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Qasim Rashid running in 1st Congressional District's Democratic primary

Inside NOVA

Stafford lawyer Qasim Rashid is running for Congress in the 1st District. The Democrat ran in the state Senate 28th District race last November. He lost to incumbent Republican Richard Stuart 57%-42%. Rep. Rob Wittman, a Republican, was first elected in a 2007 special election, and won re-election to a sixth full term in 2018, defeating challenger Vangie Williams 55%-45%.

VaNews January 22, 2020


Sen. Stuart wants to put tuition increases to a vote by students

By MECHELLE HANKERSON, Virginia Mercury

A proposal from a Republican senator would require student approval before a public college or university approves a tuition raise. Sen. Richard Stuart, R-Stafford, wants tuition hikes to go to the students who will have to pay for it before a governing board votes. His legislation, which he introduced last year too and calls “crazy,” calls for two-thirds of a school’s student body to approve the raise before formal adoption.

VaNews December 24, 2019


Rashid hopes to unseat incumbent Stuart in 28th Senate District

By JAMES SCOTT BARON, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The race for Virginia’s 28th District Senate seat pits a Republican incumbent who grew up in the district and has spent most of his life there against a Democratic challenger who immigrated to the United States as a child from Pakistan.

VaNews October 18, 2019


Judge refuses to toss charge over threat to Muslim candidate

Associated Press

A federal judge refused on Monday to throw out a case in which a North Carolina man is charged with anonymously threatening to lynch a Muslim-American man campaigning for a state Senate seat in Virginia. Joseph Cecil Vandevere is charged with interstate communication of a threat to injure a person in connection with a tweet directed at candidate Qasim Rashid. The tweet included a picture of a lynching and read, “VIEW YOUR DESTINY.”

VaNews September 17, 2019


Stuart, Rashid debate for Senate seat

By JAMES SCOTT BARON, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Incumbent Republican State Sen. Richard Stuart met Democratic challenger Qasim Rashid Thursday night during a debate before a packed meeting hall at the University of Mary Washington’s Stafford County campus. Rashid, a Democrat, writer and human rights attorney, squared off with Stuart on a variety of issues including transportation, equal rights, health care, guns, immigration, the minimum wage and student loan debt.

VaNews September 6, 2019


GOP state senator attacks his 'radical' challenger, a Muslim, over 'Islamic terrorism'

By PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

State Sen. Richard Stuart, R-Stafford, launched Facebook ads this week attacking his Democratic challenger over the issue of "Islamic terrorism." Qasim Rashid, a lawyer challenger Stuart in Senate District 28, said Stuart's allegations were false and an attempt to distract voters from real issues in the campaign, like the need to raise pay for teachers and improve Virginia's infrastructure.

VaNews August 28, 2019


House kills bill relaxing DUI laws in yards, drives

By GRAHAM MOOMAW , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Virginians who want to crack open a beer or two while doing yardwork on a riding lawnmower came close to getting a green light from the General Assembly. But drinking and getting behind the wheel in your own yard or driveway could still mean big legal trouble after a House of Delegates subcommittee voted down legislation to put private homes beyond the reach of the state’s drunken-driving laws.

VaNews March 6, 2018


Medicaid sticking point in budget negotiations

By JILL PALERMO, Prince William Times

With just five days remaining until the Virginia General Assembly's scheduled March 10 adjournment, the state's new budget remains a work in progress. The main sticking point: whether Medicaid will be expanded to cover an estimated 300,000 additional low-income Virginians.

VaNews March 6, 2018


Bill Allowing Drunken Driving on Private Property Killed

By JESSICA WETZLER, VCU Capital News Service

A Senate bill that would have allowed Virginians to drive drunk on their private property was killed unanimously by a House subcommittee Friday after an outcry from traffic safety advocates.

VaNews March 3, 2018


Senate panel interviews candidates for State Corporation Commission judgeship

By ROBERT ZULLO, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

The Senate’s Commerce and Labor Committee on Monday interviewed the three candidates vying to replace retiring Judge James C. Dimitri on the State Corporation Commission, which regulates electric utilities, banking and insurance and other businesses, though they only got a handful of questions. Almost all of them came from Sen. Frank Wagner, R-Virginia Beach, the chairman of the committee and a powerful ally of Virginia’s largest electric utility, Dominion Energy.

VaNews February 27, 2018