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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]

The deal that brought the Washington Redskins summer training camp to Richmond cost the city more than $11 million. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)

Virginia rolls out initial sports betting rules. Big gambling platforms push back.

By: - September 10, 2020

Sports betting hasn’t arrived in Virginia in time for the start of the NFL season, but state officials are fine-tuning the rules for how the newly legalized industry will work when it starts up in early 2021. This year, the General Assembly passed a bill authorizing the Virginia Lottery to grant between four and 12 […]

Judge removes Kanye West from Virginia’s ballot amid fraud allegations

By: - September 3, 2020

Rapper Kanye West’s brief time as a certified presidential candidate in Virginia came to an end Thursday when a Richmond judge ordered his name stricken from the ballot. Richmond Circuit Court Judge Joi J. Taylor ruled in favor of two Virginia voters who claimed they were signed up to serve as West’s official electors without […]

Lawmakers struggle to balance shielding businesses from COVID-19 lawsuits while keeping workers safe from the virus

By: - September 2, 2020

Update: The House version of this legislation was pulled from the agenda Thursday, which appears to end the debate on this topic for the special session. Legislators could revisit the issue when they return in January. It’s a short bill filled with lawyerly jargon. But it’s one that could have a major impact on future […]

Two of Kanye West’s electors sue to have him thrown off Virginia’s presidential ballot

By: - September 2, 2020

With the help of a high-profile Democratic law firm, Virginia voters who claim they were tricked into signing campaign paperwork supporting Kanye West have filed a lawsuit seeking to block the rapper from appearing on Virginia’s presidential ballot. The suit, filed Tuesday in Richmond Circuit Court, asks the court to order election officials to either […]

Virtual legislating during special session, Rappahannock COVID-19 cases traced to June church revival, 2,000 Danville residents face power shutoffs, and more headlines

By: - August 31, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Virtual legislating in the Virginia House of Delegates has given rise to several oddities, including one legislator participating in a floor session from a golf course where he was holding a fundraiser.—Washington Post • ICE agents are using blue lights and unmarked […]

Democratic-aligned group vows lawsuit to try to block Kanye West from Virginia’s presidential ballot

By: - August 28, 2020

Rapper Kanye West has qualified to appear on Virginia’s presidential ballot in November, according to state election officials, but Democrats are trying to block him because some Virginia voters his paperwork identifies as supporters say they didn’t know what they were signing up for. The Virginia Department of Elections confirmed Friday evening that West was […]

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Former Liberty student recounts sexual encounter with Becki Falwell, Va. Senate eliminates mandatory minimums for assaults on officers, COVID-19 on campus, and more headlines

By: - August 28, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Del. Sam Rasoul, a Roanoke Democrat and the first Muslim to serve in the General Assembly, says he’s considering a run for lieutenant governor next year. “2020 has thrown everything at us,” he said. “As we heal in 2021, I believe we can […]

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Former Washington NFL team employees say women were ‘marginalized,’ FEMA approves Va. unemployment benefits, ‘Marcus Alert’ runs into trouble, and more headlines

By: - August 27, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • A former employee of the Washington NFL team says he was told to make a video featuring “lewd outtakes” from a cheerleader photo shoot, the latest example of what many ex-staffers say is “an organization in which women say they have been marginalized, […]

Va. Senate committee kills bill to ban police-free ‘CHOP’ zones

By: - August 26, 2020

A Republican-sponsored bill to ban Seattle-style police-free zones failed Wednesday in a Virginia Senate committee after one Democrat called it “the most useless piece of legislation I’ve ever seen.” Sen. Bill Stanley, R-Franklin, the legislation’s sponsor, acknowledged the bill had little real-world effect because it included no penalties for local officials who allow police-free areas […]

Richmond Lee statue trial set for October, Hampton Roads nursing homes ease restrictions, brighter Metro stations, and more headlines

By: - August 26, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Jerry Falwell Jr. is characterizing his resignation from Liberty University as a relief. “The quote that keeps going through my mind this morning is Martin Luther King Jr: ‘Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty I’m free at last,'” he […]

Day of tumult at Liberty ends with Falwell resignation, universities struggle to contain COVID-19 cases, long-lost watermelons, and more headlines

By: - August 25, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • The strange saga of Jerry Falwell Jr. got stranger Monday as Reuters reported that a Miami pool attendant claimed he had sex with Falwell’s wife, Becki, “while Falwell looked on.” Other outlets later reported that Falwell had agreed to resign as president […]

Virginia Democrats fast-track absentee voting changes over Republican opposition

By: - August 24, 2020

There’s been lots of arguing over legislating via Zoom. There’s uncertainty over how far Virginia should go on issues like pandemic relief and police reform. But the Democratic-led General Assembly appears unified on at least one point: Streamlining the absentee voting process needs to happen fast. On Monday, committees in both the state Senate and […]