Wednesday, May 27, 2015 | | Matt Cohen
Last year, the D.C. Council got into a big fight with then-Mayor Vince Gray over the legality of the District's budget autonomy referendum, but now the fight is over and the referendum is safe (at least for now). Despite 83 percent of D.C. voters voting in favor of the Budget Autonomy Act, which gives the city the right to spend locally raised funds without Congressional approval, Gray and Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey DeWitt said they're refusing to implement the act, because it violates federal law.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 | WAMU Radio (DC) | Martin Austermuhle
It may have been coincidence, but the timing wasn't lost on anyone in the John Wilson Building. As D.C. legislators started debating the city's 2016 budget on Wednesday morning, the U.S. Court of Appeals sent a long-simmering fight over budget autonomy — the belief that D.C. should not have to submit its budget to Congress for approval as part of the federal appropriations process — to a lower court, giving city officials hope that they may soon have the autonomy they have long fought for.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 | DC Vote - Press Release
Press Release For more information contact: James Jones, Communications Director 202.462.6000 x112 office / 202.557.4864 mobile / / FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 20, 2015 DCPS Students, Teachers Head to Capitol Hill to Call for DC Equality DC Vote advocacy day will give Hill staff first-hand look at impact of disenfranchisement
Thursday, May 7, 2015 | DC Vote - Press Release
Press Release For more information contact: James Jones, Communications Director 202.462.6000 x112 office / 202.557.4864 mobile / / FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 7, 2014 DC Vote and National Coalition Send Letter to Congress Opposing “Riders” on DC Spending Bill
Thursday, May 7, 2015 | MetroWeekly (DC) | John Riley
A press conference of liberal-leaning advocacy groups was convened on Thursday by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC). The coalition is opposing attempts by Congress to reverse or hinder the implementation of several recently enacted D.C. laws.
Thursday, May 7, 2015 | | Matt Cohen
D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and Mayor Muriel Bowser—along with several representatives from national and local organizations—celebrated what's quickly becoming D.C's most sobering and grim annual holiday: the upcoming fiscal year appropriations process. "I regret that this press conference has had to become an annual kickoff event," Norton quipped during a conference earlier today. It's around this time every year that Congress begins the appropriations process for the upcoming fiscal year and D.C. is reminded of its lack of voting rights.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 | Washington Post (DC) | Clinton Yates
Next year, D.C. United’s uniforms could be adding a new phrase to their mantra of “win championships and serve the community.” The MLS franchise is teaming up with the advocacy organization DC Vote to create a new jersey for next season and will also receive a couple of awards from the group tonight.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 | Roll Call (DC) | Donna Brazile
Religious liberty is, arguably, our most precious American value. We should vehemently protect this freedom when it is threatened. But the constitutional phrase that secures religious liberty — “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” — cannot be distorted to mean any action motivated by faith must be allowed, especially if it infringes on the human rights of other Americans. Freedom means freedom for everyone.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 | NBC Channel 4 (DC) | Tom Sherwood
It’s spring and a lot of things are blooming in Washington — except democracy. Three DC Vote activists were arrested last Thursday after they unfurled a D.C. flag in the balcony of the House of Representatives and shouted “D.C. Vote!” The three were protesting the House vote to rescind local legislation that would extend protections to workers whose employers might discriminate against them for using birth control or other reproductive health care.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 | Washington Post (DC) | Matthew Green
Congress has been setting its sights on Washington, D.C. in recent months. Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) warned D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowserin February that she would violate federal law by allowing marijuana to become legal. A month later, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced a billa month later eliminating the District of Columbia’s gun control regulations and its authority to enact such regulations.