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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]

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Former Lt. Gov. Hager dies, a long pattern of ‘stiff resistance’ to Black leaders in Portsmouth, redlining and heat, and more headlines

By: - August 24, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Former Lt. Gov. John Hager died Sunday at 83, drawing bipartisan condolences from Virginia political figures. A moderate Republican, Hager served in statewide office from 1998 to 2002, overcoming polio to remain “a doer and not an observer.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch • Jerry Falwell […]

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McAuliffe files fundraising papers for governor run, Virginia Tech suspends students after large gatherings, closed schools hit Va. dairy industry, and more headlines

By: - August 21, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • The Portsmouth police officer who took out felony charges against Sen. Louise Lucas had publicly blamed her for the incident at the Confederate monument before investigating the case. “For a Senator to try to inject any of us into her agenda is […]

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Virginia has $1.1B in unused reserve funds. Some say the rainy day is here.

By: - August 21, 2020

When he presented his pandemic-era budget proposal to the General Assembly this week, Gov Ralph Northam said that, just as it is in family budgeting, “cash is king.” In other words, a year of crisis and financial uncertainty is no time to start spending on new things. As legislators began their special session, Northam detailed […]

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Portsmouth police chief said to have conflict of interest in statue investigation; eviction moratorium vote delayed, Senate committee rejects paid sick leave bill, and more headlines

By: - August 20, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Portsmouth City Manager Lydia Pettis Patton said she expected her city’s police department to drop its investigation into the Confederate statue incident and was unaware that felony charges were being prepared against Sen. Louise Lucas. Patton also claimed the city’s police chief acknowledged an unexplained […]

‘New levels of strangeness’ at special session, transportation funding shortfalls, Virginia Tech on edge as students return, and more headlines

By: - August 19, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • The Portsmouth Police Department listed city prosecutor Stephanie Morales as a possible witness in the felony cases filed against Sen. Louise Lucas and others over damage to a Confederate monument. The move could block Morales from deciding whether to prosecute the case.—Virginian-Pilot • […]

Northam wants absentee ballot drop-off boxes in Virginia. Here’s how they’d work:

By: - August 19, 2020

Amid widespread uncertainty over how elections can be conducted safely and efficiently during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Ralph Northam is proposing a system of absentee ballot drop boxes that would make it easier for voter to turn in their ballots without relying on the U.S. Postal Service. The governor’s proposal — included in his budget […]

Northam says Virginia’s budget isn’t in terrible shape, but legislators should stay cautious

By: - August 18, 2020

Virginia’s pandemic-era budget outlook isn’t terrible, but Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration urged legislators to remain cautious Tuesday as the state deals with a $2.7 billion shortfall projected for the two-year budget cycle that began this summer. “We feared worse,” Northam told lawmakers in a virtual budget briefing before the start of the special session. “But […]

Portsmouth police charge state senator with felonies, Riggleman mulling gubernatorial run, uncertainty about Danville casino, and more headlines

By: - August 18, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • One day before lawmakers convene in Richmond to take up police reform, Portsmouth police announced they had charged Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, and several NAACP leaders with felony charges for their alleged role in the vandalism of a Confederate monument two months ago. […]

One day out to special session, Republican Party of Virginia elects new chair, UVA’s Memorial to Enslaved Laborers, and more headlines

By: - August 17, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • The General Assembly returns to Richmond tomorrow for a special session, with COVID-19 relief and police reform as big items on the to-do list.—Daily Press, Roanoke Times • Virginia is one of several states considering taking legal action against the Trump administration over […]

Va. House Democrats want to make it easier for localities to take down Confederate statues

By: - August 17, 2020

Confederate monuments are already coming down or being marked for removal across Virginia, but the debate over the state-mandated process apparently isn’t over. As part of their legislative proposals for the upcoming special session, Democrats in the House of Delegates want to revisit the law that took effect in July empowering local governments to begin […]

Dozens of convicted police officers never decertified, Radford prosecutor won’t enforce local COVID-19 regs, Italian-American groups want toppled Columbus statue, and more headlines

By: - August 14, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • A Virginian-Pilot investigation found dozens of police officers who were convicted of crimes but never officially decertified by the state. It’s unclear whether they still work in law enforcement, but legislators say they intend to address the issue in the special session […]

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Air Force helicopter struck by ground fire, Charlottesville marks third anniversary of Unite the Right, Dennis Quaid adopts cat named…Dennis Quaid, and more headlines

By: - August 13, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • A U.S. Air Force helicopter was struck by ground fire while flying over Northern Virginia, forcing it to make an emergency landing at Manassas Regional Airport. The FBI is investigating. — McClatchy • Demonstrators held a peaceful event in Charlottesville to mark the third […]