Washington D.C. Statehood

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  1. protonaut

    protonaut Well-Known Member

    While secessionists from states such as Texas and Vermont voice a desire for independence, political groups in Washington D.C. continue to pursue the goal of statehood for their district.

    "On Mon., June 1, the D.C. City Council’s Special Committee on Statehood and Self-Determination, chaired by Brown, held a hearing to gain clarity on how statehood would impact the District. The hearing, Pathways to Statehood and Full-Determination: Political and Constitutional Considerations, created a strategic platform designed to address specific logistics in presenting petitions of statehood, in preparing for statehood, and in gaining and governing as a new state. Divided into six panels, the four-and-a-half-hour hearing brought many of the District’s activists and legal minds together to determine how best to frame a decades-old platform against more recent developments such as the Home Rule Charter, the now-defunct Control Board, and the D.C. House Voting Rights Act of 2009."

    Statehood Still a Hot Button Issue

    "The District of Columbia should be granted statehood. As of now its 607,000 citizens are denied self-rule and full representation in Congress. They elect a mayor and city council but Congress and the president retain the power to overrule all the city's laws and budgets. Washington, D.C., remains one of the nation's internal colonies."

    - Michael Parenti, Democracy for the Few

    "The D.C. statehood movement is a political movement that advocates making the District of Columbia a U.S. state. Statehood would give the citizens of Washington, D.C. full representation in the United States Congress and full control over their own local affairs."

    D.C. Statehood


    Dennis Kucinich on D.C. Statehood
    D.C. Statehood Green Party Platform
    District of Columbia voting rights
    Petition for D.C. Statehood and Human Rights
  2. shades

    shades Staff Alumni

    Interesting! They have votes in the electoral college, so I don't see why they should not be a state. Aside form the fact, of course, that legar wrangling would take about 50 years before it could be accomplished. O.K., slight exaggeration, maybe 10-15- years.
  3. Zurkhardo

    Zurkhardo Well-Known Member

    It certainly has it's merits. US citizens can vote from anywhere else in the world - except the District of Colombia; a pretty odd discrepancy. Most importantly, unlike Puerto Rico, which also has no voting rights, DC residents still have to be taxes: they have the highest per captia tax rate in the country! Ironically they're victims of the same practice - taxation without representation - the contributed to this country's war of independence.
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