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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]

Libertarian Party of Virginia dissolving after national party’s ‘bigoted’ turn, ex-chair says

By: - September 13, 2022

If the main purpose of a political party is to run candidates for office, former Libertarian Party of Virginia Chairwoman Holly Ward says it felt like a “violation” to keep taking people’s money. “It’s clear that we can’t function,” Ward said in an interview as she explained why the party is dissolving as a corporation […]

How uncertainty sank Richmond’s plan to be first to adopt ranked-choice voting

By: - September 13, 2022

For a while, there was hope Virginia’s capital city would be the first to show other local governments it’s safe to make big changes to a fundamental democratic process: How people elect their city councils and county boards. Richmond City Councilman Andreas Addison was one of a handful of local officials who sponsored a plan […]

Virginia AG announces 20-person ‘election integrity unit’

By: - September 9, 2022

Attorney General Jason Miyares is creating a new unit dedicated to ensuring “legality and purity in elections,” his office announced Friday. The 20-person team, the attorney general’s office said, will investigate and prosecute potential violations of election law and be a legal resource for state and local election officials. “I pledged during the 2021 campaign […]

Nottoway elections board censures Republican member over argument with registrar

By: - September 9, 2022

Ongoing tensions on the Nottoway County Electoral Board reached a new level this week as the board’s two Democrats voted to censure their Republican colleague over an altercation he had with the county registrar last month at an election training event. Board member Tom Reynolds, who has lodged numerous complaints with the state about how […]

Virginia lawmakers fail to reach deal on SCC pick

By: and - September 7, 2022

After taking no action Wednesday on the main piece of business that brought lawmakers back to Richmond, the Virginia General Assembly got into a new fight over how to leave town. The session ended — partially — without the legislature filling the third, final vacancy on the State Corporation Commission while limiting the powers of […]

Democrat Mark Keam stepping down from Virginia House

By: - September 6, 2022

State Del. Mark Keam announced Tuesday that he’s stepping down from the House of Delegates, setting up a possible special election this fall in a Democratic-leaning district in Northern Virginia. In an email to constituents, Keam, 56, a Democratic attorney who has served in the House since 2010, said he was resigning for a job […]

After tax change, Virginia sees 63% bump in revenue from sports betting

By: - September 6, 2022

Virginia’s tax revenues from sports betting jumped 63% between June and July after state lawmakers ended what some described as a loophole that let betting apps deduct free-bet promos from their profits. According to Virginia Lottery reports, sports betting revenues rose from $1.87 million in June to $3.06 million in July, the first month the […]

Youngkin’s office says no plans for abortion bill at special session next week

By: - September 1, 2022

Abortion rights supporters are on high alert, but Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s office says it’s not planning to introduce any abortion-related legislation when the General Assembly returns to Richmond next week. The special session set for Wednesday is technically a continuation of the same session that ended June 30. The main item of business is expected […]

Judge throws out obscenity case attempting to restrict sales of books in Virginia Beach

By: - August 30, 2022

VIRGINIA BEACH – A judge on Tuesday dismissed an attempt to use an arcane Virginia obscenity law to prevent bookstores from selling two titles to minors after finding the law unconstitutional on due process and free-speech grounds. State Del. Tim Anderson, R-Virginia Beach, filed the suit earlier this year on behalf of former GOP congressional […]

A Virginia skill-game company has sued convenience stores nearly 150 times

By: - August 23, 2022

Queen of Virginia, one of the main skill-game companies operating in the state, has long characterized its enterprise as a way to let small business owners get a piece of the new moneymaking opportunities that have come with Virginia’s newly relaxed approach to gambling. By agreeing to host the company’s slots-like machines, convenience stores and […]

Special prosecutor trying to sort out elections drama in Nottoway County

By: - August 17, 2022

A special prosecutor and the Virginia State Police are investigating the Nottoway County election office following months of misconduct accusations raised publicly at state board meetings. The State Board of Elections had formally asked the office of Attorney General Jason Miyares to look into the matter, but the board suspended that request Tuesday after being […]

OneVirginia2021 relaunches as UpVote Virginia with new focus on ranked-choice voting

By: - August 16, 2022

The nonpartisan group that led the charge to reform Virginia’s redistricting process is relaunching with a broader “democracy reform” focus and a push for more ranked-choice voting. The next iteration of OneVirginia2021, which spent years advocating to take redistricting power away from the General Assembly and give it to a more politically neutral map-drawing commission, […]