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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 Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, left, listens as rival candidate for U.S. Senate former Gov. George Allen talks during their first debate at the Capital One Conference Center in Tysons Corner, Va., on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. This is the first of three debates in what is a very close race. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Kaine open to minimum tax

Democratic Senate candidate Tim Kaine said he would be open to having a minimum federal income-tax level for all people during a wide-ranging debate with Republican rival George Allen on Thursday afternoon, as both candidates ready themselves for the stretch run in their closely watched race. Published September 20, 2012

Backers take pictures of GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan as he is introduced by Pete Snyder, coordinator for the Romney-Ryan campaign in the state of Virginia, at Romney-Ryan campaign headquarters in Arlington on Wednesday. Both camps are targeting Virginia. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Ryan on the stump in Virginia

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan finished up a two-day campaign swing through the critical battleground state of Virginia on Wednesday by paying a thank-you visit to volunteers in Arlington as the GOP stepped up counterattacks on President Obama's "government-centered" economic vision that Republicans say promotes dependency and the redistribution of wealth. Published September 19, 2012

U.S. Senate candidates from Virginia George Allen and Tim Kaine shake hands while on stage for a photo op at the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) Tech Town Hall on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at the Microsoft offices in Reston, Va. Each candidate was allowed opening remarks followed by a 30-minute Q&A session with a Microsoft panel. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Poll: Approval ratings in Va. drop across party lines

In the all-important swing state of Virginia, no state politician cracked 50 percent in their approval ratings in a poll released Tuesday, though a strong plurality of voters approve of the job performances of Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell and Democratic Sen. Mark R. Warner. Published September 18, 2012

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

Va. abortion opponents savoring a victory

The Virginia Board of Health's move to reverse a June decision and vote to adopt new regulations for abortion clinics in the state without exempting existing facilities delivered an immediate victory for pro-life groups, but long-term effects, both practical and political, are still far from clear. Published September 16, 2012

Protesters hold signs as they wait for the Virginia Board of Health meeting on abortion clinic regulations in Richmond, Va., Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. Activists on both sides of the abortion issue have gathered outside the meeting and the board was scheduled to take comments before voting on the regulations Friday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Va. board reverses course on abortion clinic regs

The Virginia Board of Health on Friday voted to adopt new regulations for the state's abortion clinics, reversing a June decision that would have exempted existing facilities from rules that opponents claim could force a majority of the state's 20 clinics to close. Published September 14, 2012

Va. board to revisit controversial abortion clinic regs

The Virginia Board of Health on Friday is scheduled to revisit its decision to exempt existing abortion facilities in the state from permanent hospital-like regulations — the latest chapter in a battle that has been raging for nearly two years over the highly-charged issue. Published September 13, 2012

** FILE ** Rep. Pete Sessions, Texas Republican (Associated Press)

Voter-ID laws’ impact blunted, Democrat says

A top attorney for President Obama's campaign and the Democratic National Committee predicted Wednesday that new voter-identification laws passed in a number of states will have a minimal impact on turnout in the fall elections, saying that Democrats have made "significant progress" in blunting their effects and that he thinks the country will likely avoid electoral "Armageddon." Published September 12, 2012

Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine speaks during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Kaine contrasts record with Allen in new ad

George Allen wasn't the only Virginian out with a new ad Wednesday. Tim Kaine, Mr. Allen's Democratic opponent in the state's U.S. Senate race, also unveiled a new 30-second spot. Published September 12, 2012

** FILE ** Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testifies June 13, 2012, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

Panetta slams ex-SEAL book: 'How the hell can we run sensitive operations?'

U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta sharply criticized the book written by a former Navy SEAL that provides a first-hand account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, saying it jeopardizes future missions and is being investigated by the Pentagon to determine whether it includes classified information. Published September 11, 2012

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

Cuccinelli won't appeal ruling vacating Va. death penalty sentence

The office of Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II has declined to seek further review from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a three-judge panel said last month that a Chantilly man sentenced to death in 2002 should be exonerated because the prosecution improperly sat on evidence discrediting a key witness. Published September 7, 2012

D.C. airports panel acts to halt lavish travel

The authority overseeing the D.C. area's two main airports approved new travel rules for its board of directors and staff and decided to halt no-bid contracts, as the emotions of the embattled board members simmered at a contentious Wednesday meeting. Published September 5, 2012

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida addresses the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (Rod Lamkey, Jr./The Washington Times)

Rubio: American exceptionalism imperiled under Obama

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio finally got his moment in the spotlight Thursday when he formally introduced Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, attacking President Obama's record while weaving in his own personal history as a call to arms that anyone, from any background, can make it in America. Published August 30, 2012

Delegates see bright future with Ryan, Rubio

While Mitt Romney was clearly the main event at this week's convention, the rise of stars like Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan convinced many delegates the GOP has finally left behind the party of the past decade, now so closely identified with runaway federal spending and foreign interventionism. Published August 30, 2012

GOP honors Ron Paul; Rand takes own path

Texas Rep. Ron Paul, a libertarian hero, finally got his moment at the Republican National Convention in a video tribute Wednesday as his son Rand styled himself as an outsider who works inside the system — not necessarily the standard-bearer the rabid devotees of his father seek. Published August 29, 2012

Lt. Gov. Bolling: Obama team pushing wrong issues

With Tropical Storm Isaac delaying the Republican National Convention by a day, Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and his wife, Jean Ann, got a rare chance for some downtime Sunday and Monday evenings, using it to catch two movies – the romantic comedy "Hope Springs" and the action blockbuster "The Bourne Legacy." Published August 29, 2012

Gary Johnson (AP photos)

Libertarian Johnson aims to get on ballot in all states

With Mitt Romney now the official Republican presidential nominee, Libertarian Party nominee Gary E. Johnson is trying to win over liberty lovers who backed Rep. Ron Paul during the GOP's primary process, raising questions of whether either man could play the spoiler for Mr. Romney in a general election. Published August 28, 2012