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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]

Judge: Goldman effort to link abortion to Va. election case is ‘patently inappropriate’

By: - May 5, 2022

A federal judge strongly rejected Virginia attorney Paul Goldman’s effort to introduce a draft abortion ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court into his ongoing lawsuit over Virginia’s election calendar, calling Goldman’s motion “patently inappropriate and completely irrelevant.” This week, Goldman sought to introduce the leaked U.S. Supreme Court opinion potentially overturning Roe v. Wade to […]

Youngkin denounces Supreme Court leak as Roe casts uncertainty over abortion in Virginia

By: and - May 3, 2022

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin on Tuesday denounced the leak of a draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade as an attempt to “cause chaos and to put pressure on justices and elected officials,” while reiterating his anti-abortion stance and his belief that abortion issues should be left to states to decide. “This was […]

Tulips are blooming at the Virginia Capitol, but a budget deal remained elusive Monday. (Photo by Graham Moomaw)

Virginia budget leaders say no public meetings planned as negotiations enter third month

By: - May 2, 2022

As Democrats and Republicans continue to point fingers over who’s to blame for Virginia’s delayed budget, the two lawmakers leading the negotiations said Monday they have no plans to hold any public meetings that might offer more insight into how those talks are going. In brief interviews with the Mercury after an unrelated legislative meeting, […]

Virginia explained: the lawsuit trying to force new House elections

By: - April 29, 2022

When the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the 2020 U.S. census, Virginia had a uniquely big problem. As the only two states with legislative elections scheduled for 2021, Virginia and New Jersey had a more urgent need to get the new population data and start the redistricting process in order to have new political maps in time […]

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. […]