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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

Virginia faces potential budget shortfall of $1 billion

Though Virginia has finished two consecutive years in the black, the state faces a potential budget gap of $600 million to $1 billion over the next two years, the Senate Finance Committee learned Thursday. Published November 17, 2011

Construction workers walk through the short tunnel underneath the intersection of Routes 7 and 123 leading to the partially underground Tysons Central 7 station on the new Silver Line in Tyson's Corner. It is part of Phase 1. The station is expected to open in late 2013. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

Dulles Metrorail Phase 2 is right to work

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and Virginia have reached a tentative agreement on a labor pact that had threatened to quash a deal in which the state would contribute additional money to the Dulles Metrorail project. Published November 16, 2011

Virginia officials retreat to face tight budgets

State officials on Tuesday sounded a cautionary tone as Virginia prepares for a lean budget season and the potential of cuts from Capitol Hill next week — cuts that could stanch economic recovery in a region heavily reliant on federal spending. Published November 15, 2011

Virginia's method of evaluating sex offenders flawed, costly

Virginia's system for assessing which sexually violent offenders should be sent to a state-funded rehabilitation program is fundamentally flawed and has contributed to costs nearly 10 times higher than just seven years ago, according to a report released Monday by the General Assembly's investigative arm. Published November 14, 2011

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood issued cost-cutting recommendations for the new Dulles Metrorail station in a July 3 memo that include building a cheaper above-ground alternative. Mr. Lahood's suggestions would pull the cost from an expected $3.8 billion to $2.7 billion.

LaHood announces deal on Dulles rail

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Friday announced a deal between federal, state and local stakeholders that would cut costs and iron out funding mechanisms for Phase 2 of Metro's expansion to Washington Dulles International Airport. Published November 11, 2011

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