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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at [email protected].

Articles by David Sherfinski

McDonnell: Tomorrow will be 'too late' to prepare for Irene

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell briefed state legislators on a conference call Friday morning and was planning to visit emergency operations centers in Hampton, Virginia Beach and Norfolk Friday afternoon in preparation for Hurricane Irene. Published August 26, 2011

UVa. turns over FOIA-requested climate-change papers to critics

A conservative group seeking documents related to former University of Virginia professor Michael Mann has received records from the school Thursday in the wake of a judge's order but remained mum as to what information they contained. Published August 25, 2011

Va. health department to release abortion-clinic regulations

Pro-choice advocates say that they hope draft regulations from the Virginia Department of Health that impose hospitallike standards on the state's abortion clinics will not end up restricting access for women seeking abortions in the state. Published August 25, 2011

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (Drew Angerer / The Washington Times)

Va. GOP 'euphoric' at Senate takeover prospects

A day after statewide primaries set the stage for the fall elections, Republican leaders touted their candidates and their party's chances of retaking the state Senate and gaining unfettered control of Virginia government for the first time in 10 years. Published August 24, 2011

**FILE** Gov. Bob McDonnell (Associated Press)

McDonnell, Cantor tour quake-damaged sites

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Wednesday toured damaged areas at the epicenter of Tuesday's 5.8-magnitude earthquake, walking through Louisa County High School and assessing a local supermarket in Mineral, Va. Published August 24, 2011

Turnout likely to be light in Virginia primaries

In sleepy late August, politics is far from the minds of many residents of the D.C. area. But Virginia voters will nonetheless head to the polls Tuesday for primary elections to select candidates in November's General Assembly races. Published August 22, 2011

College chancellor resigns after scandalous photos

The chancellor of a Northern Virginia for-profit college recently raided by federal immigration authorities has resigned, after pictures of him posted on an S & M website were unearthed by thesmokinggun.com and picked up by The Daily Mail. Published August 22, 2011

Virginia faces more borrowing to cover jobless aid

Virginia may have finished the past fiscal year with a $545 million surplus, but the state will likely have to borrow an additional $251 million between next month and April 2013 to repay the federal government for loans to its unemployment insurance trust fund, which remains underwater for the second consecutive year. Published August 21, 2011

**FILE** Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (Associated Press)

Virginia, Maryland leaders divided by more than just a river

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley sparred Sunday for the first time as leaders of their respective parties' governors associations, drawing clear lines in the sand on federal spending, job growth and President Obama's performance on the economy. Published August 21, 2011

**FILE** Gov. Bob McDonnell (Associated Press)

McDonnell-O'Malley spar on fed spending, job growth

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley sparred Sunday for the first time as leaders of their respective parties' governors associations, drawing clear lines in the sand on federal spending, job growth and President Barack Obama's performance on the economy. Published August 21, 2011

Virginia faces more borrowing to cover unemployment tab

Virginia may have finished the last fiscal year with a $545 million surplus, but the state will likely have to borrow an additional $251 million between September and April 2013 to pay back the federal government for loans to its unemployment insurance trust fund — which remains underwater for the second consecutive year. Published August 19, 2011

**FILE** Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

McDonnell: Virginia ends fiscal 2011 with $545M surplus

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Thursday the commonwealth ended fiscal 2011 with a $545 million surplus, but urged lawmakers to set aside $30 million of the windfall to help the state economy as Washington begins to cut spending to rein in the federal deficit. Published August 18, 2011

Airports board: Next move on Dulles Metro station isn't ours

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority members had a message Wednesday for officials from Virginia, Fairfax and Loudoun counties and the federal government regarding the second phase of the Dulles Metrorail project: The ball's in your court. Published August 17, 2011

Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling greets employees of Hadpro - Hood and Duct Professionals - at Tuesday's ribbon cutting for the company's new headquarters in Alexandria. Mr. Bolling will serve at Mitt Romney's Virginia campaign director. (Drew Angerer / The Washington Times)

Perry, Romney have Virginia voters' attention

Virginia Republicans appear to be casting an early gaze toward two governors — Rick Perry of Texas and Mitt Romney, formerly of Massachusetts — as the field for their party's presidential nomination sharpens into focus, state Republicans and political observers said Tuesday. Published August 16, 2011

**FILE** Gov. Bob McDonnell (Associated Press)

McDonnell's cost-cutting ax could hit Potomac River fund

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is pressing ahead with a cost-cutting measure by proposing that the state save thousands by eliminating its dues to a 71-year-old, multistate compact to clean up the Potomac River. But the plan has drawn criticism from some who say the amount is a small investment in a major resource. Published August 15, 2011

Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II

Virginia sues over purported pension fraud

The state of Virginia is suing the Bank of New York Mellon, alleging that the company that oversees the commonwealth's retirement system skimmed money off the top of financial transactions it made on behalf of the state. Published August 12, 2011

Most Virginia schools fall short of federal achievement standards

Just 38 percent of Virginia's 1,839 schools made annual benchmarks last year in English and math under provisions of the 2002 No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, according to detailed figures released Thursday by the Virginia department of Education. Published August 11, 2011