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

Articles by David Sherfinski

GOP honors Ron Paul; Rand takes own path

Texas Rep. Ron Paul, a libertarian hero, finally got his moment at the Republican National Convention in a video tribute Wednesday as his son Rand styled himself as an outsider who works inside the system — not necessarily the standard-bearer the rabid devotees of his father seek. Published August 29, 2012

Lt. Gov. Bolling: Obama team pushing wrong issues

With Tropical Storm Isaac delaying the Republican National Convention by a day, Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and his wife, Jean Ann, got a rare chance for some downtime Sunday and Monday evenings, using it to catch two movies – the romantic comedy "Hope Springs" and the action blockbuster "The Bourne Legacy." Published August 29, 2012

Gary Johnson (AP photos)

Libertarian Johnson aims to get on ballot in all states

With Mitt Romney now the official Republican presidential nominee, Libertarian Party nominee Gary E. Johnson is trying to win over liberty lovers who backed Rep. Ron Paul during the GOP's primary process, raising questions of whether either man could play the spoiler for Mr. Romney in a general election. Published August 28, 2012

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins led the push for a strong anti-pornography plank in the GOP platform and introduced its language, calling for strict enforcement of federal obscenity laws. It broadens the 2008 platform. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

GOP sets anti-porn focus in a city full of strip clubs

As Republicans flocked south for their convention in a city notorious for its "gentlemen's clubs," the GOP was set to adopt official platform language calling for strict enforcement of federal obscenity laws, including those concerning illegal distribution of pornography on the Internet, motel and cable TV and even retail stores. Published August 27, 2012

Paul forecasts a libertarian storm brewing

Rep. Ron Paul rewarded thousands of his presidential campaign supporters with a rally in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, vowing that with their help, his small government, anti-war libertarian message will continue after he retires — no matter who occupies the White House come January. Published August 26, 2012

Ron Paul waves to supporters as he takes the podium at the "We Are the Future Rally" at the Sun Dome at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla., Sunday, August 26, 2012.   (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

In Tampa, loyal Paul backers wary of Romney

As she gathered with others to hear her political hero, Rep. Ron Paul, bow off the stage, Suzanne Squire cringed when she was asked whom she will vote for in the fall election. Published August 26, 2012

** FILE ** In this March 28, 2012, photo, former Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul of Texas appears at a town hall meeting in College Park, Md. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Paul backers pressing to seat more delegates

A potential 11th-hour ruling from a federal judge appears to be Rep. Ron Paul's last shot at landing a speaking role at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., next week, as the party and a handful of state delegations work to steadily divide contested delegates between Mr. Paul and presumptive nominee Mitt Romney. Published August 23, 2012

In this 2009 photo, President Obama walks with Lilly Ledbetter to the East Room of the White House where he signed the equal-pay bill into law. (The Washington Times)

Democrats to showcase women as speakers at party convention

Democrats unveiled a slew of female speakers Wednesday for their convention next month, an indication that they will continue to press Republicans on women's issues as GOP leaders furiously try to distance themselves from Missouri Senate candidate W. Todd Akin's recent comments on pregnancy and rape. Published August 22, 2012

Justice Department signs off on Va. voter ID law

The U.S. Department of Justice has signed off on Virginia's voter identification law that will now require voters without proper identification to cast their ballots provisionally, rather than signing a sworn affidavit attesting to their identity. Published August 21, 2012

Kaine airtime buys likely to hit female audiences

Democrat Tim Kaine, who released his first television ad Tuesday, is targeting female audiences with fall advertising buys as he and Republican George Allen both try to woo the critical voting bloc in the closely watched Virginia Senate race. Published August 21, 2012

**FILE** George Allen (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

George Allen denounces
 Akin's comments 
on pregnancy, rape

George Allen on Monday was among the first Republican U.S. Senate candidates to publicly condemn Missouri Rep. and Senate candidate W. Todd Akin's remarks on pregnancy and rape as he tries to join a sizable list of political comebacks that first began with an ill-timed bout of foot-in-mouth disease. Published August 20, 2012

**FILE** Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Freedom upheld for Virginia death-row inmate

A federal appeals panel has upheld a ruling vacating the death sentence for a Fairfax man widely believed to have been wrongfully convicted in a murder-for-hire scheme. Published August 16, 2012

** FILE ** Former Rep. Artur Davis, who served as a Democrat during his four terms in office and seconded Barack Obama's nomination at the 2008 convention, now supports Mitt Romney and will speak in Tampa, Fla., at the Republican National Convention. (Associated Press)

Crossing convention aisles: Ex-Democrat Davis to speak at Tampa GOP gathering

Both Democrats and Republicans are continuing the hallowed tradition of hunting for prominent turncoats willing to speak at their upcoming conventions, with the GOP striking first on Thursday, awarding a prime speaking slot to a man who was one of President Obama's campaign co-chairmen in 2008. Published August 16, 2012

Bob McDonnell

McDonnell announces near $450 million surplus

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Wednesday that better-than-expected revenues and unspent appropriations helped create a general fund budget surplus of nearly $450 million for the fiscal year that ended June 30, bringing the total surpluses during Mr. McDonnell's tenure to nearly $1.4 billion. Published August 15, 2012

GOP Senate hopefuls split over Ryan’s prescription for Medicare reform

In selecting Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney put Republican Senate candidates across the country on the hot seat as they decide whether to support his budget that would dramatically overhaul Medicare or to distance themselves from their party's No. 2 man. Published August 14, 2012

Mitt Romney (left), the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, and Rep. Paul Ryan, his running mate, arrive at a campaign rally in Mooresville, N.C., at the NASCAR Technical Institute on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012. (Associated Press)

Ryan pick gives Romney camp a jolt of energy

Newly minted vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan hit the stump this weekend with a level of energy that seemed to boost Mitt Romney's entire campaign, giving the presumptive nominee a much-needed change in the narrative while adding another high-profile fundraiser and campaigner to deploy across the country. Published August 12, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (right) and Rep. Paul Ryan, Mr. Romney's newly announced running mate, wave at the crowd during a campaign event on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in Norfolk, Va. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Romney rolls out Ryan as vice presidential choice at Virginia stops

Mitt Romney and his newly-announced running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, closed out their Saturday barnstorming of Virginia at a Manassas rally that attracted more than 8,000 people on a day that appeared to give the former Massachusetts governor a much-needed pep in his step. Published August 11, 2012

Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (left) speaks on Saturday, July 21, 2012, as former Sen. George Allen, also a former governor, listens during the Virginia Bar Association's senatorial debate at the Homestead in Hot Springs, Va. (Associated Press)

Police group backs Allen; credit unions go with Kaine

When groups like Grover Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform endorse a Republican candidate or organizations like the AFL-CIO endorse a Democrat, it generally doesn’t rate much more than a raised eyebrow. But U.S. Senate candidates George Allen and Tim Kaine touted endorsements Friday from two groups that don't have quite the ironclad history of toeing the party line in Virginia in recent years. Published August 10, 2012

Jeannemarie Devolites Davis says she will add her name to the list of Republicans considering a run for Virginia lieutenant governor in 2013. The former lawmaker has served in the House of Delegates and state Senate. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Davis eyes Virginia lieutenant governor run

Former Northern Virginia lawmaker Jeannemarie Devolites Davis will explore a bid for lieutenant governor in 2013, adding another candidate to an already-crowded GOP field. Published August 9, 2012

Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican, effectively ended his presidential bid in May without having won the popular vote in any state, but has an intensely loyal following leading up to the nominating convention. (Associated Press)

Ron Paul backers fight effectively for GOP goals

The rest of the world may have moved on, but loyal followers of Rep. Ron Paul of Texas are still fighting a rear-guard — and effective — battle for delegates at the state level with just weeks to go before Republicans gather for their national convention in Tampa, Fla. Published August 8, 2012