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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at

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Settlement reached in Chantilly gas leak explosion

Washington Gas has to pay Virginia $154,800 under a settlement order from the State Corporation Commission stemming from an investigation into a December 2010 explosion that destroyed a home in Chantilly. Published May 24, 2012

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is at odds with advocacy groups for vetoing a bill to allow a neglected or abused child to go to school where a caregiving relative lives. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

McDonnell criticized for veto of Virginia abused-child schooling bill

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has found himself on the opposite side of advocacy groups spanning the political spectrum after vetoing a bill that would allow abused or neglected children living with a relative to enroll in the school district where the relative lives. Published May 23, 2012

Virginia risks ADA violations in not releasing mental patients

Virginia, already mired in a $2 billion settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, is again at risk of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act - this time for failing to release discharge-ready patients from state-run behavioral-health hospitals. Published May 22, 2012

Firefighter harassment case strikes settlement

A former firefighter has settled with Fairfax County over a high-profile sexual harassment case that included charges that the woman's recruitment officer asked during her interview if she "enjoyed being watched while she had sex." Published May 21, 2012

Housing deal bust upsets Fairfax County supervisors

Fairfax County lost about $2.4 million on a Reston housing complex that went into foreclosure several years ago - news that was not formally relayed to the county's Board of Supervisors until this year. Published May 20, 2012

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's executive order directs that new voter-registration cards be sent to every active voter in the state. (Associated Press)

New Va. voter-ID law makes it 'tough to cheat'

With Gov. Bob McDonnell's blessing, Virginia is the latest in a growing number of states that have adopted voter-identification laws ahead of the 2012 elections — though he managed to add a fairly significant twist. Published May 20, 2012

** FILE ** Delegate Robert G. Marshall, Prince William Republican (Associated Press)

Virginia lawmaker backs effort to bar part of terror law

A federal judge this week blocked enforcement of a section of federal law that critics say allows unlawful and indefinite detention of terrorism suspects — a case that Virginia Delegate Robert G. Marshall supported with his own legal brief. Published May 17, 2012

Washington Dulles International Airport

MWAA defers vote on Dulles rail labor

Though some had hoped for action on Wednesday, the regional authority overseeing the $6 billion rail-to-Dulles project will not discuss - or possibly vote on - a labor provision that is threatening to derail the second leg of the 23-mile rail line until as late as June 6. Published May 16, 2012

Washington Dulles International Airport

Report: Mismanagement rampant at airports authority

The regional authority overseeing one of the largest public works projects in the country is rife with mismanagement, a glaring lack of transparency and lavish spending habits that have included thousand-dollar dinners and a $9,200 plane ticket to Prague, according to a scathing interim report from the U.S. Department of Transportation's inspector general. Published May 15, 2012

Delegate Robert G. Marshall, Prince William Republican, left, talks with Delegate Matt Fariss, Campbell Republican, right, during the floor session of the House of Delegates at the State Capitol in Richmond (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown)

House GOP in Virginia blocks gay judicial nominee

The Virginia General Assembly blocked the judicial nomination of a prosecutor and Navy veteran who would have become the state's first openly gay judge after a heated argument in the House of Delegates spilled into the wee hours of Tuesday morning. Published May 15, 2012

Va. Supreme Court rules in favor of Fauquier County winery

The Virginia Supreme Court has delivered a Fauquier County couple a victory in a protracted legal battle over whether they can sell wine in a county subdivision — a bittersweet win that comes weeks after one of the proprietors, Jerry Marterella, died from melanoma. Published May 14, 2012

Delegate S. Chris Jones speaks Monday with House Appropriations Committee staff member Susan Hogge. After a budget amendment proposed by Gov. Bob McDonnell was rejected, Mr. Jones suggested it was "inartfully drawn."

McDonnell's budget amendments defeated

Virginia lawmakers handed Gov. Bob McDonnell a series of defeats on Monday, rejecting budget amendments made by the governor that some argued would delay the state's contribution to Phase 2 of the Dulles rail project and would have made it more difficult for state employees to receive one-time 3 percent bonuses. Published May 14, 2012

Court revives Muslim inmate's lawsuit over beard

A federal appeals panel has reversed a lower court's ruling that a Sunni Muslim incarcerated in a Virginia prison could not grow a beard as dictated by his religion because it runs counter to the state Department of Corrections' grooming policy. Published May 11, 2012

Activists seek to undo Va. abortion-clinic regulations

Pro-choice activists in Virginia have begun a last-ditch campaign to undo restrictive regulations governing abortion clinics ahead of a required vote by the state's Board of Health to make the rules permanent. Published May 10, 2012

** FILE ** George Allen (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Allen wins endorsement of key conservative group

U.S. Senate candidate George Allen picked up a key endorsement Wednesday, winning the backing of the American Conservative Union PAC ahead of the second GOP primary date scheduled for Friday. Published May 9, 2012

N. Va. income gap wider despite relative prosperity

Northern Virginia, despite a median household income ranked among the highest in the country and an enviably low unemployment rate, has endured growing income inequality and a heightened need for public benefits compared with the rest of the state during the economic downturn, a new report shows. Published May 8, 2012

Gov. Bob McDonnell speaks with workers at Fredericksburg Machine and Steel, a family owned and run shop in Fredericksburg on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 as part of his tour of Virginia to tout it as a business friendly state. (AP Photo/The Free Lance-Star, Reza A. Marvashti)

Virginia wants to review local road projects

Arlington County and other Virginia jurisdictions that own and maintain their roads would have to "pre-clear" their local transportation plans with the state under a budget amendment proposed by Gov. Bob McDonnell, a move now drawing heat from county officials. Published May 8, 2012

** FILE ** Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Cuccinelli announces $1.5B penalty in drug misbranding case

A health care company that illegally misbranded a drug approved to treat seizures, mania and migraines as one that would control aggression in elderly patients and treat schizophrenia will pay $1.5 billion in civil and criminal penalties, federal officials and Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II announced Monday. Published May 7, 2012