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The Bonfire of the Virginia Democratic Party, in GIFs

10 February 2019

"You have placed your trust in me to lead Virginia forward - and I plan to do that", said Northam, 59, who had stayed nearly entirely out of the public eye and the media since holding a news conference on Saturday to address the racial controversies that sparked Virginia's political crisis.

Ralph Northam was engulfed in scandal a week ago over a racist photo on his 1984 medical school yearbook page, a consensus grew among his fellow Democrats: He won't last the weekend.

At the same time, Governor Ralph Northam made his first public appearance since refusing to resign.

The half page that Northam was allotted in the yearbook includes three pictures, including one of him in a suit.

The woman who made the allegation says Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax forced her to perform oral sex in 2004 in MA. "The two were friends but never dated or had any romantic relationship". Watson also "immediately" told friends that Fairfax had raped her, her attorney said. She said he forced her to perform oral sex on him.

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Her temperature was very low but after many hours she recovered and is now completely normal", the post read. Temperatures were hovering around 10 degrees outside at the time. "I've never seen this.

"My only motive in speaking now is to refute Mr Fairfax's falsehoods and aspersions of my character, and to provide what I believe is important information for Virginians to have as they make critical decisions that involve Mr Fairfax", her statement read in part. "I haven't forgiven the president, but he's still in office, so why should they resign?" Boyd, whose group says it represents 109,000 farmers across the country, said on Twitter afterward that he pledged his support to the governor and "urged him NOT to step down". He then completely shut out the press, ran from reporters as he left his office and did not answer any questions.

After a week hunkered down in virtual seclusion under mounting pressure to resign, Northam indicated in an email message on Friday to state employees that he planned to keep his post. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of NY and Elizabeth Warren of MA.

Three of those people told the newspaper that Tyson, a professor at Scripps College in Claremont, California, identified her attacker to the people as Justin Fairfax, a lieutenant governor or a politician on the rise, according to the report.

Wexton also signed a joint statement with four other congressional representatives. The Legislative Black Caucus comprises only a portion of the legislature's Democratic seats. And a Democratic member of the state House, Del.

The head of Virginia's House of Delegates is calling for the resignation of Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax.

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Pochettino added: "We now have two free places, with Georges-Kevin Nkoudou going to Monaco and [Mousa] Dembele to China, [so] he's going to be on the list".

When Tyson learned that Fairfax said she was lying about her claims, she "felt a jarring sense of both outrage and despair", she wrote in a statement released Wednesday.

Jim Scurlock, a longtime elections supervisor in Richmond who went to segregated high schools in Roanoke before experiencing the sting of Jim Crow as a young soldier in the Army in 1960, was withholding judgment on Fairfax. Northam may try to appoint a Democrat, while Republicans could mount a legal challenge with the goal of having Sen.

The tumult in Virginia began late last week, with the discovery of the photo on Northam's yearbook profile page that showed someone in blackface standing beside another person in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe.

Norment said in a statement that he "cannot endorse or associate myself with every photo, entry, or word on each page" but drew a distinction between the controversy facing him and that of Northam and Herring, who admitted they appeared in blackface.

The week's political chaos surrounding Virginia's top two elected officials stretched down to the second-in-line to succeed Northam, Attorney General Mark Herring, 57, who admitted that he, too, had once used blackface to imitate a black performer.

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Also dampening market sentiment still were worries about weaker global economic growth and the US-China trade dispute. Prices are likely to remain rangebound, or drift sideways to lower until the US and China reach a trade deal.

The Bonfire of the Virginia Democratic Party, in GIFs