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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]

Virginia Mercury

Judge blocks new monument removal in Richmond, Neptune Festival canceled, VMI alumni request review of building names, and more headlines

By: - July 10, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • A Richmond judge issued a 60-day injunction preventing Mayor Levar Stoney from removing any more Confederate statues, but most of them are already down. The judge took Stoney’s administration to task over “rioters” and police being told to “stand down.” — Richmond Times-Dispatch • […]

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Stoney faces lawsuit for monument removal, COVID infections up in Hampton Roads, Va. Republicans push for in-person school week, and more headlines

By: - July 9, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Monuments continue to come down in Richmond, but Mayor Levar Stoney is now facing a lawsuit claiming he lacks the legal authority to remove them so fast. — Richmond Times-Dispatch  • COVID-19 infections are up in Hampton Roads. Officials blamed lax attitudes toward […]

Senate panel OKs language explaining disputed redistricting amendment to voters

By: - July 8, 2020

The General Assembly debate over Virginia’s redistricting reform amendment featured sharp disagreements over the most basic facts. To supporters, it was a bipartisan, achievable step toward ending gerrymandering after a decade of good-government advocacy. To opponents, it was a travesty that would enshrine gerrymandering in the state Constitution and potentially make things worse. It passed […]

Only one Confederate standing on Monument Ave, Mountain Valley Pipeline fate uncertain, no UFOs over Martinsville, and more headlines

By: - July 8, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • A statue of Confederate cavalry commander J.E.B Stuart was removed in Richmond, leaving Robert E. Lee as the last Confederate standing on Monument Avenue.—Washington Post • Four years after another inmate confessed to the killing he was convicted of as a teenager […]

Virginia elections board votes to allow Freitas, Good on ballot despite late filings

By: - July 7, 2020

Virginia’s State Board of Elections approved a filing deadline extension that could allow two Republican congressional nominees to appear on the November ballot in competitive districts after they failed to file paperwork on time during a coronavirus-disrupted primary season. The board voted 2-1 to extend the deadline for 5th District Republican nominee Bob Good, Del. […]

No new COVID-19 deaths Monday, gun sales hit historic levels in June, Dominion’s stock price and credit dented, and more headlines

By: - July 7, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Virginia reported no new COVID-19 deaths in its Monday data update, the first time that’s happened since late March.—Washington Post • More than 100,000 Virginia businesses and nonprofits got billions in Paycheck Protection Program money, including Gov. Ralph Northam’s former medical practice.—Associated Press […]

A GoFundMe for Richmond monument removal, Wilder accuses Library of Va of racism, Redskins mull name change, and more headlines

By: - July 6, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Lexington’s City Council says it will change the name of Stonewall Jackson Cemetery. Jackson was buried there in 1863, but it wasn’t named for him until 1949.—WSLS • A supersized American flag was removed from the construction site of the new General Assembly […]

How Virginia plans to let people ban themselves from buying guns

By: - July 6, 2020

It was Frederick Vars’s own experience with bipolar disorder and suicidal thoughts that first got him interested in the idea of letting people ban themselves from buying guns. To him, the idea of a voluntary do-not-sell list as a preemptive option for people worried about what they might do in darker moments of irrationality seemed […]

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Anti-eviction protest in Richmond ends with arrests, Powhatan County woman fakes story about assault by Black couple, pigs on the highway, and more headlines

By: - July 2, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • An anti-eviction protest at Richmond’s John Marshall Courthouse ended with pepper spray, arrests and smashed windows. — Richmond Times-Dispatch • Richmond police, who have been criticized for their liberal use of tear gas, pepper spray and other tactics, aren’t saying whether they’ll […]

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A slew of new laws to take effect today, Richmond judge won’t limit police use of tear gas, COVID-19 cases spike in Southwest Va., and more headlines

By: - July 1, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • A slew of new laws passed by Virginia’s Democratic majorities in the General Assembly take effect today.—The Virginian-Pilot • One new law, the Community Policing Act, will require police to gather and report racial information on the people they stop.—Prince William Times […]

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Dominion test offshore wind turbines go up, Norfolk protesters demand use-of-force reports, Northam mask mandate survives challenge, and more headlines

By: - June 30, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Dominion Energy’s two test offshore wind turbines are up, part of what the company says will become the largest offshore wind farm in the U.S.—Daily Press • Del. Chris Collins, R-Winchester, is resigning from the General Assembly to become a judge.—Winchester Star […]

Post-Unite the Right rules for Richmond’s Lee statue now enforced against Black Lives Matter events

By: - June 30, 2020

After white nationalists rallied around Charlottesville’s statue of Robert E. Lee in 2017, then-Gov. Terry McAuliffe took action to prevent “similar-styled events” at the towering, state-owned Lee statue in Richmond. It started with a temporary ban on political demonstrations within the grassy circle enclosed by Monument Avenue. Then, at the McAuliffe administration’s direction, the state […]