Posts Tagged ‘D.C. Statehood’

Hey Rand Paul, D.C. Would Only Have the Nation’s Highest Murder Rate If It Were a State

The unrepresented people of D.C. have a new member of Congress who's interested in running our local government: Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky introduced an amendment Tuesday that would  repeal D.C.'s current semiautomatic handgun ban and gun registration requirements. The amendment was tacked on to the Senate's bipartisan Sportsmen Act, which, in part, would ease hunting and fishing [...]

House Committee Votes to Block D.C. Marijuana Decriminalization Law

The District's law wiping out most criminal penalties for marijuana is officially under attack by national Republicans: The GOP-controlled House Appropriations Committee voted Wednesday to insert an amendment that would gut the decriminalization law into a massive—and unrelated—spending bill.
The amendment, introduced by Republican Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland, would prevent the city from spending any money to implement the law. All of the [...]

Council Wants to Change Street Names to “DC No Taxation Without Representation Way”

Here's a clunky mouthful: The D.C. Council introduced legislation today to change the names of the streets surrounding the U.S. Capitol to "D.C. No Taxation Without Representation Way."
The change, fortunately for cabdrivers and other city navigators, is only symbolic and would not formally change any addresses. The legislation designates 1st Streets NE and SE between Constitution and Independence Avenues with [...]

Everything You Need to Know Before Tomorrow’s House Hearing on D.C.’s Pot Decriminalization Law

A Republican-led House subcommittee is scheduled to hold a hearing Friday to examine D.C.'s recently passed legislation to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. Mayor Vince Gray signed the act in March, and the bill is subject to 60 days of congressional review before it can become a law in D.C. Which brings [...]

D.C. Voting Rights Have a Friend in New Hampshire

The New Hampshire House passed legislation today expressing its support for D.C. to be fully represented in Congress, in a 145-133 vote.
What does this mean for D.C.? On a practical level, absolutely nothing.
Symbolically, however, this could help build momentum for activists who are rallying for D.C. statehood, or at least a vote in Congress. This is [...]

The Needle: Identity Crisis

The Case for Statehood: A TSA agent questioned a woman's D.C. license because it was not a "state-issued" ID.  -5
D.C. Intellects: A new map tracks where the most people in the District are posting to Instagram from. At one point in the last 24 hours, more people were posting from Nellie's Sports Bar than any D.C. [...]

Cory Booker Tweets His Support for D.C. Statehood

The D.C. Statehood movement just received some cyber support from a celebrity senator: New Jersey's Cory Booker.
The activist group Neighbors United for DC Statehood despondently tweeted today that "one of these days we'll get @CoryBooker to tweet his thoughts on #DCStatehood since it's hometown & all."
One of these days we'll get @CoryBooker to tweet his [...]

Statehood Activists Use Government Shutdown to Push Cause

The D.C. statehood activist behind the "I Am Essential" shutdown shirts is asking people to wear the apparel today in solidarity with Mayor Vince Gray's declaration that all D.C. workers are "essential" and his decision to keep the local government open with the District's rainy-day fund despite the federal shutdown.
Josh Burch, who runs the blog [...]

District Line Daily: Millions Dollar Shutdown

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Local economists project that under a shutdown the Washington area could lose more than $200 million [...]

Poll: A Big Majority of Americans Don’t Want D.C. to Be a State

OK, D.C. It looks like it's us against the rest of the country.
Only 25 percent of Americans think D.C. should become a state, according to a poll released today from right-leaning polling firm Rasmussen Reports. The question, however, was a bit leading, potentially skewing answers a bit: "The U.S. Constitution designates the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., as [...]

Government Shutdown Swag for Sale!

If the federal government is going to take D.C. with it during a government shutdown, we're going down in style. Or, if the District's elected officials break federal law and defy the shutdown by spending money without Congressional approval, perhaps they are.
Statehood activist Josh Burch, who runs the blog Neighbors United for D.C. Statehood, and his brother, [...]

Statehood Trip Snowed Out

The New Hampshire legislature has canceled all business at the state capitol in Concord for tomorrow due to a looming snowstorm, which means the D.C. statehood delegation that was planning to testify in support of a bill calling for New Hampshire to put itself on record against the District's colonial status has had to postpone [...]

New Hampshire Votes Today! D.C. Statehood Delegation Visits… Thursday

Just about every political reporter in the country is in New Hampshire today, as the "First in the Nation" Republican presidential primary votes are cast. (First except for that caucus in Iowa last week, of course.) Mitt Romney is expected to win by a large margin, which means there are a lot of writers and [...]

CBC Hosts A Forum On District Statehood

"Raise your hand if you knew how that trial was gonna end," quipped Ilir Zherka, executive director of DC Vote, a voter rights organization.
Zherka, who was speaking at an issue forum on District statehood at the Congressional Black Caucus's Annual Legislative Conference, was referring to the case of Bart Turner. Turner, a statehood activist who was [...]

Today in D.C. History: Fauntroy Says D.C. Close to Achieving Statehood Dreams

On Feb. 7, 1987, the District’s then-non-voting congressional delegate, Walter Fauntroy, declared that D.C.’s statehood hopes would soon be realized during a voting rights strategy session the pastor and civil rights leader organized.
As City Paper's Loose Lips reported in the Feb. 13 issue that year:
Fauntroy painted a rosy picture of the prospects for for action [...]