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Joan Shipps
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Joan is a journalist and statehood activist in Washington, D.C. By day (often), she is an Associate Editor with Raw Story.

Joan's writing has appeared in a number of publications, including Alternet, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Hill, the Huffington Post, Inside Philanthropy, and Raw Story. Joan has spent over a decade researching and writing and policy, politics, and economics in journalistic, non-profit, and governmental settings.

To keep up with Joan's grassroots coverage of the D.C. statehood movement, check out her blog More Microphones. Catch up with legislative developments in D.C. statehood on the blog for the newly-launched Not Your District PAC (where Joan is a regular contributor).

Entries by Joan Shipps

The Obama Effect: When the President Backs D.C. Statehood, Congress Does, Too

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 1:17 PM

Barack Obama ends his White House term in January of 2017. That means the president has less than 24 months to act meaningfully on D.C. statehood -- a constitutional policy that would finally grant equal citizenship rights to the tax-paying, disenfranchised population of Washington, D.C.

I believe that...

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How Grassroots Activists in D.C. Are Taking on a Corporate Titan -- And Winning

(1) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 10:17 AM

Exelon is America's largest producer of nuclear power. But its plants are several decades old now, and getting expensive to maintain. And the increasing cost competitiveness of solar means Exelon's nuclear offerings just aren't as appealing to consumers anymore. How's the owner of an aging fleet of nuclear reactors support...

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To Make DC Listen, Ted Cruz Moves to Nullify City Laws

(2) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 12:12 PM

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) announced his presidential candidacy this week at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Pennsylvania. With "Make D.C. Listen" as a battlecry, Cruz's enthusiasm for limited government has been the ideology driving Cruz's political trajectory to date. Highlighting his distaste for federal overreach, Cruz' official Senate bio...

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Yes on 71: A Moral Case for Legalizing Marijuana

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 9:27 AM

On November 4, voters in Washington, D.C. will go to the polls to choose our next mayor, several councilmembers, a slew of local officials, and our path forward on one of the more pressing human rights issues of our day: the legalization of marijuana. Known as "Initiative 71," the ballot...

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Let's Settle This Once and for All: D.C. Statehood Is Constitutional. Period.

(3) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 4:38 PM

On April 16th, D.C.-based voting rights activists plan to meet with Congressional offices to encourage support for D.C. statehood. Statehood advocates are calling on Congress to cosponsor, hold hearings on, and vote for the New Columbia Admission Act -- legislation that would grant full citizenship rights to the...

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Congressional Support for D.C. Statehood Divided on Race, Gender Lines

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 10:06 AM

Wednesday is Emancipation Day in Washington, D.C. -- the anniversary of when slaves were freed in our nation's capital, some 152 years ago. D.C. statehood activists are commemorating Emancipation Day by going to the Hill and asking Congress to support D.C. statehood legislation. If enacted, the D.C. statehood...

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The Rent Is Too Darn High: An Obscure D.C. Primary Race with Big Consequences

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 9:16 PM

In D.C.'s Democratic primary on April 1, voters will have the opportunity to choose candidates for mayor, the D.C. Council, and the D.C. Democratic State Committee. That last one is an admittedly an obscure office. But it shouldn't be. Because the state committee has the capacity to matter - if...

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The D.C. Race You're Not Thinking About Could End Taxation Without Representation in Washington, D.C.

(1) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 3:47 PM

Elections in D.C. are unlike any others in the United States. The citizens of D.C. pay local and federal taxes -- like other Americans -- but when we go to the polls, we vote for two Senators and a Representative who can't vote in Congress and who are barred from...

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What Budget Autonomy? D.C.'s Reproductive Health, Voting Rights Under Threat in FY15

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 2:31 PM

On Tuesday, the White House released its budget proposal for the 2015 fiscal year. The President's proposal would grant limited forms of "budget autonomy" and local legislative control to the 646,000 citizens of Washington, D.C. -- a population greater than in either the states of Vermont or Wyoming -- whose...

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D.C. Statehood Bill Tests Rand Paul's Commitment to Local Rule

(4) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 1:15 PM

This week at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) shared a stage with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to pay tribute to a rare, bipartisan cause: a federal expansion of voting rights for returning citizens.

Sen. Paul, himself guilty of the federal crime...

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Opposed to HR 7? Support DC Statehood

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 9:53 AM

On Monday, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) published an open letter to Congressional Republicans about HR 7 -- legislation that aims to restrict abortion access for women around the country. In decrying her House colleagues' support for the bill, misleadingly entitled the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, Sen....

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