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HOW VIRGINIA GOV. SURVIVES SCANDAL BY STAYING OUT OF SIGHT

By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press

He promised to start an honest conversation about race and how to heal the lingering wounds of Virginia's painful past. Then he disappeared. For the past week, Gov. Ralph Northam has defied widespread calls for his resignation after a racist yearbook picture and a bungled response upended his career. The 59-year-old Democrat has hired a crisis communications firm, used underground tunnels at the Capitol to stay out of sight and unveiled no strategy for how he might govern effectively over the next three years.

VaNews February 8, 2019



SCANDAL NO. 3: HERRING ADMITS TO DRESSING IN BLACKFACE

By KATHERINE HAFNER AND GORDON RAGO, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

A third scandal to hit the Democratic administration of Virginia sent the Capitol reeling on Wednesday. Attorney General Mark Herring, in a statement he issued late in the morning, said he dressed in "brown makeup" and a wig to imitate rappers as a 19-year-old at the University of Virginia.

VaNews February 7, 2019



HERRING BLASTS STUDY OF HIS OFFICE AS POLITICALLY MOTIVATED

By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has denounced a wide-ranging review of his office by the legislature's watchdog agency as a politically motivated witch hunt. The Democratic attorney general blasted the review as "baseless" and an "inquisition." He also said it was designed to "support partisan preconceptions" in a November letter to the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission.

VaNews January 16, 2019



VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL SAYS CONDITION OF SCHOOLS RESPONSIBILITY OF LOCALITIES

By AMY FRIEDENBERGER, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says the condition of public school buildings is the primary responsibility of localities and local school boards. Herring issued his opinion Friday in response to several questions raised by state Sen. Bill Stanley, R-Franklin, who has been leading a push to repair Virginia’s deteriorating schools, particularly in financially strapped rural and urban areas.

VaNews January 7, 2019



HERRING REBUFFS DOMINION DONATIONS — A SIGNAL OF CHANGE IN VIRGINIA POLITICS?

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

It’s got to make you wonder when Virginia’s biggest corporate donor to state political campaigns is rebuffed, as when Attorney General Mark Herring told the blog Blue Virginia this week that he won’t accept campaign contributions from Dominion Energy. Herring joins 13 House Democrats in declining Dominion’s contributions.

VaNews December 24, 2018



VIRGINIA SIGNS ON TO LAWSUIT CHALLENGING SEISMIC TESTING DECISION

By MECHELLE HANKERSON, Virginia Mercury

Virginia has signed on to a lawsuit with eight other states and several environmental groups to fight President Donald Trump’s decision to open the East Coast up to seismic airgun testing, according to The Baltimore Sun.

VaNews December 21, 2018



HOUSE GOP LEADER CALLS ON HERRING TO STEP DOWN AS VA. ATTORNEY GENERAL IF HE RUNS FOR GOVERNOR

By GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

A top Republican in the House of Delegates said Tuesday that state Attorney General Mark Herring (D) should resign over his intention to run for governor in 2021. “If he is a man of his word, Mark Herring’s resignation will be on Governor Northam’s desk by the end of the year,” House Majority Leader Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) said via email.

VaNews December 12, 2018



ATTORNEY GENERAL MARK HERRING TO INTRODUCE ANTI-HATE-CRIMES LEGISLATION

By GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) on Thursday will propose a package of legislation aimed at combating hate crimes and reining in white-supremacist violence, the third year in a row he has sought similar changes to state law. Herring has so far had zero success in getting the General Assembly to pass such measures. In the meantime, reports of hate crimes have continued to rise.

VaNews November 15, 2018



VIRGINIA PROBING POSSIBLE SEX ABUSE IN DIOCESES

By MICHELLE BOORSTEIN AND LAURA VOZZELLA, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced Wednesday his office is running an “ongoing investigation” into the state’s two Catholic dioceses and whether there has been any sexual abuse and coverup. Herring’s remarks come a day after D.C.'s top prosecutor made a similar announcement.

VaNews October 25, 2018



VIRGINIA JOINS GROWING LIST OF STATES INVESTIGATING POSSIBILITY OF CLERGY ABUSE

By KATHERINE HAFNER, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Attorney General Mark Herring announced Wednesday he is launching a hotline dedicated to "rooting out" possible clergy abuse in the commonwealth.

VaNews October 25, 2018