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D.C. Delegate Asks the President for Courtesy of Consultation on Federal Law Enforcement Officials E-mail

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton issued a press release on March 27, 2017, releasing a letter she sent to President Turmp requesting that he extend her the courtesy of consulting on the appointment of the U.S. Attorney, federal district court judges and other Senate-confirmed federal law enforcement officials in the District of Columbia—the same courtesy extended to her by President George W. Bush. Her press release and letter emphasize how the District of Columbia is handicapped by having its criminal justice system under total Federal control.  These documents clearly indicate why D.C. should be a state so that like other Americans, the people of D.C. could run their local/state legal system and have those running it accountable to them.

The people of D.C. also need to urge our Mayor, Council, and Attorney General to start planning for the return of these functions to the new state and even possibly the return of some of them even before Congress admits us as the 51st state. Funding for such planning needs to be included in the District’s 2018 budget. Please contact the Council ASAP to urge them to include funding for feasiblity studies and planning on how to implement statehood. A state government is different from a colonial government where the power rests in entities outside the citizens' control. We need to get started on in-depth planning for statehood now if we want to show Congress we are ready to become a state. See the resolution of the Ward 3 Democratic Committee in the next article.

Ward 3 Democratic Committee Speaks Out on Statehood E-mail

On January 26, 2017, the Ward 3 Democratic Committee approved a resolution on statehood strategy for 2017-2018. Given the strong popular support for statehood shown by the November 8, 2016 referendum, the Committee felt it was important that we keep the momentum going. The intense work beginning on Emancipation Day 2016 (April 16) to prepare for the statehood referendum showed that there is a lot more work needed to make statehood a reality. Doing the necessary feasibility studies and preparation for and holding a constitutional convention, with elected delegates willing to devote the time needed to produce a comprehensive constitution that the people will support, takes time.

Please read the resolution below and assist us in urging the Mayor and Council to properly fund and support our efforts to achieve statehood.

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton Introduces New Statehood BIll (H.R. 1291) E-mail

On March 2, 2017, D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton introduced H.R. 1291, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act with a record 116 cosponsors. To read her introductory comments, read more.


Colby King on Marco Rubio's bill to Gut D.C. Gun Laws E-mail

Washington Post opinoin writer Colby King comments on Florida Senator Marco Rubio's "Second Amendment Enforcement Act" bill that would gut the gun laws of the District of Columbia and strip the D.C. Council from being able to enact any gun laws. Mr. King suggests that perhaps Sen. Rubio should apply his law to the U.S. Capiol grounds. He asks "if restoration of Second Amendment rights is good for the District, why not extend that basic goodness to Capitol Hill? ... If the presence of a gun-toting public is good enough for the streets of our nation’s capital, shouldn’t the same be good enough on congressional grounds?".

To read his entire column from the January 28, 2017 (printed; January 27, 2017 online) edition of the Washington Post, read more.


Congressional Republicans Meddle in D.C. Affairs Part 1 E-mail

With Republicans controlling both houses of Congress and a Republican in the White House, House Republicans were emboldened to impose legislative limitations on the District of Columbia's locally raised tax funds. First, they pass a bill blocking the District of using local funds for abortions for poor District women. This is something they could not do if the District of Columbia were a state.

Second, they start and investigation of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser's plan to use local tax monies to teach the District's illegal immigrants their rights, hire lawyers to represent them in deportation proceedings, and help them apply for asylum. Mayor Bowser notes that the Congressional investigation highlights again D.C.'s need for statehood.

For the Washington Post's coverage of these two issues, read more

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