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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 Delegate Barbara J. Comstock is seeking the Republican nomination for a soon-to-be-vacated U.S. House seat. (associated press)

Va. GOP candidate financials reveal credit card debt, delays

Personal financial disclosures for the GOP candidates looking to secure a Northern Virginia congressional seat in this weekend's firehouse primary have revealed more in some cases and less in others, with one candidate claiming tens of thousands of dollars in credit card debt and no indication that others have even turned in the required paperwork. Published April 24, 2014

New Jersey acting attorney general John J. Hoffman said in a brief that San Diego's law requiring concealed-carry permit applicants to demonstrate "good cause," is different from his state's "justifiable need" mandate. (Associated Press)

Supreme Court weighs appeal to concealed-carry gun laws

The Supreme Court on Friday will consider whether to wade into the escalating legal brawl over whether people have a constitutional right to carry a firearm outside of the home, as gun rights advocates push the high court to settle how far the Second Amendment goes in protecting the right to bear arms. Published April 17, 2014

Terry McAuliffe           Associated Press photo

McAuliffe's PAC off to fast start, with $254,000 raised in two weeks

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's political action committee has collected more than $250,000 in two weeks, far outpacing his most recent predecessor's state leadership PAC and easily topping totals for other leadership PACs in state government for the first three months of the year. Published April 15, 2014

Associated Press 
 Delegate Robert Marshall makes no apologies for most of his controversial comments over the years, but he is barely tolerated anymore even from fellow Virginia Republicans.

Virginia Republican Bob Marshall stands by remarks that raise eyebrows

Delegate Robert G. Marshall has said that disabled children can be God's vengeance against women who have had abortions. He has described incest as sometimes voluntary, and he has questioned the sexuality of a Supreme Court justice who has favored marriage equality. Published April 10, 2014

From left, House Speaker William J. Howell, House Majority Leader M. Kirkland Cox, and Delegates R. Steven Landes and Timothy D. Hugo, all Republicans, discuss the state Senate's proposed state budget in Richmond on Tuesday. (associated press)

Va. Senate approves Medicaid expansion, but budget stands no chance in House

The Virginia Senate sent a dead-on-arrival two-year budget to the House of Delegates on Tuesday with a provision to effectively expand Medicaid coverage in Virginia, even as a new poll shows Democrats might not have the groundswell of support on the issue that they're claiming. Published April 8, 2014

Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., who represents Newtown, Conn., and Rep. Ron Barber, D-Ariz., who took over for Rep. Gabby Giffords who was severely injured in a shooting in Tuscon, Ariz., sit together at a special House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee hearing on gun violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. The lawmakers heard from a witness panel that included Newtown, Conn. School Superintendent Janet Robinson, Emily Nottingham, mother of Tucson shooting victim Gabe Zimmerman, Chaska, Minnesota Police Chief Scott Knight, and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Reps. to Boehner, Pelosi: Take gun riders out of appropriations process

More than 100 members of Congress have signed a letter sent to House Speaker John A. Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urging them to ensure the House Appropriations Committee does not include provisions in spending bills for the next fiscal year that the members say hinder research into the causes of gun violence and the enforcement of gun laws. Published April 4, 2014


Five former Virginia AGs want case against ex-governor Bob McDonnell dismissed

Five former Virginia attorneys general — three Democrats and two Republicans — said in a proposed court filing that corruption counts against former Gov. Bob McDonnell should be dismissed and that Justice Department attorneys overreached in bringing criminal charges for his indiscretions. Published April 3, 2014

A bronze statue of a young Korean girl in Central Park in Glendale, Calif. to honor so-called "comfort women" from World War II on Monday, March 31, 2014. Korean-Americans have won approval for local memorials for the victims of Japanese sexual slavery during World War II, over the objections of Japan. They have also pressed states to change school textbooks to address geographical differences with Japan.  (AP Photo/Nick Ut )

Virginia's 'East Sea' textbook bill a nod to Korean Americans

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe this week signed into law a bill that will recognize the Sea of Japan as the East Sea in state textbooks, penning a new chapter in the commonwealth's recent history of wading into sensitive geopolitical debates. Published April 3, 2014

Virginia Secretary of Finance Ric Brown, center at podium, speaks during a meeting of the Senate Finance Committee at the state Capitol in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, April 1, 2014. The Committee held a public hearing on Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's budget proposal. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

GOP denies McAuliffe offered 'deal' for Medicaid support

GOP leaders on Tuesday flatly denied ever discussing the possibility of tax relief in exchange for reconsidering their opposition to a Medicaid expansion proposal supported by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who claimed last week that House Republicans had already rebuffed such a proposal a month ago. Published April 1, 2014

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe gestures during a news conference at the Patrick Henry Building in Richmond, Va.,  Monday, March 24, 2014.  McAuliffe is proposing a two-year pilot of an expanded Medicaid program, a suggestion he hopes will persuade Republicans to end an impasse over the state's budget. McAuliffe announced that the federal government said it would not penalize Virginia if it ran a two-year pilot program.  House Republicans oppose Medicaid expansion. The federal government has promised to fund the bulk of the expansion. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown).

Virginia voters not sold on Medicaid as a top priority, poll shows

Just 4 percent of Virginia voters think the top priority of Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the General Assembly should be Medicaid — an issue that has paralyzed the budget process and forced a special session of the Legislature amid speculation about an unprecedented state government shutdown. Published March 26, 2014

Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, William Howell, R-Stafford, gestures during a press conference at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Howell was joined by most of the Republican House caucus as they talked about the current budget standoff.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Virginia GOP bashes Democrats' absence

As they sent over their $96 billion spending plan to a vacant chamber Tuesday evening, House Republicans accused Democrats of abdicating their responsibility to pass a timely budget, after the Senate had left town at the end of the first day of a special session convened this week to hammer out a deal. Published March 26, 2014