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Senate votes to give DC citizens vote in Congress
Associate Press ^ | February 26, 2009 | JIM ABRAMS

Posted on 02/26/2009 2:59:26 PM PST by stevie_d_64

District of Columbia when it became the nation's capital two centuries ago would be granted under legislation the Senate passed Thursday.

Congress is "moving to right a centuries-old wrong," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid shortly before the 61-37 vote.

The House is expected to pass the measure with a strong majority next week and President Barack Obama, a co-sponsor when the bill failed to clear the Senate two years ago, has promised to sign it.

The measure is likely to face a court challenge immediately after becoming law; opponents argue that it is unconstitutional because D.C. is not a state and does not qualify for representation.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Front Page News; Government; US: District of Columbia; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: 111th; bho44; capital; constitution; dc; dcstatehood; democrat; democratscandals; district; districtofcolumbia; enfranchisement; majority; thedisctrict; thedistrict; vote; voters
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1 posted on 02/26/2009 2:59:26 PM PST by stevie_d_64
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To: stevie_d_64

It’s like a nightmare and it just keeps getting worse and worse.


2 posted on 02/26/2009 3:00:15 PM PST by Professor_Leonide (I said to the young man who showed me a photo, "Who can ever be sure what is behind a mask?")
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To: stevie_d_64

Constitution schmonstitution!


3 posted on 02/26/2009 3:00:28 PM PST by Tex Pete (Obama for Change: from our pockets, our piggy banks, and our couch cushions!)
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To: stevie_d_64

I remember when they tried this a couple of years ago...

If our government is not melting down, it sure has become a bowl of Jello...

At least we’ll know that we have 2 more to fire when the time comes...


4 posted on 02/26/2009 3:00:49 PM PST by stevie_d_64
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To: stevie_d_64

Not even remotely Constitutional.

Will never pass SCOTUS muster.


5 posted on 02/26/2009 3:01:24 PM PST by bill1952 (McCain and the GOP were worthless)
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To: stevie_d_64

Unbelievable. Imperial fiat.


6 posted on 02/26/2009 3:01:28 PM PST by doodad
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To: stevie_d_64

They’re not even pretending to be restricted by the Constitution anymore.


7 posted on 02/26/2009 3:01:31 PM PST by Centurion2000 (01-20-2009 : The end of the PAX AMERICANA.)
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To: stevie_d_64

Who were the insane Republicans that voted for this???

I’m sure that will come to light here very quickly...


8 posted on 02/26/2009 3:01:48 PM PST by stevie_d_64
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To: Professor_Leonide; stevie_d_64
It’s like a nightmare and it just keeps getting worse and worse.

He's conditioning us. Daily outrage. Eventually we'll get used to it?

9 posted on 02/26/2009 3:01:57 PM PST by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: bill1952
Will never pass SCOTUS muster.

Who has standing to challenge it?

10 posted on 02/26/2009 3:02:28 PM PST by Mojave (Don't blame me. I voted for McClintock.)
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To: bill1952

I would reside myself to the fact that the Supreme Court of the United States is not going to be a lock in our favor anymore...

That way we do not feel so let down...


11 posted on 02/26/2009 3:03:11 PM PST by stevie_d_64
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To: stevie_d_64

No to DC! No to PR! If P-Rico became a state, we would have SEVEN Democrat congresscritters, and an entire third world nation in our union.


12 posted on 02/26/2009 3:03:15 PM PST by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: stevie_d_64

“The Constitution poses no threat to our form of government.”


13 posted on 02/26/2009 3:03:36 PM PST by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: stevie_d_64

There goes a House (D) seat for sure.....


14 posted on 02/26/2009 3:03:41 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: stevie_d_64

Harry, you can’t do that, it’s against the Constitution!

Harry?

Harry, are you listening?


15 posted on 02/26/2009 3:04:01 PM PST by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (Jesus and the Apostles were Sola Scriptura)
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To: LearsFool

Yes, who are the turncoats.


16 posted on 02/26/2009 3:04:39 PM PST by Free America52 (I just want it to be the way it always has been.)
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To: stevie_d_64

I HEARD Michael Steele, RNC Chair was FOR this....called his office...they said they did not know and would call me back....NO Call back....so, I’d say....HE’S FOR IT!


17 posted on 02/26/2009 3:04:49 PM PST by goodnesswins (Conservative and fighting for freedom and liberty....whether you like it or not.)
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To: stevie_d_64
Perhaps, but there is simply no way to square it with the explicit exclusionary wording of the Constitution no matter how you read it.

Needs an amendment to work.

18 posted on 02/26/2009 3:05:01 PM PST by bill1952 (McCain and the GOP were worthless)
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To: stevie_d_64
Who were the insane Republicans that voted for this???

I bet you can guess 3 of them (I don't know BTW).

19 posted on 02/26/2009 3:05:04 PM PST by Marathoner (The dream: 1-20-2013, hearing "I, Sarah Heath Palin, do solemnly swear...")
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To: stevie_d_64

Ready to fight yet, Americans?

Not enough proof of a takeover over the last month?

Oh, OK, see you in the bread lines.

Don’t mind the insects—just good protein.


20 posted on 02/26/2009 3:05:16 PM PST by Boucheau
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To: stevie_d_64

I’d like at least ONE day between now and the inaugural in 2012 to read an article that’s remotely positive coming from the WH. So far bhussein is batting 1000 on destroying this country from the inside out.

Everything that’s happened so far has been strictly to shore up dem numbers and power. Nothing else. Nothing.


21 posted on 02/26/2009 3:06:05 PM PST by albie
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To: stevie_d_64

One of the states had better go to court over this. It’s flatly unconstitutional.


22 posted on 02/26/2009 3:06:29 PM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: stevie_d_64

This crap is soooooo silly it has to be just a wag the dog diversion IMO. WHAT is really going on ....


23 posted on 02/26/2009 3:07:00 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: stevie_d_64

Only states have the right of representation, so this would require either DC fight for statehood or a constitutional amendment.


24 posted on 02/26/2009 3:07:02 PM PST by LukeL (Yasser Arafat: "I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize")
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To: stevie_d_64
Co-Sponsored by Orin Hatch (Rino) Utah
:-(
25 posted on 02/26/2009 3:07:06 PM PST by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: Marathoner; stevie_d_64

The usual scumbags: Snowe, Collins, Specter, Voinovich.


26 posted on 02/26/2009 3:07:10 PM PST by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: Professor_Leonide

Suspecting this is all a very bad dream. I keep hitting myself in the head with a claw hammer, but instead of waking up, I’m just getting this terrible pain in my head.


27 posted on 02/26/2009 3:07:35 PM PST by NavVet ( If you don't defend Conservatism in the Primaries, you won't have it to defend in November)
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To: Tunehead54

Hatch voted NO.


28 posted on 02/26/2009 3:08:10 PM PST by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: albie
“Everything that’s happened so far has been strictly to shore up dem numbers”

Crooked Chicago politics comes to Washington.

This is a meltdown.

29 posted on 02/26/2009 3:08:38 PM PST by Gabrial ("Change" = Highway Robbery)
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To: bill1952

“Not even remotely Constitutional.

Will never pass SCOTUS muster.”

Not now, but wait until Zero gets finished packing the Supreme Court.


30 posted on 02/26/2009 3:10:07 PM PST by Houghton M.
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To: stevie_d_64

THIS IS “UNCONSTITUTIONAL”, THIS IS A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ISSUE.


31 posted on 02/26/2009 3:10:27 PM PST by Paige ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing," Edmund Burke)
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To: stevie_d_64

They don’t need no steenkin’ constitution

We are so screwed


32 posted on 02/26/2009 3:11:10 PM PST by silverleaf (Freedom's just another word for "nothing left to lose")
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To: stevie_d_64

Here are the way they voted:

Alphabetical by Senator Name Akaka (D-HI), Yea
Alexander (R-TN), Nay
Barrasso (R-WY), Nay
Baucus (D-MT), Nay
Bayh (D-IN), Yea
Begich (D-AK), Yea
Bennet (D-CO), Yea
Bennett (R-UT), Nay
Bingaman (D-NM), Yea
Bond (R-MO), Nay
Boxer (D-CA), Yea
Brown (D-OH), Yea
Brownback (R-KS), Nay
Bunning (R-KY), Nay
Burr (R-NC), Nay
Burris (D-IL), Yea
Byrd (D-WV), Nay
Cantwell (D-WA), Yea
Cardin (D-MD), Yea
Carper (D-DE), Yea
Casey (D-PA), Yea
Chambliss (R-GA), Nay
Coburn (R-OK), Nay
Cochran (R-MS), Nay
Collins (R-ME), Yea
Conrad (D-ND), Yea
Corker (R-TN), Nay
Cornyn (R-TX), Nay
Crapo (R-ID), Nay
DeMint (R-SC), Nay
Dodd (D-CT), Yea
Dorgan (D-ND), Yea
Durbin (D-IL), Yea
Ensign (R-NV), Nay
Enzi (R-WY), Nay
Feingold (D-WI), Yea
Feinstein (D-CA), Yea
Gillibrand (D-NY), Yea
Graham (R-SC), Nay
Grassley (R-IA), Nay
Gregg (R-NH), Nay
Hagan (D-NC), Yea
Harkin (D-IA), Yea
Hatch (R-UT), Yea
Hutchison (R-TX), Nay
Inhofe (R-OK), Nay
Inouye (D-HI), Yea
Isakson (R-GA), Nay
Johanns (R-NE), Nay
Johnson (D-SD), Yea
Kaufman (D-DE), Yea
Kennedy (D-MA), Not Voting
Kerry (D-MA), Yea
Klobuchar (D-MN), Yea
Kohl (D-WI), Yea
Kyl (R-AZ), Nay
Landrieu (D-LA), Yea
Lautenberg (D-NJ), Yea
Leahy (D-VT), Yea
Levin (D-MI), Yea
Lieberman (ID-CT), Yea
Lincoln (D-AR), Yea
Lugar (R-IN), Yea
Martinez (R-FL), Nay
McCain (R-AZ), Nay
McCaskill (D-MO), Yea
McConnell (R-KY), Nay
Menendez (D-NJ), Yea
Merkley (D-OR), Yea
Mikulski (D-MD), Yea
Murkowski (R-AK), Nay
Murray (D-WA), Yea
Nelson (D-FL), Yea
Nelson (D-NE), Yea
Pryor (D-AR), Yea
Reed (D-RI), Yea
Reid (D-NV), Yea
Risch (R-ID), Nay
Roberts (R-KS), Nay
Rockefeller (D-WV), Yea
Sanders (I-VT), Yea
Schumer (D-NY), Yea
Sessions (R-AL), Nay
Shaheen (D-NH), Yea
Shelby (R-AL), Nay
Snowe (R-ME), Yea
Specter (R-PA), Yea
Stabenow (D-MI), Yea
Tester (D-MT), Yea
Thune (R-SD), Nay
Udall (D-CO), Yea
Udall (D-NM), Yea
Vitter (R-LA), Nay
Voinovich (R-OH), Yea
Warner (D-VA), Yea
Webb (D-VA), Yea
Whitehouse (D-RI), Yea
Wicker (R-MS), Nay
Wyden (D-OR), Yea


33 posted on 02/26/2009 3:11:54 PM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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I know, my ignorance on this is showing, but can someone give me a run down as to why this is unconstitutional?


34 posted on 02/26/2009 3:11:55 PM PST by Michael Barnes
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To: stevie_d_64

The 3 traitors?


35 posted on 02/26/2009 3:12:11 PM PST by what's up
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To: buccaneer81

“Six Republican senators, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, both of Maine, Orrin Hatch of Utah, Richard Lugar of Indiana, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania and George Voinovich of Ohio, voted for the measure today. Two Democrats, Senators Robert Byrd of West Virginia and Max Baucus of Montana, voted against it.”

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/26/senate-passes-dc-voting-rights-bill-61-37/


36 posted on 02/26/2009 3:12:27 PM PST by Belle22
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To: stevie_d_64

Why wasn’t Washington, (DC), made part of the state of Maryland, way back when?


37 posted on 02/26/2009 3:12:52 PM PST by Joya (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior, have mercy on me, a sinner.)
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To: illiac

Listed by Yea and Nay:

Grouped By Vote Position YEAs -—61
Akaka (D-HI)
Bayh (D-IN)
Begich (D-AK)
Bennet (D-CO)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Burris (D-IL)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Collins (R-ME)
Conrad (D-ND)
Dodd (D-CT)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Hagan (D-NC)
Harkin (D-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Inouye (D-HI)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kaufman (D-DE)
Kerry (D-MA)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Lugar (R-IN)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Snowe (R-ME)
Specter (R-PA)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Warner (D-VA)
Webb (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)

NAYs -—37
Alexander (R-TN)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bond (R-MO)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
Byrd (D-WV)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Martinez (R-FL)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Wicker (R-MS)

Not Voting - 1
Kennedy (D-MA)


38 posted on 02/26/2009 3:13:14 PM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: Marathoner; stevie_d_64; All

I called Voinovich’s office, and the aide said, “But Utah gets another member, too!” I said I was aware of that, but that Utah or any other state won’t get the two senators that will be pushed through in the near future for DC. The stupid kid didn’t know what to say to that, so I consoled him by telling him his boss was either a) arrogant enough, b) stupid enough or c) both, by voting for something so blatantly unconstitutional.


39 posted on 02/26/2009 3:13:31 PM PST by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: silverleaf

Exactly.

The Constitution is SO clear on this point, but all it takes is 5 Justices who think there should be a “living” document to make the actual language irrelevant. Welcome to the Obama Supreme Court circa 2011!


40 posted on 02/26/2009 3:13:37 PM PST by rockvillem
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To: stevie_d_64

DC is not a State... It is DESIGNED that way for the reason that if it were in a state [or a state itself] it would put the other member-states of the Union at a disadvantage.

I want to know when my oath to protect and defend the Constitution from Domestic enemies kicks in.


41 posted on 02/26/2009 3:14:35 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Michael Barnes

The constitution only provides for states to have senators and representative....


42 posted on 02/26/2009 3:14:54 PM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: stevie_d_64

43 posted on 02/26/2009 3:14:58 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at I00 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: Tunehead54

I was wrong, your’re right. POS Hatch did vote yes.


44 posted on 02/26/2009 3:15:01 PM PST by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: Centurion2000
They’re not even pretending to be restricted by the Constitution anymore.

That's the way I see it too. Every time I turn around there is something else. It would be funny if it weren't so incredibly serious.

45 posted on 02/26/2009 3:15:26 PM PST by aragorn (We do indeed live in interesting times. FUBO.)
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To: stevie_d_64

Snowe and Collins sold you out again.


46 posted on 02/26/2009 3:16:24 PM PST by Williams (It's The Policies, Stupid.)
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To: stevie_d_64

Wait until they demand two senators. Have a contest between Virginia and Maryland and the loser gets DC as part of their territory.


47 posted on 02/26/2009 3:16:45 PM PST by NonValueAdded (May God save America from its government; this is no time for Obamateurs)
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To: Belle22

Good for Byrd! He did it purely on constitutional grounds; he’s a big stickler for that.


48 posted on 02/26/2009 3:17:22 PM PST by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: NonValueAdded
The Kenyan is meeting with the Congressional Black Racist Caucus tomorrow. Expect the Senate to introduce its bill next week.
49 posted on 02/26/2009 3:19:13 PM PST by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: trumandogz

Yeah, somethings wierd about that...But it doesn’t add up to 57 for some reason...


50 posted on 02/26/2009 3:20:07 PM PST by stevie_d_64
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