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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by David Sherfinski

Older, sicker inmates add to costs in Virginia jails

The number of inmates in Virginia age 50 or older has increased nearly sevenfold over the past 20 years, and the average cost of providing them with specialized health care was nearly seven times the average expenses for younger prisoners in fiscal 2010. Published October 17, 2011

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

Obama declines McDonnell's invitation to tour quake-damaged area

President Obama has declined Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's request to stop in Louisa, the site of a 5.8-magnitude earthquake, when he swings through the state next week in an effort to boost support for his jobs package. Published October 14, 2011

Fairfax hurries to aid voters deficient in English

Fairfax County is scrambling to meet new federal requirements to provide language assistance for English-speaking- deficient Hispanic voters - with state and local elections less than four weeks away. Published October 13, 2011

**FILE** Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (Associated Press)

McDonnell gets good news on popularity

The voters may not be in agreement with his policies but Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell continues to see his job-approval ratings climb. Published October 12, 2011

Gap between Virginia's top and bottom earners increases

The gap between the top 10 percent of earners and the bottom 10 percent in Virginia is the highest it's been in 30 years and ranks second only behind New Jersey, a report released Tuesday says. Published October 11, 2011

George Allen (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

Allen raises $900,000-plus in 3rd quarter

Senate candidate George Allen, Virginia Republican, raised more than $900,000 during the months of July, August and September, his campaign announced Friday. Published October 7, 2011

** FILE ** Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, a Republican, filed the lawsuit to strike down the federal health-care law in defense of a new state law that prohibits the government from forcing state residents to buy health insurance. (The Washington Times)

Cuccinelli criticizes Obama for marriage stance

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II is strongly criticizing the Obama administration for abandoning its defense of a federal law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman — the latest in a series of high-profile actions regarding gay marriage from the state's top prosecutor. Published October 6, 2011

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, Class of 1986, leaves Gonzaga College High School with Kevin Clark, a University of Virginia student and fellow Gonzaga graduate who helped bring the state's top prosecutor to the school. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

Virginia's Cuccinelli talks government with students at D.C. alma mater

Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II received a largely warm - though at times combative - greeting Wednesday at his alma mater, Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C., while engaging students on subjects including federalism, the Constitution and his challenge to President Obama's health care overhaul. Published October 5, 2011

Shawn Mitchell, a Democratic candidate for Virginia state Senate in Loudoun County, disagrees with his GOP rival on the role of the federal government in health care. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Transportation key to Va. state Senate races

Candidates running for the Virginia Senate in Loudoun County districts largely agreed at a forum Tuesday on the importance of finding a dedicated stream of revenue for the region's perpetually clogged roads and completing the Dulles Metrorail project — though how to pay for each was another matter. Published October 4, 2011

Allen, Kaine hit road to help '11 candidates

U.S. Senate candidates George Allen and Tim Kaine are supporting candidates in Virginia's fall elections by hopscotching the commonwealth for campaign appearances - including, notably, a number of events in voter-rich Northern Virginia that could be crucial to their own fortunes next year. Published October 3, 2011

Candidates for Virginia state Senate vie for support at forum

Candidates in three of the most competitive and closely-watched 2011 state Senate races in Northern Virginia squared off Sunday, distinguishing themselves on such key issues as taxes, abortion and the potential consequences of Republicans taking full control of state government after Novembers elections. Published October 2, 2011

Kitty Boitnott, president of the Virginia Education Association, says some teachers across the state have gone three years without a raise. (Associated Press)

Virginia teachers union presses for K-12 'funding priority'

The president of the Virginia Education Association is pressing Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to make K-12 education a funding priority and to increase teacher salaries as part of the states next biennial budget. Published October 2, 2011

96 percent of Virginia schools are fully accredited

Ninety-six percent of Virginia schools are fully accredited by the state Department of Education for 2011-2012 — down 2 percentage points from last year — and the state superintendent is warning of further declines in coming years as Virginia implements more stringent standards for English and math testing. Published September 29, 2011

Pennsylvania to pull back Virginia-housed inmates

Pennsylvania officials plan to transfer back to the state about 1,000 inmates they currently pay to have housed in Virginia prisons — a move that could cost Virginia upward of $20 million. Published September 29, 2011

Virginia's 'deep poverty' rate up 20 percent since 2007

Virginia is home to four of 10 richest counties in the nation, yet the statewide child poverty rate is at its highest level since 1998 and the number of residents who live in deep poverty has jumped by more than 20 percent since 2007, according to newly released census data. Published September 26, 2011