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Graham Moomaw

Graham Moomaw

A veteran Virginia politics reporter, Graham grew up in Hillsville and Lynchburg, graduating from James Madison University and earning a master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland. Before joining the Mercury in 2019, he spent six years at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, most of that time covering the governor's office, the General Assembly and state politics. He also covered city hall and politics at The Daily Progress in Charlottesville. Contact him at [email protected]cury.com

OneVirginia2021 relaunches as UpVote Virginia with new focus on ranked-choice voting

By: - August 16, 2022

The nonpartisan group that led the charge to reform Virginia’s redistricting process is relaunching with a broader “democracy reform” focus and a push for more ranked-choice voting. The next iteration of OneVirginia2021, which spent years advocating to take redistricting power away from the General Assembly and give it to a more politically neutral map-drawing commission, […]

Virginia investigator linked to Parole Board leaks can sue over her firing, judge rules

By: - August 11, 2022

A former Virginia employee who investigated claims of misconduct at the Virginia Parole Board can continue pursuing a federal lawsuit against current and former state officials over her politically contentious firing last year, a judge ruled Thursday. Ruling on a motion by defense attorneys to dismiss the civil suit brought by former Office of the […]

Virginians are getting tax rebates of up to $250 per person. Here’s how it works

By: - August 11, 2022

If you owed income taxes to the state of Virginia for 2021, some of that money might be coming back this fall. As part of a bipartisan tax rebate plan approved this year, the state government is preparing to send out payments of up to $250 per tax filer (or up to $500 for couples who […]

Youngkin calls raid on Trump club a ‘stunning move’ by feds

By: - August 9, 2022

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin called the federal raid on former President Donald Trump’s home at Mar-a-Lago a “stunning move by the DOJ and FBI” and implied it could be politically motivated. In a tweet posted Tuesday morning, Youngkin drew a connection between the news of the search in Florida and prior events in Virginia. “This […]

Virginia weighs changes to ‘fuzzy’ recall system that lets judges remove local officials

By: - August 9, 2022

Activists in Virginia are increasingly turning to the state’s court-driven recall process to try to take out their frustrations on local officials they feel have done something wrong.  In Prince William County, activists have launched recall efforts against two county supervisors over their alleged connections to the data-center industry as the county considers a massive […]

Conservative group threatens lawsuit after being told it can’t publish Virginia’s voter rolls

By: - August 4, 2022

A Republican-backed group that aims to promote “election transparency” by publishing voter data from across the country on its website is threatening legal action against Virginia over a new state law banning outside groups from publishing voter rolls online. The Virginia Department of Elections recently sent a letter to the Voter Reference Foundation, run by […]

Court ruling on suicidal man’s trip to ER broadens Virginia’s overdose amnesty law

By: - August 4, 2022

Virginia’s Court of Appeals overturned a drug conviction for a man who told police he was trying to go to a Richmond-area emergency room in 2020 to get help after smoking crack and feeling suicidal, a ruling that widens the state’s medical amnesty law for drug and alcohol overdoses. That law is meant to give […]

Virginia gas prices fall below $4 per gallon for first time since April

By: - August 1, 2022

The average gas price in Virginia recently fell below $4 per gallon for the first time since late April, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. The $3.99 average price reported Monday is 14 cents lower than a week ago, 66 cents lower than a month ago and 87 cents lower than the all-time high of $4.86 recorded […]

Federal judge throws out second redistricting suit seeking new Va. House elections

By: - August 1, 2022

A federal judge on Monday dismissed a last-ditch effort to force new Virginia House of Delegates elections in November, concluding the pandemic-related delay in the state’s redistricting process can’t justify the “extreme” step of ordering an election do-over. In a 49-page opinion, U.S. District Judge David. J. Novak ruled the plaintiffs in the case don’t […]

DMV launches pay-per-mile program that could save some drivers money

By: - July 15, 2022

Virginians with fuel-efficient, hybrid or electric vehicles who don’t drive all that much might be able to save some money under a new program that ties road fees to miles driven. The Virginia DMV’s voluntary Mileage Choice Program lets participants install a device in their vehicle that tracks how many miles they drive. Similar to […]

Inside job? ABC embezzlement case points to leaks in hunt for rare bottles of bourbon

By: - July 13, 2022

In the search for hard-to-find bottles of bourbon at Virginia ABC stores, some liquor enthusiasts have been worried about leaks of a more serious kind. Employees of the government-run liquor monopoly would have access to highly valuable inside information about which products were going where, and the system could lead to some buyers getting tipped […]

Same-day voter registration is coming to Virginia. Here’s how it’ll work.

By: - July 13, 2022

The big change to Virginia’s voting laws in the last two years made casting a ballot easier for people who like to get things done early. A new law taking effect this fall will do the same for procrastinators. Same-day voter registration is taking effect in the state in time for the congressional midterms in […]