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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

Secure Communities program confusing to FBI

A controversial federal initiative aimed at cracking down on illegal immigrants prompted significant internal confusion among FBI officials and concern about information-sharing relationships between federal, state, and local governments, emails released Thursday show. Published November 10, 2011

Sen. R. Edward Houck

Houck concedes defeat in deciding Va. Senate race

Seven-term incumbent state Sen. R. Edward Houck, Spotsylvania Democrat, has conceded defeat in the 17th district Virginia Senate race to Republican Bryce Reeves, ensuring the GOP a 20th seat and an effective majority in the General Assembly's upper chamber. Published November 10, 2011

"Republicans will now have the responsibility and accountability ... of governing both Houses," Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said at the Capitol in Richmond on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

GOP takes control, 'responsibility' in Va.

Even though election results were still unofficial, Gov. Bob McDonnell and Virginia Republican leaders declared victory Wednesday and made clear they will be in control — complete control — of the General Assembly come January. Published November 9, 2011

Sen. R. Edward Houck

GOP holds slight edge in deciding Va. Senate race

Republican hopes for an effective majority in the Senate and a historic power grab in Richmond were pinned late Tuesday on a central Virginia race in which a GOP challenger clung to an 86-vote lead with a final count not expected until Wednesday. Published November 8, 2011

Jeffrey M. Frederick, a Republican who is running for a seat on the Virginia State Senate, waits in line to cast his vote at Henderson Elementary School in Montclair, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Dems rally in last-ditch effort to hold Va. Senate

Top Virginia Democrats rallied before an enthusiastic crowd at George Mason University on Monday in a final push before Tuesday's elections, where the party will try to prevent a Republican monopoly from controlling Richmond just three years after the state swung blue. Published November 7, 2011

Sen. R. Edward Houck

Direction of Virginia legislature likely to hinge on N.Va.

All 140 seats in Virginia's General Assembly are up for election Tuesday, but the focus has narrowed to a handful of races, including several in Northern Virginia, that will determine the trajectory of state government for the next several years. Published November 6, 2011

"For me, I'm going to be doing the same things I did the last two years I did the first two, which is talking about jobs, economic development, government reform, energy, transportation, higher ed, K-12 - that'll be my focus." - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell

Democrats hear stirrings from a 'dead' Old Virginny

On Tuesday, Virginia Republicans have the opportunity to regain unfettered control in Richmond for the first time in a decade — and only the second time since the Civil War. Published November 6, 2011

Alexandria alley fight to state's top court

The long-simmering battle between the city of Alexandria and the Old Dominion Boat Club - part of the battle, anyway - is headed to the state's highest court. Published November 3, 2011

Corey A. Stewart

Stewart endorses Allen in Va. Senate race

Prince William Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey A. Stewart, a frequent critic of former Virginia Gov. George Allen, on Tuesday made nice with the current U.S. Senate candidate by offering him his endorsement. Published November 1, 2011

Top Republicans slam Loudoun email showing Obama with bullet hole

Top Virginia Republicans are soundly disparaging a Halloween email sent by the Loudoun County Republican committee that takes the iconic Shepard Fairey image of President Obama, depicting him as a zombie with a bullet hole through his head. Published October 31, 2011

Martinelly Montano reacts during the trial at the Prince William County Judicial Center in Manassas, Va., on Monday. He faces up to 70 years in prison when he is sentenced Feb. 3 on the murder charge and a host of lesser related charges. (News & Messenger)

Illegal immigrant pleads guilty in killing of nun in Va.

An illegal immigrant who fatally struck a Benedictine nun while driving drunk was found guilty in Prince William County on Monday of felony murder — a case that sparked outrage in a county at the forefront of debates on local enforcement of federal immigration laws. Published October 31, 2011

Jason A. Flanary

Political texting roils Va. state Senate race

A Republican candidate for the Virginia Senate has ties to a group with a trail of accusations that it sent unsolicited and anonymous text messages at the eleventh hour of political campaigns — messages similar to those Virginia Democrats say they have intercepted in recent days and suspect are illegal. Published October 30, 2011

Employer health coverage rate down in Virginia

The high cost of providing health insurance and a general willingness among businesses to skimp on employee benefits has left Virginia with its lowest rate of workplace health coverage in almost 20 years, according to a new study. Published October 27, 2011

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (right), with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Fairfax on Wednesday, faces ballooning Medicaid costs in his state.

Cost of Medicaid in Virginia swells

Funding for the department that oversees Medicaid in Virginia has swelled by 143 percent over the past decade as the state grapples with increased health care costs and the prospect of dramatically expanded participation starting in 2014 as a result of federal reforms. Published October 26, 2011

Va. Democrats shift campaign focus to abortion, guns

With a sputtering national economy looming over the state and an increasingly unpopular president, some campaigns in Northern Virginia are turning away from fiscal issues and toward social issues, such as abortion and gun rights, ahead of the Nov. 8 statewide elections. Published October 25, 2011

New Va. laws increase fees in body art, grooming

As Virginia's regulatory reach expands to include businesses such as tattoo and body piercing parlors, the costs of doing business for barber shops and hair salons are rising as well. Published October 24, 2011

Kitty Boitnott

General Assembly urged to increase pension funding

The Virginia Education Association on Thursday urged the General Assembly to properly fund the state's $50 billion pension system as Virginia, like most other states, grapples with how to dole out benefits to an ever-increasing number of workers hitting retirement age. Published October 20, 2011

Virginia appeals court upholds conviction in gang-attack case

Kirkland Crist Morris acknowledged he was a member of the violent Bloods street gang. But he said his role in a 2009 assault doesn't constitute "criminal gang participation" because on that night he wasn't fighting with the Bloods, he was fighting with a bunch of rival Crips. Published October 19, 2011