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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

** FILE ** Former Sen. George Allen celebrates with his wife, Susan (left), and daughter Tyler in Richmond on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, after securing a win in Virginia's Republican primary in his effort to reclaim his old Senate seat. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Allen's Virginia primary victory sets up showdown with Kaine

Republican George Allen clinched his party's Senate nomination in Virginia on Tuesday, setting up an all-out slugfest with Democrat Tim Kaine in what will undoubtedly be one of the nation's most consequential, closely-watched, and expensive races this year. Published June 12, 2012

George Allen (right), a former Virginia governor and U.S. senator, greets voter Rod Wood of Fairfax Station at the Silver Brook Elementary School precinct in Fairfax Station on Tuesday, June 12, 2012. Mr. Allen is running in the Virginia's Republican primary in an effort to reclaim the Senate seat he lost to Jim Webb, a Democrat, in 2006. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Independents are the apples of Allen's eye in Virginia race

George Allen, the odds-on favorite to win Virginia's GOP Senate primary Tuesday, is already working feverishly to win over the coveted independent vote for a high-stakes November matchup with Democrat Tim Kaine that will help determine the balance of power in the U.S. Senate come January. Published June 11, 2012

New elections demanded after chaotic Virginia Democratic convention

The Democratic Party of Virginia convention that descended into chaos, discord and finger-pointing has prompted a formal complaint against the state party that demands a new election for two of the state's representatives to the Democratic National Committee and the ouster of three top party officials. Published June 10, 2012

Robert G. Marshall

New Virginia poll: Gay marriage not key for most voters

A plurality of Virginia voters oppose same-sex marriage, but three-quarters of them said the issue won't be very important to them in the November election, according to a new poll released Thursday. Published June 7, 2012

Washington Dulles International Airport

Labor agreement dropped from Dulles rail deal

The regional authority overseeing the $6 billion Dulles rail project dealt a blow to union labor on Wednesday — a day after voters in Wisconsin and California did much the same. Published June 6, 2012

Six-figure income qualifies for housing aid in Tysons

The bulk of new affordable housing to be part of the massive Tysons Corner redevelopment plan is slated for households making six figures — or close to it — according to an analysis to be unveiled Wednesday. Published June 5, 2012

The Albert V. Bryan United States Courthouse in Alexandria. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Doctors sue Virginia over health care law

A group of doctors is suing Virginia over a provision in its heath care law that forbids medical professionals from offering certain new services or purchasing certain types of equipment without first getting an official go-ahead from the state Department of Health. Published June 5, 2012

Fairfax community stuck with a little-used shuttle

A decade-old deal struck between a developer and Fairfax County forced a Springfield residential community for the elderly to foot the bill for a $117,000-a-year shuttle service residents say nobody wanted or needed. Published June 4, 2012

A higher power for Va. dental assistants

A proposal that would allow a new class of dental assistants in Virginia to work in patients' mouths with high-speed instruments has many in the professional community gnashing their teeth. Published June 3, 2012

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

Cuccinelli opinion clarifies gun-transport law

Virginians who can lawfully possess firearms do not need concealed-weapons permits to keep loaded handguns within reach in vehicles, according to Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II. Published May 30, 2012


McDonnell, O'Malley also in spotlight in Walker recall

Next week's recall election in Wisconsin between Gov. Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett sets up not only a high-profile battle between the two candidates but a side skirmish between Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, chairmen of their parties' governors associations and rising national political stars. Published May 29, 2012

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II determined that while there is no "express authority" allowing the governor to transfer administration of the Dulles Toll Road, various statutes give the executive branch broad flexibility to provide for public transportation. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Cuccinelli backs Kaine on Dulles rail project

Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine acted within his authority when he decided in 2006 to transfer the Dulles Toll Road and management of the Dulles rail project to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II said Tuesday. Published May 29, 2012

Washington Nationals center fielder Roger Bernadina (2) slides in safely to home plate after a single by second baseman Stephen Lombardozzi in the fifth inning of the Orioles' 6-5 road win on May 19, 2012. (Associated Press)

Court shuts out Nationals, Orioles fans' viewing in N.C.

Despite winning records this year that have delighted their long-suffering fans, it seems the Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles still can't get much respect — including from the federal government. Published May 28, 2012

**FILE** U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride. (Associated Press)

Dentist indicted on prescription, fraud charges

An Oakton dentist has been indicted on charges of illegally distributing prescription pills to patients, professionals and paramours over the past five years and also assuming another dentist's identity to bill more than $160,000 in claims for work he performed on his family. Published May 28, 2012

Settlement reached in Chantilly gas leak explosion

Washington Gas has to pay Virginia $154,800 under a settlement order from the State Corporation Commission stemming from an investigation into a December 2010 explosion that destroyed a home in Chantilly. Published May 24, 2012

Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (left), on the campaign trail with President Obama (Getty Images)

NBC poll: Obama, Kaine hold slight leads in Virginia

A new poll has President Obama and U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine with slight leads over their likely Republican opponents in Virginia, where both Democrats are sure to spend a significant amount of time between now and November. Published May 24, 2012

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is at odds with advocacy groups for vetoing a bill to allow a neglected or abused child to go to school where a caregiving relative lives. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

McDonnell criticized for veto of Virginia abused-child schooling bill

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has found himself on the opposite side of advocacy groups spanning the political spectrum after vetoing a bill that would allow abused or neglected children living with a relative to enroll in the school district where the relative lives. Published May 23, 2012