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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

** FILE ** Students, friends and family hold up candles during a vigil on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va., on Thursday, April 16, 2009, to mark the second anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

DOE judge vacates fines against Virginia Tech

A U.S. Department of Education judge has vacated $55,000 in fines that had been assessed by the federal government against Virginia Tech for failing to comply with federal law in providing timely notification to the campus about the April 16, 2007 shootings. Published March 30, 2012

"We keep passing the buck, and ultimately somebody's got to pay the bill. And I don't think it's fair to expect state employees, local employees and local governments to pay it," said Delegate Jennifer L. McClellan, Richmond Democrat, of the pension overhaul. (Associated Press)

Critics say Virginia's pension reform rushed through

Virginia localities, teachers and employee groups are urging Gov. Bob McDonnell to veto or amend what they call a slapdash, last-minute overhaul to the state's $54 billion pension fund. Published March 29, 2012

Bishop E.W. Jackson

Jackson submits signatures for Va. GOP Senate race

Chesapeake Bishop E.W. Jackson submitted more than 11,000 petition signatures before a 5 p.m. Thursday deadline to get on the June 12 Republican primary ballot for U.S. Senate. Published March 29, 2012

** FILE ** Delegate Robert G. Marshall, Prince William Republican (Associated Press)

Marshall submits petitions for Va. GOP Senate primary

Virginia state Delegate Robert G. Marshall, Prince William Republican, announced Wednesday that he filed more than 17,100 petition signatures with the Virginia State Board of Elections to become the third GOP candidate to qualify for the June 12th primary ballot. Published March 28, 2012

** FILE ** Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (The Washington Times)

Bolling battles Cuccinelli for a share of the spotlight

As Virginia's 2013 gubernatorial campaign gets under way, health care is likely to be one area where Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II has an advantage over Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling — an edge he is already beginning to exploit. Published March 28, 2012

Phase 2 of the Dulles Metrorail project begins at the Wiehle Avenue station in Fairfax County. Funding for the project is emerging as a sticking point in Virginia's two-year, $85 billion spending plan. (The Washington Times)

Dulles Metro could bog down Va. budget plan

Virginia's two-year, $85 billion spending plan is finally in a conference committee, but funding for the Dulles Metrorail is emerging as a key sticking point that could drag out the already-extended session even further. Published March 27, 2012

Garvey wins board seat in Arlington special election

Democrat Libby T. Garvey won a special election Tuesday to fill the Arlington County Board seat of state Democratic Sen. Barbara Favola, who left the post to serve in the General Assembly. Published March 27, 2012

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell speaks Feb. 10, 2012, at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Virginia panel OKs offshore wind turbine

A Virginia commission has paved the way for construction of a 5-megawatt wind generator prototype 3 miles off the town of Cape Charles, which would be the country's first offshore wind energy turbine. Published March 27, 2012

Virginia Senate passes budget — with amendments

The Virginia Senate passed a new two-year, $85 billion budget, despite the rejection of roughly $3 million in funding for mandatory ultrasounds that women considering abortions will have to undergo. Published March 27, 2012

Out-of-state officials oppose restoration of death penalty in Va. case

Thirty-four high-profile former judges, state attorneys general and law enforcement officials - including the former chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court - are arguing against Virginia's effort to reinstate the death sentence of a Northern Virginia man widely believed to have been wrongfully sentenced in a murder-for-hire scheme. Published March 26, 2012

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

Kaine submits nominating petitions for Va. Senate race

The campaign of former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine delivered 30,866 petition signatures to the State Board of Elections on Monday ahead of a Thursday deadline to qualify for state's 2012 U.S. Senate race. Published March 26, 2012

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

Cuccinelli formally launches gubernatorial bid

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II announced that his campaign filed papers with the State Board of Elections Thursday to formally establish a campaign committee to run for governor in 2013. Published March 22, 2012

Virginia Senate nears budget resolution

An amended Senate budget that provides $300 million in additional funds for the Dulles Metrorail project and millions more for K-12 and pre-K education passed the Senate Finance Committee unanimously Thursday, as Virginia's lingering budget stalemate took a step closer to resolution. Published March 22, 2012

Va. legislators see their job rating head south

A contentious legislative session has sent the Virginia General Assembly's approval scores underwater after months of positive ratings - a development that comes as lawmakers gaveled in a special session Wednesday to break an impasse on the state's two-year, $85 billion budget proposal. Published March 21, 2012

** FILE ** Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (left) with then-Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Bob McDonnell in May 2009.

Poll: Adding McDonnell to ticket won't help Romney in Virginia

The rule for selecting a vice-presidential running mate is akin to the principal precept of medical ethics: First, do no harm. Should Republican front-runner Mitt Romney pick Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell as his running mate, "no harm" might be about all he can expect. Published March 20, 2012

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