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David Sherfinski

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

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Backed by the late-afternoon sun, the Potomac River rolls over the rocks at Great Falls. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's two-year state budget does not include thousands in dues for a 71-year-old multistate compact to maintain the river. "Virginia's membership ... is no longer needed to provide quality management of the state's interest in the river basin," says Doug Domenech, the state's secretary of Natural Resources. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Virginia budget omits funds for Potomac River

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's two-year, $85 billion budget blueprint does not include thousands in dues to a long-standing, multistate compact to clean and maintain the Potomac River, a move drawing fire from critics who say the relatively small outlay provides a substantial return for the commonwealth. Published December 26, 2011

Child mental health services underfunded, Va. study says

Virginia needs nearly $20 million to fund services recommended by a recent study for children's behavioral health across the state — a perennial problem complicated by the commonwealth's tight fiscal picture. Published December 25, 2011

GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich addresses a Virginia party fundraiser Thursday in Henrico. The former House speaker submitted 11,050 ballot-access signatures. (Associated Press)

GOP: Gingrich, Perry won't be on Va. ballot

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry failed to garner enough signatures to meet Virginia's stringent requirements to appear on the state's GOP primary ballot, leaving former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul as the only Republican candidates to qualify in the crucial swing state. Published December 24, 2011

**FILE** Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich

Perry fails to qualify for Va. ballot; Gingrich also could fall short

Texas Gov. Rick Perry failed to garner enough signatures to appear on the GOP presidential primary ballot in Virginia, leaving former Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul as the only Republican candidates to qualify for the ballot in the crucial swing state as of early Friday evening. Published December 23, 2011

GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich addresses a Virginia party fundraiser Thursday in Henrico. The former House speaker submitted 11,050 ballot-access signatures. (Associated Press)

Four of seven GOP hopefuls meet deadline for Virginia ballot

Four Republican presidential candidates — including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich — managed to file petitions to qualify for the GOP primary ballot in Virginia ahead of a 5 p.m. Thursday deadline. Published December 22, 2011

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

Virginia officials get high ratings

Virginia politicians and the state's General Assembly receive high marks from voters — a sharp contrast with how the Old Dominion feels about its presidential choices, according to poll results released Thursday. Published December 22, 2011

** FILE ** Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Cuccinelli lampoons GOP presidential candidates

The GOP presidential field took some friendly fire from Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II on Wednesday, as the iconoclastic Republican politician counted himself thankful his run for governor in 2013 wouldn't come in the same year as the presidential contest. Published December 21, 2011

Former Virginia governors and current U.S. Senate candidates Tim Kaine (D), not shown, and George Allen (R), pictured, have their first debate for the 2012 campaign held at the annual AP Day at the Virginia State Capitol, Richmond, VA, Wednesday, December 7, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

Quinnipiac poll: Allen, Kaine remain deadlocked

The race for a U.S. Senate seat from Virginia is a statistical dead heat, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday — the fourth straight survey from the institute in which results for Republican George Allen and Democrat Tim Kaine have fallen within the margin of error. Published December 21, 2011

Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, a Republican, officially filed nominating petition papers comprising 16,026 signatures Tuesday to the State Board of Elections on behalf of his preferred GOP presidential candidate. (The Washington Times)

Bolling ties 2013 hopes to Romney

Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, facing a challenge from the right in state Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, finds himself banking on a strong performance from Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney to give him a boost for the 2013 GOP gubernatorial nomination. Published December 20, 2011

Paul Locke, chairman of the committee that wrote a National Academy of Sciences report on the safety of mining uranium in Virginia, says "there are still many unknowns" about the safety of lifting a ban on mining the radioactive material. (Associated Press)

Study: 'Steep hurdles' for uranium mining in Virginia

There are "steep hurdles to be mounted" for Virginia to safely mine uranium, according to a much-anticipated two-year study on the process, released Monday by the National Academy of Sciences. Published December 19, 2011

McDonnell releases two-year, $85B budget

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell released a two-year, $85 billion budget blueprint Monday that increases spending for K-12 and higher education as well as public pensions, while making targeted cuts in areas such as health care, social services and public broadcasting. Published December 19, 2011

** FILE ** Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

McDonnell unveils two-year budget

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's message was clear ahead of the release Monday of his biennial budget: The state is crawling back from years of dwindling revenues and budget cuts, but is nowhere near out the woods heading into 2012. Published December 18, 2011

Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling

Judge denies bid to block Bolling's tiebreaking vote

A Richmond judge has denied a Democratic state senator's bid to block Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling from casting tiebreaking votes in the General Assembly's Upper Chamber — clearing the way for, theoretically, complete GOP dominance on Capitol Square. Published December 16, 2011

Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (left) and former Sen. George Allen, who also was governor of the commonwealth, greet each other after the AP Day at the Capitol senatorial debate at the Capitol in Richmond on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

New poll: Kaine up 5 over Allen

A poll released Thursday on the Senate race in Virginia has former Gov. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, leading Republican George Allen by 5 points, in what has thus far been largely a statistical dead heat between the two political heavyweights. Published December 15, 2011

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

McDonnell budget includes $2.2B for retirement system

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Republican, announced Thursday that his proposed budget will include $2.2 billion in employer contributions for state and employee teacher funds — the largest such figure in history. Published December 15, 2011

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Va. agencies can ban adoptions by gays

Faith-based adoption and foster care agencies in Virginia will not be required to provide services to gay individuals, a state panel ruled Wednesday after nearly a year of heated debate that attracted national interest from advocates on both sides of the issue. Published December 14, 2011

A gasoline pump fills up a vehicle. (Associated Press)**FILE**

Raising gas tax for inflation would have netted millions

An analysis by a nonprofit tax-policy institute says that Maryland and Virginia could have collected hundreds of millions of dollars per year since their last gas-tax increases if they had raised the tax regularly to account for inflation. Published December 14, 2011

** FILE ** Virginia Delegate Lacey E. Putney (The Washington Times)

Report: Va. would not save with proposed pension plan

Despite a concerted push to overhaul Virginia's retirement system for public employees, a high-profile proposal to offer them an optional 401(k)-style plan would not save the state significant money over the next decade, according to a report released Monday. Published December 12, 2011