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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski

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

Articles by David Sherfinski

STUMPING?: Once and perhaps future Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Terry McAuliffe chats with Edna Frady at a Falls Church City Democratic Committee fundraising dinner earlier this month. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

McAuliffe beginning process of gubernatorial run

Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe said Thursday he plans to run for governor of Virginia in 2013, becoming the first Democrat to enter a race that will undoubtedly receive significant national attention as just one of two gubernatorial contests next year. Published November 8, 2012

Kaine to pursue ‘common ground’ in Senate

Democrat Tim Kaine said Wednesday he hopes to add his voice to the "common-ground caucus" in a U.S. Senate rife with partisan gridlock and that he wants to serve with Sen. Mark R. Warner, who plans to decide by Thanksgiving whether he will run for Virginia governor once again in 2013. Published November 7, 2012

Virginia Senate candidate George Allen greets voters as they wait in line to vote at Washington Mill Elementary School in Alexandria, Va., on November 6, 2012. Allen was also there to vote with his wife Susan. (Eva Russo/Special to The Washington Times)

Kaine edges Allen to win pricey Va. Senate seat

Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine won one of the most expensive and consequential U.S. Senate races in the country Tuesday, delivering Republican George Allen a second consecutive razor-thin loss and ensuring that the purple state again will have two Democrat-blue senators come January. Published November 6, 2012

Vice President Joseph R. Biden (right) leads the charge for Virginia Democratic Senate candidate Tim Kaine at a Monday rally in Claude Moore Park in Sterling, Va. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Allen and Kaine bask in glow of top of tickets

U.S. Senate candidates Tim Kaine and George Allen enjoyed the 11th-hour benefits of Virginia's swing-state status Monday, getting high-profile nods of support from Vice President Joseph R. Biden and Mitt Romney, respectively, at events across the commonwealth and in voter-rich Northern Virginia. Published November 5, 2012

Two days before Election Day, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine was in Falls Church for a Sunday rally. Republican George Allen was in Newport News with Mitt Romney. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Allen, Kaine make their final pledges

George Allen will make it his job as U.S. senator to make sure Virginians have the opportunity to find work. Tim Kaine will pledge to partner with — and not obstruct — the president to tackle the country's myriad issues. Published November 4, 2012

** FILE ** Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks to the media at Seward Park High School on the lower east side, the site of one of many public shelters set up in preparation of the storm, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)

Bowing to outrage, Bloomberg nixes NYC marathon

In the face of withering criticism, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and organizers of the New York City Marathon announced Friday that the race, scheduled for Sunday, will be canceled. Published November 2, 2012

Tim Kaine

Senate control looms large over Virginia’s Allen-Kaine contest

At last year's 63rd Shad Planking, Virginia's annual spring confab for politicos and potential candidates to see and be seen, Gov. Bob McDonnell joked that Tim Kaine and George Allen were "two guys running for a job that neither one of them really wants. What a battle that's going to be." Published October 31, 2012

Workers with Zamudio's Complete Tree Service load branches from a downed tree into a shredder on Cameron Mills in the Beverly Hills neighborhood of Alexandria, Va., on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. Hurricane Sandy brought down two large trees here, one of which fell across the street. The trees took down the power lines. Fortunately no one was hurt. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

McDonnell: Virginia 'very blessed' that storm damage was not worse

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Tuesday that, while there was still clean-up to do, the worst of Hurricane Sandy had passed through the state and the commonwealth was "very blessed" that the damage was not as extensive as in places like New Jersey and New York. Published October 30, 2012

President Obama has been campaigning often in Virginia. Some of the 2008 Obama magic is gone, and some down-ballot Democrats are keeping their distance. (Associated Press)

Down ticket, few reach for Obama’s coattails

President Obama's hope-and-change coalition powered his party to wins up and down the ticket in 2008, but the campaign this year has taken on a far more self-serving focus, as both Mr. Obama's campaign and his fellow Democrats see benefits in keeping their space from each other. Published October 30, 2012

A voter collects her "I Voted Today" sticker after voting early at Judiciary Square in Washington on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. According to site officials, some 2,400 people have voted here since Monday, when the voting opened. The District of Columbia will open seven more early-voting sites on Saturday (one in each ward), which will be open daily except Sundays until Nov. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Officials give early voters an extension

Early and absentee voting will proceed Wednesday in the District, Maryland and Virginia after being disrupted by Hurricane Sandy Monday and Tuesday, and all three jurisdictions have extended voting hours to make up for time lost. Published October 30, 2012

O'Connell's Restaurant General Manager Doug Gruenberg carries sand bags to put into place at the restaurant's doorsteps in Old Town Alexandria, Va., Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, while Hurricane Sandy makes it's way north along the Atlantic coast. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

McDonnell: 'It's still a very dangerous weather situation'

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell told residents Monday afternoon that the worst was still to come from Hurricane Sandy — especially in Northern Virginia, where Sandy's effects are supposed to grow stronger by Tuesday morning. Published October 29, 2012

Hurricane forces candidates to drop events

The arrival of Hurricane Sandy one week before Election Day has forced both presidential campaigns to shuffle schedules, but the massive "Frankenstorm" has particularly complicated the final push by Team Obama, cutting into the president's campaign time and raising concerns among his advisers over voter turnout -- especially in deadlocked Virginia. Published October 28, 2012

First lady Michelle Obama talks about getting out the vote during a campaign rally in Oct. 19 in Racine, Wis. About 2,500 people gathered to see her speak at Memorial Hall. (Journal Times via Associated Press)

Wives fiery and firm in presidential campaigning

First lady Michelle Obama has become a fierce campaigner in her husband's re-election bid, regularly striking out on her own to defend him and urge voters to give him another four years to complete their agenda. Published October 25, 2012

Republican Senate candidate George Allen plays corner hole with his daughter, Taylor, 24, before a Washington Redskins game in Landover, Md., Oct. 14. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)

Virginia Senate race tops in outside spending

The U.S. Senate contest in Virginia between Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican George Allen is far and away the most expensive Senate race in the country in terms of third-party spending, underscoring the closeness of a race that's essentially been tied from the outset and its importance in determining which party will control the chamber come January. Published October 25, 2012

Attorneys and former judges criticize decision to retry Va. man

Fifty-nine current or former attorneys, judges and members of the legal community are criticizing the appointment of a special prosecutor in the case of a Chantilly man whose death sentence was recently vacated by a federal court as hasty and suggested Prince William County prosecutors may have had an untoward influence on his decision to re-try the case within 24 hours of his appointment. Published October 25, 2012

Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock makes a point in Indianapolis on Wednesday, at a news conference at which he sought to clarify what he meant by remarks on rape he made in a debate the night before. (Associated Press)

Indiana Senate candidate apologizes, explains rape comment

U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock apologized Wednesday to anyone who misinterpreted his statement during a Tuesday night debate that "even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, it is something that God intended to happen," but the move did little to quell the drumbeat of Democrats quickly trying to tie the comments to Mitt Romney, who recently taped an ad endorsing Mr. Mourdock. Published October 24, 2012

Board asks Cuccinelli to look at voter fraud case

The Virginia State Board of Elections has requested that Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II investigate potential violations of state election laws after a Pennsylvania man was charged with 13 counts of voter-registration fraud in Harrisonburg last week. Published October 24, 2012

**FILE** Rep. James P. Moran, Virginia Democrat

Rep. Moran’s son caught on tape, quits staff

U.S. Rep. James P. Moran's son Patrick resigned from his father's campaign after being caught on camera earlier this month appearing to give advice on how to commit voter fraud to a conservative video journalist. Published October 24, 2012

** 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

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