Posts Tagged ‘statehood’

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

District Line Daily: D.C. Still Not Free

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The Government Accountability Office issued a blow to D.C. Thursday, writing in a report that [...]

House GOP Again Tries to Restrict Abortion in D.C.

Republican Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona called a hearing today that largely focused on why it would be best for the residents of D.C. to have their access to abortions restricted, and he made sure the District's only elected representative in Congress couldn't testify on the matter.
Chaired by Franks, the hearing in the House Judiciary [...]

Chatter: Autonomy of Scale

What you said about what we said last week
If the District government arms the D.C. Statehood movement with $1 million in public funds, can it turn around efforts that have sputtered for decades? That’s the question Loose Lips columnist Will Sommer explored in last week’s cover story, and it inspired commenters to rehash the statehood debate’s [...]

The Needle: Where’s the Reef?

Reefer Madness: The Reef bar in Adams Morgan closed for good today. -2
All in the Family: Mayor-for-life Marion Barry's son was arrested in Virginia for driving under the influence and possession of marijuana. -3

Ralph Nader Wants a Presidential Debate About D.C.

Fresh off proposing that people show up 15 minutes late to work to fight for statehood, presidential spoiler Ralph Nader has a new scheme to help the District: demanding a presidential debate on D.C. issues.
In a letter sent today, Nader and co-signers including Mayor Vince Gray, Busboys & Poets owner Andy Shallal, and D.C. Vote [...]

Cool Republican Fist Pumps After Opposing D.C. Statehood

Hey, it's Indiana's James Bopp, right after he convinced the GOP platform committee in Tampa to oppose D.C. statehood. What a neat guy, and definitely a serious thinker on statehood.
Wonkette compared Bopp's fist pump to a jock on Glee, but from my personal experience, I can tell that Bopp's subdued but still exultant move is [...]

Brown Asks Santorum To Support D.C. Statehood

At-Large Councilmember Michael A. Brown has a question for GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum after his statement that he'd support Puerto Rico becoming a state if the official language were English: What about D.C.?
Brown writes in a letter to Santorum that he'd like the candidate to say whether he supports D.C. statehood: "I am writing [...]

New Hampshire Isn’t Into D.C. Statehood

DCist's Benjamin R. Freed has been keeping track of the New Hampshire measure in support of D.C. statehood. Guess what? The whole endeavor was a huge failure, and the measure didn't pass the state's House of Representatives. In fact, it wasn't even close:
The measure, which was not expected to pass, fell on a vote of 248 [...]

The Needle: A Fire in Her Belly Edition

Taxi Commission Über Alles: iPhone-friendly car service Uber made a big splash when it arrived in D.C. from San Francisco, with lots of friendly tweets and a fancy lunch for the media. And then New Year's Eve happened. Customers complained that the service's "dynamic pricing" resulted in outlandish bills to get home early on Jan. [...]

D.C. Voting Rights Don’t Stop for Snow!

Snow in New Hampshire may have stopped a delegation of high-profile District pols. But it hasn't stopped artist/ex-hunger striker Adrian Parsons. Mayor Vince Gray, D.C. Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown, Councilmembers David Catania, Michael Brown, Mary Cheh, Yvette Alexander, Vincent Orange, and Marion Barry and a slew of activists were slated to fly up [...]

The Needle: 2012 Edition

Bathrooms Are For Closers: If you think riding a Metrobus around the District is a tough, you should try driving one. The union that represents bus drivers says schedules are so tight there's no time built in for them to use the bathroom—meaning they're left to keep a bag or cup in the back of [...]

Glittarazzi Meets D.C. Statehood Hunger Strikers

I don't even know. This is such a weird video.