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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]

How Virginia officials hope to avoid a repeat of the snowy shutdown of I-95

By: - April 8, 2022

One of the first ideas proposed in Virginia after a January snowstorm left thousands of motorists stranded overnight on Interstate 95, some for nearly 24 hours, was a law requiring tractor-trailers to stay in the right-hand lane during winter storms. After pushback from the trucking industry and concerns it might create a wall of trucks […]

After fight with Democrats, Youngkin announces new Parole Board picks

By: - April 6, 2022

After Democrats blocked his first batch of nominees last month, Gov. Glenn Youngkin is making four new appointments to the Virginia Parole Board. Several of the nominees announced Wednesday have ties to law enforcement, an apparent nod to the 2020 controversy over the previous Parole Board’s decision to release a man convicted in 1979 for […]

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

With no budget deal, Virginia lawmakers start special session with nothing to vote on

By: - April 4, 2022

While surrounded by beagles at Virginia’s Executive Mansion, Gov. Glenn Youngkin said Monday he hoped state lawmakers could approach their ongoing budget work with the same bipartisan zeal behind the animal cruelty bills he was signing. “I was disappointed at the pace the work was going,” Youngkin said, explaining his decision to bring lawmakers back […]

Easing new limits on police powers, Virginia is cracking back down on noisy cars

By: - April 1, 2022

As someone who once lived near the Richmond Raceway, Robin Mines says she’s familiar with the sound of loud, fast cars. She didn’t expect to have to endure similar noises miles away in her current South Richmond neighborhood, where she says elderly people, children and veterans with PTSD are being rattled late at night by […]

Rules for ‘recontextualizing’ Virginia’s Confederate statues delayed after opponents object

By: - March 31, 2022

Under Virginia’s regulatory process, “fast-tracking” can be a relative term. Two years after Virginia lawmakers voted to give local government power to remove or modify Confederate monuments, state officials chose the fast track to finalize regulations on who gets the final say on the historical accuracy of any modifications to those statues. Those pending rules, […]

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 […]