Virginia’s 72nd governor McAuliffe takes oath, calls for equality

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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – “As the storm clouds gather,” belted the strong voices of the Virginia State University Gospel Chorale, singing for the new day that Terence R. McAuliffe ushered in as the 72nd governor of Virginia.

It was the appropriate line for a stormy day that would later bring tornado warnings to Central Virginia.

The song was God Bless America; the speech after the swearing-in was an optimistic one with moments clearly aimed at McAuliffe’s Democratic base. With a blessing of the voters, Democrats now control the state’s top three offices for the first time since 1989.

Lt. Gov. Ralph S. Northam and Attorney General Mark R. Herring were also sworn in Saturday.

terr5The inaugural platform boasted a number of distinguished guests, including former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, both good friends of McAuliffe.

Loud applause welcomed the Clintons as they…

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