Monday, August 3, 2015 | Wall Street Journal | Sarene Leeds
There was a time when things couldn’t get more adorable than John Oliver singing about broken prison systems with a bunch of Muppet-like puppets. That time has now passed, because on Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight,” Oliver brought in the really big guns to help get his point across about limited voting rights in Washington, D.C.: a group of cherubic singing children.
Monday, August 3, 2015 | Time.com | Melissa Locker
“No taxation without representation” was a rallying cry during the American Revolution, but on Last Week Tonight, John Oliver noted that paying taxes without having a vote in Congress is still a way of life for residents of the District of Columbia. Oliver decried that the U.S. is the only democracy in the world that does not give the residents of its capital the right to vote in Congress, a situation that even the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, called “quite strange.”
Monday, July 13, 2015 | The Daily Signal | Michael Sabo
It’s that time of the year again: U.S. House delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton is ramping up her efforts to make Washington D.C. the 51st state in the Union. Her bill, which would create the state of New Columbia from the existing District of Columbia, is the latest in a long line of legislative proposals with the ultimate goal to secure full voting representation for the District in Congress. Appealing to patriotic sentiment, advocates of making D.C. into a state have clothed their campaign in the rhetoric of the American Revolution.
Friday, July 10, 2015 | Media Matters For America | Libby Watson
Fox's Outnumbered roundly denounced a proposal that would allow permanent residents in the District of Columbia to vote in local elections, lamenting that it undermines the notion of American citizenship while ignoring that D.C. citizens do not have a vote in Congress.
Monday, June 29, 2015 | Roll Call (DC) | Bridget Bowman
Despite the uphill battle for District of Columbia statehood, Sen. Thomas R. Carper, D-Del., has reintroduced a statehood bill noting that the District’s unique political status is contrary to the American values celebrated on Independence Day.
Friday, June 26, 2015 | Roll Call (DC) | Hannah Hess
In the wake of mass shootings in Charleston, S.C., Washington murmured about resurrecting failed firearm control legislation, yet the House’s Second Amendment defenders stuck to their guns about a push to further dismantle local weapons laws in the District of Columbia.
Thursday, June 25, 2015 | Washington Examiner (DC) | Kelly Cohen
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders joined a group of more than a dozen senators who are calling for Washington, D.C., to become the nation's 51st state. The proposal, introduced by Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., would name the nation's capital New Columbia and give it full representation in Congress. The federal government would still maintain control over the portions of the District of Columbia that surround the White House, Congress, Supreme Court and National Mall.
Statement of DC Vote Executive Director Kimberly Perry on the introduction of a bill to admit a 51st state into the union in order to provide equal rights and full citizenship for the 660,000 Americans currently living in the District of Columbia.
Thursday, June 25, 2015 | DC Vote - Press Release
Thursday, June 25, 2015 | Washington City Paper (DC) | Olivia Adams
Delaware Sen. Tom Carper has once again introduced a bill that would grant D.C. statehood, a companion to the House version offered earlier this year by D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton. In a press release, Norton says she’s grateful for the show of support from Carper, noting that “Once Senator Carper promised me he would introduce the D.C. Statehood bill in the Senate last Congress, I knew it would happen.” The bill has 17 co-sponsors, including Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and Whip Richard Durbin.
Thursday, June 25, 2015 | The Hill (DC) | Tim Devaney
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and a group of more than a dozen senators are calling for Washington, D.C., to become the 51st state in the nation. In their proposal, the federal government would still maintain control over portions of the nation’s capital that surround the White House, Congress, Supreme Court and National Mall. The rest of the nation’s capital would be renamed New Columbia and given full representation in Congress under the legislation introduced by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.).