Sunday, December 20, 1998 | New York Times (NY)
The District of Columbia has requested immediate action on a lawsuit against the Federal Government seeking voting representation in Congress. In September, 57 District residents and the District's Office of Corporation Counsel filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court arguing that they were being denied their constitutional right to vote in elections for members of the House of Representatives and the Senate. The District is represented in Congress by only a nonvoting member of the House.
Monday, November 23, 1998 | Washington Post (DC) | Steve Twomey
On Oct. 5, the day the House Judiciary Committee voted to
open a formal inquiry into whether President Clinton should be impeached,
Robert L. Barr Jr., a committee member who nearly foams with disgust at our
president's behavior, put the Lewinsky scandal into historical context with
some sobering thoughts, now available on his Web site (,
should you care to check.
Tuesday, September 15, 1998 | Washington Post (DC) | Peter Slavin
Calling the District's lack of a vote in Congress "an affront to our nation's ideals," the D.C. government's chief lawyer and 57 residents filed suit in federal court yesterday, demanding the right to cast ballots for U.S. senators and representatives. In challenging a 200-year-old tradition, the lawsuit pursues a novel legal theory and makes an appeal to fairness. D.C. residents are the only U.S. citizens on the American mainland without a vote on Capitol Hill -- and that, opponents argue, is unconstitutional.
Tuesday, September 1, 1998 | Washington Post (DC) | Roger K. Lewis
Exhaustive and exhausting journalistic accounts, analyses and discussions of the Starr report and the Clinton presidency have consumed this city, effectively eclipsing other stories. One of the stories drowned out by the media cacophony was the filing this week of a lawsuit in federal court demanding voting rights on Capitol Hill for District residents.
Wednesday, August 12, 1998 | Washington Post (DC) | Michael Kelly
In the early hours of Aug. 7, the House of Representatives approved a bill to provide $486 million in federal funds so that the city where the representatives sit may stumble along for another year. And, as always, the representatives took the opportunity to play at governing Washington, in the form of nagging amendments tacked onto the money.
Thursday, July 16, 1998 | Washington Post (DC) | Eleanor Holmes Norton
As the District's finances and agencies improve, fresh thinking about our democratic rights is in order. Congressional voting rights and home rule could become yesterday's cliches unless we breathe new life into demands for our rights and look for openings that fit today's circumstances. Residents are heartened by a lawsuit to come in September based on a petition to Congress for full voting rights, dated July 4 with deliberate irony. To complement the petition, I have introduced a bill and am seeking co-sponsors.
Sunday, July 12, 1998 | Washington Post (DC) | Benjamin Wittes
The moral claim for voting representation in Congress for citizens of the District of Columbia is unassailable. The constitutional claim that the District is owed real representation in the House of Representatives and the Senate - the gist of a coming suit orchestrated by a grand coalition of Washington political leaders - is a more complicated proposition.
Sunday, July 12, 1998 | New York Times (NY) | Michael Janofsky
Seeking statehood did not work. A constitutional amendment failed. Now officials in the District of Columbia say they have finally found the best way to gain voting rights in Congress for District residents. They plan to sue the Government. "Other approaches made false assumptions," said John M. Ferren, the corporation counsel for the District. "The lawsuit is based on the argument that citizens of the District are entitled to be represented in Congress by the Constitution. It's strictly a constitutional argument."
Thursday, July 2, 1998 | Washington Post (DC) | Editorial
At high noon today, a group of citizens of the District of Columbia will announce their intention to petition Congress and the president to redress what they regard as a fundamental grievance: the city's lack of voting representation in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. We wish them well.
Sunday, June 28, 1998 | Washington Post (DC) | Peter Slevin
To be a citizen of the United States and a resident of the
District is to know what it is like to clap with one hand, politically
speaking. Unique on the U.S. mainland, the city has no vote in Congress and
seems unlikely to get one soon, say frustrated advocates of change.