From an email:
“How lame is it that the keynote speaker to this year’s White House Correspondents’ dinner is boring old historian Ron Chernow?? Wouldn’t you rather see a sharp-tongued and super woke comedian like, say, Haywood Turnipseed Jr. whose performed at the Kennedy Center take the stage? Wouldn’t it be fun if The Donald himself made an appearance??
Forget the Nerd Prom the night before, The Unofficial Correspondents’ Dinner is a first-of-its-kind Political Roast show that will feature a constituency of DC’s best comedians, in character, for a bipartisan bashing of epic proportions. (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user Tim Brown
From Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s office:
“Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that today she introduced the Marijuana in Federally Assisted Housing Parity Act of 2019, which would permit the use of marijuana in federally assisted housing, including public housing and Section 8 housing, in compliance with the marijuana laws of the state where the property is located. Under current federal law, the users of drugs that are illegal under federal law, including marijuana, are prohibited from being admitted into federally assisted housing. Federal law also allows landlords to evict residents of federally assisted housing for drug use. Norton says that individuals living in federally assisted housing should not be denied admission, or fear eviction, for using a product legal in their state. Both adult use and medical use of marijuana is currently legal in 33 states and the District of Columbia and over 90 percent of Americans support legalized medical marijuana. (more…)
Thanks to Bry for sending: “Just saw these rollin behind Dunbar.”
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) March 22, 2019
RMNB reported on Friday:
“Holtby will not be going to the White House. “I gotta stay true to my values and I’m gonna respectfully decline the offer,” he told the media after practice.
Holtby joins Brett Connolly as the only other current member on the Capitals’ current roster who has declined.”
Also awesome – this hit by Oshie against the Flyers yesterday: (more…)
Thanks to a reader for sending this “Time” Magazine Cover from Adams Morgan.
Close up: (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user Elvert Barnes
Following on the heels of yesterday’s progress in the Senate.
From a press release:
“The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) applauded the passage of H.R. 1, the For the People Act, in the U.S. House of Representatives today, marking the first time in American history either chamber of Congress has endorsed statehood for the District of Columbia. H.R. 1, a pro-democracy bill that includes numerous findings to expand democracy in the United States, contains extensive findings supporting statehood for D.C. This achievement builds on Norton’s work to make D.C the 51st state and sets the stage for consideration of H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) have both strongly endorsed D.C. statehood, and House Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) has committed to holding a hearing and markup of H.R. 51 this year. (more…)
From a press release:
“On the 54th anniversary of Bloody Sunday and following reports of voter suppression in the 2018 elections that disproportionally targeted communities of color, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today announced his voting rights and democracy reform priorities in the new Congress and beyond: the restoration of key provisions of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), nationwide automatic voter registration, and D.C. Statehood. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder to gut the Voting Rights Act of 1965’s critical preclearance provisions that allowed the federal government to prevent states with a history of discrimination from changing their voting rules without preapproval, states across the country have passed laws that impede voters and limit access to the ballot box for communities across the country. These policies have disproportionally impacted people of color, young people, and the poor. Leader Schumer has a record of criticizing the roll-back of critical voting rights and has regularly advocated for federal safeguards for elections, including co-sponsoring the Martin Luther King Jr. Equal Protection of Voting Rights Act of 2002, which provided states with grants to study election infrastructure and acquire technology to prevent discriminatory election practices. (more…)