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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

Terry McAuliffe has made a point that Republican Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II's comments about the lesbian and gay community are inimical to economic growth. The numbers, however, say Virginia has done well in the past four years under GOP leadership. (Associated Press)

Terry McAuliffe vows to use mysterious 'guidance opinion' to help Virginia abortion clinics

Democrat Terry McAuliffe is telling supporters that as Virginia governor he would issue a "guidance opinion" that would exempt existing abortion clinics from complying with strict new health and safety standards. The only problem: State officials say there is no such thing as a guidance opinion and that governors have no such formal authority. Published September 18, 2013

**FILE** Terry McAuliffe (The Washington Times)

McAuliffe up 3 percentage points over Cuccinelli in new poll

Democrat Terry McAuliffe holds a 44 percent to 41 percent lead over Republican Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II in the race for Virginia governor, with Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis pulling 7 percent of the vote, according to a poll released Wednesday. Published September 18, 2013

Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, the Republican candidate for Virginia governor, has brought the importance of the state's coal industry back into the campaign picture. A new ad cites Democrat Terry McAuliffe's words as a candidate four years ago that "as governor, I never want another coal plant built." (associated press photographs)

Cuccinelli camp disavows Jewish joke at rally

The campaign of Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II distanced itself from an anti-Semitic joke made Tuesday at a rally featuring the Republican gubernatorial candidate and conservative radio host Mark Levin. Published September 17, 2013

Cuccinelli, McAuliffe tout support

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II appeared alongside conservative talk radio show host Mark Levin in Northern Virginia on Tuesday as his opponent, Terry McAuliffe, campaigned more than 200 miles away with the Republican mayor of the state's largest city. Published September 17, 2013

Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Rubio: Virginia governor's race a vote on American exceptionalism

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio on Monday cast the Virginia governor's race as not only a fight between Republican Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II and Democrat Terry McAuliffe, but a battle for the idea of American exceptionalism in an uncertain world. Published September 16, 2013

Terry McAuliffe

Coal returns as a Virginia campaign issue

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II tried to repackage a bread-and-butter issue for many Virginians — the state's coal industry — with a new tone Thursday and put the energy issue back at the forefront of the governor's race. Published September 12, 2013

Paying: Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II says he has written a check to Cross Over Ministry for $18,000, the same amount he reportedly received from a businessman. (Associated Press)

Kenneth Cuccinelli tries to shake scandal in Virginia with $18,000 donation

In an abrupt about-face, Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II announced Tuesday he's donating $18,000 to charity as reimbursement for gifts he received from a wealthy businessman — a gamble he hopes will put behind him a scandal that has weighed on his gubernatorial campaign. Published September 10, 2013

Cuccinelli donates $18,000 — equivalent of gifts — to charity

In an abrupt about-face, Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II announced Tuesday that he's donating $18,000 to charity — the cash value of gifts he's received from the chief of a nutritional supplement company whose gifts and loans to the state's first family have prompted state and federal investigations. Published September 10, 2013

** FILE ** Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (left) and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey (right), chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrive for a closed-door intelligence briefing for members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate-crafted Syria resolution riddled with loopholes for Obama

Senators on Wednesday tried to write a tight resolution authorizing President Obama to strike Syria under very specific circumstances, but analysts and lawmakers said the language still has plenty of holes the White House could use to expand military action well beyond what Congress appears to intend. Published September 4, 2013

Majority of Americans don't want Syria intervention: poll

As the Senate Foreign Relations Committee prepares to mark up a specific resolution authorizing military strikes in Syria Wednesday, a new poll shows a majority of Americans oppose the United States' intervening in the war-torn country. Published September 4, 2013

**FILE** U.S. Sens. John McCain (left) and Lindsey Graham talk during a press conference in Cairo on Aug. 6, 2013. (Associated Press)

Sen. Lindsey Graham: Wrong move almost ensures Israeli-Iranian war

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday that a wrong move in Syria almost ensures a war between Israel and Iran, challenging President Obama to articulate his case for military intervention in the region and telling his congressional colleagues to come up with a plan. Published September 3, 2013

** FILE ** Then-Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican, speaks during a campaign stop in Manchester, N.H., on Dec. 19, 2011, during his bid for the party's presidential nomination. (Associated Press)

Ron Paul: Military force against Syria 'reckless,' 'immoral'

Former Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican, used his weekly column to argue strenuously against military intervention in Syria, accusing Congress of allowing itself to be used as "window-dressing" for an "imperial president." Published September 3, 2013