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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]

A GoFundMe for Richmond monument removal, Wilder accuses Library of Va of racism, Redskins mull name change, and more headlines

By: - July 6, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Lexington’s City Council says it will change the name of Stonewall Jackson Cemetery. Jackson was buried there in 1863, but it wasn’t named for him until 1949.—WSLS • A supersized American flag was removed from the construction site of the new General Assembly […]

How Virginia plans to let people ban themselves from buying guns

By: - July 6, 2020

It was Frederick Vars’s own experience with bipolar disorder and suicidal thoughts that first got him interested in the idea of letting people ban themselves from buying guns. To him, the idea of a voluntary do-not-sell list as a preemptive option for people worried about what they might do in darker moments of irrationality seemed […]

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Anti-eviction protest in Richmond ends with arrests, Powhatan County woman fakes story about assault by Black couple, pigs on the highway, and more headlines

By: - July 2, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • An anti-eviction protest at Richmond’s John Marshall Courthouse ended with pepper spray, arrests and smashed windows. — Richmond Times-Dispatch • Richmond police, who have been criticized for their liberal use of tear gas, pepper spray and other tactics, aren’t saying whether they’ll […]

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A slew of new laws to take effect today, Richmond judge won’t limit police use of tear gas, COVID-19 cases spike in Southwest Va., and more headlines

By: - July 1, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • A slew of new laws passed by Virginia’s Democratic majorities in the General Assembly take effect today.—The Virginian-Pilot • One new law, the Community Policing Act, will require police to gather and report racial information on the people they stop.—Prince William Times […]

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Dominion test offshore wind turbines go up, Norfolk protesters demand use-of-force reports, Northam mask mandate survives challenge, and more headlines

By: - June 30, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Dominion Energy’s two test offshore wind turbines are up, part of what the company says will become the largest offshore wind farm in the U.S.—Daily Press • Del. Chris Collins, R-Winchester, is resigning from the General Assembly to become a judge.—Winchester Star […]

Post-Unite the Right rules for Richmond’s Lee statue now enforced against Black Lives Matter events

By: - June 30, 2020

After white nationalists rallied around Charlottesville’s statue of Robert E. Lee in 2017, then-Gov. Terry McAuliffe took action to prevent “similar-styled events” at the towering, state-owned Lee statue in Richmond. It started with a temporary ban on political demonstrations within the grassy circle enclosed by Monument Avenue. Then, at the McAuliffe administration’s direction, the state […]

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Richmond’s interim police chief steps down, ACLU says state isn’t adhering to COVID-19 prisons agreement, Marion man arrested in connection to cross-burning, and more headlines

By: - June 29, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Richmond’s interim police chief has stepped down after just 11 days on the job.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • Two Richmond-based artists have been using a generator and a laptop to project images onto the Robert E. Lee statue each night, offering “a glimpse into what […]

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Police arrest 15 protesters in Richmond suburb, judge rejects challenge to new Va. gun law, amusement parks still limited to 1,000 guests, and more headlines

By: - June 26, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Richmond police reported making 15 arrests overnight in a suburban neighborhood. Local media outlets reported protesters appeared to be holding a sit-in near the home of city prosecutor Colette McEachin. — WTVR | Richmond Times-Dispatch • A Goochland County judge rejected gun rights groups’ effort […]

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Police clear crowds at Lee monument, Northern Va. couple faces charges for virus relief fraud, state judge rules Nunes can’t sue Twitter, and more headlines

By: - June 25, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Police again dispersed a crowd at Richmond’s Lee monument overnight. This time, they said were able to do it without using chemical irritants. — Richmond Times-Dispatch • A Northern Virginia couple is facing charges after fraudulently obtaining more than $1.4 million in federal virus-related relief. — Associated Press  • […]

From banning chokeholds to ‘divesting’ from police, Va. Black Caucus rolls out reform agenda

By: - June 24, 2020

Banning chokeholds. Restricting the use of tear gas against crowds. Making it a hate crime to falsely call 911 for racial reasons. Ending no-knock warrants. Reducing police budgets and replacing some law enforcement services with trained mental health experts. Requiring courts to release racial data on people charged with minor crimes. Legalizing marijuana. It might […]

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Victors emerge in Va.’s congressional primaries, court lifts moratorium on evictions, lawsuit filed to block universal background checks, and more headlines

By: - June 24, 2020

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Congressional primaries were held Tuesday with challengers emerging for U.S. House and Senate seats. Democrat Cameron Webb, an African American doctor, won a four-way primary in the suddenly competitive 5th District, while military veteran Daniel Gade triumphed in the Republican primary for […]

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 […]