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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski

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

Articles by David Sherfinski

** FILE ** Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Virginia Democrat, conducts a town-hall event in Springfield, Va., in September 2010. (AP Photo, File)

Virginia lawmakers seek wider probe in voting sign-up

Three Virginia congressmen have asked U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to launch a multistate investigation into "voter registration irregularities" after a Pennsylvania man was charged with 13 counts of voter registration fraud in Harrisonburg last week. Published October 23, 2012

** FILE ** Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate seat from Virginia, former Gov. Tim Kaine, left, listens as Republican candidate, former Sen. George Allen, right, speaks during a debate at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

In final debate, Kaine, Allen exchange biggest shots

George Allen and Tim Kaine, both former governors of Virginia, immediately tossed away their gloves in the final debate in their closely watched U.S. Senate race, throwing haymakers and lobbing charges that each is an immutable partisan and misguided on the economy, spending, and defense. Published October 18, 2012

Dr. Karen Remley. Photo from Virginia Department of Health

Va. Health Commissioner resigns over abortion clinic regulations

Virginia Health Commissioner Karen Remley resigned her position Thursday over controversial abortion clinic regulations that have been a political lightning rod since the General Assembly passed legislation in 2011 directing the Board of Health to craft them. Published October 18, 2012

Discarded filled-out voter forms in Virginia spur probe

Virginia officials are probing a case in which completed voter-registration forms were said to have been tossed into a trash bin outside of a store in the Shenandoah Valley just before Monday's 5 p.m. registration deadline — the latest incident in what's already been a rather eventful election year in the Old Dominion. Published October 17, 2012

Delegate Robert G. Marshall (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown).

Virginia bill targets sex-selective abortions

A Virginia lawmaker has introduced a bill to ban abortions based on the sex of the fetus after a Republican effort in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year to force Democrats into an uncomfortable vote on whether to criminalize the practice of so-called "sex-selective abortion." Published October 16, 2012

Wait list for Virginia AIDS program eliminated

Virginia's first-ever waiting list for its AIDS drug assistance program for low-income individuals has been eliminated in less than two years thanks to a boost in funding, a host of cost-saving maneuvers, and partnerships among local, state and federal groups. Published October 15, 2012

Virginia pro-lifers try to tug at hearts of voters

A new pro-life super PAC has launched a six-figure ad buy in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia targeting President Obama on abortion, while outside groups on the left are stepping up their own attacks on Republican U.S. Senate candidate George Allen on the same issue but at the opposite end of the spectrum. Published October 11, 2012

Larry Flynt

In porn industry poll, Obama wins in 5-to-1 landslide

Mitt Romney may have famed porn star Jenna Jameson on his side, but the pornography industry is backing President Obama’s re-election by an overwhelming margin, according to an industry poll conducted by the media organization XBIZ. Published October 11, 2012

This undated handout photo provided by ABC News shows Martha Raddatz. She will moderate the Oct. 11 debate in Danville, Ky., between Vice President Joe Biden and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan. (AP Photo/ABC News)

Despite Obama attending her wedding, Raddatz ready to moderate debate

ABC News has dismissed any conflict-of-interest claims regarding vice presidential debate moderator and ABC News senior foreign correspondent Martha Raddatz as "absurd" in the wake of a report that President Obama was an attendee of Ms. Raddatz's wedding more than 20 years ago. Published October 10, 2012

** FILE ** Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivers a foreign policy speech at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va., on Oct. 8, 2012. (Associated Press)

GOP: Voter contacts hit 4 million in Virginia

Top officials at the Republican National Committee and the Mitt Romney presidential campaign on Tuesday touted the GOP's surpassing 4 million voter contacts in Virginia, which includes seven times the number of phone calls and 11 times as many as door knocks at this point in 2008. Published October 9, 2012

**FILE** A protester dressed as Big Bird stands Oct. 6, 2012, outside of the amphitheater in Apopka Fla., where Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney prepares to speak during a campaign rally. (Associated Press)

Feathers fly as candidates fight over Big Bird

Mitt Romney flipped President Obama's re-election team the proverbial bird on Tuesday, saying the Democrats' attempts to make a big issue over Mr. Romney's opposition to federal subsidies for Big Bird reflect their misguided priorities. Published October 9, 2012

George Allen (left), the Republican candidate for Virginia's Senate seat, gestures during a debate with Democratic challenger Timothy M. Kaine in Richmond, Va., on Oct. 8, 2012. (Associated Press)

Allen, Kaine take off gloves in Va. Senate debate

Republican George Allen on Monday escalated his portrayal of Democratic Senate rival Tim Kaine as a would-be serial tax hiker and accused him of letting his attention drift away from Virginians during his final year as governor. Published October 8, 2012

President Obama takes the stage on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, during a campaign event at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. (Associated Press)

Election edict tests Fairfax

Fairfax County is the only county in Virginia history with a federal mandate to provide language assistance to English-deficient Hispanic voters in a presidential election — a development delighting activists, straining election officials and worrying those who argue that voters should know English well enough to participate without help. Published October 8, 2012

Virginia Democratic panel bucks voters on amendment

The Democratic Party of Virginia's State Central Committee voted to oppose an eminent-domain measure that Democratic voters in the state support by a 20-point margin, and expected to pass overwhelmingly on the Nov. 6 ballot. Published October 7, 2012

Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, directed the State Board of Elections to mail new voter registration cards to every active registered voter in the state when he signed a voter-ID law this year. (Associated Press)

Fairfax works to minimize potential voting chaos

Nearly one-third of active voters in Fairfax County — Virginia's most populous jurisdiction and a crucial battleground in the Old Dominion — might not be able to vote or could end up going to the wrong polling place on Election Day, according to the county's Office of Elections. Published October 2, 2012

House majority leader Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican, left, and Democratic challenger Wayne Powell greet each other prior to a Chamber of Commerce debate in Richmond, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Powell assails Cantor over business, military in congressional debate

Democrat Wayne Powell came out swinging Monday and remained on the offensive throughout the first debate in the race for Virginia's 7th congressional district seat, accusing U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of abdicating his role as a leader of Congress and repeatedly slamming him for his lack of military service, while the visibly agitated six-term incumbent labored to furiously fend off the flurry of attacks. Published October 1, 2012

Wayne Powell

Chirping picks up ahead of rare debate for Cantor

U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will debate a Democratic candidate before a general election for the first time in a decade Monday. His last debate was in 2002 against a former "Dukes of Hazzard" star nicknamed Cooter. Published September 30, 2012

Va. GOP finds hope in polling for Goode

Constitution Party presidential candidate Virgil H. Goode Jr. will be on the November ballot in his home state of Virginia, but Republican fears that the former congressman could play spoiler for Mitt Romney should be lessened by recent polls showing Mr. Goode in the low single digits. Published September 23, 2012


Cuccinelli: Goode to go on Va. ballot

Constitution Party presidential candidate and former Rep. Virgil H. Goode of Virginia will be on the ballot Nov. 6 in his home state. Published September 21, 2012