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Norton Remembers DC Soldier on Veteran's Day

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) celebrated Veterans Day by remembering the life of Darryl T. Dent, a 21-year-old Army Specialist and graduate of Roosevelt High School, who was the first District resident to die in the war in Iraq.

"Darryl Dent died assuring the vote for Iraqi citizens, a right he did not live to see for himself," said Norton during rally on Capitol HIll Tuesday that is part of a her renewed effort to win Voting Rights for the residents of the District of Columbia in Congress.

Norton has been on a political high in the last week with the election of President-Elect Barack Obama and the increase in the number of Democrats coming to the Hill.

The D.C. Statehood bill passed in the House of Representatives, but has yet to clear the Senate. By Norton's calculations there are eight Republicans who support the bill in the Senate and with additional Democratic Senators, she thinks she has enough potential votes to push for a vote when Congress convenes in January.

Nothing is guaranteed, as many have cautioned. President Obama will have a lot of other things to focus on when he takes office: a desperate economy, two wars, a country in need on issues ranging from health care to education. And just because someone is a new Democrat on the Hill doesn't automatically mean they're for D.C. voting rights.

But Norton is keeping her eye on the ball.

Hamil R. Harris

By Hamil Harris  |  November 12, 2008; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  Voting Rights  
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It's good to know that the D.C. Statehood bill passed in the House of Representatives. We look forward to its passage in the Senate.

D.C. Statehood NOW!

Posted by: liberty2 | November 12, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

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