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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 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 […]

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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 […]

Gun groups sue to block Virginia’s new one-handgun-a-month law

By: - June 15, 2020

Gun-rights activists have filed a lawsuit seeking to block the implementation of a Virginia law limiting handgun purchases to one per month. The Virginia Citizens Defense League and Gun Owners of America filed the challenge last week in Goochland County Circuit Court.  Valerie Trojan, a Goochland resident and member of the two pro-gun groups who […]

Almost all major police shootings in Virginia since 2016 were ruled justified. But state’s data has big gaps.

By: - June 15, 2020

Of the 91 police shootings that caused a death or serious injury reported in Virginia since a law passed in 2016 making those reports mandatory, only one has been ruled unjustified, according to Virginia State Police data. That shooting happened in February 2018 when two Lynchburg police officers fired into a home at 1:30 a.m., […]

In Virginia’s Confederate statue debate, change came slowly — then all at once

By: , , and - June 5, 2020

During a history discussion at a book festival in Charlottesville eight years ago, a local official floated an idea that, at the time, seemed shocking. After a speech by historian Edward Ayers, then-City Councilor Kristin Szakos asked if it was time to start talking about removing Confederate statues or balancing out the message they represent. […]

‘Bruised and broken:’ As nation reels from unrest, Virginia leaders begin search for solutions

By: - June 2, 2020

As Del. Delores McQuinn spoke about the “explosion” of civil unrest gripping her hometown and cities across the country, she said her 6-year-old granddaughter offered an apt summary of what’s been happening. As a TV played news coverage of George Floyd’s death and its aftermath, McQuinn, a longtime Democratic leader from Richmond, said she didn’t […]

Virginia ABC planning to roll out home liquor delivery

By: - May 29, 2020

At some point in the near future, the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority is hoping to execute the first home liquor delivery in its 86-year history. Just like other retailers adapting to the coronavirus pandemic, the state-run liquor monopoly has been exploring options to get its products to customers with minimal human-to-human contact.  It started […]