Monday, November 23, 2015 | Washington Post (DC) | Abigail Hauslohner
A record high number of District residents want to see D.C. become a state, according to a new Washington Post poll. Nearly 3 in 4 residents say they are upset that the District has no voting representation in Congress, and about half of the city’s residents say they are “very upset.” All D.C. laws and budgets are subject to congressional approval, a process that has thwarted the passage of locally approved laws, including legislation governing reproductive rights and the use of marijuana.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 | Roll Call (DC) | Bridget Bowman
As Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., adjusts to his new role in the House, he also takes on a little-recognized responsibility: oversight of the District of Columbia.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 | Washington City Paper (DC) | Andrew Giambrone
"Let them have gun laws! Let them have weed! Let them decide the things that they need!"
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 | Politico | MAGGIE SEVERNS
Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner has one swan song that’s guaranteed to be a hit among even his most bitter Republican critics: picking a fight with the president over private school vouchers. The House is expected to pass a bill extending the life of Washington’s school voucher program Wednesday, setting up an outsized fight with the White House over a small, $45 million program that allows students from low-income families in the nation’s capital to attend private schools on the taxpayer dime.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 | washingtonpost.com | Ann E. Marimow
The District’s top lawyer is asking a federal appeals court to reconsider last month’s decision overturning some of the city’s strict gun-registration laws. Attorney General Karl A. Racine this week asked the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for D.C. to rehear a panel decision that would eliminate some provisions of the city’s “carefully crafted firearm-registration system, which promotes critical public safety interests in the unique jurisdiction that is the nation’s capital.”
Monday, October 19, 2015 | Washingtonian.com | Benjamin Freed
Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District’s non-voting delegate in Congress, is postponing a briefing at which she planned to convene to show House staffers a clip from HBO’s Last Week Tonight highlighting the District’s lack of self-determination so that she can deal with House Republicans’ latest attempt to meddle in DC’s local affairs.
Monday, October 12, 2015 | Washington City Paper (DC) | Tatiana Cirisano
Taking questions from the crowd at a bipartisan event in New Hampshire on Monday, Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie gave his thoughts on D.C. statehood and voting rights: Mainly, that he hasn’t given it much thought at all.
Friday, October 9, 2015 | Roll Call (DC) | Bridget Bowman
As the House Republican Conference continues to navigate an unpredictable leadership situation, outgoing Speaker John A. Boehner got one piece of good news Friday: his bill reauthorizing a D.C. school vouchers program moved forward.
Thursday, October 8, 2015 | Roll Call (DC) | Bridget Bowman
Eight members of the District of Columbia City Council expressed their opposition Thursday to Speaker John A. Boehner’s bill to reauthorize a D.C. school voucher program. In a letter sent to House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, the council members argued the program was ineffective and an affront to local governance. They said students in the program should be able to use them throughout high school, but the program should not be extended to new students.
Monday, October 5, 2015 | WAMU Radio (DC) | Rebecca Sheir
If you wander past the digital “D.C. Residents Federal Tax Dollars Paid” screen flashing outside the John A. Wilson Building, you’ll see that these days, those dollars of taxation-without-representation number in the three billions. They’re just one reminder, as D.C. Council memberDavid Grosso (I-At Large) puts it “about how we’re really treated as a second-class jurisdiction in this country, a reminder of the fact that we don’t have full home rule here in D.C.”