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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]

Two former election officials file federal lawsuits against Nottoway County

By: - September 26, 2022

Nottoway County’s former election registrar and one of her assistants have filed separate federal lawsuits claiming they were wrongfully fired from the elections office last year and should be reinstated to their old jobs. The pair of suits, which both name several county boards and local officials as defendants, were filed last week by Angela […]

As early voting starts, Youngkin’s elections commissioner calls system ‘dependable’

By: - September 26, 2022

As a woman in a purple blazer lined up to cast a ballot on the first day of early voting in Chesterfield County, one election worker nudged another and said: “She’s the boss.” It took less than 10 minutes for Susan Beals, Virginia’s new commissioner of elections, to vote early in Chesterfield, the Richmond-area suburb […]

Virginia rule on legislators leaving districts could add more intrigue to 2023 elections

By: - September 22, 2022

After past redistricting cycles, the number of Virginia General Assembly members having to switch districts was kept to a minimum because legislators were allowed to draw careful lines around each other’s homes to avoid doing damage to incumbents. That wasn’t the case last year, when experts appointed by the Supreme Court of Virginia effectively reset […]

Virginia General Assembly won’t move to new office building for 2023 session

By: - September 21, 2022

Supply chain problems will delay the Virginia General Assembly’s planned move to a new 14-story-tall office building being built in downtown Richmond, state officials announced Wednesday. The legislature will continue conducting much of its work out of the nearby Pocahontas Building through at least the 2023 legislative session, according to the Department of General Services, […]

Former Virginia ABC employee pleads guilty in liquor leak case

By: - September 19, 2022

A former Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority employee pleaded guilty to a felony computer trespassing charge after he was implicated in an unusual scheme to sell agency inventory data to buyers looking for early intel on which stores would have hard-to-find bottles of bourbon, ABC officials announced Monday. Edgar Smith Garcia, 28, of Manassas, received […]

Virginia is sending out millions of $250 tax rebates. Here’s how to find out if you’ll get one.

By: - September 19, 2022

Over the last few days, the Virginia Department of Taxation began the process of sending out roughly 3.2 million tax rebate payments of up to $250 per person. But not everybody is getting one. Eligibility for the one-time rebates, a result of huge revenue surpluses filling up state coffers, depends on how much a filer […]

After years of effort, Virginia is giving lower-income workers a major tax break

By: - September 16, 2022

Mercedes Benson, a single mom who makes a little under $50,000 a year running a coffee shop in Richmond, doesn’t usually expect things to go her way during tax season. On her state income taxes, Benson said she usually owes money or gets a tiny refund that doesn’t go very far. But as she tries […]

Libertarian Party of Virginia dissolving after national party’s ‘bigoted’ turn, ex-chair says

By: - September 13, 2022

If the main purpose of a political party is to run candidates for office, former Libertarian Party of Virginia Chairwoman Holly Ward says it felt like a “violation” to keep taking people’s money. “It’s clear that we can’t function,” Ward said in an interview as she explained why the party is dissolving as a corporation […]

How uncertainty sank Richmond’s plan to be first to adopt ranked-choice voting

By: - September 13, 2022

For a while, there was hope Virginia’s capital city would be the first to show other local governments it’s safe to make big changes to a fundamental democratic process: How people elect their city councils and county boards. Richmond City Councilman Andreas Addison was one of a handful of local officials who sponsored a plan […]

Virginia AG announces 20-person ‘election integrity unit’

By: - September 9, 2022

Attorney General Jason Miyares is creating a new unit dedicated to ensuring “legality and purity in elections,” his office announced Friday. The 20-person team, the attorney general’s office said, will investigate and prosecute potential violations of election law and be a legal resource for state and local election officials. “I pledged during the 2021 campaign […]

Nottoway elections board censures Republican member over argument with registrar

By: - September 9, 2022

Ongoing tensions on the Nottoway County Electoral Board reached a new level this week as the board’s two Democrats voted to censure their Republican colleague over an altercation he had with the county registrar last month at an election training event. Board member Tom Reynolds, who has lodged numerous complaints with the state about how […]

Virginia lawmakers fail to reach deal on SCC pick

By: and - September 7, 2022

After taking no action Wednesday on the main piece of business that brought lawmakers back to Richmond, the Virginia General Assembly got into a new fight over how to leave town. The session ended — partially — without the legislature filling the third, final vacancy on the State Corporation Commission while limiting the powers of […]