WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

DC Vote Calls For 'No Taxation' License Plate On Presidential Limo

Play associated audio
The DC Vote petition calls for the Presidential Limousine to carry a District "No Taxation Without Representation" license plate.
The DC Vote petition calls for the Presidential Limousine to carry a District "No Taxation Without Representation" license plate.

The advocacy group DC Vote is launching a petition effort on the White House website to request the DC's "Taxation Without Representation" license plate be put on the Presidential limousine.

The symbolic statement of the motto on the license plate — a tradition President Bill Clinton started and was later discontinued by President George. W. Bush — has become in the minds of many D.C. activists, a litmus test for a president's commitment to District voting rights.

So far, President Obama chosen not to use the motto for the license plate of his presidential limo, but activists are now hoping to convince the White House through its "We the People" website.

That's where anyone can submit a request to White House. And if the petition gathers more than 25,000 online signatures, the administration has to respond.

DC Vote's James Jones says the petition will ask the White House to start using the "taxation without representation" plate in time for the presidential inauguration and parade.

Jones says the effort will also help raise awareness about D.C.'s lack of autonomy.

WAMU 88.5

Colson Whitehead On The Importance Of Historical Fiction In Tumultuous Times

Kojo talks with author Colson Whitehead about his new novel "The Underground Railroad" and its resonance at this particular moment in history.


Whales, Sea Turtles, Seals: The Unintended Catch Of Abandoned Fishing Gear

An endangered whale was found dead over the weekend, entangled in derelict fishing gear. Such incidents have been on the rise in recent years. A new California law aims to combat the problem.
WAMU 88.5

Rating The United States On Child Care

A majority of parents in the U.S. work outside the home. That means about 12 million children across the country require care. A new report ranks states on cost, quality and availability of child care - and says nobody is getting it right.


Tech Giants Team Up To Tackle The Ethics Of Artificial Intelligence

Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and IBM form a group to set the first industrywide best practices for the technology already powering many applications, such as voice and image recognition.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.