D.C. leaders hope for voting rights

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“This takes on a partisan flavor and, you know, right now I think our legislative agenda’s chock-full,” he was quoted as saying.

Supporters said they made the push for voting rights an integral part of the inaugural festivities by posting thousands of D.C. statehood signs across the city and by mounting an electronic message board outside City Hall, just a few blocks from the Pennsylvania Avenue parade route where TV cameras and passers-by would see it.

“It is a fundamental right of our democracy that citizens have full representation in our federal government,” D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray said last week when the board was displayed with its message stressing that there should be no taxation without representation.

“D.C. residents have long been denied equal access to this right. It is time to end the inequity. The tax message board will send a powerful signal to millions of parade viewers from across the country that we are going to fight for voting rights,” he said.

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Award-winning opinion writer Deborah Simmons is a senior correspondent who reports on City Hall and writes about education, culture, sports and family-related topics. Mrs. Simmons has worked at several newspapers, and since joining The Washington Times in 1985, has served as editorial-page editor and features editor and on the metro desk. She has taught copy editing at the University of ...

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