Wednesday, August 20 2014 11:38 PM EDT2014-08-21 03:38:57 GMT
A car smashed into the side of a hearse during a funeral procession Wednesday, knocking it on its side. The crash happened early Wednesday afternoon in Colerain Township. A funeral procession was headedFull Story >
A car smashed into the side of a hearse during a funeral procession Wednesday, knocking it on its side.Full Story >
Friday, September 7 2012 8:57 PM EDT2012-09-08 00:57:35 GMT
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - According to numbers released by Verizon this afternoon, Charlotte cell phone use was off the charts during the DNC. People made 31 % more calls than they typically do and thereFull Story >
Wireless carrier reaches numbers which show many people spent quite a bit of time talking while they were in Uptown Charlotte.Full Story >
Friday, September 7 2012 8:30 PM EDT2012-09-08 00:30:20 GMT
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - John Wilson and David Beddinger came up with the idea to show support for the thousands of Police, Fire and Medic personnel who worked countless hours during the DNC. "WorkingFull Story >
John Wilson and David Beddinger came up with the idea to show support for the thousands of Police, Fire and Medic personnel who worked countless hours during the DNC.Full Story >
Thursday, September 6 2012 11:09 PM EDT2012-09-07 03:09:56 GMT
The following are President Barack Obama's remarks as prepared for delivery. Michelle, I love you. The other night, I think the entire country saw just how lucky I am. Malia and Sasha, you make me soFull Story >
The following are President Barack Obama's remarks as prepared for delivery.Full Story >
Thursday, September 6 2012 11:06 PM EDT2012-09-07 03:06:42 GMT
Below are the full remarks of Vice President Joe Biden at the Democratic National Convention.My fellow Democrats, and my favorite Democrat. Jilly, I want you to know that Beau, Hunt, Ashley, and I areFull Story >
Below are the full remarks of Vice President Joe Biden at the Democratic National Convention.Full Story >
Thursday, September 6 2012 10:08 PM EDT2012-09-07 02:08:01 GMT
The following is a transcript of a speech by Ted Strickland, former governor of Ohio at the Democratic National Convention. I'm Ted Strickland, and I come from Duck Run, Ohio. Let me tell you, folks in Ohio knowFull Story >
The following is a transcript of a speech by Ted Strickland, former governor of Ohio at the Democratic National Convention.Full Story >
CHARLOTTE, NC (RNN) – Every schoolchild is taught about the Boston Tea Party when the colonists dumped tea in Boston Harbor to protest taxation without representation.
But imagine living in present-day America where you pay federal taxes, but don't have a representative in Congress, yet the federal government can dictate how the municipality's budget is spent and on what. Politicians who live thousands of miles away can approve, scrap or line-item veto your city's budget.
Then you would be living in our nation's capital - Washington D.C.
"The most direct analogy is a student government association. Certainly, they have powers granted to them, but the administration can any time absolve the student government association," said Nathan Bennett Flemming, one of 30 to 40 volunteers who came to the Democratic National Convention to convince delegates that Washington should be the 51st state.
Supporters, many of whom were wearing T-shirts with the web address statehood.dc.org, held a rally on Tuesday that fell victim to the Occupy Wall Street protestors. The group started marching near the DC Statehood group's designated area, forcing police to shut down blocks of streets – preventing supporters, including Washington's Mayor Vincent Gray, from reaching the area.
To make matters worse, it rained on the rally, so speakers turned to two canopies sheltering a handful of enthusiastic supporters who were able to make it through the security blockade.
"We're the only place in the country that has to send its local money out of its pocket to Congress when they diddle and fiddle and wait until they get ready to (pass the budget)," a rally speaker said.
With their motto, "Working to end taxation without representation," the group is circulating a petition around the convention to demonstrate to Congress there is support for their cause.
"I've lived in the District for 37 years, and after each election, work on statehood fizzles out," Deborah Russak said. "I'm determined to get statehood before I turn 80 in three years. If I don't try, I'm afraid I won't get it before I pass on."
This year as well as in 2004, statehood for Washington wasn't included in the Democrats' platform. In Tampa, the Republicans mention the statehood issue in one sentence: "We oppose statehood for the District of Columbia."
It will take an act of Congress for Washington D.C. to become a state.
The organization received a grant for outreach and literature to help their cause, but did not travel down to Tampa for the Republican convention.
"The D.C. Republicans told us that the (Republican) convention was not the place for us," Kesh Ladduwahetty said.
The Washington GOP has been working gently with their party to push statehood, and statehood organizations will work with the party to circulate literature specific to Republican elected officials, Ladduwahetty added.
Some Republicans do support statehood for Washington. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee went on record during the 2008 campaign that he supported home rule for Washington.
Susan Meehan, who was speaking with some of the volunteers at the Charlotte Convention Center on Wednesday said that she asked fellow delegates from Washington what it means not to have representation in Congress, and she placed the responses on YouTube.
"We not equal, we're subjects," she said.
Washington D.C. does have "ghost" representation. In the House of Representatives, Eleanor Holmes Norton is a non-voting member who can serve on committees, but not vote on any legislation. She's also has to ask permission to speak on the House floor, a right other members of Congress have.
Washington did not even have an elected city council or a mayor until 1973's District of Columbia Home Rule Act, however, Congress does review all legislation passed by the city council.
When the group returns to Washington, they will continue to press members of Congress for statehood.
"Not being able to pick up my phone to call my senator and get them on line is so sad," Russak said.
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Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:35 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:35:47 GMT
Lyndi Trischler has a passion for police work. She became a Florence Police officer in February 2012. Last year, she welcomed her first daughter and a few months later became pregnant with her firstFull Story >
Lyndi Trischler has a passion for police work. That's why she became a Florence Police officer in 2012. Now, she says, she is forced to choose between her job and her family.Full Story >
Wednesday, August 20 2014 3:39 PM EDT2014-08-20 19:39:03 GMT
The Madeira man who shot at his wife at their home in Madeira earlier this month could get up to 11 years in prison. Hamilton Prosecutor Joseph Deters announced the indictment of Blake Seylhouwer WednesdayFull Story >
The Madeira man who shot at his wife at their home in Madeira earlier this month could get up to 11 years in prison.Full Story >
You may be a hot mess after reading some of these cray new words added to the Oxford Online Dictionary. While some of the new words are pretty amazeballs, others have us scratching our heads. Britain'sFull Story >
Britain's Oxford University Press announced on Thursday that they will be adding new words to its online Oxford Dictionary to reflect new language trends.Full Story >