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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 ** 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

** 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

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

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Va. teachers' groups push back against GOP education proposals

House Republicans on Monday morning pre-emptively protested the Virginia Education Association and the Virginia PTA, touting their own education proposals that have been roundly denounced by the teachers' groups, which later gathered for their traditional "lobby day" at the Capitol. Published January 23, 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

** FILE ** Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Republican (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Va. Gov. McDonnell leads way in restoring ex-cons' rights

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, in the first two years of his term, has restored the voting rights of more than 2,500 ex-convicts — putting the former prosecutor and state attorney general on pace to eclipse both of his Democratic predecessors. Published January 22, 2012

"We're going to challenge [the congressional redistricting plan] in court," said Virginia state Sen. J. Chapman "Chap" Petersen, Fairfax Democrat. (Associated Press)

Virginia Assembly's redistricting plan still facing lawsuits

More than nine months after a congressional redistricting map for Virginia was introduced in the General Assembly, a plan has finally cleared the House and the Senate, but legislators insist the matter is still far from settled. Published January 22, 2012

Va. Senate approves House-drawn redistricting map

The Republican-led Senate on Friday muscled through a House-drawn map drawing new lines for the state's 11 congressional districts in one of the GOP's first noteworthy displays of their newfound power. Published January 20, 2012

** FILE ** Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (left) with then-Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Bob McDonnell in May 2009.

McDonnell endorses Romney; will head to S.C. to campaign

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Friday endorsed Mitt Romney for president and will head to South Carolina to campaign for the former Massachusetts governor ahead of Saturday's Palmetto State primary. Published January 20, 2012

McDonnell backs closer look at uranium mining

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Thursday that the General Assembly should delay any action on lifting the state's 30-year ban on uranium mining during the 2012 session. He instead directed state agencies to analyze the matter and report back before next year. Published January 19, 2012

Quick-fix airport authority bill fails to pass Va. House

An emergency bill to overhaul the makeup of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which oversees the Washington region's two airports and the Dulles Metrorail project, failed Thursday to garner the four-fifths vote necessary to clear the Virginia House. Published January 19, 2012

Bill to reconfigure MWAA advances in Va. House

A bill that would bring Virginia law in line with recently-enacted federal legislation changing the makeup of the embattled Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) advanced in the Virginia House of Delegates Wednesday, over objections that the measure was being rushed. Published January 18, 2012

Va. groups ask assembly to take no action on uranium mining

A coalition of legislators, business leaders and advocates from southside Virginia on Wednesday asked the legislature not to act this session on lifting Virginia's 30-year moratorium on mining uranium, and instead to study the issue further. Published January 18, 2012

Quick path continues for Va. redistricting plan

The Republican-led Senate Privileges and Elections Committee advanced a House-drawn congressional redistricting map Tuesday on a party-line 8-7 vote, continuing the bill's speedy path through the state legislature over objections that it is unconstitutional and dilutes the vote of minorities. Published January 17, 2012

Email: Virginia GOP to drop 'loyalty oath'

The Republican Party of Virginia will not require voters to sign a pledge of intent to support the party's nominee in the general election before being allowed to vote in the March 6 primary, according to an e-mail from the state Board of Elections obtained by The Washington Times. Published January 17, 2012

**FILE** Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (Associated Press)

Bill would add Virginia to health care opponents

A Virginia lawmaker is pushing legislation to add the state to an interstate compact that would exempt members from President Obama's health care overhaul — a budding movement that's providing states across the country with another constitutional weapon to combat the landmark law. Published January 17, 2012

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has appealed a federal judge's ruling keeping him off the ballot for the Virginia primary in March. (Associated Press)

Appeals court rejects Perry's bid to get on Va. ballot

The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday denied four Republican candidates' appeal to appear on Virginia's presidential primary ballot, leaving former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Rep. Ron Paul as the only candidates to qualify for the election. Published January 17, 2012