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Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 03/01/2011

Norton accuses GOP of trying to 'humiliate' and 'disrespect' Gray

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) ripped into her Republican colleagues Tuesday morning at a hearing on the District's school voucher program, accusing them of trying to "humiliate" Mayor Vincent C. Gray and "disrespect his office."

By Ben Pershing  |  11:50 AM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 01/25/2011

Area members get in on the bipartisan seating act for State of the Union

The bipartisanship bug has infected the Washington-area congressional delegation, as local lawmakers are scrambling to find seatmates from across the aisle for Tuesday night's State of the Union address.

By Ben Pershing  |  03:04 PM ET, 01/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 01/04/2011

Gray, Norton protest loss of 'Committee of the Whole' House vote

Vincent Gray made his first public trip to Capitol Hill as mayor Tuesday, joining D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) at a pep rally to protest the new House GOP majority's plan to strip the District of the one voting right it has in Congress.

By Ben Pershing  |  11:33 AM ET, 01/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:06 PM ET, 12/30/2010

Norton asks Obama to mention D.C. voting rights in State of the Union address

The District may face an uphill fight to secure voting rights in the House this Congress, but D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) is hoping to win a rhetorical victory next month -- a mention of the issue in President Obama's State of the Union address.

By Ben Pershing  |  05:06 PM ET, 12/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 12/23/2010

Senate approves two D.C. judicial nominees

The Senate on Wednesday approved two of President Obama's four pending nominees to the bench of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, part of a last-minute flurry of action on nominations before the 111th Congress adjourned.

By Ben Pershing  |  01:24 PM ET, 12/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 12/22/2010

Norton will lose ability to vote on floor amendments

What little right to vote Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) has on the House floor will be gone come January, as Republicans have decided to take away the right of delegates and resident commissioners to vote in the Committee of the Whole.

By Ben Pershing  |  12:25 PM ET, 12/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 12/14/2010

Omnibus spending bill would cut D.C. funds by 1 percent

The District will get $11 million less from the federal government in 2011 than it did in 2010, if a newly released Senate version of an omnibus appropriations bill becomes law.

By Ben Pershing  |  03:41 PM ET, 12/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 12/14/2010

House to vote on putting D.C. statue in Capitol

The House will take up a bill this week adding one statue of a District luminary to the halls of the Capitol, as Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) tries to chalk up a small victory for the city before Congress adjourns.

By Ben Pershing  |  10:10 AM ET, 12/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:22 PM ET, 12/09/2010

Cardin proposes moving New Beginnings facility to Walter Reed campus

Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin (D) sent a legislative message to District officials this week, proposing to move the New Beginnings youth detention center from Laurel to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus.

By Ben Pershing and Henri Cauvin  |  05:22 PM ET, 12/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 12/02/2010

D.C. judicial nominees stuck in Senate logjam

The Senate Judiciary Committee cleared two of President Obama's nominees to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Wednesday, but they and two other picks for the court appear stuck for now amid an end-of-session Senate logjam.

By Ben Pershing  |  03:24 PM ET, 12/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:05 PM ET, 09/17/2010

Did Norton fundraising call violate rules?

For the last 48 hours, the political blogosphere has been devoting a lot of attention to D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), specifically to whether she bended or broke any rules soliciting funds from an unknown lobbyist.

By Ben Pershing  |  06:05 PM ET, 09/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 09/15/2010

D.C. statues bill caught up in voting rights, gun law controversies

A bill that would add statues of two D.C. luminaries to the halls of the Capitol has stalled and may not make it out of the House before the end of the 111th Congress, as the seemingly innocuous measure has become snagged by the ongoing controversies over voting rights and the District's gun laws.

By Ben Pershing  |  03:35 PM ET, 09/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 07/21/2010

Norton gets in heated House floor dispute ... over a New York racetrack?

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) engaged in a heated dispute on the House floor Tuesday night with a Republican colleague, even apologizing for having violated the chamber's decorum with words that her debate opponent thought were too harsh.

By Ben Pershing  |  11:40 AM ET, 07/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 07/14/2010

House panel approves D.C. statues bill after partisan squabble over city's status

A House committee approved a bill Wednesday that would put statues of two District luminaries in the Capitol, but only after the panel's top Democrat and Republican squabbled over voting rights and whether the city should be equated with a state or a U.S. territory.

By Ben Pershing  |  12:12 PM ET, 07/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 07/13/2010

Bill to put Douglass, L'Enfant statues in the Capitol moving forward

The House Administration Committee is expected to approve a bill Wednesday that would add two statues from D.C. to the halls of Congress.

By Ben Pershing  |  03:39 PM ET, 07/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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