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Norton: Too bad State of Union won't address D.C. voting rights

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) said today that she is pleased that two District residents were among the White House guest invited to sit with the First lady during the President Obama's State of the Union Address. But Norton suggested she was disappointed that once again a president wasn't going to mention the District's voting rights issue in his speech.

"I have tried to get every President to mention voting rights in a State of the Union address since I have been in Congress," said Norton, a 19-year veteran on Capitol Hill. She added that omitting the District will only fuel her efforts to get the District a vote in Congress in the future. "I am about to bring to the House floor the best bill that, with help, the President will sign," she said.

The White House's two District guests are Clayton Armstrong, who served as the captain of the Ballou High School football team and Janell Holloway, a graduate of Benjamin Banneker Academic High School who is now at Harvard.

-- Hamil R. Harris

By Anne Bartlett  |  January 27, 2010; 7:46 PM ET
Categories:  Hamil R. Harris , Voting Rights  
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Surprisingly, Bob McDonnell said it best in his response to the State of the Union address: "As our Founders clearly stated, and we Governors understand, government closest to the people governs best."

Of course as a Republican, he will refuse to concede that his statement supports DC's desire to get out from under the despotic constitutionalism of the District Clause.

Posted by: citizenw | January 28, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

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