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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

**FILE** Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 6, 2012. (Associated Press)

Poll: N.C. Senate race a dead heat

A new poll shows Sen. Kay Hagan, North Carolina Democrat, virtually tied with potential Republican challengers in her 2014 re-election bid and her disapproval ratings spiking over the last few months. Published November 12, 2013

Richard Durbin (Associated Press)

Durbin open to changes to fix Obamacare

The second-ranking Democrat in the Senate said Tuesday he'd be "open to discussing changes" in President Obama's health care law and that "a couple more sentences" would have clarified Mr. Obama's promise to Americans that they could keep their insurance plans under the law. Published November 12, 2013

** FILE ** Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius enters the navigator room with Southside Medical Center CEO Dr. David Williams on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kent D. Johnson)

Obamacare enrollment well short of expectations: report

Fewer than 50,000 people had signed up for insurance through the troubled website as of last week — far short of the administration's goal of 500,000 for October, the Wall Street Journal reports. Published November 12, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama points to a member of the audience at a meeting in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, May 14, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Democrats go to war for Obamacare; demand Issa withdraw subpoena

Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are calling on Chairman Darrell E. Issa, California Republican, to withdraw a subpoena he issued to compel U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park to testify on the rollout of President Obama's health care overhaul. Published November 11, 2013

Secretary of State John F. Kerry pauses during a press conference at the end of the Iranian nuclear talks in Geneva on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. The talks failed to reach an agreement, but Mr. Kerry said Tehran and six world powers had made "significant progress." (AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool)

Kerry: Obama prepared to use force in Iran after nuclear talks collapse

Secretary of State John F. Kerry defended the Obama administration's carrot-and-stick approach to nuclear negotiations with Iran, saying Sunday that the conciliatory strategy needs to be given a chance to work — while vowing that the U.S. is prepared to use force if necessary to keep the Islamic republic from developing a nuclear bomb. Published November 10, 2013

** FILE ** Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly Cabinet meeting in Sde Boker, Israel, on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. Mr. Netanyahu said that Israel would do all it could to keep world powers from striking a "bad and dangerous" deal with Iran over its nuclear program. (AP Photo/David Buimovitch, Pool)

Netanyahu on Iran: 'No deal is better than a bad deal'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday criticized the outlines of a U.S.-led international plan to halt Iran's uranium enrichment and nuclear weapons program, saying it sounded as if Iran would be trading a nominal drawdown in enriched uranium in exchange for significant concessions on sanctions. Published November 10, 2013

Virginia Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe, accompanied by his wife, Dorothy, announces his transition team Wednesday at the Capitol in Richmond. Any spending plans he has will have to be approved by a Republican-weighted General Assembly with its own agenda. (associated press)

Terry McAuliffe's vague campaign promises face cold realities in Virginia

Having collected less than 50 percent of the vote in the Virginia governor's race, Democrat Terry McAuliffe can hardly claim a mandate and now faces the tough task of filling in the details of a vague political agenda in the face of a strong Republican-controlled legislature and a Democratic Party for which he has spent most of his life working in various unelected roles. Published November 6, 2013

Republican candidate for Virginia Governor Ken Cuccinelli walks through the room where his election night party will be held an hour before polls close with his son Jack in downtown Richmond, Va., Tuesday, November 5, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Turnout brisk in Virginia election, few problems reported

Early turnout on Election Day was brisk, with elections officials reporting few issues Tuesday amid signs that as voter participation could eclipse 2009 rates despite a governor's race that's become infamous for its negativity. Published November 5, 2013

Ken Cuccinelli: Tea-leaf reading is for the pundits

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, who cast his own ballot in the Virginia governor's race Tuesday morning, says he's still making calls to undecided voters and that reading tea leaves on any broader implications for the race is best left to the professional prognosticators. Published November 5, 2013

Vice President Joseph R. Biden (center), accompanied by Sen. Mark Warner (left), speaks at a campaign event for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe (right) on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Annandale, Va. On Tuesday, Virginia voters will go to the polls to choose between Mr. McAuliffe and state Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II as the next governor. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Cuccinelli, McAuliffe make final appeals to Va. voters

Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II made their last-minute appeals to voters across Virginia on Monday, as the final polls showed a close contest heading into Election Day. Published November 4, 2013

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2013 file photo, Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, speaks in Blacksburg, Va. Women may hold the key in Virginia’s slash-and-burn race for governor, rendering a final judgment on a campaign marked by fights over social issues. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Cuccinelli casts Virginia election as referendum on Obamacare

Republican Kenneth T. Cuccinelli got a boost from two midwestern Republican heavyweights Saturday as he tried to spur his voters to the polls by casting Tuesday's gubernatorial election as a referendum on President Obama's health care overhaul. Published November 2, 2013

** FILE ** This photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, shows Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe gesturing during an interview in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Terry McAuliffe up 7 points in Virginia governor's race: poll

Democrat Terry McAuliffe maintains a 7-point edge over Republican Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II in the race to be Virginia's next governor, with Libertarian Robert Sarvis still pulling numbers that suggest he could influence the final outcome of the closely watched contest on Tuesday. Published November 1, 2013

 Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Terry McAuliffe speaks during a rally in Charlottesville, Va., Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. McAulioffe was joined by former President Bill Clinton who has attended rallies around the state to give his support to McAuliffe, who is running for governor of Virginia.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Terry McAuliffe goes AWOL for Virginia students and media

In April, the gubernatorial campaigns of Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II were asked if they would provide videotaped responses to five questions from high school students across Virginia. But two weeks ago, Mr. McAuliffe abruptly backed out. Published October 31, 2013