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Dave Ress

Writer

Dave Ress covers state and regional issues for the Daily Press. He started off in journalism as a stringer for the Christian Science Monitor while a student in Montreal a very long time ago and was a correspondent for Reuters in Montreal, London and Nairobi before getting sense enough to settle in Virginia. Dave is the author of The Burundi Ethnic Massacres: 1988 and Gov. Edward Coles and the Vote to Forbid Slavery in Illinois and is far too interested in history, economics and politics for his own good. 

Recent Articles

  • Senate bill raising local sales tax moves to House

    Senate bill raising local sales tax moves to House

    Coming down to the wire on a critical legislative deadline, the state Senate approved a special sales tax surcharge for the Historic Triangle, intended to beef up the region’s tourism promotion efforts and lead Williamsburg to reverse the admissions tax and higher hotel and meals taxes approved...

  • Supervisors to hear Skiffes Creek switching station request

    Supervisors to hear Skiffes Creek switching station request

    The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on a request from Dominion Virginia Power to rezone 67 acres along Pocahontas Trail and for a special-use permit to build a switching station during its Tuesday meeting. On Thursday, the Army Corps of Engineers issued a final permit allowing Dominion...

  • Agreement clears way for Corps decision on power lines

    Agreement clears way for Corps decision on power lines

    Proposed Surry-Skiffes Creek power lines includes mitigation plan

  • Warner, still a business guy, deep down

    Warner, still a business guy, deep down

    Deep down, Sen. Mark Warner says, he still feels a lot like a businessman — and that was a side of himself he showed to about 200 College of William and Mary students on a two-day swing through the Peninsula this week. Telling them he wanted to talk about Russia and about the state of American...

  • Redistricting poised to split Williamsburg area Congressional districts

    A Richmond federal appellate court's ruling Thursday on redistricting will have big implications for the Greater Williamsburg area. Williamsburg and James City County are currently entirely in the 1st Congressional District, represented by U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Westmoreland. The court ruling...

  • Many Virginia officials ignore state sunshine law

    State law might say some government records must be disclosed, but that's not the way many Virginia officials see things. A statewide test by 13 newspapers to see what happens when Virginians ask about information that state law says officials must disclose shows the state's four-decade-old Freedom...

  • The bills that worry each side of the James City tax debate

    The bills that worry each side of the James City tax debate

    It's not so much what's happening this year as what's coming down the pike that explains the heated debate over James City County's 7-cent real estate tax increase. In the background of the political discord over James City County Supervisors' almost unprecedented decision to raise the real estate...

  • A mixup over a donation in a high stakes race

    A mixup over a donation in a high stakes race

    One of the biggest campaign donations in this year's races for the James City County Board of Supervisors came from the son of a man who is suing the county – but that fact was only disclosed five months after the money came in. The $1,000 donation to candidate Heather Cordasco came from Richard...

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