Thursday, June 25, 2015 | The Hill (DC) | Tim Devaney

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and a group of more than a dozen senators are calling for Washington, D.C., to become the 51st state in the nation.

In their proposal, the federal government would still maintain control over portions of the nation’s capital that surround the White House, Congress, Supreme Court and National Mall.

The rest of the nation’s capital would be renamed New Columbia and given full representation in Congress under the legislation introduced by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.). 

Thursday, June 25, 2015 | Associated Press | Ben Nuckols

Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware has reintroduced a bill that would transform the District of Columbia into the nation's 51st state.

Carper is a Democrat and a longtime supporter of statehood for the District. His bill would shrink Washington, D.C., to a small enclave including the White House, the Capitol and the National Mall. The rest of the nation's capital would become the "State of New Columbia."

Thursday, June 25, 2015 | Washington City Paper (DC) | Olivia Adams

Delaware Sen. Tom Carper has once again introduced a bill that would grant D.C. statehood, a companion to the House version offered earlier this year by D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton.

In a press release, Norton says she’s grateful for the show of support from Carper, noting that “Once Senator Carper promised me he would introduce the D.C. Statehood bill in the Senate last Congress, I knew it would happen.” The bill has 17 co-sponsors, including Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and Whip Richard Durbin.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 | | Brian D. Netter, Thomas P. Wolf, Breanne A. Gilpatrick

Mayer Brown litigators won a pro bono victory for the District of Columbia Council in a case concerning the validity of an amendment to the District’s charter.

The Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit vacated an injunction that prohibited the DC Council from passing its own budget for the expenditure of local funds, a responsibility that previously belonged exclusively to Congress, but that was transferred to the DC Council by the Local Budget Autonomy Act of 2012.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 | MetroWeekly (DC) | John Riley

Representatives from civil liberties, LGBT and reproductive rights groups have bonded together to fight against congressional interference in D.C. after a U.S. House of Representatives committee last Wednesday took aim at D.C. Council-approved law prohibiting employers from discriminating against employees for their reproductive health decisions. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 | Washington Post (DC) | Perry Stein

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) is once again staging a fight to block House Republicans from interfering with local affairs, vowing to force a floor vote each time Congress attempts to quash a D.C. law.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 | | Emily Crockett

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) may not be allowed to vote in the House, but she is still threatening to make life difficult for House Republicans if they keep trying to overturn Washington, D.C.’s locally passed laws, especially new laws that protect employee reproductive choice and the rights of LGBTQ student groups.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 | Roll Call (DC) | Bridget Bowman

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., reaffirmed her effort Tuesday to fight congressional attempts to block the District of Columbia’s anti-discrimination laws, while activists detailed the consequences if those attempts are successful.

In round two of a fight to preserve two laws that the District government argues combat discrimination based on reproductive health decisions and sexual orientation, Norton faces a familiar fight against policy riders attached to the District’s spending bill.

Saturday, June 20, 2015 | The Hill (DC) | Tim Devaney

Pot policy is splintering the GOP.

GOP support for medical marijuana is on the rise as backers look to couch legalization as a states’ rights issue, while other Republicans are fighting tooth and nail to beat back recreational pot laws like the one approved in Washington, D.C.

The division reflects a political conundrum for the party, which is torn between social conservatives who still see marijuana as a gateway drug, and libertarian-leaning voters who want to legalize pot.