The federal budget deal that narrowly avoided a government shutdown included language restricting the District's use of public funds for abortion, and lawmakers at the time also threatened to use the budget to restrict needle exchange programs in the District.
More than 100 people gathered on Capitol Hill April 11 to protest the budget. But most of the 40 people arrested during the protest that day paid a fine and were done with it.
Several of them said they wanted to keep the attention on the issue of District autonomy, however, and opted for a trial. A judge yesterday set the trial date for the remaining demonstrators for September 19.
The Republican ticket for November's election includes Ken Cuccinelli for governor, E.W. Jackson for lieutenant governor, and Mark Obenshain for attorney general.