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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

Tim Kaine (right) and George Allen, candidates for U.S. Senate in Virginia, greet each other in the hallway before beginning their first debate for the 2012 campaign at the annual AP Day at the Virginia State Capitol in December. The men, both former Virginia governors, are currently in a dead heat. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Poll: Allen has 8-point lead over Kaine

Poll results released Tuesday show significant daylight between Republican George Allen and Democrat Tim Kaine in the campaign to replace retiring Sen. Jim Webb from Virginia. Published February 28, 2012

Gov. Bob McDonnell

McDonnell signs repeal of Virginia's one-gun-a-month law

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Tuesday signed a measure to repeal the state's nearly 20-year-old ban on purchasing more than one handgun per month, delivering a major victory to gun rights advocates in the state. Published February 28, 2012

Va. Senate passes bill mandating ultrasound before abortion

The Virginia Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that will require women to undergo ultrasound imaging before having an abortion, after a torturous process through the legislature that saw Gov. Bob McDonnell broker a compromise on the high-profile measure. Published February 28, 2012

Virginia state Sen. Janet D. Howell, Fairfax Democrat, took a novel approach Wednesday in an unsuccessful attempt to derail abortion-related legislation. (Associated Press)

Va. Senate committee kills repeal of funding for some abortions

The Virginia Senate Finance committee Tuesday morning killed a bill that would repeal state funding for low-income women to have abortions if a doctor determines their child will be born with a physical deformity or mental deficiency. Published February 28, 2012

Va. judge tosses redistricting lawsuit

The Richmond Circuit Court on Monday dismissed a lawsuit that sought to have the court draw Virginia's congressional districts for the 2012 elections. Published February 27, 2012

Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling

Divided Virginia Senate passes voter ID bill

The Virginia Senate on Monday signed off on legislation that would require voters who can't produce identification at the polls or are not recognized by an election officer to cast their ballot provisionally. Published February 27, 2012

Senate Republican leader, Sen. Thomas Norment, James City Republican, right, talks with Democratic leader Sen, Richard Saslaw, Fairfax Democrat, during the Senate session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Virginia Democrats try to regain footing

Virginia Democrats had finally picked up momentum in the 2012 General Assembly session after helping beat back two high-profile abortion-related bills — momentum that last week's standoff over budget issues threatens to halt. Published February 26, 2012

Va. budget vote could stem Democrats' momentum

Democrats on Thursday night voted in lock step against the Senate's budget proposal, and the topic du jour quickly shifted from "personhood" and ultrasounds to obstructionism and petty partisan politics, threatening to obliterate the party's potentially short-lived swagger after a string of disappointing electoral defeats. Published February 25, 2012

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

McDonnell: Legal, medical issues led to changes in ultrasound bill

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Friday that legal and medical concerns led to his proposal earlier in the week to amend a bill he previously supported that could have required women to undergo an invasive ultrasound procedure before having an abortion. Published February 24, 2012

Va. Senate kills 'personhood' measure

The Virginia Senate on Thursday voted to re-refer a so-called "personhood" measure defining life as beginning at conception back to committee, killing it for the 2012 session. Published February 23, 2012

Senate Republican leader, Sen. Thomas Norment, James City Republican, left, and Democratic leader Sen. Richard Saslaw, Fairfax Democrat, leave the Senate floor after a vote on the budget at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Senate Democrats derail Virginia budget bill

Virginia Senate Democrats flexed their muscles Thursday and successfully blocked the chamber from passing its two-year budget blueprint — a move Republicans decried as obstructionist, partisan politics at its worst. Published February 23, 2012

Gov. Bob McDonnell

McDonnell pushes amendments to ultrasound bill

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Wednesday announced his support to amend a bill requiring women to undergo ultrasound imaging before having an abortion. Published February 22, 2012

Virginia Delegate Tim Hugo, Fairfax Republican (Associated Press)

Labor pact for Dulles Metrorail opposed

A Northern Virginia delegate has inserted language into the House's proposed budget to effectively negate a proposed incentive for firms bidding on Phase 2 of the Dulles Metrorail project to use a labor agreement that many say favors unions. Published February 21, 2012

Sen. Richard L. Saslaw (Associated Press)

Virginia budget likely to stall in Senate

A leading Democrat said Sunday the Senate's budget probably would not pass the full chamber at this point, potentially throwing the process of approving Virginia's two-year, $85 billion spending proposal into a protracted partisan standoff. Published February 19, 2012

Gov. Bob McDonnell

McDonnell to Senate Democrats: Get it together

Gov. Bob McDonnell says he is becoming "increasingly concerned" with the lack of "substantive ideas" put forth by state Senate Democrats as legislators in both General Assembly chambers prepare to release their respective budget proposals Sunday. Published February 16, 2012

Advocacy group fears broader implications of 'personhood'

Whitney Anderson of Roanoke has always wanted to become a mother. Stricken with a disease, she had tried in vitro fertilization but lost five pregnancies. Now she wonders if, under Virginia's proposed "personhood" bill, she would have been held criminally liable. Published February 16, 2012