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Anti-Pot Congressman Bullies D.C. Councilman

HuffingtonPost.com | David McCabe | Posted 06.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) isn't backing down from his campaign to stop the District of Columbia from decriminalizing marijuana, as he sla...

#DontTaxWellness in DC

Lane Hudson | Posted 08.19.2014 | DC
Lane Hudson

Despite the claim to being America's fittest city, the District still has major health problems to address like our obesity rate and health disparities across social and economic groups.

D.C. Council and School Reform: First, Do No Harm

Patricia McGuire | Posted 08.17.2013 | DC
Patricia McGuire

We all can agree that the status quo is unacceptable. But we also need to agree that continuing destabilization of school leadership, and ongoing power struggles over the authority to control and direct the schools, only distracts from academic improvement and threatens further delay in real reform.

Pushing for More Progress in the District's Children's Mental Health System

Judith Sandalow | Posted 07.08.2013 | DC
Judith Sandalow

Last year Children's Law Center published a plan with practical recommendations to improve the children's mental health system in the District. Today, Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, we are releasing a report card that assesses progress in the areas outlined in our plan.

The Wisdom of Crowds, Untapped

Sam Chaltain | Posted 07.03.2013 | DC
Sam Chaltain

We are ignoring the wisdom of our own community, and the chance to imagine D.C.'s future education policy as a city-wide, regenerative civic event.

DC's Role in Driving the Immigration Reform Debate

Michael Shank | Posted 04.12.2013 | DC
Michael Shank

Presently, 25,000 undocumented immigrants in D.C. cannot obtain a driver's license from the DMV. To continue denying D.C. resident's access to ID and driving privileges entrenches discrimination by fettering freedom of movement, and creates a permanent subset of second-class residents.

What Drives NOM Now? Greed!

Fred Karger | Posted 03.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Fred Karger

Every public opinion poll now shows marriage equality enjoying well over 50 percent and gaining every day. Seems like the limb that Maggie Gallagher has been standing on is about to break.

ALMOST Ready To Roll

Posted 12.14.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- It's been a long, long wait for medical marijuana in the nation's capital. Fourteen years after District of Columbia voters approved a r...

Smart Investment: Children's Mental Health

Judith Sandalow | Posted 01.15.2013 | DC
Judith Sandalow

For all the children in D.C. who need these services, funding mental health programs and building capacity is a smart investment.

UPDATE: Troubled Mayor Addresses Shocking Scandal

Posted 07.12.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray faced additional calls to resign, a day after three councilmembers said that he should step ...

UPDATED: 3 Councilmembers Call On Mayor Gray To Resign

Posted 07.11.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Three members of the District of Columbia Council on Wednesday called on Mayor Vincent Gray to resign, a day after a public relatio...

Good News For Medical Marijuana Proponents

Posted 06.13.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Need medical marijuana in the nation's capital? You're a step closer to being able to get it. The District of Columbia's Department o...

Next Mayor In Nation's Capital May Be White

Posted 05.29.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Since Home Rule was granted to the District of Columbia in the early 1970s, all of the city's mayors have been African American. Could t...

D.C. Official: Marion Barry Is Still A 'Despicable Human Being'

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.21.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- District of Columbia Councilmember David Catania (I-At-Large) is standing by the harsh words he used to describe his colleague Marion Ba...

Let's Ask the States to Stand Together for D.C. Statehood

Michael A. Brown | Posted 03.26.2012 | DC
Michael A. Brown

The StatehoodDC campaign seeks to educate the nation that those residing in the capital city of the free world are not yet free.

Should D.C. Residents Be Denied Voting Rights?

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.09.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- It's a common argument used in the case against greater voting rights or statehood for the District of Columbia: Why should the resident...

D.C. Councilmembers Meet To Discuss Harry Thomas Jr.

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.05.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- District of Columbia councilmembers met beind closed doors Monday afternoon to discuss their colleague, Ward 5 Democrat Harry Thomas Jr....

Frank Kameny Honored In D.C. (PHOTOS)

Posted 12.12.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- D.C. politicians are paying tribute to Frank Kameny, the gay rights pioneer who died Tuesday at his home in Dupont Circle. D.C. Coun...

D.C. Politicians Pay Tribute To Gay-Rights Pioneer Frank Kameny

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.12.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- D.C. politicians are paying tribute to Frank Kameny, the gay rights pioneer who died Tuesday at his home in Dupont Circle. Kameny, 86...

D.C. Council Approves New Tax Bracket For Higher-Income Earners

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.20.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- In a heated 7-to-6 vote Tuesday afternoon, the District of Columbia Council voted to create a new 8.95 percent top tax bracket for city ...

For Violence Prevention, Better Enforcement Is Needed

Eli Lehrer | Posted 11.19.2011 | DC
Eli Lehrer

At least some of the proposals contained in David Catania's South Capitol Street Memorial Act are worthy ones. But I'm not sure that what Catania proposes would have done anything to prevent the tragedy.

Welcome to HuffPost DC and Our 'City of Conversation'

Michael Grass | Posted 11.14.2011 | DC
Michael Grass

As Henry James wrote, "Washington talks about herself, and about nothing else." At HuffPost DC, we hope to make sense of all that conversation, and host the discussion, too.

DC Marriage Bill Introduced: What's Next

Michael Crawford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Crawford

A new bill sets the stage for Washington, D.C. to become the next place where gay and lesbian couples can marry. The bill will pass the Council, but important challenges remain.

Friday Talking Points [96] -- The Impressiveness of Alan Grayson

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

First, let's get rid of the distractions this week. Chicago will not be getting the Olympics in 2016, even after President Obama went over to Copenha...

Gay Marriage Bill Takes Effect In Nation's Capital

AP | GILLIAN GAYNAIR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A law recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries went into effect Tuesday in the nation's capital, and ...