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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]

Northam says Virginia’s budget isn’t in terrible shape, but legislators should stay cautious

By: - August 18, 2020

Virginia’s pandemic-era budget outlook isn’t terrible, but Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration urged legislators to remain cautious Tuesday as the state deals with a $2.7 billion shortfall projected for the two-year budget cycle that began this summer. “We feared worse,” Northam told lawmakers in a virtual budget briefing before the start of the special session. “But […]

Portsmouth police charge state senator with felonies, Riggleman mulling gubernatorial run, uncertainty about Danville casino, and more headlines

By: - August 18, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • One day before lawmakers convene in Richmond to take up police reform, Portsmouth police announced they had charged Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, and several NAACP leaders with felony charges for their alleged role in the vandalism of a Confederate monument two months ago. […]

One day out to special session, Republican Party of Virginia elects new chair, UVA’s Memorial to Enslaved Laborers, and more headlines

By: - August 17, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • The General Assembly returns to Richmond tomorrow for a special session, with COVID-19 relief and police reform as big items on the to-do list.—Daily Press, Roanoke Times • Virginia is one of several states considering taking legal action against the Trump administration over […]

Va. House Democrats want to make it easier for localities to take down Confederate statues

By: - August 17, 2020

Confederate monuments are already coming down or being marked for removal across Virginia, but the debate over the state-mandated process apparently isn’t over. As part of their legislative proposals for the upcoming special session, Democrats in the House of Delegates want to revisit the law that took effect in July empowering local governments to begin […]

Dozens of convicted police officers never decertified, Radford prosecutor won’t enforce local COVID-19 regs, Italian-American groups want toppled Columbus statue, and more headlines

By: - August 14, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • A Virginian-Pilot investigation found dozens of police officers who were convicted of crimes but never officially decertified by the state. It’s unclear whether they still work in law enforcement, but legislators say they intend to address the issue in the special session […]

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Air Force helicopter struck by ground fire, Charlottesville marks third anniversary of Unite the Right, Dennis Quaid adopts cat named…Dennis Quaid, and more headlines

By: - August 13, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • A U.S. Air Force helicopter was struck by ground fire while flying over Northern Virginia, forcing it to make an emergency landing at Manassas Regional Airport. The FBI is investigating. — McClatchy • Demonstrators held a peaceful event in Charlottesville to mark the third […]

Why Virginia’s election night might be more like an election week

By: - August 13, 2020

Anyone expecting to tune in for quick results on election night should probably start thinking about it as election week, according to Virginia officials who are trying to reshape public expectations in what’s expected to be a highly unusual presidential year. That doesn’t mean there won’t be blowout races that might be called after the […]

Policymakers mull magnet school admissions, judge tells ICE to stop sending detainees to Farmville, Shenandoah parents try to block school renamings, and more headlines

By: - August 12, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. •  Three years after the Unite the Right car attack, some survivors are still struggling with physical and emotional trauma, unable to resume the lives they thought they were going to lead.—Daily Progress • Policymakers are considering changing admissions policies to boost Black […]

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CDC scientists arrive at Farmville, Liberty names new acting president, ABC website crashes after cyber sale, and more headlines

By: - August 11, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Scientists from the CDC arrived at an immigrant detention center in Farmville, where one detainee died last week, to begin assessing its COVID-19 outbreak. — Washington Post • Liberty University named Rev. Jerry Prevo, the chairman of the school’s Board of Trustees, as […]

Falwell takes indefinite leave of absence from Liberty, Hampton Roads officials tracking COVID-19 through wastewater, a stellar year for peaches, and more headlines

By: - August 10, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. is taking an “indefinite leave of absence” from his duties as head of the Christian school after posting a racy photo of himself with his pants unzipped and his arm around a woman who was not […]

Virginia’s gun-control debate shifts to newly empowered localities

By: - August 10, 2020

At a virtual Alexandria City Council meeting in June, a state legislator explained why he signed onto a new state law giving local officials the authority to ban guns in some public spaces. Del. Mark Levine, D-Alexandria, recounted how Richmond-area gun enthusiasts made a point of walking around Alexandria’s Old Town Farmer’s Market last fall […]

The Fairfax County registar posted this image on social media warning would-be voters about erronous absentee ballot applications sent by a nonprofit group. (Image via Fairfax County Office of Elections)

Nonprofit mails 587,638 erroneous absentee ballot applications to Virginia voters

By: - August 6, 2020

A misunderstanding of Virginia’s independent cities and counties apparently led a nonprofit voter registration group to mail 587,638 absentee ballot applications to Virginia voters that asked them to send the ballot back to the wrong election office. The Center for Voter Information said the mishap was an honest mistake mainly affecting voters in a handful […]