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.
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.
Last week, President Barack Obama expressed his support for D.C. statehood, while also noting, "The politics of it end up being difficult to get it through Congress, but I think it’s absolutely the right thing to do." Rep. John Mica, a Republican member of the House Oversight committee, proved the president's point yesterday while also insulting him.
A feisty crowd paid a visit to the Capitol Hill office of Rep. Andy Harris Thursday morning, ostensibly to bring their local complaints to the federal lawmaker.
The activists were upset about a budget rider Harris attached to a spending bill that would block marijuana decriminalization in the nation’s capital and Harris’ subsequent explanation to WAMU that for D.C. residents "Congress is their local legislature." Building on that remark, the local advocacy group D.C. Vote urged city residents to give “Councilman” Harris an earful.
Ever since Maryland Representative Andy Harris introduced an amendment to defund D.C.'s marijuana decriminalization bill, local residents' message to Harris has been clear: Stay the hell out of D.C.'s affairs.
Adam Eidinger sat on a couch in Rep. Andy Harris' office talking to the woman working the front desk—who was half listening to him and half trying not to laugh—about all the District residents who travel to Ocean City, Md., only to get ripped off by thoseclaw-crane machines. There's so much cheap booze in Ocean City, Eidinger continued, that people make stupid decisions and waste even more money trying to win elusive prizes in the claw machine.