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D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine Supports Statehood E-mail

On August 31, 2016, the Washington Informer published an article by reporter Lauren Poteat about D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine's comments on statehood during an interview by Maria Leonard Olsen on WPFW's "Inside Out" program.

 

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The statehood convention that wasn't E-mail

Longtime statehood activist, Timothy Cooper describes in an article that was published on July 13, 2016 in The Hill's blog why the Mayor's initiative did not really include a a real constitutional convention and how that shortchanged the people of the District of Columbia in having much of a say on the constitution she and the other members of the New Columbia Statehood Commission approved.

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Mayor Bowser Goes to Cleveland! E-mail

 

The Washington Post's Aaron Davis and Rachel Kurzius of dcist reported on July 19, 2016 about D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser's trip to the Republican Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Despite efforts by D.C. Republicans to keep anti-statehood language out of the Republican platform, an anti-statehood plank was included. Nevertheless, Mayor Bowser greeted Republicans and urged them that all Americans, including the almost 700,000 living in the District of Columbia, deserve the right to self-government.

In addition to these two articles, a City Desk post by Tatiana Cirisano in the Washington City Paper about Donald Trump's comments on D.C. statehood when he was on Meet the Press in October 2015 is also printed below. To see these articles, read more.

 

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Council's Action on Advisory Referendum on Statehood E-mail

Washington Post reporter Aaron Davis reports on the D.C. Council's July 12, 2016 action to unamiously approve the advisory referendum requiring D.C. voters to go on the November 8, 2016 presidential ballot. Click on read more to see his article.

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Crisis over Language of Statehood Referendum E-mail

In the July 10, 2016 edition of the Washington Post (print edition; July 9 online), reporter Aaron Davis wrote an article on "Before it asks for statehood, D.C. already faces a constitutional crisis." The crisis concerns the wording of a referndum the D.C. Council proposes to put on the November 8, 2016 ballot as part of Mayor Muriel Bowser's effort to have a "complete package" ready for the new President and Congress in January.

The Distirct of Columbia has been asking for statehood for a long time. Our nonvoting delgates to Congress, Walter Fauntroy and Eleanor Holmes Norton, have each introduced statehood bills over the years, as have Senators on the committees with jurisdiction over D.C. The current bill in the House is H.R. 317 and has 133 cosponsors and in the Senate is S. 1688 which has 19 cosponsors. On July 7, 2016, the Ward 3 Democratic Committee urged that the referendum be limited to a vote on statehood - yes/no. For more information over the issues raised by the Council's proposed referendum language, read more.

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