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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

Former first lady Maureen McDonnell, left, arrives at federal court with her son Bobby for her sentencing on corruption charges in Richmond, Va., Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Federal prosecutors have recommended an 18-month prison term, six months less than former Gov. Bob McDonnell received when he was convicted on 11 counts last month. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Ex-Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell sentenced to 1 year

Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell was sentenced to one year and one day behind bars Friday for her role in a corruption scheme in which she and her husband, former Gov. Bob McDonnell, were found guilty of promoting a wealthy businessman's products in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans. Published February 20, 2015

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry talks with area business leaders, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Bedford, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) ** FILE **

Rick Perry: Unrealistic to send 11 million illegal immigrants home

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said that while a conversation about immigration reform has to start with border security, it's unrealistic to think that the approximately 11 million people in the country illegally can just be sent home. Published February 19, 2015

President Barack Obama pauses while speaking at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama underwater in Colorado, Virginia, Iowa: poll

A majority of voters in three swing states disapprove of how President Obama is handling his job and by wide margins want to see the next president shift away from his policies. Published February 19, 2015

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, speaks Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, at the Ector County Republican Party's annual Lincoln Dinner at the MCM Grande Hotel and Fundome in Odessa, Texas. (AP Photo/The Odessa American, Courtney Sacco) ** FILE **

Huckabee takes lead in new poll on 2016 GOP contenders

A new national poll gives a narrow edge to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in the race for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, with support for Mr. Huckabee jumping 10 points from a similar survey in December. Published February 18, 2015

In this file photo taken Dec. 3, 2014, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speak at Georgetown University in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Hillary Clinton, Rand Paul running nearly even in Colorado, Virginia: poll

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton tops several potential GOP presidential candidates in the swing states of Iowa, Colorado and Virginia, but is also in a virtual tie with Sen. Rand Paul and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in Colorado and is essentially tied with Mr. Paul in Virginia, where she's deadlocked with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Published February 18, 2015

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (15) prays on the sidelines during the third quarter of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in Denver.  (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

Virginia Senate passes 'Tebow bill' in victory for home-schooled athletes

After getting sacked for years by the Virginia legislature, the state Senate on Tuesday passed a version of the so-called "Tebow bill" to allow home-schooled children to participate in public school interscholastic sports, likely putting the issue before Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Published February 17, 2015

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry talks with area business leaders, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Bedford, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) ** FILE **

Rick Perry in Iowa: Americans won't make 'small correction' after Obama

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry echoed what could become part of a presidential campaign stump speech while in Iowa Monday, saying the country is ready for a "substantive shift" after electing a "young, inexperienced" U.S. senator in President Obama in 2008. Published February 17, 2015