New report details sexual assault, racism at Virginia Military Institute

The Virginia Military Institute has tolerated and failed to address institutional racism and sexism and must be held accountable for making changes, according to a state-sanctioned report released Tuesday. The 145-page report, put together by an independent law firm at the request of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, states that “racial slursContinue reading “New report details sexual assault, racism at Virginia Military Institute”

Amanda Chase, Who Pushed Trump to Declare Martial Law, Loses GOP Nomination for Virginia Governor

Virginia Republicans opted not to put their faith in Amanda Chase, a self-described “Trump in heels,” to beat out Democrats for the governor’s seat in November. Chase, a state senator, made national headlines for accusing Democrats of “treason” in the 2020 election and advocating for former President Donald Trump to declare martial law to remain in power. She took issue withContinue reading “Amanda Chase, Who Pushed Trump to Declare Martial Law, Loses GOP Nomination for Virginia Governor”

Virginia GOP won’t let Orthodox Jews vote absentee in Sabbath-day convention

Republican Party leaders have rejected a plea to let Orthodox Jews and others with religious obligations on Saturdays vote absentee in the GOP’s May 8 nominating convention, in which the party will choose its candidates for governor and two other statewide offices. Four rabbis wrote to state GOP Chairman Rich Anderson and members of theContinue reading “Virginia GOP won’t let Orthodox Jews vote absentee in Sabbath-day convention”

Virginia Cop Fired After Donating to Kyle Rittenhouse’s Defense Fund

A Norfolk Police lieutenant has been fired after donating to a Kyle Rittenhouse support fund using his city email address, according to a press release on Tuesday. William Kelly reportedly made the donation last fall, and commented, “God bless. Thank you for your courage. Keep your head up. You’ve done nothing wrong…Every rank and fileContinue reading “Virginia Cop Fired After Donating to Kyle Rittenhouse’s Defense Fund”

US army officer sues police who pointed guns and pepper-sprayed him during traffic stop

Lt Caron Nazario, who is Black and Latino, files suit after encounter in which officers referenced execution A second lieutenant in the US army is suing two Virginia police officers over a traffic stop last December in which the officers drew their guns, pointed them at him and used a slang term to suggest he was facingContinue reading “US army officer sues police who pointed guns and pepper-sprayed him during traffic stop”

High court: Charlottesville can remove Confederate statues

Virginia’s highest court ruled Thursday that the city of Charlottesville can take down two statues of Confederate generals, including one of Robert E. Lee that became the focus of a violent white nationalist rally in 2017. The state Supreme Court overturned a Circuit Court decision in favor of a group of residents who sued to block theContinue reading “High court: Charlottesville can remove Confederate statues”

Virginia becomes 1st Southern state to abolish death penalty as governor signs law

Gov. Ralph Northam signed the legislation Wednesday. There were 1,390 people put to death in the state, the first documented time was in the Jamestown colony in 1608. Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday signed legislation to officially abolish the death penalty in Virginia, making it the first Southern state to ban capital punishment. “Justice andContinue reading “Virginia becomes 1st Southern state to abolish death penalty as governor signs law”

Virginia lawmakers vote to abolish death penalty

Lawmakers in Virginia voted on Friday to make it the first Southern U.S. state to abolish the death penalty, a significant sign of waning support for capital punishment across the country as the practice is weighed at the federal level. The state’s Democratic-led House of Delegates voted 57-41 on a measure to end the practice.Continue reading “Virginia lawmakers vote to abolish death penalty”

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