WASHINGTON — The epiphany hit Jeremy Robbins, appropriately enough, while he was riding in a taxi in the nation’s capital.
There was lots of swooning last week when President Barack Obama deigned to embrace statehood for the District. The praise poured out even though it was just an answer to a casual question, not a clarion call to the nation to right the wrong of our disenfranchisement.
But the reaction from Florida Republican Rep. John Mica might tell us more about how people really feel about our city’s lack of voting rights.
At a hastily organized press conference on Capitol Hill last week, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s (D-DC), D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and other D.C. anti-gun advocates and activists blasted conservative Republicans in Congress for supporting efforts to weaken the city’s gun laws.
They were joined by Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Chief Alfred Durham, representatives from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and DC Vote to discuss an amendment to block D.C. from enforcing its gun laws.
Earlier this month, leaders in Washington DC urged their residents to boycott Ocean City and the Eastern Shore, which are represented by Maryland 1st District Republican Congressman Andy Harris.
Earlier this month, Harris attached an amendment to the District of Columbia appropriations bill that would bar the city from using any city funds from enforcing its marijuana decriminalization law
All city laws are subject ot the approval of Congress.
WASHINGTON (NewsChannel 8) - For years, "taxation without representation" has been a rallying cry for activists upset over Washington's lack of a vote in Congress. Thursday, those activists brought their message to Capitol Hill.
"D.C. residents have no representation in Congress, we pay federal taxes, we fight and die in wars, but we have no vote and no voice," said Kimberly Perry, executive director for D.C. Vote.
D.C. Vote is an organization committed to getting the District of Columbia representation on the federal level.
Nathan Harrington has a problem in his Congress Heights neighborhood: There are too many vacant houses holding down property values and attracting crime, he says, and the city isn’t doing enough to fix the problem.
So on Thursday, the 31-year-old teacher decided to seek action in the halls of power. But the halls he chose were not in D.C.’s city hall, the John A. Wilson Building, or in the Southwest offices of city property regulators, but in the Longworth House Office Building.
WASHINGTON — A Senate subcommittee has approved a major spending bill that would grant the District of Columbia full control over its local budget and laws.
The appropriations bill released publicly on Thursday represents a stark contrast to a spending bill approved by the House in terms of its effect on the District. The House version would invalidate the city’s strict gun-control policies and bar the District from liberalizing its marijuana laws.
It’s been quite a summer for the District’s congressional overlords. Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) wants to nip the District’s marijuana decriminalization law in the bud, while Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) both want to eliminate the District’s gun laws.
Activists from the District of Columbia crowded the hallway outside Rep. Andy Harris’ office on Thursday to lobby the Maryland Republican for help with local issues.
They say Harris should welcome their thoughts and concerns, given his keen interest in D.C.’s drug policy. The “DC Constituent Service Day” staged by DC Vote was organized a week after the House passed a spending bill that included a measure Harris proposed to target the District’s marijuana decriminalization law.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A House Republican who chairs a subcommittee overseeing the District of Columbia is suggesting giving most of the District back to Maryland and "possibly" getting rid of the local government.
Rep. John Mica of Florida made the comments to WTTG-TV (http://tinyurl.com/nwc3drs ) after Wednesday's ceremonial groundbreaking with Donald Trump for a luxury hotel downtown.