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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by David Sherfinski

Kitty Boitnott

General Assembly urged to increase pension funding

The Virginia Education Association on Thursday urged the General Assembly to properly fund the state's $50 billion pension system as Virginia, like most other states, grapples with how to dole out benefits to an ever-increasing number of workers hitting retirement age. Published October 20, 2011

Virginia appeals court upholds conviction in gang-attack case

Kirkland Crist Morris acknowledged he was a member of the violent Bloods street gang. But he said his role in a 2009 assault doesn't constitute "criminal gang participation" because on that night he wasn't fighting with the Bloods, he was fighting with a bunch of rival Crips. Published October 19, 2011

Cuccinelli

Cuccinelli: EPA study on climate broke rules

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II has filed a reply brief on behalf of Virginia, Texas and 13 other states in his lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's findings in December 2009 that greenhouse gases are harmful to human health. Published October 18, 2011

N. Virginia lawmakers miffed about road-fixing-fund cuts

A Virginia transportation subcommittee is weighing a funding shift that would chop state maintenance payments to local governments by more than 20 percent, drawing ire from Northern Virginia legislators who already think they don't get their fair share of cash from Richmond. Published October 18, 2011

Virginia Senate caucus collects $2.1M in 3rd quarter

The Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus collected $2.1 million in the third quarter of the year as the party tries to fend off hard-charging GOP candidates to hold onto its last bastion of power in Richmond, according to campaign finance figures released Monday. Published October 17, 2011

Older, sicker inmates add to costs in Virginia jails

The number of inmates in Virginia age 50 or older has increased nearly sevenfold over the past 20 years, and the average cost of providing them with specialized health care was nearly seven times the average expenses for younger prisoners in fiscal 2010. Published October 17, 2011

Fairfax hurries to aid voters deficient in English

Fairfax County is scrambling to meet new federal requirements to provide language assistance for English-speaking- deficient Hispanic voters - with state and local elections less than four weeks away. Published October 13, 2011

**FILE** Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (Associated Press)

McDonnell gets good news on popularity

The voters may not be in agreement with his policies but Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell continues to see his job-approval ratings climb. Published October 12, 2011

Gap between Virginia's top and bottom earners increases

The gap between the top 10 percent of earners and the bottom 10 percent in Virginia is the highest it's been in 30 years and ranks second only behind New Jersey, a report released Tuesday says. Published October 11, 2011

George Allen (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

Allen raises $900,000-plus in 3rd quarter

Senate candidate George Allen, Virginia Republican, raised more than $900,000 during the months of July, August and September, his campaign announced Friday. Published October 7, 2011

** FILE ** Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, a Republican, filed the lawsuit to strike down the federal health-care law in defense of a new state law that prohibits the government from forcing state residents to buy health insurance. (The Washington Times)

Cuccinelli criticizes Obama for marriage stance

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II is strongly criticizing the Obama administration for abandoning its defense of a federal law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman — the latest in a series of high-profile actions regarding gay marriage from the state's top prosecutor. Published October 6, 2011

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, Class of 1986, leaves Gonzaga College High School with Kevin Clark, a University of Virginia student and fellow Gonzaga graduate who helped bring the state's top prosecutor to the school. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

Virginia's Cuccinelli talks government with students at D.C. alma mater

Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II received a largely warm - though at times combative - greeting Wednesday at his alma mater, Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C., while engaging students on subjects including federalism, the Constitution and his challenge to President Obama's health care overhaul. Published October 5, 2011

Shawn Mitchell, a Democratic candidate for Virginia state Senate in Loudoun County, disagrees with his GOP rival on the role of the federal government in health care. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Transportation key to Va. state Senate races

Candidates running for the Virginia Senate in Loudoun County districts largely agreed at a forum Tuesday on the importance of finding a dedicated stream of revenue for the region's perpetually clogged roads and completing the Dulles Metrorail project — though how to pay for each was another matter. Published October 4, 2011

Allen, Kaine hit road to help '11 candidates

U.S. Senate candidates George Allen and Tim Kaine are supporting candidates in Virginia's fall elections by hopscotching the commonwealth for campaign appearances - including, notably, a number of events in voter-rich Northern Virginia that could be crucial to their own fortunes next year. Published October 3, 2011