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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]

COVIDWISE app slow to catch on, Danville jail latest correctional facility hit by virus, Wallops Island space launches could skyrocket thanks to startup, and more headlines

By: - October 5, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Health officials said that no one else who came into contact with Gov. Ralph Northam or First Lady Pam Northam had tested positive for COVID-19 as of late last week.—Washington Post • The state’s COVIDWISE contact app has been slow to catch […]

How to make your vote count in Virginia

By: - October 5, 2020

Voting in Virginia was already changing even before COVID-19 arrived. The combination of a global pandemic and some major shifts in state election laws — ushered in after Democrats took control of the General Assembly — means that when Virginians cast their ballots this year, they can expect things to be a little different. Here’s […]

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Supplemental unemployment delayed, COVID-19 cases at Va. colleges and universities surpass 5,000, a titanium space toilet, and more headlines

By: - October 2, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • The extra $300 a week unemployed Virginians were supposed to receive Sept. 30 has been delayed until Oct. 15 due to a “programming error,” according to the Virginia Employment Commission.—Virginian-Pilot • The number of Roanoke Valley households behind on their water bills […]

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COVID-19 cases rising near college campuses, a push to make pandemic safety rules permanent, investigators crack a nutty Franklin County burglary case, and more headlines

By: - October 1, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • COVID-19 cases are rising in Lexington due to clusters at the Virginia Military Institute and Washington & Lee University.—Roanoke Times • After getting more than 800 complaints about businesses allegedly flouting COVID-19 rules, the Prince William Health District has imposed no fines […]

Va. Senate panel votes to keep public hearing rules for Confederate statue removals

By: - September 22, 2020

A proposal to eliminate the legal hoops Virginia cities and counties have to go through before taking down Confederate monuments failed in a state Senate committee Tuesday after several Democratic legislators said they were uncomfortable rewriting the law to make public hearings optional. The bill, which had already passed the House of Delegates, was presented […]

After losing the speaker’s gavel, Kirk Cox seemed done. Now he’s building a 2021 campaign.

By: - September 21, 2020

When Kirk Cox lost his Republican majority in his first and only term as speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, he seemed like a man who just wanted to avoid attention. He had survived his own race in a district that got much tougher for a Republican due to court-ordered redistricting. But with the […]

Virginia Lottery approves sports betting rules, leaves Olympics ban intact

By: - September 15, 2020

The Virginia Lottery Board voted Tuesday to approve the state’s first-ever regulations on sports betting, making some changes in response to feedback from big gambling platforms but maintaining a ban on wagers involving the Olympic Games. Tuesday’s move clears the way for the state to begin accepting applications from sports betting operators in mid-October ahead […]

Va. authority takes ‘overly conservative’ approach to small business loans, report says

By: - September 14, 2020

Virginia isn’t doing an adequate job of lending out money to help small businesses, according to a new report from the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission that found tens of millions of dollars have sat unused in recent years. In a presentation to legislators Monday morning, JLARC staff said the Virginia Small Business Financing […]

The deal that brought the Washington Redskins summer training camp to Richmond cost the city more than $11 million. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)

Virginia rolls out initial sports betting rules. Big gambling platforms push back.

By: - September 10, 2020

Sports betting hasn’t arrived in Virginia in time for the start of the NFL season, but state officials are fine-tuning the rules for how the newly legalized industry will work when it starts up in early 2021. This year, the General Assembly passed a bill authorizing the Virginia Lottery to grant between four and 12 […]

Judge removes Kanye West from Virginia’s ballot amid fraud allegations

By: - September 3, 2020

Rapper Kanye West’s brief time as a certified presidential candidate in Virginia came to an end Thursday when a Richmond judge ordered his name stricken from the ballot. Richmond Circuit Court Judge Joi J. Taylor ruled in favor of two Virginia voters who claimed they were signed up to serve as West’s official electors without […]

Lawmakers struggle to balance shielding businesses from COVID-19 lawsuits while keeping workers safe from the virus

By: - September 2, 2020

Update: The House version of this legislation was pulled from the agenda Thursday, which appears to end the debate on this topic for the special session. Legislators could revisit the issue when they return in January. It’s a short bill filled with lawyerly jargon. But it’s one that could have a major impact on future […]

Two of Kanye West’s electors sue to have him thrown off Virginia’s presidential ballot

By: - September 2, 2020

With the help of a high-profile Democratic law firm, Virginia voters who claim they were tricked into signing campaign paperwork supporting Kanye West have filed a lawsuit seeking to block the rapper from appearing on Virginia’s presidential ballot. The suit, filed Tuesday in Richmond Circuit Court, asks the court to order election officials to either […]