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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

Va. Supreme Court rules in favor of Fauquier County winery

The Virginia Supreme Court has delivered a Fauquier County couple a victory in a protracted legal battle over whether they can sell wine in a county subdivision — a bittersweet win that comes weeks after one of the proprietors, Jerry Marterella, died from melanoma. Published May 14, 2012

Delegate S. Chris Jones speaks Monday with House Appropriations Committee staff member Susan Hogge. After a budget amendment proposed by Gov. Bob McDonnell was rejected, Mr. Jones suggested it was "inartfully drawn."

McDonnell's budget amendments defeated

Virginia lawmakers handed Gov. Bob McDonnell a series of defeats on Monday, rejecting budget amendments made by the governor that some argued would delay the state's contribution to Phase 2 of the Dulles rail project and would have made it more difficult for state employees to receive one-time 3 percent bonuses. Published May 14, 2012

Court revives Muslim inmate's lawsuit over beard

A federal appeals panel has reversed a lower court's ruling that a Sunni Muslim incarcerated in a Virginia prison could not grow a beard as dictated by his religion because it runs counter to the state Department of Corrections' grooming policy. Published May 11, 2012

Activists seek to undo Va. abortion-clinic regulations

Pro-choice activists in Virginia have begun a last-ditch campaign to undo restrictive regulations governing abortion clinics ahead of a required vote by the state's Board of Health to make the rules permanent. Published May 10, 2012

** FILE ** George Allen (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Allen wins endorsement of key conservative group

U.S. Senate candidate George Allen picked up a key endorsement Wednesday, winning the backing of the American Conservative Union PAC ahead of the second GOP primary date scheduled for Friday. Published May 9, 2012

Gov. Bob McDonnell speaks with workers at Fredericksburg Machine and Steel, a family owned and run shop in Fredericksburg on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 as part of his tour of Virginia to tout it as a business friendly state. (AP Photo/The Free Lance-Star, Reza A. Marvashti)

Virginia wants to review local road projects

Arlington County and other Virginia jurisdictions that own and maintain their roads would have to "pre-clear" their local transportation plans with the state under a budget amendment proposed by Gov. Bob McDonnell, a move now drawing heat from county officials. Published May 8, 2012

N. Va. income gap wider despite relative prosperity

Northern Virginia, despite a median household income ranked among the highest in the country and an enviably low unemployment rate, has endured growing income inequality and a heightened need for public benefits compared with the rest of the state during the economic downturn, a new report shows. Published May 8, 2012

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

Cuccinelli announces $1.5B penalty in drug misbranding case

A health care company that illegally misbranded a drug approved to treat seizures, mania and migraines as one that would control aggression in elderly patients and treat schizophrenia will pay $1.5 billion in civil and criminal penalties, federal officials and Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II announced Monday. Published May 7, 2012

Officer left gun in bathroom, fell asleep, but kept her job

A Virginia corrections officer who left her gun and ammunition in a bathroom and then six months later fell asleep while on the job with a group of prisoners remained a state employee for more than a year after the second offense, according to a Department of Corrections inspector general report. Published May 6, 2012

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, from right, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell arrive at a campaign stop in Portsmouth, Va., Thursday, May 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Romney wins Bachmann backing on Va. swing

Former presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann — who said before dropping out of the Republican primary race that Mitt Romney could not beat President Obama — endorsed the former Massachusetts governor Thursday as the GOP continues to slowly coalesce around its presumptive nominee. Published May 3, 2012

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

Virginia's $1B suit against N.Y. bank tossed out

A Fairfax County judge this week dismissed a nearly $1 billion lawsuit filed last year by Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II alleging the Bank of New York Mellon defrauded state and local pensions in Virginia of more than $40 million. Published May 2, 2012

** FILE ** Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (Associated Press)

Visitors can carry guns openly in Virginia parks

A long-standing prohibition on openly carrying guns in Virginia state parks is set to officially end Monday, a victory for gun rights advocates after a protracted political battle that spanned four administrations. Published May 1, 2012

The state of Virginia has received proposals from two private companies interested in running the 300-bed Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation in Burkeville. The state is considering privatizing operation of the facility for sex offenders. (Associated Press)

Virginia considers 2 jail firms with sketchy pasts

Virginia is considering privatizing its sole facility fully devoted to treating sexually violent predators, but the two companies in the running have a history of multimillion-dollar legal settlements and illicit behavior that includes a charge of "deliberate indifference" to sexual misconduct between staff and youths at a facility. Published April 30, 2012

GOP candidate Delegate robert G. Marshall, second from right, talks during the first of three debates, Saturday, April 28, 2012, in Roanoake, Va. Other GOP candidates participating in the debate is from left, former Virginia Sen. George Allen, Chesapeake minister E.W. Jackson, and tea party leader Jamie Radtke. The winner of the primary will face former Gov. Tim Kaine in November. (AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Stephanie Klein-Davis)

Allen absorbs jabs from rivals in Va. GOP senatorial debate

Former Sen. George Allen stuck to a mostly positive message of economic growth, energy independence and individual freedom Saturday, largely ignoring jabs from his GOP rivals in the first debate featuring all four Republican candidates running for Virginia's U.S. Senate seat. Published April 28, 2012

Former Sen. George Allen takes on three Republican Senate rivals Saturday in Roanoke in the first of three debates. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Three debates slated for Senate hopefuls in Virginia

All four Virginia Republican U.S. Senate candidates will square off Saturday afternoon in Roanoke in the first of three debates organized by the state party — none of which are being televised or held at times that will likely draw significant attention from either the media or the electorate. Published April 26, 2012

** FILE ** Tim Kaine, U.S. Senate candidate and former Virginia governor. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Super PAC on the air with new anti-Kaine ad

Crossroads GPS, an offshoot of right-leaning Super PAC American Crossroads, debuted a new ad Wednesday targeting Tim Kaine, Virginia's Democratic U.S. Senate nominee. Published April 25, 2012

The eroding bank of the Ninglick River at Newtok, Alaska, has long been a problem for the village 480 miles west of Anchorage and other Alaska communities. Erosion is attacking Kivalina as well as Newtok so rapidly that residents could be forced to seek refuge elsewhere. (Associated Press)

Virginia ruling aids Alaska climate suit

The Virginia Supreme Court has handed down an unprecedented ruling on companies' liability for global warming-related damages — a first-in-the-nation decision that could portend massive consequences for energy companies and environmental lawyers. Published April 25, 2012