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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]

Federal judge throws out second redistricting suit seeking new Va. House elections

By: - August 1, 2022

A federal judge on Monday dismissed a last-ditch effort to force new Virginia House of Delegates elections in November, concluding the pandemic-related delay in the state’s redistricting process can’t justify the “extreme” step of ordering an election do-over. In a 49-page opinion, U.S. District Judge David. J. Novak ruled the plaintiffs in the case don’t […]

DMV launches pay-per-mile program that could save some drivers money

By: - July 15, 2022

Virginians with fuel-efficient, hybrid or electric vehicles who don’t drive all that much might be able to save some money under a new program that ties road fees to miles driven. The Virginia DMV’s voluntary Mileage Choice Program lets participants install a device in their vehicle that tracks how many miles they drive. Similar to […]

Inside job? ABC embezzlement case points to leaks in hunt for rare bottles of bourbon

By: - July 13, 2022

In the search for hard-to-find bottles of bourbon at Virginia ABC stores, some liquor enthusiasts have been worried about leaks of a more serious kind. Employees of the government-run liquor monopoly would have access to highly valuable inside information about which products were going where, and the system could lead to some buyers getting tipped […]

Same-day voter registration is coming to Virginia. Here’s how it’ll work.

By: - July 13, 2022

The big change to Virginia’s voting laws in the last two years made casting a ballot easier for people who like to get things done early. A new law taking effect this fall will do the same for procrastinators. Same-day voter registration is taking effect in the state in time for the congressional midterms in […]

Bond revoked for suspect in alleged mass shooting plan

By: - July 11, 2022

A Richmond judge revoked the $15,000 bond set for an undocumented immigrant facing a weapons charge after police alleged he was connected to foiled mass shooting plot on the Fourth of July. Lawyers on both sides agreed to revoke the bond of 52-year-old Julio Alvardo-Dubon, who appeared in court wearing a blue jumpsuit and orange […]

Richmond prosecutor objects to bail decision for suspect in alleged mass shooting plot

By: - July 7, 2022

Richmond prosecutors are appealing a court’s decision to grant $15,000 bail for a man police claim was involved in a plot to carry out a mass shooting in the city on the Fourth of July. In a petition filed Wednesday, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Brooke E. Pettit asked the Richmond Circuit Court to overrule bail conditions […]

Gender Queer: A Memoir

Free-speech groups, book world fight back in Virginia obscenity case

By: - July 6, 2022

Book publishers, booksellers, authors and free-speech groups are pushing back against a Virginia law that allowed obscenity claims to proceed in court against two books that have come under fire from conservatives who say they’re inappropriate for young readers. The ACLU of Virginia, the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE) and numerous bookstores and […]

New website aims to help untangle Virginia’s unsolved mysteries

By: - July 5, 2022

In 1982, Virginia Department of Corrections administrator Rodolfo Felix Guillen was shot to death one morning right after getting to his office in Suffolk. The shooting occurred just as other employees started to arrive at the building, but there were no signs anyone had broken in. In 1984, off-duty Virginia State Police trooper Johnny Rush […]

Kitten rescue lawsuit fails to save Virginia’s charity poker industry

By: - June 30, 2022

VIRGINIA BEACH — Billy the Kidden fought the law. And the law won. A cat-focused animal rescue in Virginia Beach went to court Thursday to try to block a General Assembly-ordered crackdown on charitable poker games from taking effect Friday, when a new law will kick in threatening unlicensed poker rooms with fines of $25,000 […]

Virginia lawmakers punt on bills aimed at limiting partisan election oversight

By: - June 30, 2022

Despite getting several extra months to negotiate, Virginia lawmakers went home for the summer without a deal on proposals to limit partisan influence in the state’s election bureaucracy. Legislation that would have removed the governor’s power to appoint the state elections commissioner and given the two major parties equal representation on the State Board of […]

Four takeaways from Virginia’s 2021 crime stats

By: - June 29, 2022

On Wednesday, the Virginia State Police released the state’s tally of crime statistics for 2021, showing a continued rise in violent crime and a sharp decrease in drug arrests, particularly for marijuana. Here are four takeaways from the report: Virginia saw 562 homicides reported for the year, up 6.4% from the 528 reported in 2020. […]

Audit finds VDOT doesn’t have enough contractors for major snow removal

By: - June 28, 2022

The Virginia Department of Transportation doesn’t have enough snow removal contractors to properly respond to major winter storms, according to audit results released Tuesday. The state Office of the State Inspector General found several VDOT districts lack the resources to effectively clear snow, meaning serious storms “have the potential to be crippling unless assistance from […]