D.C.’s Battle For Statehood Is Moving Away From The District
D.C.’s Battle for Statehood Is Moving Away From the District
In hopes it will return with a newfound fury.
It would be easy to blame Trump, who won a whopping 4 percent of D.C.’s vote in 2016, for the District’s grimmer-than-usual prospects for statehood.
But in 2009 Democrats were exactly where Republicans are now and Congress didn’t stampede to make D.C. the 51st state, even when Obama slapped “Taxation Without Representation” tags on the presidential limo.
“Statehood is going to come when D.C. makes it come,” says D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District’s voteless representative on the Hill for almost three decades. “ …