It is deeply disappointing that the District’s Attorney General and Mayor are working to undermine the will of the people – and the budget law – rather than fighting for self-determination and defending our right to budget freedom that was won through the ballot box.
The District’s Chief Financial Officer, an independent official in charge of all the city’s financial operations, warned the D.C. Council not to proceed with the local budget autonomy law that went into effect on Jan. 1.
In a letter to D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, one of the chief proponents of the referendum approved by more than 80 percent of D.C. voters in April 2013, CFO Jeffrey S. DeWitt warned the city could “trigger the re-emergence of the Control Board” or lose the “precious, limited Home Rule currently provided to District residents.”
In a letter to D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, Mayor Vincent Gray today warned of potential legal consequences — including a D.C. government shutdown and return of the Control Board — if the Council does not approve the city's 2015 budget within the time prescribed by the Home Rule Charter.
The letter stems from an ongoing conflict over last year's referendum on budget autonomy, in which over 80 percent of D.C. residents voted to amend the charter to allow the city more control over the city's locally raised revenue.
Sen. Mark Begich kept his birthday party promise to D.C. Shadow Sen. Paul Strauss, introducing two bills on Thursday that, if passed, would result in greater autonomy for the District of Columbia.
Strauss called the Alaska Democrat a “man of his word,” in an interview with CQ Roll Call, referring to Begich’s promise to introduce legislation in early April that would grant D.C. budget and legislative autonomy from Congress.
The chances that D.C. voters will be voting for an attorney general this year are looking increasingly dismal.
A last-ditch attempt to put the city’s first AG election on the November ballot was derailed Tuesday, after D.C. Council members balked at a bill that would mandate an unusual all-comers voting process for the city’s top legal official.
The District’s fights for voting rights could go prime time after David Letterman departs the “Late Show” desk.
According to Mashable, CBS’s top choice to replace Letterman is Stephen Colbert — the comedian/satirist who considers Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., his “nemesis.”
Despite “The Colbert Report” host’s mock-adversarial relationship with Norton, she told CQ Roll Call that Colbert has “probably done more than any human being to alert the country to the fact that we don’t have the same rights as others.”
Those who were hoping to cast their vote for an elected attorney general in November, prepare to have your hopes crushed: it doesn't look like it's going to happen.
Washingtonians will storm Capitol Hill Friday to tell Congress how the District’s lack of legislative and budget freedom negatively affects their lives.
They plan to visit 60 offices, focusing on those with jurisdiction over D.C., as part of DC Vote’s annual lobby day, according to spokesman James Jones.
D.C.'s long, arduous quest to become a state—or at least gain the same rights as every other state—has been, well, long and arduous. But is it a human rights violation? According to the U.N.'s Human Rights Committee and a human rights advocacy group it is.
Today, the Committee reiterated “its concern that residents of the District of Columbia are denied the right to vote for and election of voting representatives to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives,” a release states.
Over the past few weeks, much has been said on these pages about voter ID requirements and voter suppression.