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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]

Weed confusion, a Putin jab and slumlords: recapping the General Assembly’s veto session

By: , and - April 27, 2022

The Virginia General Assembly’s one-day veto session featured a secretive Democratic coup, an accusation Gov. Glenn Youngkin was using Putin-esque tactics to punish a county school board and a break until 4:20 p.m. to resolve massive confusion over marijuana laws. It was a long day for the state’s divided political leaders as they returned to […]

Va. House Democrats remove Filler-Corn without picking new leader

By: - April 27, 2022

The Democratic caucus in the Virginia House of Delegates removed former Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn as their leader Wednesday without electing a successor, creating a leadership vacuum just as they headed onto the floor for a full day of voting on almost 150 vetoes and amendments from Gov. Glenn Youngkin. Del. Don Scott, D-Portsmouth, had spearheaded […]

Va. Senate committee votes down Youngkin’s gas-tax holiday plan

By: - April 27, 2022

Democrats in the Virginia Senate voted Wednesday to reject Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s proposal for a gas tax holiday, a sign the governor hasn’t succeeded in getting skeptics on board with the plan he rolled out six weeks ago. The Senate Finance Committee’s 12-3 vote to block the bill won’t be the final say on the […]

Lawsuit targets skill-game company over lobbying effort invoking deceased senator

By: - April 26, 2022

The estate of the late Virginia Sen. Yvonne Miller, the first Black woman to serve in both chambers of the General Assembly, is suing a skill-game company over a flier that featured what the lawsuit says was an unauthorized photo of Miller as part of a 2021 lobbying campaign to keep the slots-like machines legal. […]

Part of the Virginia Capitol is closing for construction work

By: - April 25, 2022

The visitors center at the Virginia Capitol will be closed for most of the year as the state builds an underground tunnel and continues waterproofing work at the historic building.

Va. Supreme Court shields records on suspension of judge at center of Parole Board controversy

By: - April 21, 2022

In a 4-2 opinion, the Supreme Court of Virginia refused to unseal judicial disciplinary records detailing why a Virginia Beach judge was suspended from the bench amid controversy over her past tenure as chair of the Virginia Parole Board. Judge Adrianne Bennett, who joined the Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court after stepping […]

Why Virginia officials ruled the Parole Board leaks don’t count as whistleblowing

By: - April 21, 2022

A former state investigator accused of leaking confidential information about the Virginia Parole Board acknowledged she was “ultimately responsible” for the material making its way to the news media last year, according to an employment-dispute ruling that upheld the investigator’s firing despite her efforts to seek whistleblower protection. After she was fired in March of […]

Va. House committee advances Youngkin’s gas tax holiday, rejects $50 rebates

By: - April 19, 2022

Virginia legislators took their first vote Tuesday on the gas tax holiday proposed by Gov. Glenn Youngkin, nearly a month after the governor announced it and with the timeline for a final vote still up in the air. In its first General Assembly hearing, the legislation cleared the House Finance Committee on a party-line vote. […]

Youngkin vetoes bill imposing new rules for truckers in snowstorms

By: - April 14, 2022

The only piece of Virginia legislation inspired by the prolonged shutdown of Interstate 95 during a January snowstorm appears to be stalling out due to a veto by Gov. Glenn Youngkin. The bill, which would have prohibited truckers from using cruise control or compression brakes during winter weather, was pitched as a way to reduce […]

After GOP official’s racist post, Va. elections board asks parties to take local picks seriously

By: - April 13, 2022

The Virginia State Board of Elections will ask both political parties and the court system to do a better job of vetting appointees to the state’s 133 local electoral boards after the removal of the Republican chairman of the Hampton Electoral Board over a racist Facebook post. “Governor Youngkin deserves credit for acting quickly and […]

Seven ways Youngkin is trying to make his mark on General Assembly bills

By: , and - April 12, 2022

Almost three months into his term, Gov. Glenn Youngkin has signed 700 bills, suggested amendments to over 100 more and vetoed 26 as Monday’s deadline passed for him to act on most of the General Assembly’s work for the year. Though the governor touted the bipartisan nature of many of the bills that had to […]

Jason Wright, team president, Washington Commanders

Commanders president says team doesn’t want bidding war over new stadium

By: - April 12, 2022

Washington Commanders President Jason Wright insists the franchise isn’t trying to pit D.C.-area governments against each other in a bidding war over a new stadium, saying he feels that’s a “mischaracterization” of the team’s pursuit of a new venue in the region. In an interview with The Virginia Mercury, Wright, who oversees Commanders’ business operations […]