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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 ** Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (Associated Press)

Pro-choice advocates face uphill climb in Virginia

Pro-choice advocates still face a number of hurdles after the Virginia Board of Health's sudden decision to exempt existing abortion clinics from having to comply with hospitallike construction requirements on items such as hallway width and room sizes. Published June 17, 2012

** FILE ** Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (The Washington Times)

Va. GOP's revote for convention exposes rift

The Republican Party of Virginia State Central Committee's vote to nominate their 2013 statewide candidates by a convention rather than a primary exposes a palpable rift in the state party just as it's gearing up for a high-stakes U.S. Senate race and a presidential contest that could hinge on whether the Old Dominion goes red or blue in November. Published June 17, 2012

Va. GOP switches from primary to convention to make 2013 gubernatorial nomination

The Republican Party of Virginia's state central committee voted Friday to switch from holding a primary to a convention to nominate its 2013 statewide candidates, handing supporters of Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II a win and dealing a major blow to Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, his opponent for the GOP gubernatorial nomination. Published June 15, 2012

Va. court appoints gay judge lawmakers rejected

Openly gay Richmond prosecutor Tracy Thorne-Begland was appointed to the bench by the Richmond City Circuit Court Thursday after his nomination was derailed last month in the state legislature. Published June 14, 2012

Virginia board set to vote on abortion rules

The Virginia Board of Health on Friday is scheduled to vote on permanent regulations for abortions that critics decry as unnecessarily burdensome but proponents say are meant to ensure women's health. Published June 14, 2012

Sen. Marco Rubio (left), Florida Republican, endorses Virginia Republican George Allen (right) for the U.S. Senate at a press conference at Company Flowers, a family-owned small business, in Arlington on Thursday, June 14, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Allen wins Rubio's backing in bid for U.S. Senate

Republican George Allen scored a big-time endorsement Thursday in his U.S. Senate campaign in Virginia, winning the support of Florida senator and conservative rock star Marco Rubio. Published June 14, 2012

Brian Moran

Virginia Democrat appeals loss in DNC bid

A candidate who unsuccessfully ran to represent Virginia on the Democratic National Committee is appealing the election results from a convention earlier this month that descended into chaos, confusion and substantial intraparty finger-pointing. Published June 13, 2012

** FILE ** Former Sen. George Allen celebrates with his wife, Susan (left), and daughter Tyler in Richmond on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, after securing a win in Virginia's Republican primary in his effort to reclaim his old Senate seat. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Allen's Virginia primary victory sets up showdown with Kaine

Republican George Allen clinched his party's Senate nomination in Virginia on Tuesday, setting up an all-out slugfest with Democrat Tim Kaine in what will undoubtedly be one of the nation's most consequential, closely-watched, and expensive races this year. Published June 12, 2012

George Allen (right), a former Virginia governor and U.S. senator, greets voter Rod Wood of Fairfax Station at the Silver Brook Elementary School precinct in Fairfax Station on Tuesday, June 12, 2012. Mr. Allen is running in the Virginia's Republican primary in an effort to reclaim the Senate seat he lost to Jim Webb, a Democrat, in 2006. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Independents are the apples of Allen's eye in Virginia race

George Allen, the odds-on favorite to win Virginia's GOP Senate primary Tuesday, is already working feverishly to win over the coveted independent vote for a high-stakes November matchup with Democrat Tim Kaine that will help determine the balance of power in the U.S. Senate come January. Published June 11, 2012

New elections demanded after chaotic Virginia Democratic convention

The Democratic Party of Virginia convention that descended into chaos, discord and finger-pointing has prompted a formal complaint against the state party that demands a new election for two of the state's representatives to the Democratic National Committee and the ouster of three top party officials. Published June 10, 2012

Robert G. Marshall

New Virginia poll: Gay marriage not key for most voters

A plurality of Virginia voters oppose same-sex marriage, but three-quarters of them said the issue won't be very important to them in the November election, according to a new poll released Thursday. Published June 7, 2012

Washington Dulles International Airport

Labor agreement dropped from Dulles rail deal

The regional authority overseeing the $6 billion Dulles rail project dealt a blow to union labor on Wednesday — a day after voters in Wisconsin and California did much the same. Published June 6, 2012

The Albert V. Bryan United States Courthouse in Alexandria. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Doctors sue Virginia over health care law

A group of doctors is suing Virginia over a provision in its heath care law that forbids medical professionals from offering certain new services or purchasing certain types of equipment without first getting an official go-ahead from the state Department of Health. Published June 5, 2012

Six-figure income qualifies for housing aid in Tysons

The bulk of new affordable housing to be part of the massive Tysons Corner redevelopment plan is slated for households making six figures — or close to it — according to an analysis to be unveiled Wednesday. Published June 5, 2012