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  • James O'Neill
    commented 2016-07-21 17:21:36 -0400
    Esteemed Superdelegate,

    My name is Jim O’Neill and I am a father, husband, small business owner, home owner and a Navy Veteran who was a part of Desert Storm. Over my 42 years of life I have come to value the electoral process and having a voice in our government. I had formerly voted for Obama twice, although times have changed and our country has not changed, and, by virtue of that, we have found ourselves over the last few decades falling so far behind other first-world countries. The tides are changing and we, as a country, are being left behind – a laughing stock on the world’s stage where we were once a shining beacon of freedom and democracy.

    We are behind pretty much all other European countries in a wide variety of ways – poverty, rate of incarceration, police violence, electoral fraud and voter suppression, climate change, quality of education, civil rights, the war on drugs, converting to alternative energy, and energy independence. I can go on and on with listing the ways in which we trail, but what matters is what we do about it. Our only hope is that we have a candidate and a platform that they will stand behind to make the changes needed to correct these problems.

    We cannot use the same people that created the problems and expect them to magically decide that the real solutions now finally sound good. We need change, not just incremental change, because our planet and our children do not have time for that. We need a principled and ethical candidate who will enact radical change and drive us forward to be able to begin to recover from decades of war and economic, social, and political stagnation.

    As a concerned citizen please take a moment to read my Letter to the Superdelegates of the Democratic Party:
  • Donna Hill
    commented 2016-06-17 08:14:47 -0400
    I work for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Wasgington DC. I have a co-worker who is retiring after 30 years of fedetal service. He would like to dine in the Senate dining hall on Thursday, July 8. However, I need permission from a Senator. Would you be so kind. Thank you for your consideration.
  • Natalie Joseph-Cauley
    commented 2016-06-15 11:38:25 -0400
    Senator Strauss,

    My 9-year-old niece is visiting the DC area until 7/9 and would like to visit the White House. Actually, this is the only place that she wants to visit, is it possible that I can get on the list to take her prior to leaving?

    Thank you in advance for your help
  • Dr. Mari V. Armistead
    commented 2016-06-12 18:36:05 -0400
    Kingdom Greetings,

    We are reaching out to Shadow Senator of Washington, DC, who are deeply concerned about the recent violence that has escalated randomly throughout the eight wards of the District of Columbia. We are aware that each members schedule is extremely busy but we pray that you can find a few minutes to join us collectively at the West Lawn Area 1 on the Captial Hill grounds this coming July the 16th, 2016.

    I have attached the invitation outlining our intent, and it would be a honor for an acceptance to meet us for prayer. Please feel free to share this Invitation to any and all, we are All Inclusive for prayer.

    Thank you in advance for your time and considertion.

    His servant in the vineyard,

    Apostle Mari V. Armistead


    Focus Ministries Global

    P.O. Box 30194

    Washington, DC 20030



    SATURDAY JULY 16TH, 2016


    To the Honorable Senator Paul Strauss, June10th 2016

    Kingdom Greetings


    We cordially invite you to join Apostle Dr. Mari V. Armistead, Founder and Senior Pastor of Focus Ministries Global, a ministry without walls, in our wonderful city of the District of Columbia. This ministry once again has embarked on the Third Prayer onWest Lawn, Area 1, at the United State Capital Saturday, July 16th, 2016 beginning at 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.

    The Burdon of Domestic Violence is a HEAVY task. Domestic Violence isn’t just about the atrocities of the husband hurting his wife and family, the mother hurting her children, the breaking the trust of those they serve; it’s what we are seeing and bearing witness too today. Murders, rapes, assaults, perverted acts all of these are becoming all to frequent within our neighborhoods, places of worship,family entertainments and venues, walking down the street or riding on city transits.

    We are praying with five key prayer points which are for the Direction, Instructions, Forgiveness,Thanksgiving and Repentance,and once completed, we will praise the Great God of the Universe, the Creator of Everything and then depart from the anointed place with our mission completed.The scripture offered comes from 2nd Chronicles 7v 14-15 “if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 15 Now My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to prayer made in this place.

    If you accept this task presented, the cost to you is just a few minutes of your time by touching and agreeing as we come together for this chosen time of prayer. In closing, our children, families, communities, neighborhoods, city, state and especially our country are looking towards us to make a difference just for today.

    Thank you so very much for your time and attention in this request.

    His servant in the vineyard,

    Apostle Dr. Mari. V. Armistead, Ph.D

    Please feel free to contact me by phone or email.

  • Paul Sherman
    commented 2016-06-05 20:37:19 -0400
    Please keep Trump out of the White House. Drop your support of Clinton. Trump can beat her. But he cannot beat Bernie.
  • Paul Sherman
    commented 2016-06-05 20:36:38 -0400
    Please keep Trump out of the White House. Drop your support of Clinton. Trump can beat her. But he cannot beat Bernie.
  • Lindsay Talmor
    commented 2016-06-01 12:23:18 -0400
    Senator Strauss,

    Craig Duff recommended me to you regarding a possible office or administrative position. I am highly organized, responsible and smart. I am moving to DC from NY this Monday and I can meet with you for an interview anytime after that. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you,

    Lindsay Talmor
  • Ed T
    commented 2016-05-25 13:38:59 -0400
    Mr. Strauss, I enjoyed the Kojo Nnamdi show featuring you today. However, there was a serious oversight in the conversation or I missed it. If DC achieved statehood, the 700,000 residents would then be “over-represented” in the national government. There are no other city-states in the union.

    While I agree DC residents are currently under-represented, I think that’s more fair than the creation of a city-state.

    The solution of retro-cession to MD is rather obvious, just like almost every other nation in the world. I think your solution is untenable, and I will not support it despite agreeing DC is under represented.
  • Larry Jackson
    commented 2016-05-16 16:31:11 -0400
    As I did not get your contact information Saturday, Please accept my disappointment with the events on Saturday.

    I wish to extend a deep Thank You to you for the time and effort working with the Platform Committee.

    Larry L. Jackson

    At-Large Member

    Nevada Democratic Party

    Executive Board
  • Erin Brown
    commented 2016-05-10 20:33:55 -0400
    Hi there,

    My name is Erin Brown and I applied, via, for an internship position in the office of U.S. Senator Paul Strauss. I was contacted by someone from your office, through the website, who inquired whether or not I had been contacted about the internship opportunity. Since then, I have not heard back and I was curious as to the status of my application. I would just like to reiterate what a wonderful opportunity working in your office would be as it would allow me to gain both practical knowledge about the political process as well gain experience in an area that would shape my career.

    Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you!


    Erin Brown
  • David Bardin
    commented 2016-05-05 12:52:34 -0400
    Dear Editor,

    My friends in Wyoming, population 590,00, vote for two U.S. Senators who participate in advising and consenting (or not) to appointment of Supreme Court Justices and all the other important officers of federal government. We in DC, population “672,000 (and climbing)”, vote for no U.S. Senators. Adding insult to injury, the Supreme Court tells us that Senators we do not elect comprise our “State legislature”. Most of our fellow Americans would agree that denial of representation is not fair or just or righteous as a policy for America — if they knew about it. Your editorial [see link] is on target, but your home page left it out altogether, helping to keep your national audience in the dark.


    David Jonas Bardin

    4701 Connecticut Avenue NW – #501

    Washington, DC 2008

    +1 202 966 7678
  • Martha Rebour
    commented 2016-04-27 13:13:05 -0400
    We have children similar ages who were at Stoddert Elementary together years ago (but what seems like yesterday), and I live down the street from you.

    My daughter is at School Without Walls and I am writing you to let you know of an exciting opportunity the Walls choir has. They have been invited the Cuban Ministry of Culture to participate in a prestigious choral music exchange program at the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory in Havana, May 28- June 3.

    In order to raise enough funds for this trip the choir will be putting on a performance on May 20th, Zarzuela. Please find the link here.

    Would you be willing to support this concert? Perhaps you would like to attend and make remarks? Or let others know through your social media feed or otherwise, about this special concert and the incredible opportunity for the students to visit this country that has been so isolated for the past 50 years.

    It would be very helpful also if you have contacts at the NorthWest Current as we are really trying to get press to cover us.

    Many thanks in advance,
  • Zachary Mitchiner
    commented 2016-04-26 17:49:37 -0400
    Senator Strauss,

    My name is Zachary Mitchiner and you sent me a message the other day through regarding an internship with your DC office. I have had previous issues with delivering my messages, so I wanted to contact you to ensure that you received my message. You asked me if I would be okay with advocating for rights that Senator Rubio did not agree with (I have served on his campaign team at Virginia Tech). In response, I said:

    Absolutely. I am actually looking for an internship opportunity with a progressive foundation considering I have already had the chance to learn about the conservative movement during my time with Senator Rubio’s campaign. I do not identify myself with a specific party at this time. I am taking the opportunity while I’m still young and in school to gain as much knowledge as possible about both liberal and conservative ideologies. Virginia Tech is considered one of the most esteemed research universities in the nation, and I would feel remorse if did not take full advantage of it.

    Nonetheless, I promise that I will work tirelessly as your intern to squeeze out every drop of information that your office has to offer. I read in your bio that you’re also an attorney; a career discipline which I hope to follow in the future. This internship, therefore, is a rare opportunity in which I can gain both knowledge about the political spectrum and experience in my future career field.

    Thank you for your response. I am happy to answer any further questions. I look forward to hearing from you soon!
  • Ingrid Schroeder
    commented 2016-04-26 09:27:15 -0400
    Just yesterday, on April 25th, I signed up for TSA precheck and paid the $85 fee. I thought I was signing up for the international travel program Global Entry. Both programs are within DHS – and in fact when you sign up for Global Entry you are automatically enrolled in TSA precheck. When I called TSA to try to correct the mistake – they tell me that the TSA fee is nonrefundable. There is NO way to fix the mistake – and if I want to be in Global Entry I need to separately sign up and pay another $100 fee. I am very frustrated by this and don’t understand why they didn’t explain this to me when I went to the airport for the interview and fingerprints and they asked me for my passport. I assumed that since they asked me for my passport that I was signing up for the international program. I would really appreciate if you could help me sort this out and switch my membership from TSA precheck to Global Entry. I seem to be having no luck trying to contact DHS on my own.

    Thanks so much for anything you can do to help.

    Take care,

  • Paul Poirot
    commented 2016-04-10 20:27:26 -0400
    I appreciate seeing the commercial from Jonathan Banks endorsing DC statehood during Better Call Saul, but you should get the commercial up on youtube, social media, and your website so people can share it and share the word.
  • Amanda Ryskowski
    commented 2016-03-29 22:19:22 -0400
    Dear Senator Strauss, I am writing today to request you to pledge your delegate to Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders. I am supporting Senator Sanders rather than Secretary Clinton because he has a long history of standing up for average Americans, not just the billionaire class. Bernie Sanders has been fighting for justice and equality his entire career, and I believe he is truly a once in a lifetime candidate. I implore you to have the courage to do the right thing. Thank you for your time.
  • Patrick Shaffer
    commented 2016-03-29 15:48:40 -0400

    I won a certificate for lunch with Senator Strauss last week at the Equal Justice Foundation auction at American University Washington College of Law. I wanted to see when this can be scheduled. My ideal date as of now is next Friday, April 8th. Please let me know if this is possible or what other dates I have to choose from.

    Thank you,

  • Jennifer MacGregor
    commented 2016-03-25 15:28:41 -0400
    Please consider supporting Bernie Sanders. We need REAL change!
  • Joanna Giddens
    commented 2016-03-14 11:33:58 -0400
    I’m a voter living in DC. I recently learned about the civil war in South Sudan, which included racial attacks implemented by the government. This is slowly making its way towards genocide but has been completely neglected by public media and news. I ask Senator Strauss to take action on this issue.

    Here is a distressing article that may shed more light:
  • Alison Kavanaugh
    commented 2016-02-25 13:20:50 -0500
    My husband and I are both federal workers and DC residents, and are very concerned over how the paid parental leave issue is being handled for the federal employees. I wanted to point out to you that DC’s most recent version of its paid family leave proposal now excludes federal workers who live in DC. This received a lot of attention on a popular DC blog, and I wanted to share with you for your situational awareness:

    It seems that federal workers who are DC residents do not have any sort of advocate for paid parental leave. I am curious about your position on this and if you have been involved in any legislation that will grant DC-based federal workers this benefit? Thank you.
  • Douglas Whelan
    commented 2016-02-17 00:27:47 -0500
    Dear Senator Strauss,

    I am a rising college sophomore at Colgate University seeking a summer internship on Capitol Hill, and believe working in your office would provide a unique and highly substantial opportunity to gain experience working in government. I believe I have much to offer to the operation of your office, and have applied for an internship via the volunteer page on your website. I am eager to provide you with further information about my candidacy through my resume and cover letter if required; please let me know how I can best share this with your office.
  • Brady Olson
    commented 2016-02-06 23:13:05 -0500
    Hello Mr. Strauss, I am Brady Olson from the Rocky de la Fuente presidential campaign. I have noticed that you will be an unpledged delegate at the Democratic convention and are still undecided. I would like to know if you are interested in endorsing the Rocky campaign for president. We know that as a Shadow Senator, you are fighting for DC statehood, which Rocky does support. This would not only give DC votes in both houses of congress, but also help the city of Washington, which currently can’t pass city laws without Congressional authorization. As a state, the federal government couldn’t govern every aspect of Washington. What do you think about joining the Rocky campaign?
  • Ashley Dinah Koranteng
    commented 2015-11-30 16:02:22 -0500
    Hello Senator Strauss. I applied for the position of Legislative & Public Policy Intern on, I was told on November 17, 2015 to provide an address for a formal letter to be mailed to my house; I did provide an address, but I am yet to receive the formal letter. I was told that I should plan to start on December 15, 2015 and I just wanted to check in and make sure I hadn’t missed the letter or it was possibly mailed to the wrong address. For some reason, was not allowing me to reply to the internship posting anymore, so I decided to contact your office through this medium. I am very grateful to be given this opportunity and I hope to hear from you / work with you soon! Have a wonderful day.

    With regards,

    Ashley Dinah Koranteng
  • Toora Arsala
    commented 2015-09-25 07:33:13 -0400
    The Annual Afghan Arts and Culture Festival attracts over 2,500 attendees to the Washington DC region to celebrate Afghanistan’s rich culture. One of the largest Afghan-American events in the area, this FREE event serves to preserve, promote and increase knowledge of the Afghan culture and traditions within the general public. The festival provides an opportunity for cultural exchange, and embracement of ethnic and cultural diversity, This Festival is On Sunday October 4th at the gateway park in Arlington, Virginia, 11am-7pm

    Come out to enjoy a day full of musical and dance performances, arts and crafts workshops, kite-making workshops, art exhibition, eating contest, a youth pageant, Afghan bazaar with jewelry and clothing vendors, and so much more!!

    We Would Love For Senator Strauss to Speak at Our Festival, If You Have any Questions Please Contact Our Political Director Toora Arsala at 703-254-3055 or email him at

    Toora Arsala
  • Timothy Farrell
    commented 2015-09-16 13:51:20 -0400

    You sent me an email a while back. I just moved here from Oregon. I told my Hollywood friend about you and he is intrigued. Any chance you can talk to him on the phone? He has a great script idea that you may be able to contribute to and increase awareness of DC’s political situation. Recently, my friend won a contest and is hoping his sitcom goes into production next year, but this is another one that could go soon.


  • Meghan Deerin
    commented 2015-07-21 17:26:39 -0400
    Dear Senator Strauss,

    I am a DC resident writing to urge you to approve full funding ($40 million) for the DC TAG program. This unique federal program has been a huge success, enabling over 22,000 students from across DC to attend public colleges and universities since its inception.

    As a mother of four girls, I am counting on the TAG money awarded to my oldest daughter, a rising freshman at the University of MIchigan. Unable to rely on the District’s beleagured school system to provide a quality education to my children, my husband and I have sacrificed to send them to private elementary and high schools. When the time came for Lilly to apply to college, we allowed her to apply only to state universities, knowing that the $10,000 grant she would receive would offset the tremendous cost of educating her and her three sisters. If not for the promise of DC TAG, we, and many of our friends and neighbors living in upper Northwest DC, would have taken our significant tax dollars and moved to Virginia or Maryland.

    The expected funding required for FY 2016 is $45 million, therefore full funding of $40 million is imperative in order for all qualified students to receive the grants they’ve budgeted for the next school year. This program has kept families like mine in DC, kept our tax base strong and stable and enabled tens of thousands of students to get a college education. I want you to be aware of the importance of this program to me and ALL DC residents and the need for FULL FUNDING. Please do not leave current students, like my daughter, Lilly, enrolled in this program in a lurch.


    Meghan Deerin
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  • Nora Burke
    commented 2015-07-21 16:19:10 -0400
    Senator Strauss,

    Your fellow Senators on the Appropriations Committee are having a hearing tomorrow, July 22nd to discuss the FY 2016, DC Funding and in particular funding fir DC TAG. The house slashed funding to $20 million, even though the President’s budget had approved $40 million. The DC OSSE (Office of the State Superintendent of Education), which administers the program has projected needing $45 million. The citizens of the District of Columbia and especially current DC TAG recipients NEED your voice on the HILL tomorrow at the hearings.
  • Elvert Barnes
    commented 2015-07-11 12:10:58 -0400
    Images that I took of Senator PAUL STRAUSS during the Thursday, 9 July 2015 DUMP TRAMP / DC Rally may be found at
  • Bradley Dobbins
    commented 2015-07-10 19:52:37 -0400
    Very interesting post area. Mr. Strauss please contact me.
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