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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

Richmond’s interim police chief steps down, ACLU says state isn’t adhering to COVID-19 prisons agreement, Marion man arrested in connection to cross-burning, and more headlines

By: - June 29, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Richmond’s interim police chief has stepped down after just 11 days on the job.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • Two Richmond-based artists have been using a generator and a laptop to project images onto the Robert E. Lee statue each night, offering “a glimpse into what […]

Virginia Mercury

Police arrest 15 protesters in Richmond suburb, judge rejects challenge to new Va. gun law, amusement parks still limited to 1,000 guests, and more headlines

By: - June 26, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Richmond police reported making 15 arrests overnight in a suburban neighborhood. Local media outlets reported protesters appeared to be holding a sit-in near the home of city prosecutor Colette McEachin. — WTVR | Richmond Times-Dispatch • A Goochland County judge rejected gun rights groups’ effort […]

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Police clear crowds at Lee monument, Northern Va. couple faces charges for virus relief fraud, state judge rules Nunes can’t sue Twitter, and more headlines

By: - June 25, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Police again dispersed a crowd at Richmond’s Lee monument overnight. This time, they said were able to do it without using chemical irritants. — Richmond Times-Dispatch • A Northern Virginia couple is facing charges after fraudulently obtaining more than $1.4 million in federal virus-related relief. — Associated Press  • […]

From banning chokeholds to ‘divesting’ from police, Va. Black Caucus rolls out reform agenda

By: - June 24, 2020

Banning chokeholds. Restricting the use of tear gas against crowds. Making it a hate crime to falsely call 911 for racial reasons. Ending no-knock warrants. Reducing police budgets and replacing some law enforcement services with trained mental health experts. Requiring courts to release racial data on people charged with minor crimes. Legalizing marijuana. It might […]

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Victors emerge in Va.’s congressional primaries, court lifts moratorium on evictions, lawsuit filed to block universal background checks, and more headlines

By: - June 24, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Congressional primaries were held Tuesday with challengers emerging for U.S. House and Senate seats. Democrat Cameron Webb, an African American doctor, won a four-way primary in the suddenly competitive 5th District, while military veteran Daniel Gade triumphed in the Republican primary for […]

Virginia Democratic Party urges voters to defeat redistricting reform amendment

By: - June 24, 2020

The Democratic Party of Virginia is officially urging voters to oppose a proposed constitutional amendment to create a bipartisan redistricting commission that, if approved in November, would redraw the state’s political maps starting in 2021. The proposal —  the compromise product of years’ worth of anti-gerrymandering advocacy — caused a major split among Democrats in […]

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Richmond protesters reclaim City Hall, Virginia holds congressional primaries, Liberty football players leave university, and more headlines

By: - June 23, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Protesters in Richmond, which saw its 25th consecutive day of demonstrations, refused an order to quit the state-controlled area around the Lee Monument and set up what they called “Reclamation Square” at City Hall. — Richmond Times-Dispatch • Also in Richmond, home […]

After a string of losses, Virginia Republicans wrestle with hard right’s influence

By: - June 23, 2020

U.S. Rep. Denver Riggleman, the only Republican victor in Virginia’s four competitive congressional races in 2018, was just ousted by conservative constituents upset he officiated a gay wedding. Riggleman claims he was railroaded, suggesting the party’s highly unusual drive-through convention may have been tainted by voting fraud. State Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, who has built […]

Virginia Mercury

Police stop protesters from removing J.E.B. Stuart monument, weapons charge dropped against pastor, airport police officer charged with trespassing near Lee statue, and more headlines

By: - June 22, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Police prevented protesters from pulling down the J.E.B. Stuart monument in Richmond Sunday night, citing safety concerns. Now some local officials want the city to take down its Confederate statues immediately as a matter of public safety. — Richmond Times-Dispatch • A Shenandoah County judge has agreed […]

Virginia road traffic is returning to normal, VDOT says

By: - June 22, 2020

Traffic is back. Car and truck volume trends in Virginia are moving back toward normal after plummeting during the COVID-19 shutdown, according to numbers released Friday by the Virginia Department of Transportation. Pandemic traffic on state-maintained interstates and primary roads hit a low on April 12, a Sunday when volumes for all vehicles were 64 […]

Sen. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, on the Senate floor.

‘A critical moment in our history’: McClellan announces run for Va. governor

By: - June 18, 2020

For years, Virginia state Sen. Jennifer McClellan has been talked about as a future gubernatorial candidate.  The future, she says, is now.  McClellan, D-Richmond, a veteran state legislator and corporate attorney for Verizon, is formally announcing her run for governor today, with about a year to go before the 2021 Democratic primary.  In an interview […]

Three months into the pandemic, Virginia’s Dickenson County records first coronavirus case

By: - June 16, 2020

With its first documented COVID-19 case, Southwest Virginia’s Dickenson County has dropped off the small list of counties still showing no confirmed presence of the new coronavirus despite the roughly 55,000 cases statewide. Dickenson, a rural county of about 14,300 people, had been one of just three counties with no confirmed cases before reporting its […]