Posts Tagged ‘taxation without representation’

America’s Worst Politicians, as Chosen by Its Alt-Weeklies

In honor of the Fourth of July, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies compiled a list of America's worst politicians, edited by Miami New Times editor Chuck Strouse. A couple from D.C. made the cut, thanks to LL.
Quite a few of these folks were inflicted by our fellow Americans on the nation as a whole, by getting [...]

Vince Gray Carries D.C. Protest Sign in Inaugural Parade

The snappy slogan "A More Perfect Union Must Include Full Democracy in DC" looked so good on a parade reviewing stand, why not put it on a sign?
Mayor Vince Gray and his two adult children walked down Pennsylvania Avenue about ten minutes after the Obamas had today, with Gray holding a pro-D.C. sign with the same muddled [...]

Field Trip to White House in Council’s Future, Maybe

Later today, the D.C. Council will pass a resolution calling on President Barack Obama to install D.C. license plates that say "Taxation Without Representation" on the presidential limousines.
The resolution, spearheaded by Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh, is part of an effort to highlight the fact that District residents do not have a voting member of [...]

The Issa Man Cometh

If any would-be challengers to Rep. Darrell Issa, a California Republican, want to use the old chestnut that the incumbent congressman has “gone Washington,” they would have done well to listen to District officials sing Issa’s praises in recent days.
Just listen to Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry, who says he was “shocked” by Issa’s initial [...]

Where’s Eleanor?

U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, a California Republican who heads the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, made local news this week by introducing legislation that would grant the District budget autonomy (except on abortion spending).
It’s not every day that Republicans suggest ceding some power to the District, and Issa’s proposal is, despite the abortion [...]

Vince Gray: Congress’ Best Friend?

Despite the fact that most of the residents of the District support the school voucher program, Mayor Vince Gray says he opposes it on ideological grounds, because he's against any and all kinds of congressional meddling in local affairs.
Gray's also spent a few hours in jail advocating for the District's autonomy, and has made long [...]

No Taxation Without Ed Board Representation

Mayor Vince Gray isn’t happy about the state of D.C. home rule, and he wants a national megaphone to complain about it.
On Tuesday, a press release from Gray’s office blared that the mayor would host a conference call “with national editorial boards on (the) Congressional budget process and D.C. autonomy.” Alas, City [...]

Loose Lips Daily: Guns, Flags, AGs, and Congressional Pleas Edition

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A Busy Day at the Wilson Building: Members of the D.C. Council had plenty on [...]

Mayor Vince Gray, D.C. Councilmembers Arrested!

Mayor Vince Gray and several members of the D.C. Council sat down in the middle of Constitution Avenue NE near the Hart Senate Office Building late today to protest "riders" in the budget deal Congress and the White House reached Friday night, which ban the District from using local funds to pay for abortions and [...]

House Republicans: No Vote for You!

The District may not know which bright-eyed, bushy-tailed freshman Republican will be using all 601,723 of us as political props next year, but one piece of bad news from a Home Rule standpoint has already arrived from Capitol Hill.
For the last four years, under Democratic rule, D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton has been able to [...]