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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

President Trump's license Plates E-mail

On January 26, 2017, Washington Post reporters Aaron Davis and David Nakamura reported that President Trump's limousine sportd the D.C. "Taxation Without Representation" license plate. For the full article, read more.

Sen. Rubio wants to gut D.C. gun laws E-mail

On January 18, 2017, Washington Post repoerters Aaron Davis and Jenna Portnoy reported tha t"Congressional Republicans are making an aggressive push to gut the District’s progressive policies, introducing bills in recent days to repeal the heavily Democratic city’s gun-control measures, undo its new law allowing physician-assisted suicide and ban the District from using local tax dollars to provide abortions for poor women."

For their thorough discussion of these issues, read more.

OSCE Cites D.C.'s Lack of Voting Representation in Congress E-mail

International lawyer Timothy Cooper, a long time D.C. statehood supporter, wrote that:

"The OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) has issued its preliminary 2016 U.S. Elections Report. A final, more comprehensive one will be published after January. The OSCE, Europe's largest human rights organization, has to date published six reports on U.S. elections. In each report the organization has noted that the U.S. Government's continuing policy of denying District of Columbia residents full voting representation in Congress violates the election standards of the organization. The United States is a founding member of the OSCE. As such, the U.S is politically obligated to fulfill all of its OSCE commitments.

In the 2016 preliminary report, the OSCE notes, 
'Some 4 million residents of US overseas territories and 600,000 residents of the District of Columbia do not have voting representation in Congress. In addition, residents of US overseas territories do not have the right to vote in presidential elections. More than 6 million convicts, including those who have served their sentences as well as many still facing trial, are widely disenfranchised, although several states have recently taken steps to restore their voting rights. These restrictions contravene the principle of universal and equal suffrage, as provided in OSCE commitments.'"

The full initial report can be read at: http://www.osce.org/odihr/elections/usa/280331?download=true.

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