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  •  DC representation isn't initially a race issue (5+ / 0-)

    But it has played directly into that problem. Sixty years ago, DC was still majority white, and it was equally unrepresented at the federal level. If anything, it was worse then, because the city didn't even get local government or its single, non-voting representative until later.

    The rationale for not DC's lack of federal representation is based not on racism, but on a very outdated view of the role of the capitol. When envisioned in the 1790s, there was a sense that it would not primarily be a residential city, and that the majority of residents would be participants in the government who actually lived elsewhere. DC was supposed to be "neutral ground."

    That's not true anymore, and hasn't been true for over a century at least. The situation would be unacceptable even if DC wasn't majority-minority. The fact that it is is partly a historical accident. But that doesn't make it any better.

    •  Maybe DC can be admitted as a state (1+ / 0-)
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      as part of the deal that allows the eight most b*mf*ck backward* counties in Colorado to secede from that state and form their own.  Something that otherwise only the United States Senate can prevent, seeing as the people of those counties would love to have a safe white Republican majority (maybe even with Mr. and Mrs. Ken Buck as its senators), and the rest of the state would be happy to be rid of them.

      (*I should know; I live in one of them.)

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      by corvo on Sat Jul 20, 2013 at 01:01:39 PM PDT

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    •  Maybe let DC residents vote in MD or VA elections. (3+ / 0-)

      I think that would be a good compromise. The question is, should we divide up the city as to which part votes for which state's senator (or maybe congressman too), or should the people be able to decide which state to vote in at the time of the general election. Hell, let them vote in both states elections. :)

      Or they could just cede the residency areas back to Maryland like they ceded the Virgina part of the DC quadrilateral to Virginia. Or just get rid of the District of Columbia and give Washington to Maryland proper.

      Or maybe we let DC residents vote in Wyoming elections. :D

      Apparently others have considered these ideas before.

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      by JPax on Sat Jul 20, 2013 at 01:19:27 PM PDT

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      •  I'm not really a fan of that solution (0+ / 0-)

        Representation (in the House, anyway) and electoral votes are determined on the basis of population. Letting DC residents vote for a state in which they're not formally a resident seems like it would complicate that more than would be wise.

        I'm down with ceding DC back to Maryland, though I'm not sure that DC residents are: past opinion polls have suggested support in both DC and Maryland is ambivalent at best (though I'm not sure how recent those polls are). But I still think the most straightforward solution is just to let DC in as a state. Not that it will ever happen without a great deal of obnoxious political wrangling, since the Republicans would never support it without some kind of quid pro quo.

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