Sunday, April 18, 2010

Here's your white man constitution

Another day, Another outrage

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Report Questions Constitutionality of Giving D.C. a Vote

By Mary Beth Sheridan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 13, 2007

The research arm of Congress says that legislation to give the District a vote in the House of Representatives is probably unconstitutional, a finding that could jeopardize its chances of passage, officials and analysts said yesterday.

The report lands at a time when the D.C. voting rights effort has been gaining momentum. The new Democratic majority in the House has vowed to move quickly on such legislation.

Thomas Mann, a congressional scholar at the Brookings Institution, said the report represents "a creature of the Congress . . . saying this doesn't really pass constitutional muster. That has to be taken seriously and will certainly be used by those who oppose it."

Split At Justice On D.C. Vote Bill

Holder Overrode Ruling That Measure Is Unconstitutional

By Carrie Johnson Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Justice Department lawyers concluded in an unpublished opinion earlier this year that the historic D.C. voting rights bill pending in Congress is unconstitutional, according to sources briefed on the issue. But Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who supports the measure, ordered up a second opinion from other lawyers in his department and determined that the legislation would pass muster.

Obama pushes D.C. voting rights bill

WASHINGTON | President Barack Obama urged lawmakers Friday to give the District of Columbia a voting member of Congress.

A bill to give the city just that is expected to be brought for a vote in the House next week. Many advocates for D.C. voting rights believe this year could be their last opportunity in a long time if Democrats lose their majority in Congress in the fall.


Anonymous said...

If DC residents want a congressional rep, then cede the District back to Maryland, and withdraw Congressional oversight and all Congressional funding. Let the fucking leeches pay their own way. Maryland is so well run, another few hundred thousand on the take won't even make a ripple and prolly give that smarmy Governor O'Malley another term so Maryland can really sink into bankruptcy and chaos.
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Rodger the Real King of France said...

Better yet, give it back to Virginia!

franco said...

They already gave back Virginia's part of DC in 1846.

DC has about 600,000 residents. That falls between Vermont (#49 by population) and Wyoming (#50).

Puerto Rico has about 4 million. That falls between Kentucky (#26) and Oregon (#27). Puerto Rico has no congressional representative, not even a non-voting one like DC has. Puerto Ricans can't vote in Presidential elections, either.

And we're arguing about DC? Whatever. If there is a solution, it's to do as Dick says: give it back to MD. But what to call it? MD already has a Washington County.

Anonymous said...

Ahh, Rodger, no thanks. We're trying to beat back the governmental hordes as it is. The DC cancer has already spread too far south, with Fredericksburg becoming a DC bedroom community. We don't want any more of that ilk.

franco - the residents would probably call it Kanye - or is it Kenya? - West.
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Gerry said...

Nuke it from orbit just to make sure???

Gayle Miller said...

Those of us who commute into the District daily for work would like it very much if they could get the traffic situation sorted out so that there isn't gridlock every couple of blocks! Maybe make it ILLEGAL for the Kenyan wetback to have a motorcade twice a day during Rush Hour! He is such a useless tool.

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