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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski

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

Articles by David Sherfinski

Va. House, Senate approve ban on mandatory labor agreements

The Virginia House and Senate on Tuesday voted to ban mandatory project labor agreements on state-funded construction projects, a move proponents argue will help protect the state's right-to-work laws and create a level playing field in contract bidding. Published January 31, 2012

Virginia Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Va. House advances repeal of one-handgun-a-month

The Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to repeal the state's long-standing ban on purchasing more than one handgun per month, one of the top priorities of the gun-rights lobby for the 2012 session. Published January 31, 2012

Va. House advances ban on mandatory labor agreements

The Virginia House of Delegates on Monday gave preliminary approval to a bill that would prohibit mandatory labor agreements on state-funded construction projects that opponents argue favor union workers and can lead to ballooning costs. Published January 30, 2012

Virginia GOP flexing muscle to advance legislation

About a quarter of the way through the state's General Assembly session, Republicans thus far have flexed their strengthened muscles to advance legislation on redistricting, abortion and gun rights — with many Democrats left simply to stand and protest. Published January 29, 2012

Gov. Bob McDonnell

Community care boosted in agreement on disabled in Virginia

Virginia has reached a wide-ranging settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over its system for treating the intellectually and developmentally disabled, forestalling a federal lawsuit on charges the state needlessly institutionalized many people instead of placing them in community-based care. Published January 26, 2012

Va. House advances repeal of HPV mandate

The Virginia House of Delegates on Thursday gave preliminary approval to a bill repealing a mandate that young girls receive a vaccination against the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is known to cause cervical cancer, before they enter the sixth grade. Published January 26, 2012

Bill requiring ultrasound before abortion advances in Va. Senate

The Senate Education and Health committee on Thursday advanced a bill that would require women to first undergo ultrasound imaging before having an abortion, a measure that had routinely died in the previously Democrat-led committee. Published January 26, 2012

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

Virginia, DOJ reach settlement on care for disabled

Virginia has reached a wide-ranging settlement with the Justice Department over its system for treating the intellectually and developmentally disabled, agreeing to close four training centers, downsize another and provide thousands of additional waiver slots to help move people from institutional-based settings to community care. Published January 26, 2012

** FILE ** State Sen. Charles W. Carrico Sr., is a Republican. (Associated Press)

Va. Senate panel backs gun buy limit repeal

A key Senate committee on Wednesday voted to repeal Virginia's law banning the purchase of more than one handgun a month, a longtime priority of gun-rights activists and a measure that now has the backing of Gov. Bob McDonnell. Published January 25, 2012

Delegate Benjamin L. Cline, Augusta Republican, is leading a bipartisan push in the General Assembly to simplify the state tax code and make it more fair. (Richmond Times-Dispatch via Associated Press)

Bills take aim at tax code to improve accountability

Billions of dollars in tax credits, incentives and exemptions which in many cases were poorly targeted or ineffective have prompted a bipartisan push in the Virginia General Assembly for greater disclosure and better accountability in the state tax code. Published January 25, 2012

Delegate Christopher T. Head, left, talks with reporters after the bill calling for drug testing of welfare recipients passed the House Health, Welfare and Institutions committee at the General Assembly Building in Richmond on  Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. On the right, Del. Vivian E. Watts, D-Fairfax, walks past. (AP Photo/Richmond times-Dispatch, Bob Brown).

Va. House panel backs drug testing, repealing HPV mandate

A Republican-controlled House committee Tuesday passed bills that would subject recipients of welfare benefits in Virginia to drug testing and repeal a mandate that girls receive vaccination against the human papillomavirus (HPV). Published January 24, 2012

** FILE PHOTO ** Senate Democratic Leader Richard L. Saslaw (right), Fairfax Democrat, talks with Sen. Thomas K. Norment Jr., James City Republican. (Associated Press)

Partisan rift stalls judicial elections

The Virginia General Assembly postponed a squabble over judicial appointments after a partisan standoff Tuesday in the state Senate threatened to shut down the upper chamber for up to three days. Published January 24, 2012

Father of suicide victim seeks change in Va. school policy

Steve Stuban's son, Nick, committed suicide last January in the wake of school disciplinary proceedings that Mr. Stuban said he found out about only after it was too late. Now Mr. Stuban, with the help of several Northern Virginia legislators, is pushing for an overhaul of the state's parental-notification policy to ensure that the same doesn't happen to other parents. Published January 23, 2012