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]

After Democratic victories, rural Virginia counties rush to declare themselves gun sanctuaries

By: - November 20, 2019

AMHERST — In an overflowing meeting room, speakers repeatedly invoked the Virginia-born Founding Fathers who saw fit to enshrine firearms in the U.S. Constitution. One man said the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump — which he suggested could be a “coup” — shows the need for an armed citizenry capable of standing up to […]

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)

Attorney General Mark Herring to host ‘Cannabis Summit’ ahead of 2020 session

By: - November 19, 2019

Attorney General Mark Herring has invited state lawmakers to a “Cannabis Summit” next month that will feature policymakers from states that have legalized or decriminalized marijuana and academics who study cannabis-related issues. The Dec. 11 event hosted by a top Democratic official suggests cannabis reform will be a more serious topic in the 2020 legislative […]

From housing to restaurants to school bathrooms, Virginia LGBTQ advocates plan broad 2020 agenda

By: - November 19, 2019

With Republicans in control of the General Assembly, LGBTQ rights advocates trying to pass stronger anti-discrimination laws in Virginia knew they had to think small. After Election Day, that’s all over. In an interview, James Parrish, executive director of Equality Virginia, said his group is widening its policy agenda in preparation for the first Democratic-controlled […]

Virginia election officials recommend 45 days of early voting

By: - November 18, 2019

The Virginia State Board of Elections is recommending that the state create a 45-day early voting window for the 2020 elections, a significant expansion of the seven-day window the General Assembly authorized earlier this year. Virginia has gradually widened its election laws to give voters more leeway to cast absentee ballots before Election Day. However, […]

A parking lot outside a UVA dorm was filled with hundreds of state police cruisers on Wednesday afternoon. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury - Aug. 8, 2018)

Report: Digitizing Va. State Police tickets could make traffic stops last half as long

By: - November 14, 2019

No driver wants to sit on the side of the road upwards of 20 minutes waiting to get a speeding ticket. And with cars whooshing by a few feet away, state troopers don’t want to be stuck doing roadside paperwork any longer than they have to. But there may be a way to make traffic […]

Va. House Democrats choose Eileen Filler-Corn as speaker-designee

By: - November 9, 2019

Virginia Democrats have selected Eileen Filler-Corn as the next speaker of the House of Delegates, putting the the 55-year-old lawmaker from Northern Virginia in position to become the first woman ever to wield the gavel. At a closed-door meeting Saturday in downtown Richmond, the House Democratic Caucus voted to stick with the minority leader who […]

As Democrats triumph in Virginia, pro-gun groups confront ‘worst scenario’

By: - November 8, 2019

In a victory speech in Richmond Tuesday night, Shannon Watts, the founder of gun-safety group Moms Demand Action, finished by mentioning a get-out-the-vote tweet from the National Rifle Association. In the video posted a few days before Virginia’s General Assembly elections, a woman in an NRA hat said people who didn’t go vote to protect […]

How will Democrats govern? Race for speaker could be an early test.

By: - November 6, 2019

At least four Democrats – including two members of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus – have said they’re in the running to become the next speaker of the House of Delegates, setting up a debate among the newly empowered majority over who should lead their diverse caucus. After winning what appears to be a 55-seat […]

Virginia Democrats win control of General Assembly, sealing Trump-era power shift

By: - November 6, 2019

Virginia Democrats won enough seats in Tuesday’s elections to take control of the General Assembly next year, ushering in an era of unified Democratic governance for the first time in a quarter-century. Powered by a spike in voter turnout for a legislative election year, Democrats gained at least eight seats, locking in majorities in both […]

CBS calls Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax’s defamation suit a ploy to ‘attack’ accusers

By: - November 2, 2019

Attorneys for CBS have asked a federal court to throw out the $400 million defamation lawsuit Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax filed against the television network, saying Fairfax has used the filing to “disparage” and “attack” the two women who accused him of sexual assault. Fairfax sued CBS in mid-September, claiming the network defamed him by […]

Democrats want voters to give them control of the statehouse Tuesday. What will they do if they get it?

By: - October 31, 2019

Virginia House Minority Leader Eileen Filler-Corn is careful not to sound presumptive, but she’s already thinking about what Democrats could do in year one, year two and beyond if they win control of the General Assembly. If her party takes power in the elections Tuesday, she said, handling it wisely could mean the difference between […]

Virginians are buying less gas but driving more miles. For transportation officials, that’s a problem.

By: - October 24, 2019

For the first time ever, Virginians are paying less in gas taxes while driving more, a worrisome milestone for transportation officials concerned about how they’ll pay for roads in a more fuel-efficient future. At a Commonwealth Transportation Board meeting in Richmond last week, state officials said they support technological advances that lead to a cleaner […]