Month: February 2021

A test for Trumpism: Virginia Republicans seek new playbook

A test for Trumpism: Virginia Republicans seek new playbook

first_imgRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The national Republican Party is at war with itself, struggling to reconcile a bitter divide between former President Donald Trump’s fierce loyalists and those who want Trumpism purged from their party. The GOP need only look across the Potomac River into Virginia to see the dangers that lurk if it cannot correct course. In just nine months, Virginia voters will elect a new governor in what marks the first significant test of the Republican Party’s strength in the post-Trump era. And in a Southern state that had a Republican governor as recently as 2014, Virginia’s 2021 Republican field is facing the prospect of a political disaster.last_img

Bus driver in California crash that killed 11 leaves prison

Bus driver in California crash that killed 11 leaves prison

first_imgSTOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — The driver of a private bus in Northern California that crashed in 2008 and killed 11 passengers headed to a casino has been released from prison after his sentence was reduced because of changes in state law. The Sacramento Bee reported Friday 64-year-old Quinton Watts was released Wednesday from California State Prison-Solano in Vacaville. He was driving the bus with 40 passengers from the Sacramento area to a casino near Colusa on Oct. 5, 2008, when the bus veered off the road. An investigation by the Sacramento Bee found that a physician assistant had erroneously cleared Watts to drive despite his history of having a seizure disorder.last_img