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Friday, January 9, 2015

This Week On Metro Connection: The 51st State, Or The Last Colony?

Metro Connection marks the 40th anniversary of home rule in D.C. What's next in the push for voting rights and statehood?

'The State Of Statehood': A Metro Connection Audio Drama

How do you explain the D.C.-Congress relationship so the very youngest of Washingtonians will understand? We give it a try in Metro Connection's first ever audio play.

Does D.C. Have Home Rule Or 'Home Fool'?

Is D.C.'s current system of governance a compromise too far? Some statehood activists say yes. 

D.C.'s Reputation For Corruption Hurts The Push For Voting Rights, Some Say

The District's local leaders have faced a series of corruption scandals over the years. Does that hurt their efforts to get Congress to take the city seriously — and give it more freedom to run its own affairs?

Norton Reflects On The Frustrations Of Being A Non-Voting Member Of Congress

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton has represented the District on Capitol Hill for 24 years, and her unique role comes with its own unique frustrations.

An Agitator For Statehood Calls On Citizens To Fight For Their Rights

There are few people who know the minutiae of D.C.'s fight for voting rights and statehood like political analyst Mark Plotkin. And he wants other citizens to start caring about the issue a whole lot more.

How A Civil Rights Struggle In The South Helped D.C. Elect Its Own Leaders

In the 1960s, activists went to the deep South to register African-American voters. Those efforts would eventually pave the way for home rule in D.C.

D.C.'s 'Shadow' Members Of Congress Say They're Ready For The Spotlight

D.C. has a new shadow delegation to fight for it on Capitol Hill, and members say they're primed for some much-needed exposure.

Will D.C. Always Be Fighting With Republicans In Congress?

The relationship between Republicans and D.C. residents is complicated — but, some say, better than you'd think.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Washington's Olympic Hopes Dashed As Boston Chosen For 2024 Games Bid

The Washington region won't be getting the 2024 Summer Olympic Games after all.

A Long Day For Metro And Its Riders

The cold weather was tough on the Metro's rails and trains, and many riders were delayed this morning by the problems.

Fresh Faces On D.C. Council Help Push A Progressive Agenda

"New and different ideas" are the goal, says new member Charles Allen.

Different Day, Same Freeze

Extreme wind chill factors, lingering snow and ice — we're frozen again today.

More Legal Challenges Await Virginia Political Districts?

The newest lawsuit filed in Richmond against House of Delegates districts might not be the last of such challenges, the experts say.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Hyattsville May Soon Lower Voting Age To 16

In the Maryland city of Hyattsville, city council members have given initial approval to lowering the voting age in city elections to 16. That means Hyattsville may be the second municipality in both the region and the country to do so.