The region's residents, and its politics, are slammed by a "derecho." Lawmakers are striking back by lashing out at the area's utility companies. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has proposed a series of amendments that would relax gun laws and permanently ban the use of city funds on abortions. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said she has attemped to contact Paul to discuss the issues, which she says are contrary to his tea party values, but he has not returned her phone calls. "He has not educated himself about this city. He just sees us as his props," Norton said about Paul's inititatives. "The notion of democracy does not cross his mind." Norton added that Washington, D.C., is making "remarkable progress" on budget autonomy.