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January News Brief: Recently in Virginia...

© Eze Amos/Getty Virginia State senator Amanda Chase faces calls for resignation after she attended a pro-trump riot at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday. Here, Chase addresses protesters on July 4, 2020, in Richmond, Virginia.

From Newsweek

Virginia State Senator Who Attended D.C. Protest Asked To Resign. Amanda Chase, also a Republican candidate in the Virginia gubernatorial race, faces calls to resign after she attended a pro-Trump protest. While she left before people headed to the Capitol, Chase has since suggested outside agitators who posed as Trump supporters initiated the violence.

Chase attended the "Stop the Steal" rally for President Donald Trump in Washington D.C. on Wednesday afternoon, but said she left before rioters violently stormed the Capitol building.

However, she has since praised those who participated in the riot, and has suggested without evidence that outside agitators posing as Trump supporters may have been responsible for the violence.

In response, Virginia Senate Democrats issued a statement accusing Chase of "empowering a failed coup d'état," and calling on her to resign.

"As we all watched in shock and disbelief at the insurrection in Washington, DC, Senator and gubernatorial candidate Amanda Chase was horrifyingly empowering a failed coup d'état. She galvanized domestic terrorists who violated the United States Capitol on Wednesday afternoon through riots, destruction, and desecration, joining them on their march to Capitol Hill," the Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus said in a statement on Friday.

Newsweek on MSN.com


Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-7th, was in the House of Representatives on Wednesday when rioters supporting President Donald Trump smashed glass windows while trying to break into the chamber as lawmaker


Richmond.com


The Virginia National Guard plans to provide about 2,000 personnel in total to join a fore of other state's National Guard soldiers in Washington D.C.

WTKR.com


Lawmakers will consider bills that would legalize marijuana and change other parts of the justice system. They'll also grapple with how the coronavirus has affected people's lives and the economy.

Daily Press


Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued a State of Emergency in the Commonwealth Wednesday evening. Northam also declared a new 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew for Alexandria and Arlington with limited exceptions.

WSLS 10


After months of protests over systemic racism, Virginia creates Office of Civil Rights

The move will "expand and reorganize" the state's previous Division of Human Rights, according to a statement released Tuesday by the office of Attorney General Mark Herring, whose office oversees it.

Daily Press


Virginia State Police distances itself from coins referencing Fairfax traffic stop, Richmond protests

Virginia State Police on Friday denied any involvement with the creation of a pair of collectible coins that reference a controversial traffic stop in Northern Virginia and the state agency's.

Richmond.com


That's all for now folks,

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