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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

Shawn Mitchell, a Democratic candidate for Virginia state Senate in Loudoun County, disagrees with his GOP rival on the role of the federal government in health care. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Transportation key to Va. state Senate races

Candidates running for the Virginia Senate in Loudoun County districts largely agreed at a forum Tuesday on the importance of finding a dedicated stream of revenue for the region's perpetually clogged roads and completing the Dulles Metrorail project — though how to pay for each was another matter. Published October 4, 2011

Allen, Kaine hit road to help '11 candidates

U.S. Senate candidates George Allen and Tim Kaine are supporting candidates in Virginia's fall elections by hopscotching the commonwealth for campaign appearances - including, notably, a number of events in voter-rich Northern Virginia that could be crucial to their own fortunes next year. Published October 3, 2011

Candidates for Virginia state Senate vie for support at forum

Candidates in three of the most competitive and closely-watched 2011 state Senate races in Northern Virginia squared off Sunday, distinguishing themselves on such key issues as taxes, abortion and the potential consequences of Republicans taking full control of state government after Novembers elections. Published October 2, 2011

Kitty Boitnott, president of the Virginia Education Association, says some teachers across the state have gone three years without a raise. (Associated Press)

Virginia teachers union presses for K-12 'funding priority'

The president of the Virginia Education Association is pressing Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to make K-12 education a funding priority and to increase teacher salaries as part of the states next biennial budget. Published October 2, 2011

Pennsylvania to pull back Virginia-housed inmates

Pennsylvania officials plan to transfer back to the state about 1,000 inmates they currently pay to have housed in Virginia prisons — a move that could cost Virginia upward of $20 million. Published September 29, 2011

96 percent of Virginia schools are fully accredited

Ninety-six percent of Virginia schools are fully accredited by the state Department of Education for 2011-2012 — down 2 percentage points from last year — and the state superintendent is warning of further declines in coming years as Virginia implements more stringent standards for English and math testing. Published September 29, 2011

Virginia's 'deep poverty' rate up 20 percent since 2007

Virginia is home to four of 10 richest counties in the nation, yet the statewide child poverty rate is at its highest level since 1998 and the number of residents who live in deep poverty has jumped by more than 20 percent since 2007, according to newly released census data. Published September 26, 2011

"There is one attitude that says that the right strategy to take is to fight Washington ... I think we need to fix Washington," said Tim Kaine, a Democrat running for the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Polls find Kaine Senate bid unhurt by Obama slip in Virginia

President Obama's sinking job-approval rating in Virginia is so far having no impact on poll numbers for Senate candidate and close Obama ally Tim Kaine, despite Republican attempts to link the two together as their 2012 campaigns grind into gear. Published September 25, 2011

People assess the damage Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, after heavy rainfall on Thursday knocked out Mattox Avenue, opening up Placid Lake into Burnt House Cove in Oak Grove, Va., due to the effects of the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee. (AP Photo/The Free Lance-Star, Dave Ellis)

Flooding, quake damage in Virginia to exceed $100M

An earthquake, a hurricane, storms and flooding have caused more than $100 million in damage to Virginia state and local facilities in the past month, with some damages in Northern Virginia still to be calculated. Published September 22, 2011

A proposal by Rep. Frank R. Wolf, Virginia Republican, would expand the board and allow its members to be more easily replaced. (Associated Press)

Airports board chairman hits Wolf proposal for overhaul

The chairman of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board of Directors on Wednesday publicly criticized a measure introduced by a Northern Virginia congressman that would overhaul the board's structure and grant Virginia a majority of its seats. Published September 21, 2011

Virginia board OKs stiff rules for abortion clinics

The Virginia state Board of Health on Thursday passed new regulations for abortion facilities that critics say are among the most stringent such measures in the country and could result in the shuttering of the majority of the state's abortion providers. Published September 15, 2011

Poll backs McDonnell, abortion clinic rules

Gov. Bob McDonnell's popularity is growing in Virginia, where a majority of voters also support a controversial new law to regulate abortion clinics like hospitals, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. Published September 14, 2011

"You can't live free when the federal government takes over one-sixth of the economy," Texas Gov. Rick Perry told Republicans in Richmond on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Perry says nation doesn't want a 'caretaker state'

Texas Gov. Rick Perry used much of his keynote speech at a Republican fundraiser Wednesday to attack the policies of President Obama, firing up the party faithful who turned out for a glimpse of the GOP presidential front-runner. Published September 14, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry acknowledges the audience after a GOP presidential debate Monday in Tampa, Fla. He is scheduled to be a featured guest at a Virginia Republican Party fundraiser Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Va. Democrats seek to tie GOP to Perry remarks

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is scheduled to lend a high-profile boost to Virginia Republicans Wednesday at a fundraiser with Gov. Bob McDonnell. But state Democrats have seized on the appearance to link their GOP opponents to polarizing comments the 2012 presidential candidate has made about Social Security. Published September 13, 2011

Fairfax approves raises for county employees

Fairfax County employees will receive their first pay raise in three years, under a measure approved by the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Published September 13, 2011

Audit faults Virginia school for deaf, blind

A state audit shows inadequate security policies has put the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind at risk for information technology breaches, and it has uncovered accounting lapses related to a construction project. Published September 12, 2011