Ned Oliver

Ned Oliver

Ned, a Lexington native, has been a fulltime journalist since 2008, beginning at The News-Gazette in Lexington, and including stints at the Berkshire Eagle, in Berkshire County, Mass., and the Times-Dispatch and Style Weekly in Richmond. He is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, in Great Barrington, Mass. He was named Virginia's outstanding journalist for 2020 by the Virginia Press Association.

Richmond council doesn’t want power to remove statues; campaigns heat up; Waynesboro weighs moving elections and other headlines

By: - October 9, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Richmond says it doesn’t want authority to remove Confederate statues The City Council voted 6-3 against a measure that would ask the General Assembly to change a law that forbids localities from removing Confederate monuments. Opponents said they are worried making the request […]

Del. Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, defended a remedial redistricting proposal that a House panel advanced Thursday on a party-line vote. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury - Sept. 27, 2018)

Debate over whether Democrats should gain from redistricting heads to court

By: - October 9, 2018

Should the process of unpacking black voters from racially gerrymandered districts leave Democrats with a political edge? Democrats have steadfastly argued yes: To the extent that packing black voters into certain districts benefited the Republican majority, undoing that would necessarily benefit the Democratic minority. Republicans, meanwhile, have treated the federal court order as a technical […]

Second immigrant facing deportation claiming sanctuary in Va. church

By: - October 8, 2018

A 44-year-old Guatemalan woman who says she is facing imminent deportation by ICE has taken refuge in a Virginia church, Wesley Memorial UMC in Charlottesville. The woman, María Chavalan Sut, is the second immigrant to publicly claim sanctuary in a Virginia house of worship, taking advantage of an ICE policy of not conducting raids or enforcement activity […]

Today’s headlines: Redistricting goes back to the courts, Hampton Roads wants a hashtag and donkey awareness

By: - October 8, 2018

Virginia lawmakers appear to have formally given up on efforts to redraw 11 racially gerrymandered House of Delegates districts themselves, instead leaving the process to the federal courts. After Gov. Ralph Northam said he would veto a Republican plan that maintained the party’s existing partisan advantage, Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox cancelled a planned floor session, […]

The Virginia House of Delegates met Thursday to discuss redistricting, but didn't get far. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury - Aug. 30, 2018)

‘God only knows how long I’m going to be in Siberia for this:’ Why one Democrat says he broke with his party on redistricting

By: - October 8, 2018

Del. Stephen Heretick, D-Portsmouth, says he broke with Democrats on redistricting after party leaders discarded his input on how his district should be drawn, put him through cloak-and-dagger conference calls and ordered him and other delegates not to cooperate with Republicans as they put together maps of their own. He ignored them, first criticizing his […]

VCU Professor Kathryn Howell, who co-founded the RVA Eviction Lab, presented research on the link between evictions and instability in public schools in Richmond during a recent meeting of the statewide Campaign to Reduce Evictions.

Among fixes to reduce evictions: more pro-bono lawyers, plain-English legal forms and poverty simulation for judges

By: - October 5, 2018

When it comes to doing something about the highest-in-the-nation eviction rates in Virginia’s cities, advocates say there’s no silver bullet. Instead, they’re pursuing dozens of possible policy fixes. Some would require legislative action and possibly state funding, such as a proposed eviction diversion program. Others would not. Among them is a proposal for district court […]

Professional wrestler Ric Flair in 2010. (Wikimedia/Creative Commons)

Meet the state regulators who keep the blood out of pro wrestling

By: - October 4, 2018

Better Know a Board is an occasional series exploring some of Virginia’s more obscure state boards and commissions. Name: Boxing, Martial Arts and Professional Wrestling Advisory Board. Purpose: To provide guidance on the regulations of fighting sports, both real and scripted. Meeting location: An office park in Henrico County. Regulating boxing and martial arts make […]

Virginia Mercury

Stewart goes all-in on unsubstantiated claims; slot machines coming; Liberty’s assets top $3 billion; cattle rustling in Augusta and other news

By: - October 3, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. In last debate, Stewart goes all-in on unsubstantiated sexual assault claim Corey Stewart really wants you to know that Congress has paid $17.2 million to federal employees to settle violations for employment rules, in some cases for sexual harassment. He repeated the figure […]

Gov. Ralph Northam

As House GOP prepares to vote on new map, Northam pledges veto, support for constitutional amendment for nonpartisan process

By: and - October 2, 2018

As Republicans appeared poised to push forward a vote this month on new maps to fix 11 House districts a court has ruled were racially gerrymandered, Gov. Ralph Northam vowed a veto. And the governor, a Democrat, says he will support a push to “enshrine nonpartisan redistricting in the Virginia Constitution” via an amendment in the […]

White supremacist groups massed in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017. (Jackie Kruszewski/Contributed photo)

Why the FBI targeted four men out of the sea of white supremacists who descended on Charlottesville

By: - October 2, 2018

Federal authorities say the four men arrested Tuesday in connection with white supremacist violence in Charlottesville last year were targeted for investigation because they “committed particularly violent acts,” had a history of attacks at other rallies and are members to a racist and anti-Semitic organization. U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen told reporters during a press conference: […]

Forest Service’s pipeline decision under fire; Danville leaders walk out on Corey Stewart; Richmond’s graduation rate is the worst and more

By: - October 2, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Did regulators direct Dominion or did Dominion direct regulators? One of the federal judges hearing an appeal of permits issued for the Atlantic Coast Pipelines pressed the U.S. Forest Service last week about why it changed its position on the project. Emails show […]

In the former Confederate capital, there’s no longer a Museum of the Confederacy

By: - October 2, 2018

What’s in a name? In the case of the Museum of the Confederacy, about 40 percent of its membership base. That’s the chunk of long-term supporters the institution, which opened in 1896 as more of a shrine than a museum, lost after it announced in 2013 that it would merge with the American Civil War […]