Monday, May 20, 1985 | Washington Post (DC) | Editorial
Key dates in the District's attempts to achieve statehood: .December 1800: Congress took over exclusive jurisdiction of the District,
from territory ceded by Maryland and Virginia, and did not provide for voting
representation for residents. .March 1971: The newly formed D.C. Statehood Party ran a candidate for the
new office of D.C. delegate to Congress but lost. .January 1975: Home rule government for the District goes into effect.
Wednesday, April 25, 1984 | Washington Post (DC) | Sandra Evans Teeley
All three Democratic presidential candidates have stated opposition to
Reagan administration proposals that would give the federal government more
control over District of Columbia criminal legislation. Under the Reagan proposal, all criminal laws passed by the District would
have to be affirmatively approved by both houses of Congress and signed by the
president before they could be enacted.
Wednesday, February 15, 1984 | Washington Post (DC) | Staff reporters
A large majority of D.C. residents wants the District to get voting
representation in the U.S. House and Senate, a poll released yesterday by the
D.C. Coalition for Self-Determination showed. In a sample of 307 residents throughout the city, 77.3 percent said they
support a constitutional amendment to give the District voting rights in
Congress. Only 6 percent of those polled said they are "strongly opposed" to
the idea. Congress approved a D.C. voting representation amendment in 1978, which has
been ratified by 14 states.
Sunday, October 25, 1981 | Washington Post (DC) | Howie Kurtz and Michael Isikoff
One congressman sees a return to a "plantation mentality." Another
says the District of Columbia is trapped in "a halfway house between
servitude and autonomy." And a former D.C. official likens the city's
relationship with Congress to a form of "child abuse," with angry
legislators taking out their frustrations on the District at no political cost.
Sunday, December 21, 1980 | Washington Post (DC) | Jack Eisen
The 96th Congress adjourned itself into history last week without approving
home rule extensions sought by D. C. Mayor Marion Barry, including a more
generous federal payment formula and expanded autonomy for the city's judicial
Thursday, October 4, 1979 | Washington Post (DC) | Editorial
The President of the United States is coming to town. Jimmy Carter, whose campaign supporters claimed he would make this city his
adopted home, has finally gotten around to scheduling a major appearance before
a hometown crowd. On Oct. 13, Carter will speak at the Kennedys-King Day fundraiser sponsored by
the D.C. Democratic State Committee. Admission is $125 a plate.
Thursday, September 6, 1979 | Washington Post (DC) | Milton Coleman
A broad coalition of District of Columbia Democrats announced yesterday the
formation of the D.C. Committee for a Democratic Alternative -- in effect a
committee supporting the unannounced candidacy of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy
(D-Mass.) for president. It is the second pro-Kennedy group established in the District. In July,
community activist Norman C. Neverson and political fund raiser Mark Plotkin announced
formation of the D.C. Kennedy for President Committee.
Tuesday, May 8, 1979 | Washington Post (DC) | Donald Baker
The battle for full voting representation in Congress for residents of the District
of Columbia is likely to be won or lost in places like this city of 50,000 in
southeastern North Carolina instead of the hearing rooms of the Senate. D.C. Del. Walter E. Fauntroy knows that, so he has been spending many nights
and weekends in the Fayettevilles of the nation, asking the home folks,
especially the black home folks, to put pressure on their home state senators
to vote in behalf of the proposed constitutional amendment.
Wednesday, March 8, 1978 | Washington Post (DC) | Op-Ed
IN THESE DAYS of overworked bicentennial sloganeering, taxation without representation is hardly the catchy rallying cry it once was. Yet here in the nation™s capital, there are more than 720,000 Americans who live and pay taxes but who are without a single voting representative in either chamber of Congress. We mention this today not because Washingtonians need any reminder of their exclusion from the important decisions made on the floors of the House and Senate, but because once such decision “ on this very issue “ is forthcoming in the House.
Sunday, March 5, 1978 | Washington Post (DC) | Donald Baker
At 11:30 a.m. last Thursday, a volunteer, charged with keeping tabs on the
coming House vote on congressional voting representation for the District of
Columbia, called the office of D.C. Del. Walter E. Fauntroy and reported that a
member of the New York delegation was wavering. Another volunteer quickly checked the comprehensive files of Self-Determination
for D.C., the coalition that plotted strategy for the measure. The files
indicated that a lobbyist for the Westinghouse Electric Corp. might be able to
influence the wavering representative.