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D.C. Statehood Advocates Hope For State Of The Union Mention

President Obama voiced his support for D.C. statehood last year, something advocates hope he will repeat again in front of the nation in the State of the Union.

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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?

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'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.

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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?
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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.

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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.

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The Relationship Between Congress And D.C.: It's Complicated

Congress has long worked to block D.C. policies on everything from abortion rights to gun control. And its most recent action — to stop the city's legalization of marijuana — has some folks gearing up for a fight.

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Analysis: Despite New GAO Ruling, D.C. Finds New Ally For Autonomy In Congress

The Government Accountability Office offered a stinging setback to the prospect of D.C. budget autonomy with a ruling last week, but in a surprise for autonomy advocates, a key Senate lawmaker signalled his support for the cause.

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GAO Says D.C. Budget Referendum Has 'No Legal Effect'

District voters approved a referendum giving the city control of its own budget independent of Congress, but the Government Accountability Office begs to differ in a new opinion issued Thursday.

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Eleanor Holmes Norton Barred From Testifying On D.C. Abortion Bill

Democrats were up in arms after D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton was barred from commenting on a bill Congress is considering that would ban the District from spending money on abortions from low-income women.

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