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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 Mercury

More fallout from sexual harassment allegations against former ODU professor, Supreme Court leaves Unite the Right convictions in place, Richmond voters to weigh in on casino, and more headlines

By: - June 15, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Old Dominion University’s president apologized after 110 faculty members signed a letter denouncing the university’s pushback against women who have made sexual harassment allegations against former ODU professor and author Blake Bailey.—Virginian-Pilot • A Northern Virginia couple became the first defendants charged […]

Law firm’s review finds Va. investigator was ‘most likely biased’ in Parole Board probe

By: - June 14, 2021

A 65-page report on how Virginia’s watchdog agency investigated a high-profile parole case last year concluded that the lead investigator was “most likely biased” and Gov. Ralph Northam’s office did not interfere with the probe. The law firm that conducted the outside review also found Attorney General Mark Herring’s office helped edit the investigator’s draft […]

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Half of Virginia school buildings 50 or more years old, a $1 billion state budget surplus, Times-Dispatch columnist Williams wins Pulitzer, and more headlines

By: - June 14, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • The blackface scandal almost took down Gov. Ralph Northam. But to many Black leaders in Virginia, Northam will leave office as “the most racially progressive governor in the state’s history.”—New York Times • A new state report shows about half of Virginia’s […]

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COVID-19 state of emergency coming to an end, famed ODU teacher faces sexual harassment charges, bear stuck in Volvo plant, and more headlines

By: - June 11, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • After 15 months, Virginia’s state of emergency declared in response to COVID-19 is coming to an end.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • Once-acclaimed Philip Roth biographer Blake Bailey worked at Old Dominion University. Now the school is facing accusations it ignored concerns he was sexually […]

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Details emerge in court hearing for Virginia Tech football player, FBI finds ‘workplace grievances’ motivated Virginia Beach shooter, historic house moves in Abingdon, and more headlines

By: - June 10, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • New details emerged in the court hearing of a Virginia Tech football player facing murder charges following a sexual encounter in Blacksburg.—Roanoke Times • The FBI has concluded the Virginia Beach mass shooter who killed 12 people at a government building in […]

McAuliffe’s sweep beat expectations that were already sky-high

By: and - June 9, 2021

Terry McAuliffe won Petersburg, the hometown of one of his top opponents, former delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy, who had accused him of neglecting the majority-Black city during his first term.  He won in Richmond, where Sen. Jennifer McClellan had an advantage due to her strong local following. He won in Nelson County, a hotbed of […]

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Charlottesville council votes to remove Confederate statutes, Richmond Lee statue case before Supreme Court of Va., Botetourt wind farm fate uncertain, and more headlines

By: - June 9, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • After a long court battle, the Charlottesville City Council voted unanimously to remove a pair of Confederate statues from the city’s parks.—Daily Progress • Justices on the Supreme Court of Virginia asked no questions during a hearing on the potential removal of […]

McAuliffe crushes competitors in Democratic primary for governor

By: - June 8, 2021

For anyone wondering how Terry McAuliffe was feeling before Virginia’s gubernatorial primary, his election-eve shimmying spree was a solid indicator. The almost-victory dance became the real thing Tuesday as the former governor and prolific Democratic fundraiser cruised to a lopsided win in a split field, setting up a general-election matchup with deep-pocketed Republican nominee Glenn […]

In divided vote, Va. Redistricting Commission chooses to hire partisan lawyers

By: - June 7, 2021

The Virginia Redistricting Commission rejected an attempt Monday to at least try to hire nonpartisan lawyers, choosing instead to seek two sets of partisan attorneys to advise the new body as it redraws the state’s political districts later this year. Opinion was split as the commission made the first major decision since its creation last […]

With 17 Va. House incumbents being challenged, Tuesday could be a wild primary night

By: and - June 4, 2021

Del. Ibraheem Samirah, D-Fairfax, pitches himself as one of the most progressive members of the House of Delegates, but in this year’s primary, he’s fending off a challenge from a fellow progressive who says the district could do better. “He has seemed to be an incompetent and ineffective legislator, and I think that is not […]

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Mueller to teach UVA Law class, Virginia Indian tribes get millions in relief funds, a prison-inspired board game, and more headlines

By: - June 3, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Former special counsel Robert Mueller will help teach a UVA Law class covering his Trump-Russia investigation. Mueller graduated from the school in 1973.—Politico • Six Virginia Indian tribes are getting millions in COVID-19 relief funds, some of which the Upper Mattaponi tribe has used […]

Campaign finance reports: Ayala flips on Dominion, Youngkin self-funds and a big bundle of shadowy money drops

By: and - June 3, 2021

With Republicans and Democrats alike reluctant to put limits on Virginia’s wide-open campaign finance system, money has been pouring into primary contests in what’s going to be a high-stakes election year. And the batch of campaign finance numbers released this week seemed to have something for everyone not to like. One week out from the […]