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]

Another heavily redacted watchdog report on Parole Board, Northam voices concerns with General Assembly budgets, Culpeper’s plans to ‘launder’ CARES Act money, and more headlines

By: - October 7, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Virginia’s government watchdog agency has substantiated more allegations against the Parole Board but is still insisting on heavily redacting the reports showing what it found.—Associated Press • Gov. Ralph Northam says he developed cold-like symptoms over the weekend from COVID-19, but said […]

Virginia State Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, arrives in the temporary Senate chambers at the Science Museum of Virginia prior to the start of the Senate session at the facility Tuesday Aug. 18, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Chase who has a doctors note excusing her from wearing a mask has been asked to hold a shield up to her face when entering and exiting the chamber.

Gun raffles benefiting political campaigns are illegal, Virginia AG says

By: - October 6, 2020

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has issued an official reminder that political campaigns cannot raise money through raffles and, if the prize happens to be a gun, raffle organizers have to conduct a background check before giving it to the winner. Gun raffles have become a regular feature among hard-right conservatives running for office in […]

Two Richmond police officers indicted for role in civil unrest, lieutenant governor candidates near double digits, Shenandoah visits spiking, and more headlines

By: - October 6, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • A grand jury indicted two Richmond police officers on misdemeanor assault charges related to their actions during this summer’s civil unrest. Officials have not yet explained what the officers are accused of doing.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • A state trooper who was recorded saying […]

Pro-gun localities accounted for nearly half of Virginia’s red flag orders in law’s first months

By: - October 6, 2020

In early July, Virginia Beach police officers responded to a call about a man threatening to shoot himself in the head in his ex-girlfriend’s driveway after she broke up with him. According to court documents, they found a loaded gun in his car. Less than a week later, they received a call about a man […]

COVIDWISE app slow to catch on, Danville jail latest correctional facility hit by virus, Wallops Island space launches could skyrocket thanks to startup, and more headlines

By: - October 5, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Health officials said that no one else who came into contact with Gov. Ralph Northam or First Lady Pam Northam had tested positive for COVID-19 as of late last week.—Washington Post • The state’s COVIDWISE contact app has been slow to catch […]

How to make your vote count in Virginia

By: - October 5, 2020

Voting in Virginia was already changing even before COVID-19 arrived. The combination of a global pandemic and some major shifts in state election laws — ushered in after Democrats took control of the General Assembly — means that when Virginians cast their ballots this year, they can expect things to be a little different. Here’s […]

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Supplemental unemployment delayed, COVID-19 cases at Va. colleges and universities surpass 5,000, a titanium space toilet, and more headlines

By: - October 2, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • The extra $300 a week unemployed Virginians were supposed to receive Sept. 30 has been delayed until Oct. 15 due to a “programming error,” according to the Virginia Employment Commission.—Virginian-Pilot • The number of Roanoke Valley households behind on their water bills […]

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COVID-19 cases rising near college campuses, a push to make pandemic safety rules permanent, investigators crack a nutty Franklin County burglary case, and more headlines

By: - October 1, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • COVID-19 cases are rising in Lexington due to clusters at the Virginia Military Institute and Washington & Lee University.—Roanoke Times • After getting more than 800 complaints about businesses allegedly flouting COVID-19 rules, the Prince William Health District has imposed no fines […]

Va. Senate panel votes to keep public hearing rules for Confederate statue removals

By: - September 22, 2020

A proposal to eliminate the legal hoops Virginia cities and counties have to go through before taking down Confederate monuments failed in a state Senate committee Tuesday after several Democratic legislators said they were uncomfortable rewriting the law to make public hearings optional. The bill, which had already passed the House of Delegates, was presented […]

After losing the speaker’s gavel, Kirk Cox seemed done. Now he’s building a 2021 campaign.

By: - September 21, 2020

When Kirk Cox lost his Republican majority in his first and only term as speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, he seemed like a man who just wanted to avoid attention. He had survived his own race in a district that got much tougher for a Republican due to court-ordered redistricting. But with the […]

Virginia Lottery approves sports betting rules, leaves Olympics ban intact

By: - September 15, 2020

The Virginia Lottery Board voted Tuesday to approve the state’s first-ever regulations on sports betting, making some changes in response to feedback from big gambling platforms but maintaining a ban on wagers involving the Olympic Games. Tuesday’s move clears the way for the state to begin accepting applications from sports betting operators in mid-October ahead […]

Va. authority takes ‘overly conservative’ approach to small business loans, report says

By: - September 14, 2020

Virginia isn’t doing an adequate job of lending out money to help small businesses, according to a new report from the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission that found tens of millions of dollars have sat unused in recent years. In a presentation to legislators Monday morning, JLARC staff said the Virginia Small Business Financing […]