Sunday, June 28, 1998 | Chicago Tribune (IL) | Glen Elsasser
Washington - The nation's capital reigns as the City Beautiful, a repository of history and, curiously, the seat of a local government that totally defies the American democratic tradition. The next time you've got your camera strapped around the neck and are ambling about the Mall or Lincoln Memorial, consider these facts:
Monday, March 9, 1998 | Legal Times | Karen Alexander
So far it's just a law review article in the making. But Jamin Raskin's constitutional attack on the District's lack of a vote in Congress is already bringing new verve to D.C.'s long, tired drive for muscle on Capitol Hill. Raskin, a professor of constitutional law at American University's Washington College of Law, argues that District residents are entitled to full voting representation in the House of Representatives based on the 14th Amendment's guarantee of equal protection.
Wednesday, February 11, 1998 | The Currents (DC) | Jennifer Coderre
An American University law professor's six-prolonged approach to challenging the District's lack of representation in Congress drew a standing ovation from many attendees at a special meeting on home rule last week. Professor Jamin Raskin's proposed class-action lawsuit is only one portion of what D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who sponsored the meeting, described as a multifaceted thrust toward restoring home rule. However, Raskin said after the meeting that the first draft of his law review article is a long way from being an actual lawsuit.
Sunday, September 21, 1997 | Washington Post (DC) | Jonathan R. Siegel - OP-ED
The District is torn between a fiscal problem and a political one. On one hand, it never can succeed as long as it tries to perform the functions that elsewhere are performed at the state level. On the other, giving those functions to the federal government leaves D.C. residents at the mercy of a legislature in which they have no vote. Relief for this troubled city can come only when residents enjoy what other Americans take for granted: representation in local, state and national government.
Monday, May 26, 1997 | Legal Times | Timothy Cooper
It is curious to note that while the president, Congress, and the financial control board fiddle with the fate of the District of Columbia, the political rights of D.C. residents is a subject that is utterly taboo. It is no secret that the U.S. government promotes representative democracy in every corner of the globe but here, where it has denied residents equal voting rights for nearly 200 years. But while the Supreme Court has slammed its doors on D.C.
Sunday, February 2, 1997 | Washington Post (DC) | Larry Mirel
In all the debate about how to fix the District, why is so
little said about democratic rights? When an appointed financial control board
countermands actions of the elected mayor and the D.C. Council, why does no one
shout "tyranny"? Why has no one taken to the streets to protest the
powers of the elected school board being taken over by appointed trustees? The answer seems to be that the citizens of the District
don't care much about democracy. And if they don't, why should other Americans
Sunday, September 22, 1996 | Washington Post (DC) | Jamin B. Raskin
THIS IS a petition to Congress for the redress of a
constitutional wrong. If Congress chooses to ignore it, then it may be brought
as a case in federal court by the citizens of the District of Columbia. The petition concerns the limits of federal power. It raises
the question of whether Congress can disenfranchise an American community,
impose on its citizens a government that is not republican in character and
then subject them to a series of financial liabilities and disabilities that
progressively erode the value of their real property.
Sunday, September 1, 1996 | Alachua Freenet (FL) | Jenny Brown
Did you know that residents of the District of Columbia don't have the full voting rights that other American citizens enjoy? That's because the District of Columbia is not a state. There are more than 700,000 people living in D.C. but they have no voting representation in Congress! Why? That's a good question.
Tuesday, April 23, 1996 | Washington Times (DC) | Adrienne Washington
Washington, Md.? Can you imagine the District of Columbia returned to the
arms of Maryland? Paula Taylor, a native Washingtonian, can't.
She says she doesn't "know anything about Maryland." Nor does she
care to know. "D.C. is my home. I was born and raised here," said Ms. Taylor,
registrar at Alice Deal Junior High School. "What else can I say?" Well, a fledgling group of men and women calling themselves the Committee
for a Capital City have plenty to say about retroceding the District to
Sunday, April 14, 1996 | Washington Times (DC) | Lisa Nevans
Spring. Time for the return of the robins, cherry blossoms - and talk of
returning most of the District to Maryland. This year, the perennial discussion is led by a new group headed by a former
government insider with ties to both the District and Capitol Hill. The Committee for the Capital City has a new twist on the old pitch about
remedying taxation-without-representation: They are hoping to persuade
Marylanders to join their crusade, arguing that becoming home to the capital
city could be an economic boost for the state.