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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by David Sherfinski

**FILE** Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (Associated Press)

McDonnell urges OK for tax credits for school choice

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell headlined a rally in Capitol Square on Tuesday to advocate for a crucial element of his 2012 education agenda: a voucherlike program granting tax credits to companies that provide scholarships to low-income children. Published February 7, 2012

** FILE ** Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Va. Uranium tops in 2011 gifts to state lawmakers

Virginia Uranium, which is pushing to mine a 119 million-pound deposit in southside Pittsyvania County, gave more than $120,000 in gifts and trips last year to state lawmakers — tops in Virginia — according to figures released Tuesday by the nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project. Published February 7, 2012

Sen. Richard L. Saslaw (Associated Press)

Va. Senate votes to repeal one-gun-a-month law

The Virginia Senate on Monday voted to repeal the state's long-standing law limiting handgun purchases to one a month, delivering a major victory to gun rights and Second Amendment advocates. Published February 6, 2012

Gov. Bob McDonnell

Virginia, Maryland governors agree to disagree

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley traded some friendly — albeit pointed — jabs in a joint appearance Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" as Mr. McDonnell also eased his way into the newfound role of campaign surrogate for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Published February 5, 2012

Delegate Chris Jones, Suffolk Republican, during the House session at the Capitol in Richmond on Jan. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Va. redistricting woes prompt possible change to '12 elections

The House Privileges and Elections Committee approved a bill Friday that would push the state's 2012 congressional primaries from June to August in anticipation of a possible delay from the U.S. Department of Justice in pre-clearing a recently approved map. Published February 3, 2012

Delegate Mark Cole, Spotsylvania Republican, listens to a fellow delegate during the House session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Va. House passes bill to restrict state funding for abortions

The Virginia House of Delegates on Friday signed off on a measure that would bar state funding for poor women seeking abortions in cases in which a baby would be born with an incapacitating deformity or mental deficiency. Published February 3, 2012

** FILE ** Delegate C. Todd Gilbert, Shenandoah Republican. (Associated Press)

'Conscience' adoption bill wins initial OK in Virginia

The Virginia House of Delegates on Thursday gave preliminary approval to a bill that would protect state-licensed private adoption agencies from placing children with families if the placement conflicts with the agency's religious beliefs. Published February 2, 2012

State Sen. Harry Blevins (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

'Fetal pain' bill fails in Va. Senate committee

A "fetal pain" bill that would prohibit abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy in most cases failed to clear a key Senate committee hurdle Thursday — a day after the full body passed a measure that would require all women to undergo ultrasound imaging before having an abortion. Published February 2, 2012

Virginia Delegate Tim Hugo, Fairfax Republican (Associated Press)

Va. House passes voter ID measure, one-handgun-a-month repeal

The Virginia House of Delegates passed two major conservative priorities Wednesday — one that would require voters to present identification before being allowed to cast an official ballot, and another that would repeal the state's ban on purchasing more than one handgun a month. Published February 1, 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 OKs pre-abortion ultrasounds

The Virginia Senate on Wednesday approved a bill requiring women to undergo ultrasound imaging before they have an abortion - the most aggressive measure on reproductive rights that has cleared the upper chamber thus far in the 2012 session. Published February 1, 2012

Va. Senate passes mandate on ultrasounds before abortion

The Virginia Senate on Wednesday approved a bill requiring women to undergo ultrasound imaging before they have an abortion — the most aggressive measure on reproductive rights that has cleared the upper chamber thus far in the 2012 session. Published February 1, 2012

Virginia Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Va. House advances repeal of one-handgun-a-month

The Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to repeal the state's long-standing ban on purchasing more than one handgun per month, one of the top priorities of the gun-rights lobby for the 2012 session. Published January 31, 2012

Va. House, Senate approve ban on mandatory labor agreements

The Virginia House and Senate on Tuesday voted to ban mandatory project labor agreements on state-funded construction projects, a move proponents argue will help protect the state's right-to-work laws and create a level playing field in contract bidding. Published January 31, 2012

Va. House advances ban on mandatory labor agreements

The Virginia House of Delegates on Monday gave preliminary approval to a bill that would prohibit mandatory labor agreements on state-funded construction projects that opponents argue favor union workers and can lead to ballooning costs. Published January 30, 2012

Virginia GOP flexing muscle to advance legislation

About a quarter of the way through the state's General Assembly session, Republicans thus far have flexed their strengthened muscles to advance legislation on redistricting, abortion and gun rights — with many Democrats left simply to stand and protest. Published January 29, 2012

Bill requiring ultrasound before abortion advances in Va. Senate

The Senate Education and Health committee on Thursday advanced a bill that would require women to first undergo ultrasound imaging before having an abortion, a measure that had routinely died in the previously Democrat-led committee. Published January 26, 2012