The warrior on the Hill marches on

October 23, 2012

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

At age 75 and despite only halting progress on District autonomy issues, Eleanor Holmes Norton is sailing to a 12th term as the District’s congressional delegate. The Post’s Paul Schwartzman looks at what has made Norton a D.C. political icon: She might not have a vote in Congress, but “[w]hat Norton possesses is her voice, one that she has used to press a broad spectrum of causes, whether organizing blacks in the deep South during the civil rights movement or defending former Alabama governor George Wallace’s right to hold a rally in New York City in 1968.” It’s also a voice that’s somewhat infamous among congressional colleagues and staff who have endured her more-than-occasional bouts of fury, “which even admirers say seem more fitting for a sailor than a Yale Law School graduate.” Or, as former chief of staff Donna Brazile puts it, “She could cuss you out while chewing bubble gum.” While she’s also known as a savvy backroom operator, Norton says she often prefers the out-and-out political brawl: “I am most comfortable when I’m in a fighting-for-justice mode. … Here is the unattainable. Let’s see if we can get there.”

In other news:

Early voting is underway at One Judiciary Square (WRC-TV)

Voucher enrollment is not keeping up with voucher dollars (WaTimes)

What would you put on your ward’s flag? (The Root DC)

“[Jim] Graham’s closed-door maneuvers are offensive and more serious than Marion Barry’s sole-source contract to a paramour,” says Jonetta Rose Barras (Examiner)

Chartered Health Plan takeover offers relief to anxious clinics and hospitals (Post)

Automobile tickets added $178 million to city coffers in FY12 (Examiner)

Hizzoner says he’d be “happy to look at” a Bloombergian soda ban (WTOP)

Food trucks get Wilson Building perch (All We Can Eat)

All Hands on Deck but still lots of robberies (WaTimes)

Rare mayoral honors for Family Research Council guard (ExaminerWaTimes)

H.D. Woodson players and parents stand up for fired football coach (WUSA-TV)

After “jihad” controversy, Metro ads will carry disclaimers (Examiner)

Guilty verdicts for three men in 2011 murder of man alleged to have abused killer’s mother (Post)

Council panel looks at updating scooter/moped regulations (Examiner)

Marion Barry missed his campaign finance reporting deadline. Again. (Loose Lips)

Residents are pleased with Upper 14th Street planning (Housing Complex)

Former HIV/AIDS czar is nominated to United Medical Center board (LIMS)

Income and sales taxes, not property taxes, drove FY12 revenue growth (WBJ)

With “village square” request, Hill East redevelopment plans move ahead (Brian Flahaven)

L Street NW will have its cycletrack soon (DDOT)

DDOT will test streetcar service in Anacostia (Railway Age)

Cyclist assaulted on Met Branch Trail (PoP)

Read your parking meters carefully (Post letter)

Ward 6 turns out to support Capitol Hill beating victim (WUSA-TV)

New Carrollton man dies behind the wheel in Brookland (Crime Scene)

It’s tax sale time again (WBJ)

Today: Council hearing on driverless cars (AP)

A closely-watched anti-SLAPP case is settled (Legal Times)

Deer dies on lower 14th Street NW (DCist)

Mary Cheh had her bike stolen (DCist)

Coooooooooooley (Post)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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