Prefrosh Preview: Our fabulous District

The editors figured you should know something about the federal enclave that you will call your home almost nine months out of the year. See below for a general history and profile of the District, from D.C. voting rights to race politics, and stay tuned for profiles of individual neighborhoods on Wednesday. L’Enfant’s wet dream […]

Mayor, councilmen arrested during protest on Capitol Hill

At 6:05 PM yesterday, Capitol Police arrested Mayor Vincent Gray, Council Chair Kwame Brown, and Councilmen Tommy Wells, Muriel Bowser, Yvette Alexander, Sekou Biddle, and Michael A. Brown during a demonstration for D.C. voting rights and home rule. The lawmakers have been charged with “unlawful assembly” and face a $50 fine. The bright side: at least the […]

Eleanor Holmes Norton speaks at Georgetown: “The fight is on, bring it on.”

Although she opened her speech quietly and in a strained voice Monday night in Georgetown University’s ICC Auditorium, Eleanor Holmes Norton was soon speaking loudly and passionately about the defining issue of her nine Congressional terms: voting rights for the District of Columbia. “We are on the verge of getting this bill through both houses,” […]

The District Digest: Holocaust Museum shooting, voting rights derailed

In the interest of keeping you informed about the fine city we live in, Vox is starting a new feature, the District Digest, which will be a quick-and-easy guide to the most interesting and important D.C. stories of the week. The big, sad, awful story of the week was the shooting at the Holocaust Memorial […]

D.C. voting rights on hold for now

Although the prognosis was positive a few months ago when Obama took office and the Democrats swept Congress, it looks like the quest for D.C. voting rights has been derailed once again. Caught between a rock (the Ensign amendment that was tacked onto the bill and would have undermined the District’s gun control regulations) and […]

In Congress, D.C. slouching toward suffrage

Somebody get this Congresswoman a megaphone … and a full-floor vote District citizens troubled by the irony of living in the nation’s capital without much representation to speak of themselves may soon get a break. The Joe Liberman-sponsored D.C. Voting Rights bill has cleared the filibuster mark in the Senate with a vote of 62-34—the […]

DC voting rights rap is awesome

Via DCist,the first (and best) rap about DC voting rights. It’s got Eleanor Holmes Norton crossing her arms, all sorts of DC residents asking for their rights, and a heartbreaking intro.Best of all, around 2:00 rapper Joe L. Da Vessel complains to Shadow Senator Michael Brown: “Now I know this is delicate, but I could […]