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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

Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell is seeking to make Arlington pay for its efforts that helped kill proposed HOT lanes on Interstate 395. (Associated Press)

Arlington County again on HOT seat

Arlington County stands to lose $100,000 in road-maintenance funds as reimbursement — or, some would argue, punishment — for a contentious environmental lawsuit county officials filed against the state and the federal government. Published March 18, 2012

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell vetoed seven bills and offered more than 100 amendments to legislation passed by the General Assembly this year. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

McDonnell petitioned to veto Virginia voter ID bills

Activists on Thursday delivered more than 6,000 petition signatures urging Gov. Bob McDonnell to veto recently passed voter-identification legislation, the hot-button issue that has become a recent target of the U.S. Department of Justice and the courts. Published March 15, 2012

DOJ OKs Virginia congressional redistricting map

The U.S. Department of Justice has signed off on Virginia's congressional redistricting plan passed earlier this year by the General Assembly after a months-long standoff in 2011 and multiple legal challenges. Published March 14, 2012

Corey A. Stewart

Prince William's request for data on illegals halted

A federal judge has blocked Prince William County's pursuit of information on the more than 4,000 criminal illegal immigrants the county has turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement since implementing its controversial crackdown in 2007. Published March 14, 2012

Gov. Bob McDonnell

Va. posts 17.2 percent revenue growth in February

Virginia posted a 17.2 percent year-over-year growth in revenue collections in February, Gov. Bob McDonnell said Wednesday — a day after the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a three-year low in the state's unemployment rate. Published March 14, 2012

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Virginia eating Maryland's lunch for jobs?

Virginia's unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in three years in January, signaling that a nascent economic recovery in the commonwealth could be a harbinger of things to come. Published March 13, 2012

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gestures as he talks with members of the Virginia General Assembly after the session adjourned at the Capitol in Richmond on Saturday, March 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Va. assembly session ends without budget

The report card for Bob McDonnell and the state legislature at the conclusion of the Virginia governor's legacy-making 2012 session might best be characterized as "incomplete" — for now. Published March 11, 2012

Delegate Robert G. Marshall (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown).

Virginia bill OK'd bucking U.S. law on citizen detention

The Virginia Senate on Thursday gave final approval to a bill that would prevent any state agency from assisting in the detention of U.S. citizens if it conflicts with the U.S. or state Constitution — a direct response to a controversial provision of President Obama's 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. Published March 8, 2012

Sen. Emmett W. Hanger Jr. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Eva Russo)

Va. Senate kills McDonnell-backed teacher tenure bill

A significant piece of Gov. Bob McDonnell's 2012 education agenda died at the hands of the Virginia Senate Thursday, as the body voted 23-17 to send a bill that would make it easier to fire new teachers and principals back to committee, killing it for the year. Published March 8, 2012

Sen. Walter A. Stosch (left), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, confers with Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment Jr. during Wednesday's floor session. With adjournment set for Saturday, there is no agreement on a budget. (Associated Press)

No break in Virginia budget impasse as Democrats list demands

There is "zero" chance that the Virginia General Assembly will pass a new two-year budget by its scheduled Saturday adjournment, the Senate's top Democrat said Wednesday as the caucus laid out a detailed list of demands to Gov. Bob McDonnell before Democratic Caucus members will consider a vote on a spending plan. Published March 7, 2012

Karin Weber of McLean, Va., casts her vote at the voting precinct at Lewinsville Senior Center in McLean on Super Tuesday as her 2-year-old son, Jack, waits nearby. With only two of the four Republican presidential candidates on the Virginia ballot, some precincts were slow in the morning and afternoon hours. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Romney's Virginia faceoff with Paul not overwhelming

Mitt Romney won Virginia's Republican presidential primary on Tuesday but with less than overwhelming support, in a race that highlighted the difficulty the former Massachusetts governor has had in consolidating support among rank-and-file GOP voters. Published March 6, 2012

Virginia Capitol Police arrest more than 30 pro-choice activists when they refused to disperse as ordered. (Associated Press)

Protests take focus off Virginia budget fight

Virginia Republicans were hopeful that a weekend away from Richmond would help thaw a stalemate over the state's proposed two-year, $85 billion spending plan. But the weekend arrests of more than 30 activists protesting anti-abortion legislation has only fueled the partisan flames that have engulfed the Capitol. Published March 5, 2012

Ballot rules deprive Virginia primary of drama

Virginia might well fulfill its expected role as a swing state in the 2012 presidential race, but strict ballot rules have largely reduced the commonwealth to under-card status on Super Tuesday when 10 states hold primaries or caucuses. Published March 4, 2012

Sen. Richard L. Saslaw (Associated Press)

Virginia Senate panel kills 'Tebow bill'

A push by home-schoolers to get their children onto Virginia's public school playing fields died in the General Assembly on Thursday, with Democrats leading the charge against the so-called "Tebow bill." Published March 1, 2012

** FILE ** Virginia Delegate Lacey E. Putney (The Washington Times)

Virginia House to try budget do-over after Senate's deadlock

The Virginia House of Delegates on Thursday agreed by unanimous consent to introduce another budget in hopes of staving off a potential fiscal catastrophe and the prospects of gaveling out the 2012 session without the legislature having passed a spending plan. Published March 1, 2012