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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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Officer left gun in bathroom, fell asleep, but kept her job

A Virginia corrections officer who left her gun and ammunition in a bathroom and then six months later fell asleep while on the job with a group of prisoners remained a state employee for more than a year after the second offense, according to a Department of Corrections inspector general report. Published May 6, 2012

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, from right, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell arrive at a campaign stop in Portsmouth, Va., Thursday, May 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Romney wins Bachmann backing on Va. swing

Former presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann — who said before dropping out of the Republican primary race that Mitt Romney could not beat President Obama — endorsed the former Massachusetts governor Thursday as the GOP continues to slowly coalesce around its presumptive nominee. Published May 3, 2012

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

Virginia's $1B suit against N.Y. bank tossed out

A Fairfax County judge this week dismissed a nearly $1 billion lawsuit filed last year by Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II alleging the Bank of New York Mellon defrauded state and local pensions in Virginia of more than $40 million. Published May 2, 2012

** FILE ** Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (Associated Press)

Visitors can carry guns openly in Virginia parks

A long-standing prohibition on openly carrying guns in Virginia state parks is set to officially end Monday, a victory for gun rights advocates after a protracted political battle that spanned four administrations. Published May 1, 2012

The state of Virginia has received proposals from two private companies interested in running the 300-bed Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation in Burkeville. The state is considering privatizing operation of the facility for sex offenders. (Associated Press)

Virginia considers 2 jail firms with sketchy pasts

Virginia is considering privatizing its sole facility fully devoted to treating sexually violent predators, but the two companies in the running have a history of multimillion-dollar legal settlements and illicit behavior that includes a charge of "deliberate indifference" to sexual misconduct between staff and youths at a facility. Published April 30, 2012

GOP candidate Delegate robert G. Marshall, second from right, talks during the first of three debates, Saturday, April 28, 2012, in Roanoake, Va. Other GOP candidates participating in the debate is from left, former Virginia Sen. George Allen, Chesapeake minister E.W. Jackson, and tea party leader Jamie Radtke. The winner of the primary will face former Gov. Tim Kaine in November. (AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Stephanie Klein-Davis)

Allen absorbs jabs from rivals in Va. GOP senatorial debate

Former Sen. George Allen stuck to a mostly positive message of economic growth, energy independence and individual freedom Saturday, largely ignoring jabs from his GOP rivals in the first debate featuring all four Republican candidates running for Virginia's U.S. Senate seat. Published April 28, 2012

Former Sen. George Allen takes on three Republican Senate rivals Saturday in Roanoke in the first of three debates. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Three debates slated for Senate hopefuls in Virginia

All four Virginia Republican U.S. Senate candidates will square off Saturday afternoon in Roanoke in the first of three debates organized by the state party — none of which are being televised or held at times that will likely draw significant attention from either the media or the electorate. Published April 26, 2012

Tareq Salahi, left, and Michaele Salahi host the America's Polo Cup Championships by the National Mall in Washington, on Saturday, June 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Salahi says he's running for Va. governor

The socialite who befuddled White House security in 2009 before having an epic falling-out with his now-estranged wife Michaele says he's running for governor of Virginia. Published April 25, 2012

The eroding bank of the Ninglick River at Newtok, Alaska, has long been a problem for the village 480 miles west of Anchorage and other Alaska communities. Erosion is attacking Kivalina as well as Newtok so rapidly that residents could be forced to seek refuge elsewhere. (Associated Press)

Virginia ruling aids Alaska climate suit

The Virginia Supreme Court has handed down an unprecedented ruling on companies' liability for global warming-related damages — a first-in-the-nation decision that could portend massive consequences for energy companies and environmental lawyers. Published April 25, 2012

** FILE ** Tim Kaine, U.S. Senate candidate and former Virginia governor. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Super PAC on the air with new anti-Kaine ad

Crossroads GPS, an offshoot of right-leaning Super PAC American Crossroads, debuted a new ad Wednesday targeting Tim Kaine, Virginia's Democratic U.S. Senate nominee. Published April 25, 2012

** FILE ** Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Critics say McDonnell is polishing his image

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is airing a television commercial he said is intended to highlight positive developments in Virginia but which critics say is an attempt to make over his image after a tough 2012 General Assembly session. Published April 24, 2012

Budget plan boosts taxes in Fairfax County

Fairfax homeowners will see an average $79 increase on their tax bills under the county's $6.73 billion budget in fiscal 2013, which also provides the first full raises for government employees since 2009 and $74 million more for public schools in Virginia's most populous county. Published April 24, 2012

Tim Kaine (right) and George Allen, candidates for U.S. Senate in Virginia, greet each other in the hallway before beginning their first debate for the 2012 campaign at the annual AP Day at the Virginia State Capitol in December. The men, both former Virginia governors, are currently in a dead heat. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Poll: Kaine-Allen race remains a dead heat

Republican George Allen holds a 46 percent to 45 percent lead over Democrat Tim Kaine in the race for a U.S. Senate seat from Virginia, according to poll results released Tuesday. Published April 24, 2012

Tareq Salahi, left, and Michaele Salahi host the America's Polo Cup Championships by the National Mall in Washington, on Saturday, June 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Cuccinelli sues Salahi over wine-tour business

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II has filed a lawsuit against Tareq Salahi, who infamously crashed a White House state dinner in 2009 with his estranged wife, claiming violations of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act. Published April 23, 2012

Sen. Charles J. Colgan, Prince William Democrat and a budget conferee, signed the conference report but has not said whether he will vote for the bill on the floor Tuesday. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Two-day showdown ends tortuous Va. budget standoff

Gov. Bob McDonnell met privately Tuesday with Charles J. Colgan, the longtime Democratic senator who had the power to break a 38-day impasse over the state's two-year $85 billion budget. He had a simple question. What do you want from me? Mr. McDonnell asked. Published April 22, 2012

Sen. Charles J. Colgan, Prince William Democrat and a budget conferee, signed the conference report but has not said whether he will vote for the bill on the floor Tuesday. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

On fourth try, Va. Senate passes budget

The Virginia Senate approved a new two-year, $85 billion budget bill Wednesday — a day after Democrats in the chamber had blocked one for the third time this year. Published April 18, 2012

House Majority Leader M. Kirkland Cox (left), a Republican, Sen. Charles J. Colgan, a Democrat, and independent Delegate Lacey E. Putney (right) confer Wednesday before Mr. Colgan changed his vote to approve the budget bill. (Associated Press)

Democrat's surprise vote gives Virginia a budget

The Virginia Senate, with little warning and no debate, abruptly reversed course and approved a two-year, $85 billion budget bill Wednesday afternoon by a 21-19 vote — a day after Democrats in the chamber blocked one for the third time this year. Published April 18, 2012