"Washington is generations of families who’ve been going to Lee’s Flower and Card Shop since it opened in 1945 or who have been getting their children’s first shoes at Ramer’s since 1982. It’s got go-go music and mumbo sauce. It’s a place of neighborhoods that throw block parties and neighbors who battle for the best lawn..."
Washington Post 7/17/19
By Petula Dvorak
“This poll is very valuable for two reasons. First, it shows that D.C. statehood, for the first time, has become a national issue. Second, it reinforces our view that the majority of Americans are still unaware that D.C. residents do not have equal representation in their own national government,” Holmes Norton said in a statement."
Roll Call Posted Jul 15, 2019 4:47 PM
by Chris Cioffi
“Our statehood hearing is essential to move our bill to passage, but it serves another important purpose as well,” Norton said Saturday. “This hearing will inform people of what most do not know – that the residents of their nation’s capital do not have full voting rights in the House and have no representation in the Senate."
The Hill - 07/13/19 04:39 PM EDT
BY JOHN BOWDEN
"...But many organizations had tents at the Corn Feed, with hopes of spreading the word about their particular causes. It included a mix of national groups with local chapters and Iowa-based groups. There was an Iowa-based group fighting for statehood for Washington, D.C., with help from the national group 51 for 51, which was at the Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame celebration in June."
The Gazette July 14, 2019
by John Steppe
"The effort, called 51 For 51, officially launched on Tuesday outside the U.S. Capitol, where Washingtonians still don’t have full representation. It describes itself as a “coalition comprised of D.C.-based and national groups committed to equal representation rights for D.C.’s over 700,000 residents.” The local groups involved include D.C. Vote, Neighbors for D.C. Statehood, and D.C. for Democracy, alongside national groups like Indivisible, Town Hall Project, and NORML."
DCist May 23, 2019
by Rachel Kurzius
"I think it’s entirely possible that many if not most Americans don’t realize that D.C. residents lack congressional representation and might change their views if they learned that fact, though we can’t know for sure until someone asks that on a poll. But if there’s one thing preventing D.C. statehood from getting more support, it’s almost certainly that Democrats just haven’t made it a priority."
Washington Post July 17 at 3:39 PM
By Paul Waldman
For Immediate Release: May 29, 2019
Contacts: Iowa - Tamyra Harrison, 515-493-0051, firstname.lastname@example.org
D.C. – Stasha Rhodes, 985-414-9743, email@example.com
Iowans For D.C. Statehood Partnering with Washington D.C. Organization, 51 For 51, in RAGBRAI Festivities July 20 – 27
Des Moines, IA – Iowans For D.C. Statehood is an Iowa non-profit working to educate and engage Iowans in support of statehood for Washington D.C. They will have a team in this year’s RAGBRAI in Iowa and plan to have a booth in most overnight towns along the route, an opportunity to interact with tens of thousands of bicyclists riding across the state in July.
A new national campaign, 51 for 51, launched a multi-state effort for D.C. Statehood and is working in key primary states to elevate the issue. 51 for 51 demands that the Senate amend its rules so that 51 votes is enough to pass a DC statehood bill in the Senate.
“We are very excited to partner with 51 for 51 on RAGBRAI and future projects here in Iowa. Our missions line up, and I am a big believer of not reinventing the wheel. We will be able to accomplish so much more working together. With our local grassroots movement already in place and developed networking, combined with their expertise and resources, we can really make something happen that will inspire other individuals and states,” said Tamyra Harrison, President and Founder of Iowans For D.C. Statehood. “There is very real momentum happening that we have to keep building on. Statehood for the people of D.C. is a fight that has been going on far too long, but right now you can sense a change, a shift, and you can see the path to get there. Campaigns like 51 for 51 and ours just need to light and lead the way.”
WHO: Iowans For D.C. Statehood and 51 For 51
WHAT: Partnering on RAGBRAI and future projects here in Iowa
When: RAGBRAI is July 20 – 27, 2019.
Where: It begins in Council Bluffs, IA. Thousands of bicyclists travel across the state with
overnight stops in Atlantic, Winterset, Indianola, Centerville, Fairfield, Burlington and ending in Keokuk.
As Democrats look for ways to overhaul the political system, statehood advocates in the nation's capital see opportunity.
May 20, 2019, 9:04 AM CDT
By Alex Seitz-Wald
The group "Iowans for DC Statehood" is taking the issue to presidential candidates
Author: Ines de La Cuetara
Published: 9:03 PM EDT April 18, 2019
Updated: 8:47 AM EDT April 19, 2019
Washington D.C. has long fought for statehood, and now the movement is making its way to any presidential candidate’s first stop on the campaign trail.
“I’m embarrassed myself that there’s not more attention to this issue,” said Tamyra Harrison, who lives in Des Moines and founded the group “Iowans for DC Statehood” after she learned Washingtonians are not entitled to any representation in U.S. Congress.
APR 17, 1:28 PM
Nearly an hour and 20 minutes into Cory Booker’s town hall on Tuesday in Des Moines, the New Jersey senator and Democratic presidential candidate faced a question from an Iowan wearing a pin that said “51 now” on it. The woman introduced herself as Tamyra Harrison, the founder and director of Iowans for D.C. Statehood.
On April 12, 2019, Iowa U.S. Representative Abby Finkenauer became the 203rd co-sponsor of H.R. 51, The Washington D.C. Admission Act. We are grateful to have the support of another member of our Iowa delegation for the people of D.C.
March 31, 2019
Dave Price, WhOTV
Sen. Paul Strauss Talks About Making Washington, D.C. a State with Dave Price on The Insiders on WHOTV 13, Des Moines, IA
By: Jessica Thomas
Posted: Mar 29, 2019 10:24 AM CDT
Updated: Mar 29, 2019 10:24 AM CDT
D.C. Senator Paul Strauss talks about the fight for statehood and an event in Iowa with Iowans For D.C. Statehood.
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March 21 2019, 5:00 a.m.
Another major political figure has weighed in on the D.C. statehood debate.
By Dan Taylor, Patch Staff | Jan 30, 2019 4:45 pm ET
"Just a couple of weeks after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez signed on to a D.C. statehood bill, Warren tweeted that despite having a higher population than Wyoming or Vermont, D.C. residents don't have a voice in government.
She urged her followers to sign a petition to make D.C. the 51st state."
Tamyra Harrison, President and Founder of Iowans For D.C. Statehood is taking her concerns directly to the candidates.