Questions tagged [washington-dc]

Questions about the District of Columbia, the capital and the seat of government of the United States. Always use the [united-states] tag when using this tag.

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With DC statehood, what is the proposal for not giving 3 electoral votes to the president and his family?

Recently a bill passed the House, which would give statehood to DC, except for a few core areas including the White House. This would mean that the president and his family would control three ...
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Range of vote percentages in DC in 2012 and 2016 for president?

I want to know the range of two-party votes for the Republican presidential candidate that 95% of precincts fell in. The other 5% has slightly less or more. And, I would like to see a bar graph for ...
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What exactly is the “Trout” in this D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals opinion? Does it suggest a political motive of a judge?

Edited to reflect why I feel this question is on-topic here. The following is excerpted from Politico's Appeals court deals setback to Flynn’s attempt to end DOJ case against him: The D.C. Circuit ...
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Will the creation of a Washington DC state be unconstitutional?

If the House of Representatives and the US Senate ever pass a bill duly signed by the President creating a new state out of Washington DC can it be held as unconstitutional as it is required by the US ...
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What is the argument for granting statehood to the District of Columbia, but not to larger cities such as NYC?

According to statistics, there are ~19 million people living in the NYC metropolitan area. In comparison, there are only ~2.8 million people in the DC/Baltimore metropolitan area, which is ~7 times ...
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Why does DC want to become a new state rather than merging into Maryland?

According to the list of US states and territories by area, DC is 22 times smaller than the smallest state (Rhode Island). Despite this fact, there is currently a push to turn DC into an independent ...
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If D.C. were to be granted statehood, what would it be called?

If the District of Columbia would be granted statehood, what would become its name as a state? Its official name does not include "Washington", that's the city's name. And one of the United ...
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What do Democrats gain from pushing for DC statehood?

The House just voted for Washington DC to become a state, almost exclusively along party lines. While the arguments for statehood aren't new, equality for ethnic minorities is a greater concern ...
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Would it take any sort of amendment to make DC a state?

To achieve statehood for DC, would an amendment to the Constitution need to be passed, or would it just work like a regular territory, i.e. only needing Congress to pass a law?
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Why is DC so, so, so Democratic?

Looking at Wikipedia’s page on the 2016 election, I see that Clinton got 90.48% of DC’s vote; Trump only got 4.07%. This is by far the most any candidate got in any state; behind it is it Nebraska’s ...
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Confused about Emancipation Day and Tax Day

Washington DC celebrates Emancipation Day on the weekday nearest April 16th. Wikipedia says: As the federal government observes the holiday, it causes the federal and all state tax deadlines to be ...
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If the Capitol weren't available, where would Congress hold votes?

Suppose that a meteor strikes the Capitol building in the middle of the night. No one is close enough to be hurt, but the building is destroyed and totally unusable. Where would Congress hold its ...