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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

Romney adviser Ed Gillespie (NBC News via Associated Press)

Former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie launches Senate bid against Warner

Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie announced that he will challenge Sen. Mark R. Warner, Virginia Democrat, in the November election, banking that a national mood soured on President Obama and his agenda will be enough to overcome the popular, well-funded incumbent in an important swing state. Published January 16, 2014

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe waves to supporters alongside his wife, Dorothy, on Saturday during inaugural ceremonies at the Capitol in Richmond. Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton look on in the background. (associated press)

Gov. McAuliffe faces challenge of adapting to 'Virginia Way'

When Terry McAuliffe took the oath of office Saturday, he became the first Virginia governor in almost 50 years to be elected with less than 50 percent of the popular vote, and his political background as a partisan rainmaker who's never before held elected office leaves a host of questions about how he'll manage the diverse and politically volatile state during his single term. Published January 12, 2014

Terry McAuliffe and his wife Dorothy use an umbrella as McAuliffe is sworn in as Virginia's 72nd governor on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 at the state Capitol in Richmond, Va.  (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Steve Earley)

Gov. McAuliffe emphasizes 'progress over ideology' at inauguration

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe pledged to find common ground after officially taking the oath of office Saturday and becoming the state of Virginia's 72nd governor on a rainy day outside the state Capitol building designed by Thomas Jefferson. Published January 11, 2014

Members of the Virginia Capitol Police retire the colors during opening ceremonies of the General Assembly in Richmond. The election of a state senator from Norfolk was too close to call Wednesday. (associated press)

State Senate control hinges on 'too-close-to-call' Norfolk race

Tuesday's too-close-to-call special election in Norfolk appears to put Democrats on the precipice of taking effective control of the state Senate, but a possible recount could delay things for weeks — leaving incoming Gov. Terry McAuliffe facing a General Assembly dominated by the GOP for the beginning of his term. Published January 8, 2014

Official White House photo of President Obama shooting a shotgun on Aug. 4, 2012.

Gun sales hit new record, ammo boom to follow

Gun records checks, fueled by a post-Newtown boom of gun sales, hit a new high in 2013, and industry analysts expect ammunition to be the big seller this year as consumers catch up to all of those firearms purchases. Published January 6, 2014

** FILE ** In this Dec. 11, 2013, file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

11 attorneys general: Obama breaking law with health care changes

Eleven state attorneys general have signed onto a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius arguing that the administration is violating the law by making repeated changes to President Obama's health care overhaul without congressional approval. Published January 3, 2014

Assistant U.S. Attorney General Tom Perez announces a civil rights unit to be based in Birmingham, Ala., on Tuesday. The unit will be responsible for prosecutions and lawsuits. (Associated Press)

Labor Secy. Perez pushes for jobless benefits without offsets

Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez continued the administration's push for Congress to restore emergency unemployment benefits for approximately 1.3 million people who were cut off last month, arguing that past Congresses did so without demanding offsets elsewhere in the budget. Published January 3, 2014

FILE - This Aug. 12, 2013 file photo shows New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaking in New York. Bloomberg made a $350 million pledge to Johns Hopkins University in 2013. Philanthropy in 2013 made a comeback in large donations with the nation’s wealthiest donors giving more than $3.4 billion to charity, according to a new tally of the top 10 gifts of 2013 by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Bloomberg jumps into hot Hawaii Democratic primary

Former New York City Mayor Michael I. Bloomberg, who departed office Wednesday and handed the reins of the Big Apple to Mayor Bill de Blasio, is headed to Hawaii Thursday to headline a fundraiser for Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz. Published January 2, 2014

"[T]he NRA and their acolytes underestimate our residents if they think this city will tolerate autocratic rule from Congress," said Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, District Democrat, in response to a bill that would do away with D.C.'s ban on semiautomatic rifles and gut other gun restrictions. (ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS)

D.C. gun-control debate holds national clues

Gun-control legislation got a much closer look over the past year in the wake of the Connecticut school shootings — but the District and gun-rights activists have been fighting their own battle on the issue for the better part of a decade. Published January 2, 2014

**FILE** Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District's non-voting member of Congress (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

D.C.'s gun debates a preview of national fights

Gun control legislation got a much closer look over the last year in the wake of the Connecticut school shootings — but the District and gun rights activists have been fighting their own battle on the issue for the better part of a decade. Published January 2, 2014

Jammies and cocoa: The newest Organizing for Action outreach calling for the public to "talk" about Obamacare has inspired unintentional comedy in the social media realm. (ORGANIZING FOR ACTION)

Never-ending nightmare: 6 in 10 have horrible health care exchange experience

Six in 10 uninsured Americans who visited one of Obamacare's health care exchange website in the last three months say their experience was mostly negative, as the White House touts new enrollment numbers and tries to mitigate fallout from the disastrous rollout of Published January 2, 2014

** FILE ** In this Sept. 8, 2013, file photo, a sign warning of the coming assault weapons ban in Maryland is next to AR-15 semi-automatic rifles at the Annapolis Gun Show. "You see people who've bought guns, you see older people. This is not about what everybody thinks it is. This is a plan to disarm America," said Neil Kravitz of Appalachian Promotions. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Six in 10 favor ban on semi-automatic weapons: poll

Fifty-nine percent of likely voters favor a ban on semi-automatic, military-style weapons, which have gotten heightened attention in the wake of recent mass shootings, while just 18 percent think there should be a complete handgun ban in the U.S. Published January 2, 2014

Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat, is among the red-state Democrats who will be challenged during her re-election campaign about her support of President Obama's judicial nominees. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Conservative group ad blitz targets Dems over Obamacare

The conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity wasted little time firing off one of the first big salvos in 2014 ahead of the November midterm elections, targeting three Democratic senators up for re-election with a seven-figure television ad campaign on President Obama's troubled health care law. Published January 2, 2014