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Should the District of Columbia become a state?   The Serious You: Politics

Started Jun-28 by MerlinsDad; 433 views.
MerlinsDad

Poll Question From MerlinsDad

Jun-28

Should the District of Columbia become a state?
  • Yes5  votes
    31%
  • No11  votes
    68%
  • Maybe0  votes
    0%
  • Other0  votes
    0%
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MerlinsDad

From: MerlinsDad 

Jun-28

The House approved a bill Friday to make the District of Columbia a state. Under the bill, most of present-day Washington, D.C., would take the name State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth, in honor of Frederick Douglass

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/26/house-passes-bill-to-make-washington-dc-the-51st-state.html

kizmet1

From: kizmet1 

Jun-29

No. In the first place, the name is too long. in the 2nd place it is a place that should remain neutral.
MerlinsDad

From: MerlinsDad 

Jun-29

In your opinion, the citizens don't have the right to have a vote in the House of Representatives and a Senator representing their interests? 

They are American citizens who get to vote in presidential elections (as of 1961), which is more than we can say about the American citizens in Puerto Rico.

Showtalk
Staff

From: Showtalk 

Jun-29

It has nothing to do with rights.  Politicians who Iive there maintain residences and voting privileges in their own states.  Anyone who wants to live in a state can live in a very close, nearby state and commute, which is what many people do. The real question is whether Democrats should have two more Senate seats.  That is the real issue.
 


 

kizmet1

From: kizmet1 

Jun-29

They can find a way to vote outsid of DC just like the elected politicians.
DC should remain neutral.
Giving DC it's own Reps and Sens would make it lean to the left or the right.
MerlinsDad

From: MerlinsDad 

Jun-29

  kizmet says:  "DC should remain neutral." 

I have no idea what you mean by "neutral."  They live there.  They are legal residents.  Some of them probably even work there.  Some of them probably voted for or against the current mayor. 

According to the U.S. Census Bureau Quick Facts, the population of DC is greater than the population of Wyoming and Vermont and only slightly below that of Alaska.  Wyoming and Vermont, with fewer people, have 2 senators each and one voting Representative.

You would deprive 700,000+ citizens a vote in the House of Representatives and the Senate?  As American citizens, they are entitled to representation in Congress,  The Congressional District I vote in is only slightly larger.

MerlinsDad

From: MerlinsDad 

Jun-29

It has everything to do with the rights of a citizen,

They live there.  They are legal residents.  Some of them probably even work there.  Some of them probably voted for or against the current mayor. 

According to the U.S. Census Bureau Quick Facts, the population of DC is greater than the population of Wyoming and Vermont and only slightly below that of Alaska.  Wyoming and Vermont, with fewer people, have 2 senators each and one voting Representative.

You would deprive 700,000+ citizens a vote in the House of Representatives and the Senate?   As American citizens, they are entitled to representation in Congress,  The Congressional District I vote in is only slightly larger.

Jeri (azpaints)

From: Jeri (azpaints) 

Jun-29

There would still be an enclave of Washington that is federally controlled. This would allow US citizens who are residents of DC, but work for Kroger, Walmart, Sam's Shoe Store - in other words not federal employees, vote.  It's stupid to allow federal employees in Washington STATE, California, North Dakota to vote in all elections but not allow DC residents to vote.  Also, there might be two new Republican Senators, not Democratic senators at some point in time.  I wonder if being that close to the seat of power explains the high D registration?  See too much unacceptable behavior fron the other side up close and personal?

Showtalk
Staff

From: Showtalk 

Jun-29

It is the size of a city, not a state.

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