Northern Virginia Democrats struggling to accomplish goals; growth for Virginia Tech; four kids in Strasburg and more headlines

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  • Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment addressed his participation in a 1968 yearbook at Virginia Military Institute that featured racist photos: “I’m still culpable, but it is by association with a team that produced that yearbook with those photos.” — The Virginian-Pilot
  • “If the question at the beginning of the story was what had happened in the thirty-five years since that photograph appeared in Northam’s yearbook, the governor has delivered an unequivocal answer: not nearly enough.” — The New Yorker
  • The scandals in Richmond have made it difficult for Democrats in Northern Virginia’s bluest suburbs to get work done, like figuring out the details of the state’s pledge to send housing and transportation money to the area in light of the Amazon deal. — The Washington Post
  • Even with the November elections nine months away, Democrats are worried about losing their momentum in light of the crisis within their party. “This doesn’t change the blue direction of the state long-term, but this certainly complicates things for Democrats in the immediate future.” — The Associated Press
  • Attorney General Mark Herring admitted to wearing blackface while attending the University of Virginia in 1980. The school’s yearbooks show images of students dressed in blackface and mentions of the Ku Klux Klan and slavery in the 1920s and 1950s as well. — The Daily Progress
  • The chaos within Virginia politics might hinder economic development in the pro-business state, according to analysts. — Virginia Business
  • Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax has sent a letter to NBC demanding it correct the report that he directed profanities toward the professor who accused him of sexual assault in 2014. — Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • During last Saturday’s press conference, Gov. Ralph Northam said he wanted to open a discussion about the difficult issues raised by his admission to wearing blackface and the discovery of a racist photo on his yearbook page. Then he disappeared. — The Associated Press
  • Amazon’s move to Virginia will mean significant growth for Virginia Tech, not just at the planned campus in Northern Virginia but at its Blacksburg campus, as well. — The Roanoke Times
  • Danville officials are considering hiring a lobbyist to represent their interests on bringing a casino to the city. — Danville Register & Bee
  • A goat in Strasburg surprised her owners by having quadruplets. They named the only girl Miss Piggy. — The Northern Virginia Daily

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