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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

Report cites benefits of Va. uranium mining

Lifting a decades-long ban on uranium mining could generate more than 1,000 jobs and have an annual economic impact of $135 million, should the hot button-issue of tapping a site in Southside Virginia move forward, according to a study from a Richmond-based economic forecasting firm. Published November 30, 2011

Virginia Delegate Scott A. Surovell, Fairfax Democrat, said the governor's plan for streamlining state agencies is "a pretty list, but substantively, it's pretty insignificant."

Va.'s McDonnell proposes cuts to state agencies

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is proposing to eliminate two state agencies and combine seven others as part of his 2012 government-reform agenda - an impressive-looking plan but one that will save the state about $4 million from an $80 billion biennial budget. Published November 29, 2011

Democrats dominate Virginia map lawsuit

Five of the six plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to throw control of Virginia's congressional redistricting process to the courts have either contributed to or worked for Democrats in the past decade, despite claims that the legal action is not linked to the party. Published November 28, 2011

Ten Commandments dispute in Va. headed to federal court

A long-simmering battle in Virginia over the separation of church and state heads to federal court on Monday, with a southwestern county school board fighting for the right to display the Ten Commandments in a public high school. Published November 27, 2011

Del. Rob Bell, Albemarle Republican, carries papers and boxes out of the House of Delegates chambers after the House adjourned for the 2009 session in Richmond, Va.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Local resistance building on Virginia's eminent domain change

A state constitutional amendment to expand Virginia's eminent domain laws is meeting local resistance, with the city of Alexandria agreeing to contribute as much as $5,000 for a lobbying firm to help fight the legislation. Published November 24, 2011

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

McDonnell appoints 2 to airports panel board

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell wasted little time in exercising his new right to add members to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority's board of directors, announcing appointments less than a week after federal legislation creating the positions was signed. Published November 23, 2011

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, referencing the new biennial budget, predicts some pain ahead, which could include layoffs, to balance the needs of programs like Medicaid and the Virginia Retirement System. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Virginia mulls cuts, even layoffs, in budget

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Tuesday laid the groundwork for state budget cuts — and perhaps even layoffs — after huddling with a brain trust of legislators and business leaders forecasting the national and state economic picture in coming years. Published November 22, 2011

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

McDonnell completes two-week overseas trade mission

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is wrapping up a two-week trade mission to Israel and India with promises of luring Asian investments back to Virginia and the United States. Published November 21, 2011

Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling

Virginia Democrats suing to share power

Democrats in Virginia's Senate said Monday that they will file a lawsuit to determine whether the state's Republican lieutenant governor has the privilege of casting tiebreaking votes on organizational matters — an authority crucial to GOP plans to exercise a majority in the evenly split chamber next year. Published November 21, 2011

Virginia faces potential budget shortfall of $1 billion

Though Virginia has finished two consecutive years in the black, the state faces a potential budget gap of $600 million to $1 billion over the next two years, the Senate Finance Committee learned Thursday. Published November 17, 2011

Construction workers walk through the short tunnel underneath the intersection of Routes 7 and 123 leading to the partially underground Tysons Central 7 station on the new Silver Line in Tyson's Corner. It is part of Phase 1. The station is expected to open in late 2013. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

Dulles Metrorail Phase 2 is right to work

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and Virginia have reached a tentative agreement on a labor pact that had threatened to quash a deal in which the state would contribute additional money to the Dulles Metrorail project. Published November 16, 2011

Virginia officials retreat to face tight budgets

State officials on Tuesday sounded a cautionary tone as Virginia prepares for a lean budget season and the potential of cuts from Capitol Hill next week — cuts that could stanch economic recovery in a region heavily reliant on federal spending. Published November 15, 2011

Virginia's method of evaluating sex offenders flawed, costly

Virginia's system for assessing which sexually violent offenders should be sent to a state-funded rehabilitation program is fundamentally flawed and has contributed to costs nearly 10 times higher than just seven years ago, according to a report released Monday by the General Assembly's investigative arm. Published November 14, 2011

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood issued cost-cutting recommendations for the new Dulles Metrorail station in a July 3 memo that include building a cheaper above-ground alternative. Mr. Lahood's suggestions would pull the cost from an expected $3.8 billion to $2.7 billion.

LaHood announces deal on Dulles rail

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Friday announced a deal between federal, state and local stakeholders that would cut costs and iron out funding mechanisms for Phase 2 of Metro's expansion to Washington Dulles International Airport. Published November 11, 2011

Sen. R. Edward Houck

Houck concedes defeat in deciding Va. Senate race

Seven-term incumbent state Sen. R. Edward Houck, Spotsylvania Democrat, has conceded defeat in the 17th district Virginia Senate race to Republican Bryce Reeves, ensuring the GOP a 20th seat and an effective majority in the General Assembly's upper chamber. Published November 10, 2011

Secure Communities program confusing to FBI

A controversial federal initiative aimed at cracking down on illegal immigrants prompted significant internal confusion among FBI officials and concern about information-sharing relationships between federal, state, and local governments, emails released Thursday show. Published November 10, 2011

"Republicans will now have the responsibility and accountability ... of governing both Houses," Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said at the Capitol in Richmond on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

GOP takes control, 'responsibility' in Va.

Even though election results were still unofficial, Gov. Bob McDonnell and Virginia Republican leaders declared victory Wednesday and made clear they will be in control — complete control — of the General Assembly come January. Published November 9, 2011

Sen. R. Edward Houck

GOP holds slight edge in deciding Va. Senate race

Republican hopes for an effective majority in the Senate and a historic power grab in Richmond were pinned late Tuesday on a central Virginia race in which a GOP challenger clung to an 86-vote lead with a final count not expected until Wednesday. Published November 8, 2011