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OK, I'll start it off. It's clear the people of Washington D.C. deserve the same representation as everyone else. It's equally clear that while there's a Republican President and a non-veto-proof number of Dems in Congress, D.C. statehood won't happen -- no Republicans will vote to add two very liberal Senators with no corresponding safe Republican Senate seats being added.
Here's what I suggest. The District was originally a square, but in 1847, the portion south of the Potomac was given back to Virginia; therefore, the people who live there have representation. The current district consists of a Federal area in the southwest where nobody lives, and the city that makes up the rest of the district. If the parts of the District where people live (other than the White House) were retroceded back to Maryland, and all the Federal buildings stayed in a new, smaller D.C., then the people would still have two Senators and a Congressman -- in this case, one that was added to Maryland's total, offset politically by the one added in Utah.

Julie in Boise


The current bill (as I understand it after a quick read) would give only one House rep to DC and no senators. And because Utah would get an extra rep, it theoretically would be politically neutral. H.R. 328 has bipartisan support.

But if I lived in DC, I think I'd want two senators like everyone else. Others have posited the idea of returning the District to Maryland, as you suggest.

Whatever happens, I predict that this issue will be solved well before that of what (if anything) to do with the antiquated, unfair, vote-supressing Electoral College.

The Nickel-Plated JA

I agree with Bubblehead that the inhabited portions of DC should be returned to Maryland; they came from Maryland, if the Feds aren't using them they belong to Maryland. You could start small: maybe return Georgetown and SouthEast first (since they're clearly delineated) and then figure out where (L Street?) to draw a line across the rest (and cede everything north of that line as well).

There would be MONUMENTAL Constitutional issues with doing otherwise -- you couldn't give DC a vote in Congress without a Constitutional amendment; remember, it was only around 40 years ago DC finally got electoral votes for President (which you'd want to rescind, obviously, if most of the District were returned to Maryland).

And thank you Bubblehead: I had NO idea Arlington and Alexandria were returned to Virginia in the 1840s (1846); I had previously thought it was much more recent (like late-1950s, as an early attempt to pacify the electoral-votes-for-DC movement).

The Nickel-Plated JA

One more thing (really a shameless plug, I suppose): watch SpudZeppelin.com this weekend, I'm working on a piece about some other voter-shifting that is a lot more local in scope *grin*.

Julie in Boise


I am intrigued, and shameless plugs are always welcome. Once your post is up, pimp it here, my friend!!

The Nickel-Plated JA

Pimped! Click my name for the link.

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