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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

U.S. Senate candidates from Virginia George Allen and Tim Kaine shake hands while on stage for a photo op at the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) Tech Town Hall on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at the Microsoft offices in Reston, Va. Each candidate was allowed opening remarks followed by a 30-minute Q&A session with a Microsoft panel. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Between Allen and Kaine, no daylight

U.S. Senate candidates Tim Kaine and George Allen on Wednesday announced their best quarterly fundraising totals, even as a new poll showed the Virginia political heavyweights still neck and neck heading into the summer campaign season. Published July 11, 2012

Va. Gov. McDonnell undecided on adding to Medicaid

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell told members of the General Assembly on Tuesday that it is too early to say whether the state will follow the lead of a handful of Republican governors who have vowed not to implement key portions of President Obama's health care overhaul. Published July 10, 2012


Goode's third-party run: Bad news for Romney in Virginia?

Former Virginia Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr.'s bid for the White House as the Constitution Party's nominee could help resuscitate a political career cut short by a razor-thin loss in 2008 — but it also carries the risk of tipping the scales toward President Obama in the all-important swing state. Published July 8, 2012

President Barack Obama speaks before signing HR 4348, the Surface Transportation Bill, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, July 6, 2012. The bill maintains jobs on transportation projects and prevents interest rate increases on new loans to millions of college students. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama touts transportation, student loans; GOP hits economy, health care

President Obama, in his weekly radio address, highlighted a bill he signed into law Friday that will provide more money for transportation projects and prevent interest rates for student loans from doubling, opting to stray from the two subjects that have dominated the headlines in recent days — the economy and health care. Published July 7, 2012

Artur Davis, a onetime Democratic representative from Alabama, says his recent switch to the Republican Party was prompted by the massive chasm between President Obama's promises as a candidate and his results as president. "The candidate who talked about and pledged to cut the deficit in half has now gotten us accustomed ... to trillion-dollar deficits every single year of his presidency,"he said on a visit to Virginia. (Associated Press)

New to the GOP side, Davis sounds battle cry

Former Rep. Artur Davis, who recently switched from Democrat to Republican, has fast become a high-profile backer for Mitt Romney in Virginia as he sounds the battle cry for disaffected Democrats. Published July 5, 2012

Pro-secular group going nationwide, gearing up for election

A national secular organization is in a frenetic push to ensure that the voices of atheists, agnostics and "freethinkers" are heard in statehouses across the country and in the presidential election in the fall. Published July 4, 2012

**FILE** Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks June 19, 2012, in Holland, Mich. (Associated Press)

Romney goes against GOP on 'tax' label

In the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling last week, Republicans on Capitol Hill spent four days laying out an attack on President Obama's health care law as a massive tax increase. Published July 2, 2012

State worker paid criminal $80,000

A Virginia Department of Corrections employee paid a prolific criminal with whom he had a homosexual relationship nearly $80,000 in public funds to perform work for the state that was never done, a recent report concludes. Published July 2, 2012

With the U.S. Capitol in the background, Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks about the Supreme Court's health care ruling on June 28, 2012. (Associated Press)

Romney adviser: Health care not a tax

While congressional Republicans have seized on the Supreme Court's ruling that President Obama's health care overhaul is constitutional as a tax, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's top campaign strategist undercut that line of argument Monday, saying that the governor agrees with Mr. Obama that the law is not a tax. Published July 2, 2012

The Wiehle Avenue station being built between the Dulles Toll Road and Dulles Access Road will bring Metrorail service to Reston in Fairfax County. Whether the Silver Line expands into Loudoun County is up to the Board of Supervisors, which votes Tuesday on funding. (The Washington Times)

Loudoun vote key to Metro expansion

A $6 billion public-works project 40 years in the making with economic development implications for two states and the District is now in the hands of nine local legislators - only two of whom have been on the job for more than seven months. Published July 1, 2012

A fallen tree blocks one lane of traffic on 13th Street NW in the Logan Circle neighborhood of Washington, Saturday, June 30, 2012. Violent evening storms following a day of triple-digit temperatures wiped out power to more than 2 million people across the eastern United States. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Storms leave 9 dead in Md., Va. and D.C.; 4 in N.J., Ohio and Ky.

Devastating thunderstorms Friday left nine people in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia dead and hundreds of thousands without power in the region as residents across the area face more extreme temperatures and the possibility of additional thunderstorms this weekend. Published June 30, 2012

University of Virginia Rector Helen Dragas smiles as she talks with Board of Visitors member W. Haywood Fralin during a meeting in the Rotunda at the school on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

McDonnell reappoints Dragas to UVa. board

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Friday that he has re-appointed University of Virginia Rector Helen E. Dragas to the university's Board of Visitors. Published June 29, 2012

U.S. Senate candidates from Virginia George Allen and Tim Kaine shake hands while on stage for a photo op at the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) Tech Town Hall on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at the Microsoft offices in Reston, Va. Each candidate was allowed opening remarks followed by a 30-minute Q&A session with a Microsoft panel. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Allen, Kaine find common ground at forum

U.S. Senate candidates George Allen and Tim Kaine found plenty to disagree about on issues such as taxes and health care Thursday in their first joint appearance since Mr. Allen's Republican primary victory June 12. But the pair found some areas of consensus as well. Published June 28, 2012

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli waits his turn to talk  about the Supreme Court decision on the Health Care law during a press conference Thursday, June 28, 2012 in Richmond, Va. Cuccinelli said the U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding President Barack Obama's health care overhaul makes this "a dark day for American liberty."  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Cuccinelli finds solace in aspects of ruling; Maryland, D.C. officials cheer

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II said the U.S. Supreme Court's decision Thursday upholding health care reform was a loss on policy but a victory for the Constitution, while across the Potomac in Maryland leaders said the ruling affirmed their decision to act quickly to implement the controversial law. Published June 28, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (left) listens in May as Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell speaks on his behalf in Portsmouth, Va. Mr. McDonnell recently hinted that he is being vetted as a possible running mate on the GOP ticket. Previously, he had denied that he was under consideration for the vice-presidential spot. (Associated Press)

McDonnell hints of being vetted for VP

Though Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has fallen out of the top tier in some pundits' rankings for potential vice-presidential picks, he signaled recently that he might be getting a fresh look from the one person who ultimately matters — Mitt Romney. Published June 27, 2012

Va. challenge to EPA's findings on greenhouse gas rejected

A federal appeals court on Tuesday rejected a lawsuit from a number of states, including Virginia, that challenged the Environmental Protection Agency's findings that greenhouse gas emissions may “reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health.” Published June 26, 2012

University of Virginia president Teresa Sullivan, center, at podium, addresses a crowd of supporters outside the university Rotunda after she was reinstated by the Board of Visitors during a meeting at the school Tuesday, June 26, 2012 in Charlottesville, Va. The 15-member Board of Visitors voted unanimously to reinstate Sullivan less than three weeks after ousting her in a secretive move that infuriated students and faculty, had the governor threatening to fire the entire governing board and sparked a debate about the most effective way to operate public universities in an era of tight finances. Shortly after the vote, Sullivan thanked the board members for their renewed confidence in her. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

UVa. board votes to reinstate Sullivan

In an abrupt about-face, the University of Virginia's governing body voted on Tuesday to reinstate ousted President Teresa Sullivan, who was forced to resign earlier this month. Published June 26, 2012

Decision day arrives on ousted UVa. president

The University of Virginia's governing body is scheduled to convene Tuesday to decide whether to reinstate ousted President Teresa Sullivan, potentially ending a chaotic two weeks that has torn the fabric of the historic university's community asunder. Published June 25, 2012

Students and faculty members held a Rally for Honor on the University of Virginia campus Sunday to urge the reinstatement of Teresa A. Sullivan as the university's president. Ms. Sullivan resigned June 10 under pressure from the university's governing board. (Associated Press)

Rally seeks return of U.Va. president

About 1,500 students, alumni and faculty gathered outside the University of Virginia's historic Rotunda Sunday afternoon to support reinstating ousted President Teresa A. Sullivan. Published June 24, 2012