Thursday, October 23, 2014 | Washington Post (DC) | Walter Smith (Letter to the Editor)

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has suggested a way to resolve the legal challenge to the District’s new budget autonomy law. Thefirst question posed by judges at oral argument was whether the case could become moot “when there’s a new mayor and attorney general.”

The answer is yes.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 | DC Vote - Press Release | Cristina Marcos

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) on Thursday urged Congress to eliminate the congressional review process for all bills approved by the D.C. Council.

Any measure passed by the D.C. council must be submitted to Congress for a 30-day review period for civil laws and 60 days for criminal laws under the Home Rule Act.

Friday, October 17, 2014 | WAMU Radio (DC) | Martin Austermuhle

It'll be a busy day for D.C. in the courts today, as federal judges hear arguments on two separate cases: a budget autonomy referendum and the city's longstanding ban on carrying handguns outside the home.

Friday, October 17, 2014 | Roll Call (DC) | Hannah Hess

More than 40 years after President Richard M. Nixon signed the Home Rule Act, legal experts in the District of Columbia are fighting about what the feds intended.

Federal appeals court judges listened to more than an hour of oral arguments Friday in the case pitting the District’s executive branch against its legislative branch. It’s round two of a legal battle launched in April.

Friday, October 17, 2014 | Associated Press News Service (AP)

WASHINGTON — Even though he personally supports giving the District of Columbia more power over its local budget, the city’s attorney general told a federal appeals court Friday that Congress has made clear that it wants to maintain control of the purse strings.

Meanwhile, a lawyer for the D.C. Council argued that Congress wouldn’t be giving up any significant power if it allowed the District government to spend its own money without an OK from Capitol Hill.

Thursday, October 9, 2014 | Roll Call (DC) | Bridget Bowman

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., is urging Republican senators who called on President Barack Obama to support the democracy movement in Hong Kong to also support democracy in D.C.

A bipartisan group of senators, including 10 Republicans and 11 Democrats, sent a letter to the president Thursday, urging Obama to “voice U.S. support for full democracy in Hong Kong.” The group included senators from both ends of the political spectrum who united to write, “[We] strongly support the Hong Kong people’s aspiration for universal suffrage and full democracy.”

Monday, October 6, 2014 | New York Times (NY) | Jennifer Steinhauer

It could have been a big moment: a congressional hearing room packed in such numbers that an overflow room was needed to accommodate the audience; a moment two decades in the making; an issue that had the support of President Obama.

Monday, October 6, 2014 | Washington Post (DC) | Editorial Board

“WHEN I talk about all who want to be heard in the halls of the federal government, I am talking about the more than 600,000 taxpayers who, like me — like me — live in the District of Columbia and still have no voting representation in Congress. We pay our taxes. We die in the Army. . . . It is long past time for every citizen to be afforded his or her full responsibilities and full rights.”

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 | Roll Call (DC) | Bridget Bowman

Two independent candidates vying to become the next D.C. mayor presented two different views on achieving voting rights for D.C. and how best to work with — and without — Congress to do so.

David Catania, a member of the D.C. council, told the several dozen voters gathered at the DC Vote forum that District residents cannot count on Congress to help them achieve full voting rights.

Monday, September 22, 2014 | The Atlantic | ANDREW GIAMBRONE

“No taxation without representation” has been a cliché of American politics almost since the nation’s founding, but for citizens of Washington, D.C., those words have been anything but a guarantee.

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