Posts Tagged ‘Eleanor Holmes Norton’

Kentucky Paper Slams Rep. Massie and Sen. Paul for Interfering with D.C. Gun Laws

It's no surprise that D.C. residents aren't fans of Republican Rep. Thomas Massie and Sen. Rand Paul meddling with local D.C. laws. But the two aren't getting much love from a home state newspaper, either.
Louisville's Courier-Journal's editorial board published a piece Thursday slamming their representatives for introducing amendments in their respective chambers that would gut D.C.'s gun laws. The piece points [...]

The Pyramid of Congressional Mischief

It’s been quite a summer for the District’s congressional overlords. Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) wants to nip the District’s marijuana decriminalization law in the bud, while Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) both want to eliminate the District’s gun laws.
But with so many meddling members of Congress, it can be hard to [...]

The Needle: Ride Round and Round

YOLO: This Virginia man successfully (?) hit all 86 Metro stations on his day off, a mission that took him 19 hours and cost $70. +1
Pigskins Predictions: Sports Illustrated's Peter King believes the Washington football team will have a new name by 2016. +3

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 [...]

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 [...]

Rep. Thomas Massie Says He Wants To Show His Kentucky Constituents He’s Pro-Gun

Republican Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky figures Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will likely block the amendment he tacked onto an appropriations bill to decimate D.C.'s gun laws once it gets out of the House. But Massie opted to introduce it anyway. After all, he says, his constituents elected him as a pro-Second Amendment candidate, and he needs [...]

Kentucky Republican Thomas Massie Keeps Pushing to Gut D.C.’s Gun Laws

It took him two attempts, but this morning a Republican House member from Kentucky got what he wanted and successfully attached an amendment that would gut D.C.'s gun laws to a $21.3 billion spending bill.
Rep. Thomas Massie's amendment to the financial services and general government appropriations bill states that the District government is prohibited from spending any of its money on [...]

Another Congressman Tried to Mess With D.C. Gun Laws on the House Floor

The District has had a rough couple of weeks trying to rebuff attempts by officials from outside the District trying to screw with happenings inside the District. There's Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland, who wants to block funding for D.C.'s marijuana decriminalization law. And then Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who wants to gut the city's strict gun laws.
Last night on [...]

The Needle: The Members of Congress Among Us

 
Above the Traffic: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton sent a letter to the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC) asking it to get a plan together to address traffic congestion in front of Union Station because her office has received complaints "from residents, Members of Congress, congressional staff and bus companies that they are missing trains or having to [...]

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 [...]

The Needle: Look at Him Now

 
Still Not Over: Chris Brown rejected a plea deal on his misdemeanor assault charges in D.C. Court today, which means this still isn't over and there could be a trial in D.C. -4
Pony Up: Increased Metrorail and bus fares go into effect on Sunday. Metrorail fares will increase an average of 3 percent, or 10 cents per trip, [...]

House GOP May Try to Block D.C.’s Decriminalization of Pot

A Republican on the House Appropriations Committee is reportedly introducing an amendment to the District's appropriations bill that would block the city from implementing its recently adopted marijuana decriminalization law.
A spokeswoman for the committee says she can't confirm that an amendment will be introduced, but Maryland Rep. Andy Harris, a medical doctor, confirmed to a Roll Call reporter that he [...]

D.C. Had 17.4 Million Domestic Tourists in 2013

If you thought you saw more Segways than usual zipping by you on Pennsylvania Avenue last year, it wasn't your imagination. In 2013, more than 17.4 million domestic tourists visited D.C., a 3.1 increase over 2013 and a record high, according to Destination D.C., the nonprofit responsible for the marketing of D.C.'s tourism and major conventions.
These [...]

District Line Daily: Pulling Weeds

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A House Oversight subcommittee is scheduled to examine the District’s recently passed legislation to decriminalize marijuana. [...]

The Needle: It Always Comes Back to Statehood

 
Colbert State:  News that Stephen Colbert will take over for David Letterman at the helm of CBS’s The Late Show is good news for the District. Why? Because statehood, says D.C. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton. Eh, wishful thinking. -2
Ballot Blues: A new report found that District voters waited an average of 33.9 minutes to cast ballots in the [...]

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