Another Reason for D.C. Statehood: GOP Holds Hearing on Local D.C. Pot Decriminalization

By: Friday May 9, 2014 12:29 pm

In yet another reminder of why there needs to be Statehood for D.C., House Republicans held a hearing today on a local bill to decriminalization marijuana. The reason D.C. was singled out as the only local decriminalize bill to have a hearing in Congress is because the most basic democratic rights are denied to the roughly 600,000 citizens living in D.C.


Congressional Leadership Makes Last-Ditch Effort on Surface Transportation Bill

By: Wednesday June 20, 2012 2:10 pm

Congressional leadership is getting antsy over the possibility of no highway bill for the year, and another in a series of extensions, which will likely depress construction spending and harm local vulnerable members back in their home district. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner asked both sides to iron out their differences this week.

And Also, the FAA Could Shut Down Friday

By: Wednesday July 20, 2011 2:10 pm

Because we didn’t have enough to worry about, the Federal Aviation Administration could shut down Friday, if Republicans insist on including certain controversial provisions into a short-term extension.

Florida Congresscritters Look to End-Run Rick Scott on High Speed Rail

By: Thursday February 17, 2011 6:30 pm

I noted yesterday that Rick Scott returned $2.4 billion in high speed rail money to the federal government, which would halt a planned project for an intercity link between Tampa and Orlando. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has dealt with this before with respect to Ohio and Wisconsin (there are those two states again), and he simply redistributed the money to states who wanted it. However, in this case, Florida Congressional leaders, Democrats and Republicans, are scheming to get the deal done anyway.

Mica Begs Passengers Not to Opt Out of Porno Scanners

By: Sunday November 21, 2010 5:00 pm

Mica stepped up his criticism against John Pistole, the TSA Administrator, but he became one of the first prominent Republicans to basically take the side of the security state against the public.

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