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David Sherfinski

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

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David Koch speaks in Orlando, Fla., in this Aug. 30, 2013, file photo. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

Koch network hopes to spend nearly $1 billion in 2016: reports

The network backed by the conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch plans to spend nearly $1 billion on the 2016 elections, laying down a financial marker well before the cycle truly gets under way. Published January 27, 2015

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry pumps his fist as he walks on stage during the Freedom Summit, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Rick Perry heading to South Carolina and Pennsylvania after Iowa

Fresh off a trip to Iowa, home of the first-in-the-nation caucuses, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is scheduled to attend two public events in the first-in-the-south presidential primary state of South Carolina Tuesday before heading to Pennsylvania for a Republican party dinner Friday. Published January 27, 2015

Rick Santorum in Iowa pitches foreign policy expertise, chides governors

Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania made the pitch in Iowa Monday that he has the foreign policy chops to go toe-to-toe with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2016 and that governors don't have the vision to think outside the box on issues like education. Published January 27, 2015

Brad Whitehead of Manchester, England fires a fully automatic machine gun at Machine Guns Vegas Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Las Vegas. Most visitors to Machine Guns Vegas have already pulled the trigger on an Uzi or an M5, from the behind the controls of their XBox. But with strict gun laws keeping the real thing out of reach for most people, especially outside the U.S., indoor shooting ranges with high-powered weapons have become a hot tourist attraction. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Virginia Senate panel shoots down gun control bills

A Virginia Senate panel on Monday killed several gun control initiatives pushed by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, including bills to require universal background checks on gun show sales and reinstatement of the state's recently-lifted ban on purchasing more than one handgun per month. Published January 26, 2015

Chris Christie launches leadership PAC in nod to possible 2016 run

Ahead of a possible 2016 presidential campaign, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and his allies have officially formed a leadership PAC that will allow Mr. Christie to travel the country and move to shore up a fundraising base as the next presidential campaign cycle gets under way. Published January 26, 2015

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday announced an additional $136 million in state revenue as a result of a final midsession analysis. (AP Photo/The Progress-Index, Patrick Kane)

Terry McAuliffe's 2015 Va. agenda includes economics, health care

With the Virginia General Assembly's first full week in the books and Gov. Terry McAuliffe out of the hospital, the Republican-led legislature and Richmond Democrats are heading toward major confrontations on a number of hot-button issues. Published January 25, 2015

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks with the media at the Peppermill restaurant Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, in Las Vegas. Paul is a possible Republican presidential candidate. (AP Photo/John Locher) ** FILE **

Rand Paul tweaks Romney, Jeb Bush with 'gift exchange'

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, took some shots via social media at a few possible fellow 2016 presidential contenders, imagining a "gift exchange" between 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at their meeting in Utah Thursday. Published January 23, 2015

In this image made from video, courtesy of KUTV 2 News, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush arrives at Salt Lake City International Airport on Jan. 22, 2015, before his meeting with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. (AP Photo/KUTV 2 News)

Romney, Jeb Bush meet in Utah

As a host of other potential 2016 GOP presidential contenders prepared to descend on Iowa this weekend, 2012 nominee Mitt Romney and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush had their own private powwow Thursday in Utah. Published January 23, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, talks with reporters after the Senate voted on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through the next fiscal year on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke) ** FILE **

Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio to participate in forum Sunday

Three of the Republicans considering runs for the White House in 2016 are set to participate in a forum on Sunday in Palm Springs sponsored by the Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, a nonprofit affiliated with conservative philanthropists and donors Charles and David Koch. Published January 23, 2015