Monday, August 18, 2014 | WAMU Radio (DC) | Martin Austermuhle

The Transportation Safety Administration will take steps to train airport security officers to better recognize D.C. driver's licenses, according to D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton.

The announcement comes in the wake of a meeting between Norton and TSA officials, prompted by two incidentsthis year in which TSA officers did not recognize D.C. driver's licenses presented by two different residents trying to board flights. Both residents were eventually allowed through security.

Monday, August 18, 2014 | DCist.com | Sarah Anne Hughes

TSA agents will now be reminded daily that a D.C. license is a valid form of identification after aseries of embarrassing events.

In a release, D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says "all three D.C. licenses currently in circulation [will be] part of the daily transportation security officers’ (TSOs) shift briefings. TSA will also hold a new four-hour training for travel document checkers (TDCs), supervisors, and TSOs in September; an hour will be devoted to identification of licenses, and will include images of the three current D.C. licenses in circulation."

Monday, August 18, 2014 | Washington Post (DC) | Aaron C. Davis

Now boarding: anyone from D.C.

Fear no longer, District residents. Horror stories of a school teacher caught up in Arizona, or a journalist delayed in Florida for trying to board a plane with a driver’s license from the nation’s capital may be coming to an end.

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), the District’s nonvoting member of the House of Representatives, announced Monday that federal authorities have agreed to take extra steps to train airport screeners to recognize District driver’s licenses, which had apparently become a vexing issue for some screeners.

Monday, August 18, 2014 | Washington City Paper (DC) | Perry Stein

File this under small victories: Transportation Security Agents will now be trained to recognize District IDs and, more importantly, recognize them as valid forms of identification. TSA says the three D.C. licenses currently in circulation will be part of the daily transportation security officers' shift briefings, according to a press release from Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who met with top TSA officials last week.

Thursday, August 7, 2014 | DCist.com | Matt Cohen

It's official: D.C. residents will vote on marijuana legalization this November.

Thursday, August 7, 2014 | Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton - Press Release | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After the District of Columbia Board of Elections today certified an initiative for the November ballot to legalize marijuana in D.C., Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said that she would fight any congressional attempt to block the District from voting on the initiative and, if it is approved by voters, implementing it.  The Office of Representative Andy Harris (R-MD), who sponsored a House-passed amendment to the fiscal year 2015 D.C. Appropriations bill that would block D.C.

Thursday, August 7, 2014 | Washington Post (DC) | Julie Zauzmer

Push for Pizza, a smartphone app designed to make ordering a pizza without getting off your couch as simple as possible, launched on Tuesday.

“Forty-eight hours,” one of the five 19-year-old co-founders of the app said on Thursday afternoon. “And D.C. already hates us.”

It’s not that D.C. doesn’t like pizza, delivered to your door 20 to 40 minutes after you push a button on your smartphone. It’s the message that Washingtonians get when they input their address: “DC is not a valid state.”

Thursday, August 7, 2014 | WAMU Radio (DC) | Martin Austermuhle

The votes might be separated by 16 years, but they're on the same issue — and advocates worry that the results could be derailed in much the same way.

Come November, D.C. residents will vote on Initiative 71, which would allow residents over the age of 21 to possess up to two ounces of marijuana and grow up to six plants in their homes. If approved, the initiative would expand upon a recent law that knocked down penalties for the possession of less than an ounce of marijuana from possible jail time and fines to a $25 ticket.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 | The Hill's Congress Blog | Mario Trujillo

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) on Wednesday vowed to fight any effort by Republicans to block residents of the District of Columbia from voting on or implementing a proposal to legalize marijuana in the District. 

The delegate said in a statement she would "not let history repeat itself" after Congress blocked the legalization of medical marijuana in the district for nearly a decade. 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 | Roll Call (DC) | Hannah Hess

As pro-marijuana advocates had hoped, the D.C. Board of Elections voted unanimously Wednesday to put legalization on the November ballot.

The DC Cannabis Campaign is now rallying residents to vote “Yes on 71,” the initiative that would allow adults over the age of 21 to possess up to two ounces of marijuana, and cultivate up to three pot plants at any time.

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., vowed to fight any congressional attempt to block the District from voting on the initiative and, if it is approved by voters, implementing it.

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