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Posted at 3:40 PM ET, 11/ 4/2010

Chaffetz moves up, Childers moves out

By Martin Austermuhle

It's a new day for D.C. voting rights. Oh, wait, no it's not.

After Tuesday's national shellacking, Democrats lost both control of the U.S. House of Representatives and, presumably, the ability to at least nominally support the District's attempt at gaining voting rights and self-determination. While legislation granting the District a full voting seat in the House never moved forward under Democratic control, D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton again gained a vote on the floor, controversial prohibitions on various D.C. programs were lifted, the city's same-sex marriage law was protected from congressional interference and there was even talk of doing away with the pesky requirement that all D.C. laws and budgets go to Congress for final approval.

But now, it looks like we'll have Rep. Jason Chaffetz to contend with.

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Martin Austermuhle blogs at DCist. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Martin Austermuhle  | November 4, 2010; 3:40 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, DC Vote, HotTopic, Local blog network  
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