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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 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 […]

Virginia State Police won’t release job records of ex-trooper who killed 3 in California

By: - December 8, 2022

Virginia State Police acknowledged “human error” caused them to miss a violent incident in the past of a former state trooper who killed three people in California last month, but the agency is refusing to release 247 pages of personnel records that could shed more light on his time as a state employee. The Virginia […]

Report on Virginia jail fees hindered by spotty data, redacted contracts

By: - December 7, 2022

A Virginia work group that was supposed to be exploring ways to reduce fees charged to inmates for phone calls, emails, food and clothing ended with reformers accusing jail officials of stonewalling legislative oversight and jail administrators denouncing what they described as a skewed, activist-driven process. A report the work group released this week said […]

After restaurant raid, Youngkin says state should stop enforcing COVID-19 violations

By: - December 6, 2022

Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed an executive order Tuesday instructing state agencies to report any punishments they might have handed out during the COVID-19 pandemic and indicated he wants the state to reimburse individuals and businesses who paid “unjust COVID-19 fines and fees.” The order comes a few days after Gourmeltz, a Fredericksburg-area restaurant, was raided […]

Virginia Elections Board certifies midterm results with no drama

By: - December 5, 2022

Virginia’s Republican-controlled State Board of Elections certified the midterm election results in a drama-free, unanimous vote Monday. The vote, which occurred with little discussion and no public comments objecting to the procedure, finalizes a disappointing election cycle for the state GOP. The party gained one additional seat in the state’s congressional delegation after state Sen. […]

Lawsuit challenging Virginia’s skill game ban will continue into 2023

By: - December 5, 2022

EMPORIA — A judge on Monday declined to dismiss a lawsuit claiming Virginia’s ban on slots-like skill machines violates free speech and indicated a state senator’s involvement in the case means it won’t go to trial until after the 2023 General Assembly session is over. At a hearing Monday morning in Greensville County Circuit Court, […]

Will Virginia make a bipartisan move to get rid of its antiquated same-sex marriage ban?

By: - December 5, 2022

When a Democratic proposal to undo Virginia’s legally moot ban on same-sex marriage failed this year in a Republican-led subcommittee, some conservatives said they could potentially get behind a more stripped-down version of an idea Democrats pitched as correcting a moral wrong from 2006. Instead of replacing the constitutional ban with pro-equality language declaring marriage […]

Virginia hemp panel suggests tougher rules on unregulated THC products

By: - December 2, 2022

A state task force studying the rise of unregulated cannabis products in Virginia is recommending stricter rules for businesses selling hemp-based delta-8 THC products that technically aren’t marijuana but produce a similar high when eaten or smoked. Virginia’s piecemeal approach to legalizing marijuana has led to major enforcement gaps, with convenience stores and smoke shops […]

After $9.5K FOIA bill, NAACP releases records on Virginia’s election integrity unit

By: - November 29, 2022

A message Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares’ office sent out in late August in response to “election integrity” complaints included a clear statement that state attorneys had no evidence of widespread fraud in 2020 and, therefore, no reason to stop the legally mandated destruction of ballots two years after the election. The Aug. 24 email […]

Virginia skill-game lawsuit pushed back again over disputed budget amendment

By: - November 28, 2022

EMPORIA – In the hundreds of pages of legal documents filed in a Southside Virginia courthouse as part of a closely watched gambling lawsuit, an image from “Star Trek: The Next Generation” succinctly captures what the surrounding legalese is about. It shows the android character Data standing at a craps table in a spaceship casino, […]