Presidential CandidatesWe've spent the last few months documenting each Presidential candidate's remarks and positions on democratic equality for the District of Columbia.

Last night, Mayor Muriel Bowser gave her State of the District Address – touting the financial stability of the District of Columbia and promising increased investment in affordable housing, public education and transit. 

Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) saw it as the perfect time to send out the following tweet:

Almost three years ago, we stood together and celebrated the passage of Referendum 8, a ballot initiative that amended the DC Home Rule Charter to give the District of Columbia local budget control. With the law on our side, we freed ourselves from congressional control over our local tax dollars.

Late last week, the DC Superior Court upheld the force of the election and declared DC's local budget autonomy act the law of the land, ruling:

Heritage Foundation nonsenseNever a stickler for facts or honoring its own mission statement, the Heritage Foundation is back yet again urging Congress to abuse their authority and interfere with the District of Columbia's locally-passed laws.

HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver brought national attention to the injustice facing the residents of the District of Columbia highlighting our lack of full representation and Congressional interference in the city's local laws. We're extremely grateful to the Last Week Tonight team for highlighting this issue, and appreciated consulting with the writers as they tried to tackle this complex topic.

BasnayakeOver the last several years on the board, Basnayake has engaged in a wide range of initiatives directed at achieving full voting rights for DC residents, and winning greater autonomy for the District's local government. 

With 2015 behind us, let's celebrate the great progress we've made in our fight for democratic equality. From record-setting polling to HBO programming, this year's success is proof that if we band together and stand strong there's nothing we can't do.

It seems our blog last week outlining the statements of the 2016 Presidential candidates as it relates to autonomy and equal voting rights for the citizens of the District of Columbia needs updating when it comes to Dr. Ben Carson.

Earlier today the House of Representatives elected Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) the next Speaker of the House.

While Ryan doesn’t have any history directly imposing his beliefs on the District like departed Speaker John Boehner did with his DC education voucher program, he does have something of a checkered history supporting our local democracy.

Thank you Chairman Mendelson for giving DC Vote the opportunity to share our thoughts on PR 21-302; ‘Statehood or Else’ Signature Campaign Resolution of 2015. DC Vote is a national organization working to strengthen democracy and secure equality for the 646,000 disenfranchised residents of the District of Columbia. We support statehood for the District of Columbia, and work toward it every day, but believe PR 21-302 falls short of the resources necessary to make the “Statehood or Else” Signature Campaign Resolution of 2015 a success. The Council would be prudent to contemplate several issues as it moves to support such a strategy.