Posts Tagged ‘Voting Rights’

Loose Lips Quotes of 2009: Barack Obama

First in a weeklong series

"[T]his takes on a partisan flavor, and, you know, right now I think our legislative agenda’s chock-full. I would like to explore how quickly we can get it done."
—President Barack Obama, Jan. 15

White House Again Fends Off D.C. License Plate Questions

Stop holding your breath, folks: It's become clear that President Barack Obama has absolutely no intention of putting Taxation Without Representation license plates on his limousine.
ABC News reporter Yunji de Nies got Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on the record at this afternoon's press briefing:

Schadenfreude Alert: John Ensign to Admit Cheating on Wife

LL just got this news alert concerning the District's favorite gun-lovin', home-rule-disrespectin', voting-rights obstructionist:
Nevada Republican Sen. John Ensign has told colleagues that he plans to admit an extramarital affair, a senior Republican source tells POLITICO.
WaPo's Chris Cillizza has more: 'The affair, which was with a woman who worked for both Ensign's re-election campaign and his [...]

BREAKING: Norton Kills Voting Rights Bill

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton has killed the D.C. House Voting Rights Act.
The decision to hold off on current legislation due to the threat of gun-related amendments follows a conference call on Sunday with various advocates and local politicos. A compromise gun legislation proposed by the office of Majority Leader Steny Hoyer was reviewed.
The consensus was [...]

Is the D.C. House Voting Rights Act Officially Dead?

Roll Call's Tory Newmeyer reports that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer has backed off his earlier promises to bring the D.C. House Voting Right Act to the chamber's floor.
Reports Newmeyer:
"As a result of there not being a consensus, I don’t think we’re going to be able to move the bill at this point in time,” [...]

Hoyer: D.C. Vote Through House By May?

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer just appeared on WAMU-FM's Politics Hour to discuss the future of the D.C. House Voting Rights Act.
Hoyer acknowledged that "we've been distracted by the gun issue and a couple of other issues that haven't gotten as much publicity" but said he's been "talking to the mayor, talking to Vince Gray, [...]

Kwame Brown: Hit John Ensign Where It Hurts

Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) clearly has little respect for home rule and the unique local situation of the District of Columbia—that would be why he chose to gut D.C.'s gun laws through a amendment to the D.C. House Voting Rights Act. So why should Congress respect his home state's unique local institutions?
Like legalized prostitution.
That would [...]

Mendo Wants ‘Clean’ Voting Rights Bill

This afternoon, At-Large Councilmember Phil Mendelson sent out a press release urging for a voting rights bill that does not include that pesky gun amendment. Fenty said in a Post interview that we should bite the bullet on this one.
Mendelson ain't backing down from the NRA lobby. The chair of the Judiciary Committee, which oversees [...]

John Ensign: D.C. Vote “Has Nothing to Do…With Civil Rights”

The District's had plenty of congressional bogeymen over the years. Recent names like Sam Brownback and Richard Shelby come to mind, sure, and if you reach back a little farther, there's folks like Joel Broyhill, John McMillan, and Theodore Bilbo.
These days, Nevada Sen. John Ensign's playing the role pretty well.
Ensign's the guy who introduced the [...]

D.C. Voting Rights: It’s All About Conference Now

OK, so you're worried about that gun amendment the Senate attached today to the D.C. House Voting Rights Act?
According to LL's game-planning here, you probably shouldn't be that worried. Civics lesson time, people:

Our Historic Roundup: Senate Passes D.C. Voting Rights Bill

Today D.C. found it has 61 friends in the U.S. Senate, more than ever before. The approval of the D.C. House Voting Rights Act cleared its biggest hurdle and, barring some conceivable glitches regarding the pro-gun amendment attached to it today, this baby's going to Obama. Here's the roundup:
* DCist, which has been liveblogging, gets [...]

Is Jack Evans Responsible for Thad Cochran’s DCHVRA Vote?

LL watched the Senate cloture vote yesterday in the press gallery beside WTOP's inimitable Mark Plotkin. We both struggled to hear the votes as they were called—helped not at all by Plotkin's stream of anecdotes stretching back well into the '70s and beyond.
Then we heard: "Senator Cochran, aye."
Thad Cochran? Republican of Mississippi? Gentleman Southerner? Certainly [...]

Senate Votes on DCHVRA Constitutionality

The U.S. Senate is now taking roll call on a "point of order" on the constitutionality of the D.C. House Voting Rights Act.
The point was first raised this morning by Sen. John McCain. The vote essentially is on whether the measure before the Senate is out of order because it is unconstitutional; assuming the bill [...]

More DCVRA Reactions and Explanations

A press conference featuring Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Sen. Joe Lieberman, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Mayor Adrian M. Fenty just wrapped up. All were in a suitably self-congratulatory mood over the D.C. House Voting Rights Act's survival of cloture earlier today.
Said Norton, "We see all lights on go, and we can say with [...]

Michael Steele: D.C. Vote an “Important Civil Right”

Michael Steele, chair of the Republican National Committee, expressed full-throated support this afternoon for the D.C. House Voting Rights Act and said he was gratified that the bill passed cloture earlier today. He was buttonholed by LL as he entered the Senate wing of the Capitol with former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman.
"I think it's an [...]