troubling Silence on Racism

Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia should resign. Not because he most likely wore blackface in the 1980s. He should resign because in 2019 he seems unwilling to address how, or whether, his views on race have evolved. His silence demonstrates a lack of integrity, and it’s disrespectful to one-fifth of Virginia’s electorate, the 87 percent […]

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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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Va. Gov. Ralph ‘Coonman’ Northam Just Can’t Stop Stepping In It, Calls Slaves ‘Indentured Servants’

Photo: Alex Edelman (Getty Images) Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (aka Governor Moonwalk F. Jackson) was trying to mend his broken image during an interview on CBS This Morning and he attempted to maneuver his way out of one minefield only to step on a live hand grenade. Northam still refuses to step down after website […]

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Virginia Democrat Backs Off Effort to Open Impeachment Inquiry Against Fairfax

RICHMOND, Va. — A Virginia state legislator who intended to begin impeachment proceedings against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax backed off on Monday after African-American lawmakers demanded there not be a rush to oust Mr. Fairfax, who is black, over accusations of sexual assault while the state’s white governor and attorney general are refusing to resign […]

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Exclusive: Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax Speaks Out on Sexual Assault Allegations and His Future in Virginia

Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty Images) The top three elected Democrats in the state of Virginia have been mired in controversy for the last week. On Friday, Feb. 1, a medical school yearbook pictures from 1984 surfaced showing two people in blackface and a Ku Klux Klan uniform on Gov. Ralph Northam’s page, as well as […]

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Ralph Northam, Virginia Governor, Insists He Is ‘Not Going Anywhere’

RICHMOND, Va. — After a week of revelations that have separately disgraced Virginia’s top three political leaders, the governor, Ralph Northam, remained firm on Sunday in his intention to stay in office and stopped short of calling for the resignations of his fellow scandal-plagued Democratic leaders. In an interview with “CBS This Morning,” Mr. Northam […]

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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s Story Slips Again, And The Twitter Jokes Just Keep Coming

Getty Image Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has been lying low for this past week, “using tunnels to shuttle between the mansion and the nearby building where he has an office,” according to the Washington Post. He also granted the Washington Post his first interview since photos from his 1984 medical school yearbook seemed to show […]

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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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It’s Great That We Celebrate Black History Month in Totally Normal Ways

Black History Month is the shortest month of the year. It’s usually only 28 days long! This gives stubborn people 337 days to pretend black history doesn’t exist, thanks to what’s commonly known as the one-twelfths compromise. Black History Month always felt like an obligatory celebration. But this year people are really leaning in. Take […]

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Justin Fairfax Puts Virginia Democrats in Bind on Impeachment

RICHMOND, Va. — Justin E. Fairfax’s refusal to resign as lieutenant governor of Virginia in the face of two allegations of sexual assault has presented Democrats with an excruciating choice: whether to impeach an African-American leader at a moment when the state’s other two top leaders, both white, are resisting calls to quit after admitting […]

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