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Profile for Wesley P. Hester

Wes Hester covers politics for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He previously covered local government including the counties of Chesterfield, Goochland and Powhatan. He came to the Times-Dispatch in 2008 after several years as editor of the Goochland Gazette and managing editor for Richmond Suburban Newspapers. An alumnus of Christchurch School and the College of William and Mary, he began his reporting career in 2002 with the Goochland Gazette. You can reach him at (804) 649-6976 or e-mail whester@TimesDispatch.com.

Recent Content

  • Patrick Mullins

    State GOP moves to scrap loyalty oath in primary

    Officials polled State Central Committee members on removing much-criticized oath from the March 6 presidential primary.

  • Latino group opposes crackdown, pushes Va. DREAM Act

    For years, Republican attempts to crack down on illegal immigration at the state level have been thwarted by a Democratic-controlled Senate.

  • R0117 Del. Robert Marshall

    Marshall enters U.S. Senate race with jabs to Allen, Kaine

    Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, on Monday officially announced his entry into the state's U.S. Senate race and quickly challenged the conservative credentials of the current GOP front-runner, former Gov. George Allen.

  • Virginians bend lawmakers' ears at the Capitol

    On Lobby Day they make their case on issues ranging from mental health to guns.

  • Some bills, truly, are out of this world

    Legislation runs the gamut, from bees to bikes to bigamy

  • Latino coalition opposes crackdown, pushes Va. DREAM Act

    For years, Republican attempts to crack down on illegal immigration at the state level have been thwarted by a Democrat-controlled Senate.

  • House GOP caucus rolls out job-creation package

    The House Republican Caucus on Monday unveiled its jobs plan: a package of bills aimed at helping businesses secure capital, promoting research and development, extending tax breaks for startup companies and requiring competitive bidding on transportation and infrastructure projects.

  • Marshall enters U.S. Senate race with jabs to Allen, Kaine

    Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, on Monday officially announced his entry into the state's U.S. Senate race and quickly challenged the conservative credentials of the current GOP front-runner, former Gov. George Allen.

  • PHOTO GALLERY:  Lobby Day at the Virginia Capitol

    Virginians bend lawmakers' ears at the Capitol

    A day off from school and work for Martin Luther King Jr. Day meant an opportunity for hundreds of citizen to press their causes to state lawmakers.

  • Jackson Miller

    Some General Assembly bills are out of this world

    That annoying cellphone ringtone? There really ought to be a law. What's a guy gotta do to get a tax break on shipping his remains into lunar orbit?

  • House GOP introduces job-creation agenda

    The House Republican Caucus today unveiled their job creation agenda, a package of bills aimed at helping businesses secure capital, promoting research and development, extending tax breaks for start-ups and requiring competitive bidding on transportation projects.

  • PHOTO GALLERY:  Lobby Day at the Virginia Capitol

    Hundreds lobby lawmakers on mental health, gun issues

    Hundreds descended on the state Capitol today for the General Assembly's Lobby Day, an annual opportunity for Virginians to make their voices heard.

  • Del. Robert G. Marshall

    Marshall announces run for U.S. Senate

    Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, has officially announced his entry into the state's U.S. Senate race, where he will challenge former Gov. George Allen and three others for the Republican nomination.

  • GOP congressional district plan heads to Senate

    In their first show of total legislative power, Republican lawmakers are expected next week to push through their plan to reshape the state's congressional districts.

  • Del. Bob Marshall

    Marshall confirms run for U.S. Senate

    Del. Robert G. Marshall will run for the U.S. Senate, setting up a potentially ugly fight for the GOP nomination with former Gov. George Allen.

  • House fast-tracks GOP redistricting plan

    Emboldened by their control of both chambers, Republicans are fast-tracking their congressional redistricting plan from last year, with it expected to clear the House today and advance to the Senate despite Democrats' effort to put on the brakes.

  • Black caucus targets GOP bids to alter voter ID rules

    After a delay because Sen. L. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, could not locate her shoe, the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus got off to a running start Wednesday, holding a news conference to outline its agenda.

  • House panel approves GOP's congressional district plan

    It failed last year when Democrats controlled the Senate

  • Dems to offer exchange plans

    A day ahead of the start of this year's General Assembly session, House Democrats unveiled their centerpiece: the establishment of a health-insurance exchange to be administered by the state.

  • House Speaker William J. Howell

    House speaker previews debate on budget

    As legislators gather in Richmond today for the start of the General Assembly session, many questions await answers.

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