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    There is a movement to make the District of Columbia the 51st state

    Our capital is a bit of an oddball. It's the only city in America without any host state. As a result, the city council have a lot more control over their city but the federal government has a lot of power over that city. DC also lacks any representation in congress and until the 23rd amendment was passed, they couldn't vote. Because of these disadvantages, there is a movement to make DC the 51st state in the union. DC has a largely liberal demographic which conflicts with the mostly republican legislature which has blocked attempts to legalize marijuana.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local...645_story.html


    A referendum for statehood has been approved in this November ballot but in order to achieve statehood, congress must approve of it and if it stays republican majority, the measure likely won't be passed. Should DC become the 51st state however, the new state would be called "New Columbia" but federal buildings such as the White House, Capitol Building, and Supreme Court Building would remain part of the federal capital.

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    Re: There is a movement to make the District of Columbia the 51st state

    Quote Originally Posted by Masterhawk View Post
    Our capital is a bit of an oddball. It's the only city in America without any host state. As a result, the city council have a lot more control over their city but the federal government has a lot of power over that city. DC also lacks any representation in congress and until the 23rd amendment was passed, they couldn't vote. Because of these disadvantages, there is a movement to make DC the 51st state in the union. DC has a largely liberal demographic which conflicts with the mostly republican legislature which has blocked attempts to legalize marijuana.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local...645_story.html


    A referendum for statehood has been approved in this November ballot but in order to achieve statehood, congress must approve of it and if it stays republican majority, the measure likely won't be passed. Should DC become the 51st state however, the new state would be called "New Columbia" but federal buildings such as the White House, Capitol Building, and Supreme Court Building would remain part of the federal capital.
    Why would you want to do that. It seems alright as it is. Why waste time and political capital in fixing things that aren't broken and even make sense.

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    Re: There is a movement to make the District of Columbia the 51st state

    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    Why would you want to do that. It seems alright as it is. Why waste time and political capital in fixing things that aren't broken and even make sense.
    Yeah. If it becomes the 51st state it should be kicked out of the Union.
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    Re: There is a movement to make the District of Columbia the 51st state

    Quote Originally Posted by Abbazorkzog View Post
    Yeah. If it becomes the 51st state it should be kicked out of the Union.
    Extra-territorial. Cool!

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    Re: There is a movement to make the District of Columbia the 51st state

    Quote Originally Posted by Abbazorkzog View Post
    Yeah.
    If it becomes the 51st state it should be kicked out of the Union.


    Then what is now called the USA would be called the Dis-united States of America,eh?



    I predict that this won't happen anytime soon.

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    Re: There is a movement to make the District of Columbia the 51st state

    Quote Originally Posted by shrubnose View Post
    Then what is now called the USA would be called the Dis-united States of America,eh?



    I predict that this won't happen anytime soon.
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    Re: There is a movement to make the District of Columbia the 51st state

    According to the following website it already is:

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    Re: There is a movement to make the District of Columbia the 51st state

    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    Why would you want to do that. It seems alright as it is. Why waste time and political capital in fixing things that aren't broken and even make sense.
    an area with a bigger population than Wyoming or Vermont has zero representation in congress and the federal government gets to approve the city's spending habits and laws.

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    Re: There is a movement to make the District of Columbia the 51st state

    It would give the Democrats two more Senate seats.

    And it would take a constitutional amendment.
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    Re: There is a movement to make the District of Columbia the 51st state

    Quote Originally Posted by Masterhawk View Post
    Our capital is a bit of an oddball. It's the only city in America without any host state. As a result, the city council have a lot more control over their city but the federal government has a lot of power over that city. DC also lacks any representation in congress and until the 23rd amendment was passed, they couldn't vote. Because of these disadvantages, there is a movement to make DC the 51st state in the union. DC has a largely liberal demographic which conflicts with the mostly republican legislature which has blocked attempts to legalize marijuana.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local...645_story.html

    A referendum for statehood has been approved in this November ballot but in order to achieve statehood, congress must approve of it and if it stays republican majority, the measure likely won't be passed. Should DC become the 51st state however, the new state would be called "New Columbia" but federal buildings such as the White House, Capitol Building, and Supreme Court Building would remain part of the federal capital.
    DC was never meant to be a State. It was meant to be the Capitol of the US. Separated so as to show no allegiance to any specific state. To show neutrality. I see no reason that it should change. If people want representation in the Senate/Congress then they should move to an actual state. There are other US territories without representation in the Senate/Congress. Those territories are far more deserving of representation imo.
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