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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

There were some exceptions, particularly in the Senate, where the newly minted legislative team of Sens. Dean Heller (left) and Jack Reed hooked up. The Nevada Republican and Rhode Island Democrat made waves over the last two months by partnering to try to pass an extension of federal unemployment benefits, with Mr. Heller bucking many in his own party to work with Democrats.

Fewer shows of bipartisanship for Obama’s speech

Three years after an assassination attempt on then-Rep. Gabrielle Gifford brought members of Congress together, fewer lawmakers crossed the aisle Tuesday night, leaving the chamber once again a partisan seesaw. Published January 28, 2014

** FILE ** Rirchard DeCoatsworth sits with first lady Michelle Obama at the president's State of the Union speech in 2009. (Associated Press)

Michelle Obama to host marathon bombing survivors and an Okla. fire chief Tuesday

First lady Michelle Obama will host two survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings; the Moore, Okla. fire chief; a gay professional basketball player; a young tech intern; and the 2013 District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Teacher of the Year at Tuesday's State of the Union Address, the White House announced Monday. Published January 27, 2014

** FILE ** In this Jan. 21, 2014, photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie waves as he stands with his wife Mary Pat Christie during a gathering for his swearing in for his second term in Trenton, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

RGA raises $50 million in 2013

The Republican Governors Association (RGA) raised more than $50 million in 2013 and has $50 million on hand, dwarfing both totals from four years ago. Published January 27, 2014

** FILE ** This Sept. 3, 2013, file photo, shows Rep. Henry "Trey" Radel, R-Fla., on Capitol Hill in Washington. The chairman of the Republican Party of Florida on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, called for Radel to step down following his recent cocaine conviction. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

GOP Rep. Trey Radel, caught in cocaine sting, resigns Florida seat

Rep. Trey Radel, the freshman Florida Republican who was caught trying to purchase cocaine in a sting operation in Washington, D.C. in October, resigned from Congress Monday, setting up another special election to fill a vacancy in the GOP-controlled House. Published January 27, 2014

**FILE** Former Texas Rep. Ron Paul. (Associated Press)

Ron Paul: Private credits, homeschooling are the real answers for education

Former Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican, devoted his weekly column to "National School Choice week" from Jan. 26-Feb. 1, arguing that private tax credits and homeschooling — not federal programs — are two ways to give parents true control over a child's education. Published January 27, 2014

** FILE ** Virginia Attorney General-elect Mark Herring smiles during a news conference at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., in this Dec. 18, 2013, file photo. Herring has concluded that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional and he will no longer defend it in federal lawsuits challenging it, his office said Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

VA's top law official won't enforce voter-approved gay marriage ban

Saying it's "time for the commonwealth to be on the right side of history and the right side of the law," Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced Thursday he will no longer defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage in federal court. Published January 23, 2014

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell makes a statement as his wife, Maureen, listens during a news conference in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.  McDonnell and his wife were indicted Tuesday on corruption charges after a monthslong federal investigation into gifts the Republican received from a political donor.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

McDonnell's wife at center of federal corruption case

When reports surfaced that former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell had accepted an engraved Rolex from a wealthy businessman, some questioned the judgment of the clean-cut former prosecutor whose ascendance to higher office was unquestionably possible — if not downright probable. Published January 22, 2014

** FILE ** Sen. Harry Reid. (Associated Press)

Harry Reid on the hot seat: Ethics probe demanded by watchdog group

A conservative-leaning watchdog group has filed an ethics complaint against Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, accusing him of violating the chamber's code of conduct by pushing to help a politically connected Las Vegas casino project get visas for foreign investors. Published January 21, 2014

Pamela Anderson

Baywatch's Anderson gets Va. invite for 'puppy mill' bill

Actress, author and animal-rights activist Pamela Anderson could be making an appearance in Richmond next week — if the sponsor of a state bill intended to curb puppy trafficking has his way. Published January 17, 2014

Romney adviser Ed Gillespie (NBC News via Associated Press)

Former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie launches Senate bid against Warner

Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie announced that he will challenge Sen. Mark R. Warner, Virginia Democrat, in the November election, banking that a national mood soured on President Obama and his agenda will be enough to overcome the popular, well-funded incumbent in an important swing state. Published January 16, 2014

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe waves to supporters alongside his wife, Dorothy, on Saturday during inaugural ceremonies at the Capitol in Richmond. Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton look on in the background. (associated press)

Gov. McAuliffe faces challenge of adapting to 'Virginia Way'

When Terry McAuliffe took the oath of office Saturday, he became the first Virginia governor in almost 50 years to be elected with less than 50 percent of the popular vote, and his political background as a partisan rainmaker who's never before held elected office leaves a host of questions about how he'll manage the diverse and politically volatile state during his single term. Published January 12, 2014

Terry McAuliffe and his wife Dorothy use an umbrella as McAuliffe is sworn in as Virginia's 72nd governor on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 at the state Capitol in Richmond, Va.  (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Steve Earley)

Gov. McAuliffe emphasizes 'progress over ideology' at inauguration

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe pledged to find common ground after officially taking the oath of office Saturday and becoming the state of Virginia's 72nd governor on a rainy day outside the state Capitol building designed by Thomas Jefferson. Published January 11, 2014

Members of the Virginia Capitol Police retire the colors during opening ceremonies of the General Assembly in Richmond. The election of a state senator from Norfolk was too close to call Wednesday. (associated press)

State Senate control hinges on 'too-close-to-call' Norfolk race

Tuesday's too-close-to-call special election in Norfolk appears to put Democrats on the precipice of taking effective control of the state Senate, but a possible recount could delay things for weeks — leaving incoming Gov. Terry McAuliffe facing a General Assembly dominated by the GOP for the beginning of his term. Published January 8, 2014

Official White House photo of President Obama shooting a shotgun on Aug. 4, 2012.

Gun sales hit new record, ammo boom to follow

Gun records checks, fueled by a post-Newtown boom of gun sales, hit a new high in 2013, and industry analysts expect ammunition to be the big seller this year as consumers catch up to all of those firearms purchases. Published January 6, 2014