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The fight over statehood for the District of Columbia has been going on for as long as most you can probably remember. And in all that time, nothing has come of it. While DC residents do have some non-voting voices in the House, they don’t have full membership in the democracy club, leading to cries of taxation without representation. But what to do about it? The Constitution specifically sets aside room (up to ten miles square) for a federal capital and specifies that it will fall under the control of the federal government. Just converting the whole joint to a state is problematic at best.
But maybe there’s a better way, and one that we’ve known should be possible for many years. At Outside the Beltway, Doug Mataconis looks at a proposal from the WaPo’s Charles Lane that’s receiving a fresh round of attention. It doesn’t involve anyone seceding from the union. And if you can’t (or just don’t want to) create a 51st state out of DC, how about we give the land where the voters live (not the land where the government buildings are) back to Maryland in an act of retrocession?
Patent - Answer - Douglass - County - Md
It is an anomaly both patent and easy, so easy, to solve. The answer is right there in Douglass County, Md.
To save you some Googling time: Douglass County is not a real place — yet. Rather, it is the new jurisdiction that would be created by returning the residential portions of the District to Maryland, a process known as “retrocession,” conceived by third-generation Washingtonian and policy gadfly David Krucoff.
Genius - Krucoff - Plan - Difficulties - State
The genius of Krucoff’s plan is to sidestep all the difficulties, political and constitutional, of creating a new state, or state equivalent, out of the District, and instead to simply allow its people to share the representation Maryland already has.
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