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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]

‘Epidemic’ of gun violence prompts call for Virginia to use federal dollars to curb shootings

By: - July 19, 2021

For years, Norfolk Police Chief Larry Boone has been trying to gather data on how firearms flow from gun-store shelves to crime scenes in his city’s high-poverty neighborhoods. Though experts and politicians have floated multiple theories about what’s driving an uptick in violence in Virginia and the rest of the country, Boone says guns are […]

Virginia Republicans have been warning Democratic control was bad for business. CNBC disagrees.

By: and - July 13, 2021

After Democrats took control of the General Assembly in 2020, a common refrain emerged among Republicans who opposed legislation that raised the minimum wage and added new anti-discrimination protections for employees. “The Democrat majority has done much to diminish Virginia’s reputation for being America’s ‘best state for business,’” said Senate Minority Leader Tommy Norment, R-James […]

Virginia Bar Association cancels debate after Youngkin chooses to skip it

By: - July 12, 2021

The Virginia Bar Association has cancelled its planned gubernatorial debate after Republican Glenn Youngkin broke with recent tradition by skipping what is usually the first face-to-face matchup of the general election. In a statement Monday, the Bar Association said the debate has been removed from the itinerary for its annual summer meeting later this month […]

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Va. House candidate blocked from ballot after election official’s mistake

By: - July 12, 2021

As a self-described “progressive populist” who already ran for the General Assembly three times as a Green Party candidate or independent, Jeff Staples knows he probably wouldn’t win even if state officials let him on the ballot. But he remains baffled as to why the State Board of Elections refused to do so despite proof the […]

Helicopters, cash payments and a new public health lab: How state agencies propose spending Virginia’s rescue fund money

By: , , and - July 8, 2021

Virginia has $4.3 billion in federal aid to spend and no shortage of ideas. State agencies hoping to tap into American Rescue Plan funds have submitted wish lists that top more than $18 billion, floating proposals ranging from new helicopters for Virginia State Police to $1,000 cash payments for essential workers.  Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration […]

The Virginia Redistricting Commission holds its first in-person meeting Tuesday. (Virginia Mercury)

The Va. Redistricting Commission is down one GOP citizen member. Here’s how the vacancy will be filled.

By: - July 6, 2021

A former coal mining executive from Bristol is resigning from the Virginia Redistricting Commission, leaving the bipartisan body temporarily down one Republican citizen and forcing the politically delicate body to fill a vacancy for the first time. The resignation of Marvin W. Gilliam Jr., a Wise native whose family-owned coal company was acquired by Massey […]

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NFL fines Washington Football Team, Lucas challenges recall effort, Virginians flock to marijuana seed giveaways, and more headlines

By: - July 2, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • The NFL fined the Washington Football Team $10 million “for fostering a workplace culture where sexual harassment, bullying and intimidation were commonplace.” Without suspending team owner Dan Snyder, the league announced that his wife, Tanya, will run things for several months.—Washington Post • Lawyers […]

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Youngkin’s private equity background under scrutiny, prosecutors move to revoke bond of former Rocky Mount police officer, a stalled roller coaster, and more headlines

By: - July 1, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin’s private equity background at the Carlyle Group is coming under scrutiny for sometimes involving job cuts while restructuring companies. His opponent, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, also had substantial investments in Carlyle.—Associated Press • Democrats called on Youngkin […]

Virginia elections board votes to allow 3 Republicans on ballot despite late filings by party officials

By: - June 30, 2021

Incumbent GOP Del. Dave LaRock and two other Republicans will appear on the ballot this year after the State Board of Elections voted 2-1 Wednesday to certify their candidacies despite local party officials missing a filing deadline this month to formally nominate them for office. The decision comes a few months after several Democratic candidates […]

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The unusual recall effort against Sen. Lucas, no changes in state mask mandate despite delta variant, high levels of police force in Fairfax, and more headlines

By: - June 30, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Experts say the recall effort against influential Sen. Louise Lucas is one of the first times the process, which relies on the courts rather than new elections, has been used to try to unseat a state lawmaker.—Virginian-Pilot Virginia isn’t planning to restore its […]

Republican lawyers interviewing for Va. redistricting job say Biden was rightful 2020 winner

By: - June 29, 2021

As the Virginia Redistricting Commission held three interviews with lawyers that might be hired to help redraw the state’s political districts this year, one question stood out from the rest: Who won the 2020 election? For the two Democratic lawyers, saying President Joe Biden won was never in doubt. But a pair of Republican lawyers […]

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Lawsuit over upcoming ban on slots-like video games, Richmond police review of 2020 protests, balloon releases set to become illegal, and more headlines

By: - June 29, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. A group of Asian-American business owners has filed a lawsuit claiming Virginia’s upcoming ban on slots-like video games in convenience stores amounts to racial discrimination. As evidence, the suit points to comments from senators who called the games “sleazy” and dubbed the ban […]