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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at

Articles by David Sherfinski

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2015 file photo, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks at the Heritage Foundation’s Conservative Policy Summit in Washington. Campaigns for president in 2016 haven’t officially started. But Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is among several Republicans testing the political waters, and he’s making a stop in Nevada with the state’s first-in-the-West Republican caucus is a little more than a year away. Aides say Paul’s campaign-style stops Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 at a Las Vegas Strip restaurant and Saturday in downtown Reno will focus on meeting local pastors, business leaders and political activists. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Texas GOP chairman to join Rand Paul's political operation

The chairman of the Republican Party of Texas is stepping down in early March to join Sen. Rand Paul's political operation as the Kentucky Republican makes moves ahead of a possible 2016 presidential run. Published January 30, 2015

Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss., in this Jan. 28, 2015, file photo. Closing in on a decision about whether to again run for president, Mitt Romney is finding that several past major fundraisers and donors in key states have defected to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mitt Romney says no to 2016 White House run

Former Massachusetts Gov. and 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will not run for president in 2016, he told supporters on a conference call Friday. Published January 30, 2015

Former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., gestures during a talk at the AP Day at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014.  Webb has formed an exploratory committee to look into his running for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) ** FILE **

Jim Webb: Democrats can do a better job with white working people

Former Sen. Jim Webb, Virginia Democrat and a possible candidate for president in 2016, says his party needs to return to a focus on providing people who don't have a voice with access to those in power, including white, working-class people. Published January 30, 2015

The Obama administration is attempting to avert another overwhelming surge of illegal immigrants by opening a legal channel to Central American children who have relatives already residing in the U.S. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Six in 10 dissatisfied with current immigration levels: poll

Six in 10 Americans say they're dissatisfied with the level of immigration into the United States, as House Republicans think about joining the legal fight over President Obama's executive actions on the issue. Published January 29, 2015

This photo taken Jan. 15, 2015, shows Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus speaking at the Republican National Committee meetings in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) ** FILE **

New Hampshire GOP April summit to attract 2016 contenders

The New Hampshire Republican party is planning to host a summit in mid-April certain to attract potential GOP presidential contenders looking to increase their visibility in the early presidential primary state. Published January 29, 2015

Even Mitt Romney has moved to distance himself from his notorious "47 percent" remarks as he prepares for a third run at the White House, saying that the GOP needs to find ways to connect with middle class families that are struggling to make ends meet. (Associated Press)

Second pro-Romney radio ad hits Christie, Bush, Palin

A production company owned by a supporter of 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has released its second radio ad boosting Mr. Romney in as many weeks and indirectly knocking a few of his potential 2016 rivals in the process. Published January 28, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks during the Freedom Summit, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Scott Walker on White House run: Not a good idea to bet against me

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he's eyeing a decision on a presidential run by midsummer and that the country needs leadership from "outside Washington" — a pitch that's become a common refrain from governors and former governors considering 2016 bids. Published January 28, 2015

In this Jan. 16, 2015, file photo, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.speaks with people at a restaurant in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Rand Paul blasts 'petulant' Obama over Netanyahu snub: 'Childish'

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, said he was fine with House Speaker John A. Boehner's inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a joint meeting of Congress and blasted President Obama for his decision not to meet with Mr. Netanyahu while he's in Washington. Published January 28, 2015

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Virginia Senate OKs bills on exercise, discipline in school

The Virginia state Senate easily passed bills Tuesday that would require students in kindergarten through fifth grade to exercise an average of at least 20 minutes per day and direct the state Board of Education to develop regulations on the use of isolation and restraint of children in public schools. Published January 27, 2015