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

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Delegate Robert G. Marshall (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown).

Virginia bill OK'd bucking U.S. law on citizen detention

The Virginia Senate on Thursday gave final approval to a bill that would prevent any state agency from assisting in the detention of U.S. citizens if it conflicts with the U.S. or state Constitution — a direct response to a controversial provision of President Obama's 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. Published March 8, 2012

Sen. Emmett W. Hanger Jr. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Eva Russo)

Va. Senate kills McDonnell-backed teacher tenure bill

A significant piece of Gov. Bob McDonnell's 2012 education agenda died at the hands of the Virginia Senate Thursday, as the body voted 23-17 to send a bill that would make it easier to fire new teachers and principals back to committee, killing it for the year. Published March 8, 2012

Sen. Walter A. Stosch (left), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, confers with Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment Jr. during Wednesday's floor session. With adjournment set for Saturday, there is no agreement on a budget. (Associated Press)

No break in Virginia budget impasse as Democrats list demands

There is "zero" chance that the Virginia General Assembly will pass a new two-year budget by its scheduled Saturday adjournment, the Senate's top Democrat said Wednesday as the caucus laid out a detailed list of demands to Gov. Bob McDonnell before Democratic Caucus members will consider a vote on a spending plan. Published March 7, 2012

Karin Weber of McLean, Va., casts her vote at the voting precinct at Lewinsville Senior Center in McLean on Super Tuesday as her 2-year-old son, Jack, waits nearby. With only two of the four Republican presidential candidates on the Virginia ballot, some precincts were slow in the morning and afternoon hours. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Romney's Virginia faceoff with Paul not overwhelming

Mitt Romney won Virginia's Republican presidential primary on Tuesday but with less than overwhelming support, in a race that highlighted the difficulty the former Massachusetts governor has had in consolidating support among rank-and-file GOP voters. Published March 6, 2012

Virginia Capitol Police arrest more than 30 pro-choice activists when they refused to disperse as ordered. (Associated Press)

Protests take focus off Virginia budget fight

Virginia Republicans were hopeful that a weekend away from Richmond would help thaw a stalemate over the state's proposed two-year, $85 billion spending plan. But the weekend arrests of more than 30 activists protesting anti-abortion legislation has only fueled the partisan flames that have engulfed the Capitol. Published March 5, 2012

Ballot rules deprive Virginia primary of drama

Virginia might well fulfill its expected role as a swing state in the 2012 presidential race, but strict ballot rules have largely reduced the commonwealth to under-card status on Super Tuesday when 10 states hold primaries or caucuses. Published March 4, 2012

** FILE ** Virginia Delegate Lacey E. Putney (The Washington Times)

Virginia House to try budget do-over after Senate's deadlock

The Virginia House of Delegates on Thursday agreed by unanimous consent to introduce another budget in hopes of staving off a potential fiscal catastrophe and the prospects of gaveling out the 2012 session without the legislature having passed a spending plan. Published March 1, 2012

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Cuccinelli doubling Bolling in new poll

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II leads Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling by 19 percentage points in the likely Republican nomination contest for governor in 2013, according to a poll released Thursday. Published March 1, 2012

Gov. Bob McDonnell

Va. ultrasound bill headed to McDonnell's desk

A controversial measure that will require women to undergo ultrasound imaging before having an abortion is on its way to the desk of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. Published March 1, 2012

Sen. Richard L. Saslaw (Associated Press)

Virginia Senate panel kills 'Tebow bill'

A push by home-schoolers to get their children onto Virginia's public school playing fields died in the General Assembly on Thursday, with Democrats leading the charge against the so-called "Tebow bill." Published March 1, 2012

Senate Democrats block Virginia budget

Senate Democrats on Wednesday blocked the House version of Virginia's spending plan for the next two years, throwing the prospects of an on-time March 10 adjournment into flux and portending the eventual possibility of a partial government shutdown if an agreement isn't reached by July 1. Published February 29, 2012

Virginia state Sen. Janet D. Howell, Fairfax Democrat, took a novel approach Wednesday in an unsuccessful attempt to derail abortion-related legislation. (Associated Press)

Va. Senate committee kills repeal of funding for some abortions

The Virginia Senate Finance committee Tuesday morning killed a bill that would repeal state funding for low-income women to have abortions if a doctor determines their child will be born with a physical deformity or mental deficiency. Published February 28, 2012

Gov. Bob McDonnell

McDonnell signs repeal of Virginia's one-gun-a-month law

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Tuesday signed a measure to repeal the state's nearly 20-year-old ban on purchasing more than one handgun per month, delivering a major victory to gun rights advocates in the state. Published February 28, 2012

Va. Senate passes bill mandating ultrasound before abortion

The Virginia Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that will require women to undergo ultrasound imaging before having an abortion, after a torturous process through the legislature that saw Gov. Bob McDonnell broker a compromise on the high-profile measure. Published February 28, 2012

Tim Kaine (right) and George Allen, candidates for U.S. Senate in Virginia, greet each other in the hallway before beginning their first debate for the 2012 campaign at the annual AP Day at the Virginia State Capitol in December. The men, both former Virginia governors, are currently in a dead heat. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Poll: Allen has 8-point lead over Kaine

Poll results released Tuesday show significant daylight between Republican George Allen and Democrat Tim Kaine in the campaign to replace retiring Sen. Jim Webb from Virginia. Published February 28, 2012

Va. judge tosses redistricting lawsuit

The Richmond Circuit Court on Monday dismissed a lawsuit that sought to have the court draw Virginia's congressional districts for the 2012 elections. Published February 27, 2012