Tag Archives: Virginia

FBI Arrests Alleged Nazis Ahead Of Virginia Gun Rally

The New York Times reports: The F.B.I. has arrested three men suspected of being members of a neo-Nazi hate group, including a former reservist in the Canadian Army, who had weapons and discussed traveling to a pro-gun rally next week in Richmond, Va., in anticipation of a possible race war. The men were taken into custody on Thursday morning as …

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Black College Yanks Trump Tribute Set For MLK Day

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports: Virginia Union University has revoked permission for a group that planned to honor President Donald Trump at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day ceremony. A flyer distributed Tuesday listed Trump, along with son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, as honorees at Urban Revitalization Coalition’s planned Jan. 20 event at the Richmond university. (There was no indication that …

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Virginia Gov Declares State Of Emergency Over Report White Nationalist Militias Plan To Storm State Capitol

Roanoke’s CBS affiliate reports: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) declared a State of Emergency ahead of Monday’s planned pro-gun rally on Capitol Square. According to Northam’s statement, “Law enforcement intelligence analysts have identified credible threats of violence surrounding the event, along with white nationalist rhetoric and plans by out-of-state militia groups to attend.” All weapons, including guns, will be prohibited …

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Virginia Lawmakers Approve Equal Rights Amendment

Reuters reports: Virginia moved to the brink of becoming the crucial 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment on Wednesday, a momentous victory for many women’s rights advocates even though it is far from certain the measure will ever be added to the U.S. Constitution. The affirmative votes in both chambers of the Virginia legislature came decades after Congress …

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Virginia Gov To Ban Guns From Planned Pro-Gun Rally

The Associated Press reports: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam plans to declare a temporary emergency Wednesday banning all weapons, including guns, from Capitol Square ahead of a massive rally planned next week over gun rights. That’s according to two state officials who were briefed on the plans but not authorized to speak publicly about them. One official says the Democratic governor …

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Falwell Vows Civil Disobedience Over Proposed VA Gun Laws: Democrats Will Learn Their Lesson The Hard Way

From fired Fox News host Todd Starnes: Liberty University president Jerry Falwell, Jr. delivered a terse warning to Virginia Democrats who are considering a crackdown on guns during an interview on The Todd Starnes Radio Show. “I’m pretty sure I’m going to call for civil disobedience if the Democrats go through with this,” Falwell said. Falwell told Starnes that he …

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VIRGINIA: Cyclist Fired In 2017 For Flipping Off Trump Wins Seat In District That Includes Trump Golf Resort

The Washington Post reports: A legion of reasons propel political neophytes to run for office, but none may be as unusual as what inspired Juli Briskman, the cyclist who gave President Trump the finger two years ago and found herself without a job and at the center of a national uproar. On Tuesday, Briskman got a new job, winning a …

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VIRGINIA: Democrats Flip Both Legislative Chambers

NBC News reports: Virginia Democrats took control of the state legislature on Tuesday night for first time in more than two decades. Democrats won majorities in both the state House and Senate, the third election in a row that Virginia Democrats have made significant gains since President Donald Trump was elected. The win will give Democrats control of the legislature …

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Live 2019 Election Returns: Open Thread

The New York Times reports: Votes have started to come in for the governor’s race in Kentucky, which has been cast as a showdown between an unpopular governor and an unpopular party. The Republican incumbent, Matt Bevin, has focused his campaign on his alignment with President Trump and his opposition to impeachment, with the president holding a rally on Monday …

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Restaurant To Pay $40K For Anti-Gay Abuse Of Staffer

The Associated Press reports: A Virginia restaurant operator has agreed to pay $40,000 to resolve a lawsuit that claims its employees routinely harassed a gay server with homophobic epithets and taunted him about his sexuality. A federal judge on Thursday signed off on the settlement between the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Mejia Corp., which does business as El …

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USA Today HQ Evacuated After Report Of Gunman

USA Today reports: USA TODAY’s headquarters in McLean, Virginia was being evacuated Wednesday amid a heavy police presence after police reported a man with a weapon at the suburban Washington building. Alarms sounded at the building as police squad cars converged on the scene. Law enforcement officers with rifles and body armor were patrolling the area and a helicopter hovered …

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SCOTUS Rules For Virginia Dems On Gerrymandering

The Hill reports: The Supreme Court has ruled against the Virginia House of Delegates in a racial gerrymandering case that represents a victory for Democrats in the state. In the 5-4 ruling, the justices found that the House didn’t have the standing to appeal a lower court ruling that found that the new district maps must be used ahead of …

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VIRGINIA: Governor Calls Legislature Back For Special Session On Gun Control After Latest Mass Shooting

The Associated Press reports: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday he will summon lawmakers back to the state Capitol to consider a package of gun-control legislation, saying last week’s mass shooting in Virginia Beach calls for “votes and laws, not thoughts and prayers.” Northam, a Democrat confronted with a Republican-controlled General Assembly in the middle of an election year, also …

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BREAKING: Mass Shooting In Virginia Beach, At Least Eleven Dead, Multiple Injuries, One Gunman In Custody

The Virginian-Pilot reports: Multiple people were injured by a shooter who has been apprehended at the city’s Municipal Center on Friday afternoon, police said. Master Police Officer Allen Perry confirmed there was a shooter in building 2, which is next door to City Hall. At 4:50 p.m., the Virginia Beach Police Department tweeted that one shooter has been taken into …

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Former VA Gov. Terry McCauliffe Won’t Run For WH

Politico reports: Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday night that he would not be running for president in 2020, quelling speculation that he would join an already sizable group of Democratic hopefuls vying to push President Donald Trump out of office. “I love campaigning. I love fighting,” McAuliffe told CNN’s Chris Cuomo. “I would love to have been on …

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VIRGINIA: Teenager Pleads Guilty To “Ethnic Cleansing” Terror Threat That Closed Charlottesville-Area Schools

The Daily Progress reports: A Virginia teenager has pleaded guilty to posting a racist threat online that shut down Charlottesville City Schools for two days last week. News outlets report the 17-year-old boy was convicted Wednesday and is set to be sentenced April 24. Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Samantha Markley says the teen told authorities he was bored and joking when …

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VIRGINIA: Teenager Arrested After “Ethnic Cleansing” Terrorism Threat Closes Charlottesville Area Schools

NBC News reports: City police are charging a teenager in connection with an online threat to Charlottesville High School. The Charlottesville Police Department announced Friday, March 22, that a 17-year-old boy was arrested at 6 a.m. The minor is charged with threats to commit serious bodily harm to persons on school property, and harassment by computer. Police said they were …

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Fairfax Accuser Also Accuses Former NBA Star Of Rape

CNN reports: Meredith Watson, who has accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of rape, also says she was raped by former Duke University basketball player Corey Maggette, according to her attorney. Maggette, who went on to play 14 seasons in the NBA and is now a freelance basketball analyst on Fox Sports West, denied the allegation in a statement to …

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POLL: Virginians Split On Gov. Ralph Northam’s Fate

The Washington Post reports: Virginians are deadlocked over whether Gov. Ralph Northam (D) should step down after the emergence of a photo on his 1984 medical school yearbook page depicting people in blackface and Ku Klux Klan garb, with African Americans saying by a wide margin that he should remain in office. The poll, conducted Wednesday through Friday, finds residents …

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Fairfax Calls For FBI Probe Into Assault Allegations

NPR reports: Virginia’s lieutenant governor showed no intention of resigning Saturday, the day after a second woman came forward to accuse him of sexual assault. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax released a statement late Saturday requesting that “no one rush to judgment,” and called for an FBI investigation so that “due process will provide the fairness, justice and honesty that is …

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