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Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser took her dreams of statehood to the Republican National Convention Tuesday, trekking throughout the convention hall arguing it’s a bipartisan fight.
Bowser surprised many by bringing the cause to the RNC and appearing at the convention, after the party included language opposed to statehood in their platform Monday. If the District became the 51st state Democrats would likely gain two extra seats in the Senate, which party leaders and Congressional Republicans simply will not allow, reports The Washington Post.
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Bowser secured a meeting with the host committee of the convention to discuss statehood and passed out bags of red, white and blue M&Ms reading, “Make America Great, ADD the 51st State.”
“Our job is to spread the message and make the point that this is not a partisan issue but something that is just essential to our democracy,” Bowser told The Washington Post. “We’ll be all over Cleveland.”
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In the spirit of bipartisanship Bowser even stopped to chat with Republican Representative Mark Meadows, one of the fiercest critics of D.C. home rule and statehood. Meadows threatened D.C. Council members in May, saying they could face criminal liability over attempts to become more independent of Congress.
The D.C. Council voted unanimously to approve a referendum July 12 to put the question of statehood to District voters in November. Bowser presented the referendum to the Council in an effort...
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