Foreign Twitter accounts attacked a Democratic candidate who ran in a primary for state Senate in Northern Virginia in what she said was an aggressive campaign to misrepresent her views on Iran.
Yasmine Taeb, the first Muslim woman elected to the Democratic National Committee, lost a close primary race June 11 to Senate Minority Leader Dick Saslaw, D-Fairfax, in Senate District 35, which includes parts of Fairfax County, Alexandria and Falls Church.
Senate Minority Leader Dick Saslaw, D-Fairfax, won a tough primary fight for the Democratic nomination Tuesday, overcoming a challenge from Yasmine Taeb, the first Muslim woman elected to the Democratic National Committee.
Karen Torrent, a lawyer and former congressional staffer who leads a legal consulting team, trailed in the balloting.
At last month’s Memorial Day parade in Falls Church, Va., volunteers for Virginia Senate candidate Yasmine Taeb easily outnumbered those chanting for Senate Minority Leader Richard L. Saslaw, the veteran lawmaker she aims to unseat in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.
The last time Senate Minority Leader Dick Saslaw had a primary opponent, Jimmy Carter was in the White House and the Bee Gees were at the top of the charts. Ever since then, Saslaw has avoided any primary opposition in a district that is one of the most solidly Democratic seats in the commonwealth. In that time, he’s earned a reputation as a tough-as-nails lawmaker who is liberal on social issues but business friendly. Campaign-finance records show he’s taken about $350,000 from utility monopoly Dominion since 1996, when the Virginia Public Access Project started compiling records. When asked about his campaign-finance disclosures, Saslaw turns the question around.
Dick Saslaw has served in the state legislature since 1976 and is the top Democrat in the state senate.
The 79 year-old Saslaw sponsored bills this year that would create an independent redistricting commission and raise the smoking age to 21. But a host of progressive groups are backing human rights attorney Yasmine Taeb in what is shaping up to be one of the closest watched primaries in the state.
Yasmine Taeb, a Northern Virginia human rights lawyer and a member of the Democratic National Committee, announced Thursday that she’s launching a primary challenge to the most powerful Democrat in the Virginia Senate.
Her challenge to Senate Minority Leader Dick Saslaw of Fairfax County, who represents the 35th state Senate District, pits an activist from the progressive wing of the party against a lawmaker who has served in the legislature since 1976 and is close with some of the state’s most influential lobbies.
The Virginia Senate appears to have enough votes to break through years of GOP intransigence and expand Medicaid to 400,000 low-income residents as part of a budget vote planned for Wednesday.
Supporters consider expansion a moral and economic no-brainer, since the federal government is offering to pay 90 percent of the cost. Opponents, fearful that Washington will renege on the funding and stick Virginia with the whole $2 billion-a-year tab, call it financially irresponsible.
The Virginia Senate is set to pass a $115 billion, two-year budget Wednesday that includes Medicaid expansion, but only after some significant drama Tuesday afternoon in the Senate Finance Committee.
A budget deal negotiated between Senate Finance Co-Chair Emmett Hanger and House Appropriations Chairman Chris Jones, both Republicans, was voted down in the committee 9 to 7, but is expected to be reintroduced on the Senate floor for final passage.
The Virginia Senate reconvened Tuesday for a possible vote on expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, but no bill immediately came to the floor as Democrats pulled back from a threat to deploy a “nuclear” procedural move.
Instead, the Senate will return in a week, a delay billed as a way to give senators more time to study the latest Medicaid expansion plan, which was announced the day before by a key GOP senator and the House’s budget chief.
Senate Republican leaders refused on Tuesday to consider a proposed budget agreement that would expand Virginia’s Medicaid program, instead using a procedural maneuver to delay consideration by the chamber’s Finance Committee for another week.
The decision to adjourn the Finance Committee until next Tuesday prompted outraged jeers from spectators in the Senate gallery. It also sparked a bitter debate between Democrats who are frustrated by six weeks of delays since the General Assembly convened a special session on the budget and Republicans who are determined to block Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.