NOW COMES WORD OUT OF BAGHDAD THAT THE IRAQIS ARE NOT GOING TO TAKE THE REINS OF SELF GOVERNMENT ANY TIME SOON.
THE IRAQIS APPARENTLY HAD CONVINCED THEMSELVES THAT THEY WERE READY TO ELECT THEIR OWN LEADERS...., AND GOVERN THEMSELVES...ACCORDING TO THEIR OWN WISHES.
UNFORTUNATELY FOR THE IRAQIS, THEY DIDN'T CONVINCE FOLKS HERE IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.
WASHINGTON WANTS TO KNOW WHERE THE IRAQIS GET OFF THINKING THEY CAN RUN INDEPENDENT DEPARTMENTS SUCH AS EDUCATION AND HEALTH? WHO ARE THE IRAQIS TO THINK THAT THEY SHOULD HAVE THE LAST WORD?
Local radio politican analyst Mark Plotkin discusses the most current thoughts about Democratic candidates campaigning in the District for the first-in-the-nation presidential primary on January 13, 2004. Listen to the WTOP Mark Plotkin radio interview.
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Transcribed excerpt from the program regarding the "Davis Proposal" for DC voting representation in the U.S. House of Representatives:
This is a WTOP radio interview with Mark Plotkin, WTOP political commentator. He discusses recent actions taken by five Democratic presidential candidates to remove their names from DC's first-in-the-nation presidential primaries on January 13, 2004.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Those fighting to get full voting rights for residents of the nation's capital are facing a new Congress - and the same decades-old problem.
Members of Congress discussed political strategy at a voting rights summit Tuesday, amid posters pointing out that Iraq will have democracy before District of Columbia residents.
Northern Virginia Rep. Tom Davis hopes to get his fellow Republicans on board this session with a plan to give D.C. a vote in the House in exchange for adding another congressional seat in Utah.
For the 10th straight year, the District's chance for voting rights hangs in the balance. The city's delegate is pushing for it again, but says don't hold your breath.
Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton says House Speaker Dennis Hastert holds all the cards because he sets the agenda of the House Rules Committee. Norton says it would take a change of rules to give D.C. the vote.
But she says Hastert refused to meet and talk about it with her or three D.C. Veterans who came to Capitol Hill Monday to press the issue.
WASHINGTON - D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton wants to use the city's baseball team to promote its drive for full voting rights in Congress.
She's urging D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission Chairman Mark Tuohey to put up a large, permanent sign at RFK Stadium calling for D.C. residents to have full voting representation in the House and Senate.
She's hoping to have it put up by next Thursday when the Nationals play their home opener before a national television audience.
There's been no immediate response from the commission.
WASHINGTON - Could RFK Stadium become Taxation Without Representation Field?
That's one of several proposals the city is considering.
Grass roots organizer Mike Panetta offered $51.08 to buy the naming rights for the field.
"It was sort of tongue and cheek. We wanted to get officially on the books," he says.
"Why not have grassroots effort to rename the stadium to have awareness about the lack of voting representation?"
Seriously, his group's Web site has raised another $18,000 in pledges.
WASHINGTON, DC - There may be an opening to get District residents a vote in Congress.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is voting to support full voting rights for District residents.
Eleanor Holmes Norton says that's enough to shame the government into action. She says international pressure ended racial segregation in Washington and earned the District its presidential vote.
A proposal to rename 16th Street in Northwest is going nowhere.
A bill was introduced just before summer recess on Capitol Hill by Congressman Henry Bonilla (R-TX), who wants to rename the street Ronald Reagan Boulevard.
The bill has now been referred to the committee of Government Reform, headed by Virginia Congressman Tom Davis. Davis tells WTOP the bill is "ridiculous" and he plans to put it in the "appropriate file."