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  •  And who, pray, would "retrocede" DC (0+ / 0-)

    to Maryland?

    The people of DC sure don't; they have no standing.  That leaves . . . Congress.

    Either of the actions you propose would end up before SCOTUS . . . and you know how that would turn out.

    •  check out the retrocession of the VA part of DC (0+ / 0-)

      which took place in 1840s.

      Two things were necessary.

      Both state legislature and residents of affected territory had to agree.

      It also gets even more complicated.  Suppose most of the district were retroceded to MD.  You still have 23rd Amendment.  Unless that were repealed as part of a deal of retrocession, whatever was left of the District would in theory still be entitled to three electors.

      You want DC statehood, the only sure way is a Constitutional Amendment.  That would require approval of 38 states.  I think we can find at least 13 heavily Republican states that would reject the idea of 2 Black Democratic Senators joining that "august" body.

      "what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community" - John Dewey

      by teacherken on Mon Nov 01, 2010 at 03:06:12 PM PDT

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      •  Constitution says nothing about retrocession. (0+ / 0-)

        Worse, the existence of a capital district is anchored in the Constitution.

        It's one thing to retrocede a part of the district away, as long as there remains a district.

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