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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]

As the pandemic eases, officials want to get more Virginians back on public transit

By: - March 29, 2022

The state is launching a new PR campaign called “Rediscover Your Ride” to boost confidence in public transit.

With another basketball ad, Youngkin calls on lawmakers to finish state budget

By: - March 23, 2022

Gov. Glenn Youngkin is calling the Virginia General Assembly back to Richmond on April 4 to finish work on the two-year state budget and dozens of other bills left in limbo when the legislature adjourned earlier this month. But instead of focusing on closed-door negotiations with Senate Democrats whose votes he needs to enact his […]

Setting new timetable in Virginia election lawsuit, judge rips state for legal ‘mess’

By: - March 21, 2022

A federal judge on Monday accused former Attorney General Mark Herring’s office of mishandling a closely watched lawsuit seeking to force new House of Delegates elections this year, saying the state didn’t take Democratic activist Paul Goldman’s claims seriously enough last year and has forced arcane legal wrangling to go on for “way too long.” […]

After years of failed attempts, Virginia is legalizing switchblades

By: - March 21, 2022

Virginia’s last two governors vetoed efforts to soften the state’s longstanding ban on switchblades. But the easy-to-open knives will soon be legal after Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed a switchblade bill that passed the politically divided General Assembly with overwhelming support. Widely outlawed in the 1950s due to the perception they were the preferred weapon of […]

Swecker easily wins re-election as DPVA chair

By: - March 19, 2022

Incumbent Democratic Party of Virginia chairwoman Susan Swecker was overwhelmingly re-elected to the leadership job Saturday.

After 2021 losses, Swecker looks to retain role as chair of Va. Democrats

By: - March 16, 2022

For Susan Swecker’s first six years leading the Democratic Party of Virginia, there was always a Democratic governor in charge. That changed this year, when Gov. Glenn Youngkin scored an upset win and returned Republicans to power in Richmond, snapping a more than decade-long losing streak in statewide contests. Democrats also lost the other two […]

Youngkin calls for emergency three-month suspension of Virginia’s gas tax

By: - March 16, 2022

Saying Virginians need immediate relief from higher gas prices, Gov. Glenn Youngkin called Wednesday for a three-month suspension of Virginia’s entire gas tax, a move that would cut about 26 cents off each gallon at a roughly $437 million cost to the state. Youngkin made the announcement at a Henrico County gas station, where he […]

A Virginia gun bill had support from gun-control groups and the NRA. It still failed.

By: - March 15, 2022

At a legislative hearing last month, something so unusual happened some in the room joked it should go down as an important moment in history: The NRA and gun-control groups agreed a Democratic gun bill was good enough to make it through a Republican committee. “So Jesus is coming any minute,” quipped Del. Nick Freitas, […]

Virginia Senate blocks Youngkin’s picks for Parole Board

By: - March 10, 2022

Democrats in the Virginia Senate voted Thursday to block Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s appointees to the Virginia Parole Board, another shot in an ongoing partisan battle over filling roles in state government. The Senate voted 21-19 to block a normally routine resolution confirming four Youngkin appointees to the Parole Board and one appointee to the Safety […]

Virginia Retirement System estimates it had about $100M in Russia-linked investments

By: - March 10, 2022

The Virginia Retirement System Trust Fund recently had around $100 million in investments linked to Russia, according to VRS officials who oversee the pension fund for the state’s public employees. But the agency says it can’t determine the current value of those assets due to the turbulence in Russia’s financial system following the country’s invasion […]

A storm passes over the Capitol. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury - Sept. 11, 2018)

Bill restricting public access to police files advances out of Virginia Senate

By: - March 8, 2022

A controversial bill to largely undo a new criminal-justice transparency law in Virginia will be worked out behind closed doors in the General Assembly session’s last week. The Democratic-led state Senate voted 26-13 Tuesday to send the legislation to a conference committee, a small panel of legislators that will work out its details and present […]

What do Virginians think about Youngkin’s tax cuts? It depends on how you ask the question.

By: - March 7, 2022

Most Virginians want to see budget surpluses reinvested back into government services instead of tax cuts, according to a recent poll. Or most Virginians think the government has enough money, as another recent poll found, to give some back to regular people. How could two polls asking fundamentally the same question around the same time […]