Posts Tagged ‘D.C. Statehood’

What to Expect From Today’s Senate Hearing on D.C. Statehood

Not much beyond a symbolic gesture.

The Needle: Snyder Suck-Up

Dan Snyder sends Terry McAuliffe some gear.

The Senate Will Hold a Hearing on D.C. Statehood

The statehood movement got a win today in its long—and very uphill—battle to make D.C. the country's 51st state.
Sen. Tom Carper, the Democratic chair of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, called a hearing for D.C. statehood on Monday, Sept. 15—the first such hearing in more than 20 years. Carper is a sponsor of the Senate's statehood bill. [...]

American Crossroads Slams Sen. Mary Landrieu for Helping D.C.

Karl Rove's Super PAC is using her support of D.C. against her.

Norton To Meet With TSA Officials to Explain that D.C. Licenses are Real

D.C.-issued drivers licenses have had a rough couple of weeks. There was the D.C. man who was prevented from buying booze in New Hampshire because he didn't have a state-issued ID. And then a journalist was stopped by a Transportation Security Administration agent at airport security in Orlando, Fla., who said his D.C. ID wasn't valid (and didn't [...]

The Needle: 44 For 51

Let It Be Stated: President Barack Obama said today that he is in favor of D.C. statehood. (Though made no indication that he would actually do anything to help D.C. achieve said statehood.)+3
Neutral Territory: Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander will still not say that Dan Snyder needs to change the name of the Washington football team. "It is up to Dan Snyder. [...]

Barack Obama Says He’s All for D.C. Statehood

President Barack Obama said today he was in favor of D.C. becoming a state, though he didn't indicate that he'd do anything about it beyond saying so.
"I'm in D.C. so I'm for it!" he said today at a town hall-style meeting at D.C.'s Walker Jones Education Campus for his My Brother's Keeper Initiative, according to USA Today. "Folks [...]

Why Rep. José Serrano Is D.C.’s Staunchest Defender in Congress

D.C.'s love for Democrat Rep. José Serrano of New York is nothing new. In 2010, he was on the receiving end of a ceremonial resolution from the D.C. Council after he unsuccessfully proposed ending Congress' control over the District's budget. In 2013, he received a "Champion of Democracy" award at DC Vote's annual gala. Serrano is his party's [...]

New Hampshire Liquor Commission Says You Can Use a D.C. License to Buy Booze

Rest assured, D.C. residents looking to buy alcohol in New Hampshire, the Granite State may be home to some sloppy legislation, but it does not want to take away your right to drink.
The seemingly obscure topic of New Hampshire liquor laws was in the news Monday after a man with a D.C. license was turned away [...]

The Needle: D.C. Smooth

The Plastics: D.C. is apparently all about plastic surgery, according to the Washington Post. An article today highlights a new ridiculously high-end, one-stop shop in downtown D.C. that offers clients luxury creams, plastic surgery, and a secret entrance for patients who "require absolute privacy." -3
Consolation Prize: The United States may have lost the World Cup, but we did at least win [...]

New Hampshire Store Rejects Man Trying to Buy Booze With a D.C. License

New Hampshire law says an establishment selling liquor can accept a passport, military card, or photo ID, including a driver's license, from any of the 50 states or a province of Canada as proof of legal age.
Travis Mitchell, a 25-year-old New Hampshire native who has lived in D.C. since 2007, was visiting his parents with friends [...]

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 [...]