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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski

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

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Corey A. Stewart

Prince William County freed from voting act's constraints

Prince William County this week became the largest local jurisdiction in the nation to be released from the requirements of a historic federal law ensuring fair treatment for minorities at the polls. Published April 11, 2012

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gestures as he talks with members of the Virginia General Assembly after the session adjourned at the Capitol in Richmond on Saturday, March 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

McDonnell calls for tweaking of Virginia's voter-ID bill

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has proposed relaxing a high-profile voter-identification measure passed by the General Assembly this year — one of more than 100 bills he wants amended. He also issued seven vetoes. Published April 10, 2012

Trial next in medical leave case at Loudoun school

The case of a Loudoun County Public Schools employee fired after taking approved medical leave for treatment of a brain tumor will go to a jury trial after a federal judge last week refused to dismiss her complaint. Published April 8, 2012

Virginia State Sen. Richard L. Saslaw, Fairfax County Democrat (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Defiant Saslaw takes toll on Virginia budget agreement

Virginia budget negotiators have agreed on a new two-year, $85 billion spending plan, but the Senate's leading Democrat said Thursday his party would not deliver the necessary votes to pass it. Published April 5, 2012

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli speaks during a press conference with Virginia State Police Superintendent, Col Steven Flaherty, left, in Richmond, Va., Thursday, April 5, 2012. Cuccinelli announced "Operation Phalanx," an undercover, collaborative law enforcement effort between Virginia's two Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces and the attorney general's office. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Cuccinelli, authorities announce online-predator arrests

Twenty people across Virginia have been arrested on charges of online solicitation of a minor or child pornography after a weeklong undercover investigation last year, Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II and other law enforcement officials announced Thursday. Published April 5, 2012

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

Kaine gives 'vision of economic future'

U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine on Wednesday rolled out specifics of his economic agenda, as Republicans worked to undercut the message by linking him to proposed federal regulations on carbon emissions they say will cripple southwest Virginia's coal industry. Published April 4, 2012

Delegate David L. Englin, Alexandria Democrat, is considered a rising star in the party. So his decision not to seek a fifth term disappointed other party members. (Associated Press)

Englin's retiring elicits respect

Delegate David L. Englin's announcement that he will not seek a fifth term in the Virginia House of Delegates surprised observers, but the news was greeted with cautious respect by members of his party Tuesday. Published April 3, 2012

'Streeting' of mental illness patients a problem in Virginia

Facilities declining to temporarily detain mentally ill people because of capacity or service issues — also known as "streeting" — is a growing problem in Virginia, as the state grapples with how to properly provide for individuals with severe mental illness. Published April 2, 2012

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II has adopted a policy of rarely signing onto letters from his peers around the country supporting federal legislation. (The Washington Times)

Cuccinelli refuses to run with AG pack

Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II was one of just three state attorneys general who did not sign onto a letter urging Congress to reauthorize the federal Violence Against Women Act - a decision that is now placing Virginia's top prosecutor squarely in the middle of another politically charged debate. Published April 1, 2012

** FILE ** Students, friends and family hold up candles during a vigil on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va., on Thursday, April 16, 2009, to mark the second anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

DOE judge vacates fines against Virginia Tech

A U.S. Department of Education judge has vacated $55,000 in fines that had been assessed by the federal government against Virginia Tech for failing to comply with federal law in providing timely notification to the campus about the April 16, 2007 shootings. Published March 30, 2012

"We keep passing the buck, and ultimately somebody's got to pay the bill. And I don't think it's fair to expect state employees, local employees and local governments to pay it," said Delegate Jennifer L. McClellan, Richmond Democrat, of the pension overhaul. (Associated Press)

Critics say Virginia's pension reform rushed through

Virginia localities, teachers and employee groups are urging Gov. Bob McDonnell to veto or amend what they call a slapdash, last-minute overhaul to the state's $54 billion pension fund. Published March 29, 2012

Bishop E.W. Jackson

Jackson submits signatures for Va. GOP Senate race

Chesapeake Bishop E.W. Jackson submitted more than 11,000 petition signatures before a 5 p.m. Thursday deadline to get on the June 12 Republican primary ballot for U.S. Senate. Published March 29, 2012

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

Bolling battles Cuccinelli for a share of the spotlight

As Virginia's 2013 gubernatorial campaign gets under way, health care is likely to be one area where Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II has an advantage over Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling — an edge he is already beginning to exploit. Published March 28, 2012