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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Congressional Republicans Meddle in D.C. Affairs 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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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.

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