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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at

Articles by David Sherfinski

In this combination of Oct. 10, 2014, file photos are Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker, left, and his Democratic challenger, Mary Burke, at a debate in Eau Claire, Wis. (AP Photo/The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Marisa Wojcik, File)

Poll shows dead heat in Wisconsin governor's race

With less than three weeks to go until election day, a new poll has the Wisconsin governor's race between GOP Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke in a dead heat. Published October 16, 2014

Voters in Tennessee's 9th Congressional District to decide whether they will send a black woman who embraces the tea party to Congress. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Group sues D.C. Obamacare exchange over Capitol Hill sign-ups

A conservative public-interest law firm sued the D.C. health exchange Wednesday for letting members of Congress get health insurance through their small-business portal even though each chamber on Capitol Hill employs thousands of people. Published October 15, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with more than 20 foreign defense ministers on the ongoing operations against the Islamic State group, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Obama and military chiefs in a show of strength against Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama's approval rating struggles as likely voters turn to GOP

President Obama's 40 percent job approval rating is his worst-ever recorded in a Washington Post-ABC News poll, and the favorability of his party has hit a new low with just about three weeks remaining until voters head to the polls to cast their ballots in the midterm elections. Published October 15, 2014

In this Feb. 6, 2014, file photo, Larry Pressler, who served three terms as a Republican U.S. senator for South Dakota from 1979 to 1997, is seen in Sioux Falls, S.D. (AP Photo/Dirk Lammers, File)

Larry Pressler: Obama needs friends in the U.S. Senate

Former Republican Sen. Larry Pressler of South Dakota, now running as an independent candidate in the race to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson, said he's disappointed in a new ad from the National Republican Senatorial Committee likening him to Democratic candidate Rick Weiland. Published October 15, 2014

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks to supporters Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, during Rand Paul's Barnburner & BBQ in Bowling Green, Ky. (AP Photo/Daily News, Bac To Trong)

Rand Paul appears in U.S. Chamber ad on N.C. Senate race

With polls indicating a third-party candidate could have an impact on the U.S. Senate race in North Carolina between Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican Thom Tillis, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has released a new ad featuring Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. Published October 15, 2014

Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn (Associated Press) **FILE**

Cruz, Cornyn back Obamacare lawsuit over Congress's taxing authority

Lawyers, on behalf of GOP Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn of Texas, have filed a brief in support of a lawsuit that argues Obamacare violates the U.S. Constitution's requirement that all tax bills originate in the U.S. House of Representatives. Published October 15, 2014

Dr. Dan Varga, chief clinical officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, speaks as Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings looks on at right during a news conference, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Dallas. A second health care worker has tested positive for Ebola. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Second health care worker with Ebola to be transported to Atlanta

The second health care worker in Texas who tested positive for Ebola should not have traveled by air with other passenger the day before she reported symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Wednesday, although she will be transferred to a specially equipped hospital in Atlanta. Published October 15, 2014

NRSC out with ad in South Dakota Senate race

On the heels of national Democrats' entrance into the South Dakota Senate race, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) is out with a new ad that attempts to draw similarities between Democratic candidate Rick Weiland and independent candidate Larry Pressler. Published October 14, 2014

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., left, takes a selfie with former President Bill Clinton during a rally for Democrats at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Ark., Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. Clinton is headlining a series of rallies around the state this week to support Arkansas Democrats. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Bill Clinton returns to Arkansas for weekend campaign swing

Former President Bill Clinton, who already barnstormed his home state of Arkansas earlier this month to support Democratic candidates in the upcoming midterm elections, is scheduled to return this weekend for a three-day jaunt, according to the state Democratic party. Published October 14, 2014

Sen. Kay Hagan, left, D-N.C., and North Carolina Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis greet prior to a live televised debate at UNC-TV studios in Research Triangle Park, N.C., Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, Pool)

Kay Hagan, Thom Tillis tied in North Carolina Senate race: poll

A new poll shows a tie in North Carolina between incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican Thom Tillis as national Republicans indicate they will dump some big-time money in an already expensive race that Democrats hope to hold. Published October 14, 2014

** FILE ** President Obama warned about the dire consequences of failing to avert budget cuts Tuesday in front of 17 uniformed firefighters and law enforcement officers, who he said could lose their jobs. (Associated Press)

Free fall: Big labor bailing on Dems

Labor unions, long a rich source of ground troops for national Democrats' Election Day victories, are expressing frustration with the party. Published October 13, 2014

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., arrives at a rally for campaign volunteers Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Little Rock, Ark. Pryor will face Republican challenger U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton in the November election. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Tom Cotton: Mark Pryor 'simply isn't tough enough' to stand up to Obama

GOP Rep. Tom Cotton said Monday that Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor isn't "tough enough" to stand up to President Obama, repeatedly accusing Mr. Pryor of voting in lockstep for what he called Mr. Obama's failed policies on the economy, health care, and in confronting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria in a debate at the University of Central Arkansas. Published October 13, 2014