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]

Rouse on track to flip GOP seat, boosting Democratic edge in Virginia Senate

By: - January 10, 2023

Democrat Aaron Rouse, a former professional football player who served on the Virginia Beach City Council, declared victory in a closely watched special election Tuesday for an open state Senate seat as he appeared set to give Senate Democrats a stronger majority heading into the 2023 legislative session. As of late Tuesday night, Rouse seemed […]

Youngkin’s parole board chair calls for ‘over-the-top’ transparency

By: - January 9, 2023

A former Southwest Virginia judge appointed by Gov. Glenn Youngkin to lead the Virginia Parole Board released a detailed report this month calling for a major overhaul of a state body he said has suffered from a lack of resources and too much secrecy. In a 28-page report to the governor, Parole Board Chairman Chadwick […]

From start to finish, 2023 will be a big year for abortion policy in Virginia

By: - January 9, 2023

When former Virginia Sen. Jen Kiggans was running for Congress last year, she sidestepped questions about her stance on abortion by saying it’s up to states to decide, not the federal government. That answer isn’t really an option for Republican Kevin Adams, who’s running in a special election this week to replace Kiggans, a Republican, […]

Virginia lawmakers want to create new state committee on gambling addiction

By: - January 3, 2023

It’s gotten a lot easier to gamble in Virginia as the state and local governments chase extra tax dollars from the lottery, casinos, sports betting, horse racing and slots parlors. But that change has come at a cost for Virginians who struggle with impulse control or have a full-blown gambling addiction, according to a bipartisan […]

New Virginia Libertarian chair says party is alive and well

By: - December 27, 2022

As she talked about her efforts to pull her political party back from the edge of obsolescence, Jennifer Leatherbury sounded surprised that a reorganizing convention earlier this month “went very smoothly.” “Which is pretty unusual for Libertarians,” said Leatherbury, a 43-year-old physician’s assistant from Newport News who just became the new chair of the embattled […]

Youngkin budget envisions 15-person team for revamped hemp oversight

By: - December 26, 2022

As Virginia policymakers consider ways to exert tighter control over intoxicating hemp-based products like delta-8, Gov. Glenn Youngkin is proposing $2.1 million to fund a new hemp registration and inspection program staffed by 15 people. The new funding is part of the governor’s budget plan for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and […]

McClellan wins Democratic primary in landslide to replace McEachin in Congress

By: - December 22, 2022

Virginia Sen. Jennifer McClellan won the Democratic nomination to fill the Richmond-area congressional seat left vacant after the death of former congressman Donald McEachin, putting her on track to become the first Black woman to represent Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives. McClellan, an accomplished state legislator and lawyer who unsuccessfully ran for governor […]

Virginia subcommittee on campaign finance reform still failing to complete only job

By: - December 21, 2022

After getting off to a slow start in 2021, it looked like the Virginia General Assembly’s joint subcommittee on campaign finance reform was going to get through 2022 without having a single meeting. Then a meeting appeared on the legislative calendar for Dec. 12. A few days later, it was canceled. And no other dates […]

‘Buckle up’: Youngkin budget proposal includes another $1B in tax cuts

By: and - December 15, 2022

Gov. Glenn Youngkin rolled out a budget plan Thursday that includes $1 billion in tax cuts for Virginia residents and businesses, telling the General Assembly to “buckle up” because his administration wants the state to “start going faster and getting more done.” Building on roughly $4 billion in tax cuts included in a bipartisan budget […]

Virginia Republicans are using ranked-choice voting again. Democrats still aren’t.

By: - December 14, 2022

As a Virginia Democratic committee spent over an hour Monday night discussing the unusual logistics of how to hold a congressional firehouse primary that has to be wrapped up before Christmas, the topic of ranked-choice voting never came up. On Wednesday, the Republican Party of Virginia announced it will use ranked-choice voting to pick its […]

Virginia Del. Ronnie Campbell dies after battle with cancer

By: - December 13, 2022

Virginia Del. Ronnie Campbell, a Republican who had served in the House of Delegates since 2019, has died of cancer, according to an announcement Tuesday from House Speaker Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah. In a news release, Gilbert called Campbell “a good man and dedicated public servant.” “A detail from one of my last conversations with Ronnie […]

Virginia officials say more than 10,500 felons remained on voter rolls after re-offending

By: - December 9, 2022

Another data glitch in Virginia’s election system caused 10,558 felons to remain on the voter rolls after they committed new crimes that should’ve made them ineligible to vote, state officials announced Friday. The Virginia Department of Elections said it discovered the issue while conducting list maintenance as the agency prepares to replace the state’s aging […]