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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]

Faulting state’s ‘stall tactics,’ judge orders speedy schedule in new Va. redistricting suit

By: - June 13, 2022

A federal judge set an expedited schedule Monday for a just-filed lawsuit seeking new Virginia House of Delegates elections this year, while again blaming state lawyers for trying to run out the clock to potentially avoid that outcome. Anticipating the Virginia attorney general’s office would raise timing issues to try to beat the suit filed […]

What Virginia changed since the last high-profile school shooting

By: - June 13, 2022

After the 2018 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., former Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox announced he was setting up a rare select committee to look at school safety. The one topic it wouldn’t cover, the former Republican leader said, was guns. In response, three Democratic lawmakers appointed to the […]

Virginia author files new lawsuit seeking 2022 House elections

By: - June 8, 2022

Jeff Thomas, an author of two books on Virginia government and politics, has filed a new federal lawsuit seeking new Virginia House of Delegates elections this year, an effort to pick up the redistricting-based challenge originally pursued by Democratic attorney Paul Goldman. Earlier this week, a federal court ruled Goldman lacks standing to sue over […]

Federal judges dismiss lawsuit seeking new Va. House elections this fall

By: - June 6, 2022

A panel of federal judges has granted Virginia’s request to dismiss a lawsuit seeking new House of Delegates elections this year after ruling the plaintiff in the case, Democratic lawyer Paul Goldman, lacked standing to bring the case. In a 31-page opinion released Monday, three judges agreed to dismiss the case with prejudice and said […]

Richmond casino backers threaten to sue over General Assembly-ordered delay

By: - June 2, 2022

Of the five Virginia cities given permission to pursue a casino project, Richmond was the only one where voters said no. But the push for a casino in the state’s capital city could be getting even messier. After the General Assembly approved a budget provision designed to nullify Richmond’s attempt to hold another casino referendum […]

Virginia lawmakers send bipartisan budget deal to Youngkin

By: - June 1, 2022

The big buzz at the Virginia Capitol Wednesday wasn’t excitement over the new state budget.  It was the construction work on the tunnel being dug beneath the complex, which rattled the historic building throughout the day as lawmakers approved a long-overdue two-year spending plan. Unlike Capitol Square, the budget didn’t have any big holes in […]

Va. House Democrats pick Scott as new minority leader

By: - June 1, 2022

Speaking to reporters after his successful bid to become the new Democratic leader in the Virginia House of Delegates, Del. Don Scott, D-Portsmouth, said he upgraded his TV room during the pandemic so it’d be easy to “go home and relax.” “But there are too many people that are hurting. There are too many people […]

After months of wrangling, Virginia has a budget deal. What’s in it?

By: and - June 1, 2022

Lawmakers, lobbyists, activists and other Virginia Capitol watchers were scrambling Tuesday to speed-read a 370-page budget deal that was quietly released over a long holiday weekend, the product of months’ worth of secretive negotiations between a select few legislators from the Republican House of Delegates and the Democratic Senate. Gov. Glenn Youngkin, who has repeatedly […]

Radio producers get restraining orders against Sen. Joe Morrissey after studio blowup

By: - May 25, 2022

Two employees of a Richmond-area radio station took out restraining orders against Sen. Joe Morrissey, D-Richmond, claiming the lawmaker’s angry outburst earlier this month over a producer’s comment about his abortion stance left them fearing for their safety. An Alexandria General District Court judge, apparently filling in for Richmond judges who avoided an issue involving […]

Virginia LG scheduled to speak at NRA fundraising event in Texas this week

By: - May 25, 2022

Virginia Lt. Gov. Winsome Earle-Sears is scheduled to be the keynote speaker on Friday for a women’s luncheon at the National Rifle Association’s annual conference in Houston, just days after a deadly mass shooting at a Texas elementary school and another at a Buffalo grocery store pushed guns to the forefront of American politics. Tickets […]

Virginia official says staffers are leaving mental health facilities to work at Chick-fil-A

By: - May 25, 2022

At a meeting last week, Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources John Littel made an eye-opening remark about the state’s understaffed and overstressed mental health facilities. “We’re losing a lot of people to Chick-fil-A,” Littel told the General Assembly’s Joint Commission on Health Care. “And hopefully the budget will help with that.” The staffing […]

Virginia bans private funds for election offices after grants from Zuckerberg-allied group

By: - May 24, 2022

Election offices in Virginia will no longer be able to accept private grant money under a new law passed in response to a $3.7 million infusion local election administrators got in 2020 from a nonprofit funded partly by Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. The grants from the Center for Tech and Civic Life, which says it […]