Thursday, May 7, 2015 | MetroWeekly (DC) | John Riley

A press conference of liberal-leaning advocacy groups was convened on Thursday by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC). The coalition is opposing attempts by Congress to reverse or hinder the implementation of several recently enacted D.C. laws.

Thursday, May 7, 2015 | DCist.com | Matt Cohen

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and Mayor Muriel Bowser—along with several representatives from national and local organizations—celebrated what's quickly becoming D.C's most sobering and grim annual holiday: the upcoming fiscal year appropriations process.

"I regret that this press conference has had to become an annual kickoff event," Norton quipped during a conference earlier today. It's around this time every year that Congress begins the appropriations process for the upcoming fiscal year and D.C. is reminded of its lack of voting rights.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 | Washington Post (DC) | Clinton Yates

Next year, D.C. United’s uniforms could be adding a new phrase to their mantra of “win championships and serve the community.” The MLS franchise is teaming up with the advocacy organization DC Vote to create a new jersey for next season and will also receive a couple of awards from the group tonight.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 | Roll Call (DC) | Donna Brazile

Religious liberty is, arguably, our most precious American value. We should vehemently protect this freedom when it is threatened.

But the constitutional phrase that secures religious liberty — “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” — cannot be distorted to mean any action motivated by faith must be allowed, especially if it infringes on the human rights of other Americans. Freedom means freedom for everyone.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 | NBC Channel 4 (DC) | Tom Sherwood

It’s spring and a lot of things are blooming in Washington — except democracy.

Three DC Vote activists were arrested last Thursday after they unfurled a D.C. flag in the balcony of the House of Representatives and shouted “D.C. Vote!”

The three were protesting the House vote to rescind local legislation that would extend protections to workers whose employers might discriminate against them for using birth control or other reproductive health care.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 | Washington Post (DC) | Matthew Green

Congress has been setting its sights on Washington, D.C. in recent months. Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) warned D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowserin February that she would violate federal law by allowing marijuana to become legal. A month later, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced a billa month later eliminating the District of Columbia’s gun control regulations and its authority to enact such regulations.

Sunday, May 3, 2015 | WAMU Radio (DC) | Jacob Fenston

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For the first time since 1991, the House of Representatives has voted to overturn a local D.C. law. Activists for District autonomy say it's a intrusion on the city's self-government, and three of them were arrested last week during a protest.

Friday, May 1, 2015 | The Daily Caller - dailycaller.com | Josh Fatzick

Despite a purely symbolic House vote Thursday night to block a District of Columbia law that claims to combat discrimination in the workplace, the law will take effect Saturday, as planned.

DC’s non-voting delegate to Congress, Eleanor Holmes Norton, claimed a small victory in the failure of House Republicans to block the D.C. law, saying the symbolic vote only served to unify Democrats. And she even got 13 Republicans to vote no “in an ultra-conservative House.”

Friday, May 1, 2015 | Washington Post (DC) | Aaron C. Davis

A controversial new law that will prohibit D.C. employers from discriminating on the basis of whether employees have abortions or use contraception will take effect Saturday despite a high-profile vote of opposition by House Republicans.

A divided House voted mostly along party lines late Thursday to strike down the D.C. law. It was the first vote to upend a District law in nearly a quarter-century and the first such rebuke of city policy on ideological grounds in almost 35 years.

Friday, May 1, 2015 | Roll Call (DC) | Bridget Bowman

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, made a last-ditch push for the Senate to block a District of Columbia law Friday, but his statement was almost certainly made in vain.

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