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David Sherfinski

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

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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

Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, left, listens as rival candidate for U.S. Senate former Gov. George Allen talks during their first debate at the Capital One Conference Center in Tysons Corner, Va., on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. This is the first of three debates in what is a very close race. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Kaine open to minimum tax

Democratic Senate candidate Tim Kaine said he would be open to having a minimum federal income-tax level for all people during a wide-ranging debate with Republican rival George Allen on Thursday afternoon, as both candidates ready themselves for the stretch run in their closely watched race. Published September 20, 2012

Backers take pictures of GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan as he is introduced by Pete Snyder, coordinator for the Romney-Ryan campaign in the state of Virginia, at Romney-Ryan campaign headquarters in Arlington on Wednesday. Both camps are targeting Virginia. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Ryan on the stump in Virginia

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan finished up a two-day campaign swing through the critical battleground state of Virginia on Wednesday by paying a thank-you visit to volunteers in Arlington as the GOP stepped up counterattacks on President Obama's "government-centered" economic vision that Republicans say promotes dependency and the redistribution of wealth. Published September 19, 2012

U.S. Senate candidates from Virginia George Allen and Tim Kaine shake hands while on stage for a photo op at the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) Tech Town Hall on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at the Microsoft offices in Reston, Va. Each candidate was allowed opening remarks followed by a 30-minute Q&A session with a Microsoft panel. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Poll: Approval ratings in Va. drop across party lines

In the all-important swing state of Virginia, no state politician cracked 50 percent in their approval ratings in a poll released Tuesday, though a strong plurality of voters approve of the job performances of Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell and Democratic Sen. Mark R. Warner. Published September 18, 2012

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

Va. abortion opponents savoring a victory

The Virginia Board of Health's move to reverse a June decision and vote to adopt new regulations for abortion clinics in the state without exempting existing facilities delivered an immediate victory for pro-life groups, but long-term effects, both practical and political, are still far from clear. Published September 16, 2012

Protesters hold signs as they wait for the Virginia Board of Health meeting on abortion clinic regulations in Richmond, Va., Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. Activists on both sides of the abortion issue have gathered outside the meeting and the board was scheduled to take comments before voting on the regulations Friday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Va. board reverses course on abortion clinic regs

The Virginia Board of Health on Friday voted to adopt new regulations for the state's abortion clinics, reversing a June decision that would have exempted existing facilities from rules that opponents claim could force a majority of the state's 20 clinics to close. Published September 14, 2012

Va. board to revisit controversial abortion clinic regs

The Virginia Board of Health on Friday is scheduled to revisit its decision to exempt existing abortion facilities in the state from permanent hospital-like regulations — the latest chapter in a battle that has been raging for nearly two years over the highly-charged issue. Published September 13, 2012