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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

Sen. Charles J. Colgan, Prince William Democrat and a budget conferee, signed the conference report but has not said whether he will vote for the bill on the floor Tuesday. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

On fourth try, Va. Senate passes budget

The Virginia Senate approved a new two-year, $85 billion budget bill Wednesday — a day after Democrats in the chamber had blocked one for the third time this year. Published April 18, 2012

House Majority Leader M. Kirkland Cox (left), a Republican, Sen. Charles J. Colgan, a Democrat, and independent Delegate Lacey E. Putney (right) confer Wednesday before Mr. Colgan changed his vote to approve the budget bill. (Associated Press)

Democrat's surprise vote gives Virginia a budget

The Virginia Senate, with little warning and no debate, abruptly reversed course and approved a two-year, $85 billion budget bill Wednesday afternoon by a 21-19 vote — a day after Democrats in the chamber blocked one for the third time this year. Published April 18, 2012

Senate Minority Leader Richard L. Saslaw (center), Fairfax Democrat, talks with Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment Jr. (left), James City Republican, as Sen. Emmett Hanger (second from left), Augusta Republican, and Sen. Charles Colgen (second from right), Prince William Democrat, and Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Walter Stosch, Henrico Republican, listen prior to the debate on the budget conferees' report at the Capitol in Richmond on Tuesday. (Associated Press)

Virginia budget dies in Senate stalemate

Senate Democrats in Virginia for the third time this year voted down a two-year, $85 billion spending plan on Tuesday, leaving money for local governments, school systems and transportation projects across the state in limbo and portending the possibility of a partial government shutdown if the stalemate cannot be resolved. Published April 17, 2012

** FILE ** Jeffrey E. Thompson on March 20, 2012. (Courtesy of C-SPAN)

Probed D.C. donor also gave in Virginia

A high-profile campaign donor currently under federal investigation for his pattern of giving to D.C. politicians is also tied to more than $100,000 in contributions to Virginia candidates over the past 12 years. Published April 16, 2012

Sen. Charles J. Colgan, Prince William Democrat and a budget conferee, signed the conference report but has not said whether he will vote for the bill on the floor Tuesday. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Dulles rail could stall slew of other Va. projects

More than 40 transportation projects across Virginia would be endangered if the legislature accedes to Democrats' demands for $300 million more for the Dulles rail project, the McDonnell administration says. Published April 15, 2012

Corey A. Stewart

Prince William County freed from voting act's constraints

Prince William County this week became the largest local jurisdiction in the nation to be released from the requirements of a historic federal law ensuring fair treatment for minorities at the polls. Published April 11, 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)

McDonnell calls for tweaking of Virginia's voter-ID bill

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has proposed relaxing a high-profile voter-identification measure passed by the General Assembly this year — one of more than 100 bills he wants amended. He also issued seven vetoes. Published April 10, 2012

Trial next in medical leave case at Loudoun school

The case of a Loudoun County Public Schools employee fired after taking approved medical leave for treatment of a brain tumor will go to a jury trial after a federal judge last week refused to dismiss her complaint. Published April 8, 2012

Virginia State Sen. Richard L. Saslaw, Fairfax County Democrat (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Defiant Saslaw takes toll on Virginia budget agreement

Virginia budget negotiators have agreed on a new two-year, $85 billion spending plan, but the Senate's leading Democrat said Thursday his party would not deliver the necessary votes to pass it. Published April 5, 2012

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli speaks during a press conference with Virginia State Police Superintendent, Col Steven Flaherty, left, in Richmond, Va., Thursday, April 5, 2012. Cuccinelli announced "Operation Phalanx," an undercover, collaborative law enforcement effort between Virginia's two Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces and the attorney general's office. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Cuccinelli, authorities announce online-predator arrests

Twenty people across Virginia have been arrested on charges of online solicitation of a minor or child pornography after a weeklong undercover investigation last year, Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II and other law enforcement officials announced Thursday. Published April 5, 2012

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

Kaine gives 'vision of economic future'

U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine on Wednesday rolled out specifics of his economic agenda, as Republicans worked to undercut the message by linking him to proposed federal regulations on carbon emissions they say will cripple southwest Virginia's coal industry. Published April 4, 2012

Delegate David L. Englin, Alexandria Democrat, is considered a rising star in the party. So his decision not to seek a fifth term disappointed other party members. (Associated Press)

Englin's retiring elicits respect

Delegate David L. Englin's announcement that he will not seek a fifth term in the Virginia House of Delegates surprised observers, but the news was greeted with cautious respect by members of his party Tuesday. Published April 3, 2012

'Streeting' of mental illness patients a problem in Virginia

Facilities declining to temporarily detain mentally ill people because of capacity or service issues — also known as "streeting" — is a growing problem in Virginia, as the state grapples with how to properly provide for individuals with severe mental illness. Published April 2, 2012