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What do Democrats gain from pushing for DC statehood?

One of the core issues, beyond claims it's all about increasing Senatorial power for a party, is that of representation and enfranchisement of US citizens; tax-paying ones, in this case (raising some ...
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Why is DC so, so, so Democratic?

Because it's just one (East Coast) city. When it comes to congressional districts, Nebraska's third congressional district isn't second in terms of the ratio of votes for a single candidate. DC isn't ...
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What do Democrats gain from pushing for DC statehood?

After your edits I interpret your question to essentially be: Why would politicians propose or vote for things they know won't pass into legislation? There is nothing particularly Democratic (or ...
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What authority does the Vice President have to mobilize the National Guard?

What authority does the Vice President have to mobilize the National Guard? Apparently, none. However, the acting defense secretary does. Because the District is not a state, the D.C. Guard answers ...
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If D.C. were to be granted statehood, what would it be called?

The latest push for Statehood includes the intention to use the name; Washington, Douglass Commonwealth, a reference to African-American abolitionist Frederick Douglass as detailed on Wikipedia though ...
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What do Democrats gain from pushing for DC statehood?

The push isn't new, with efforts starting in the 1980s to make a new state. With the current racial tensions running high, it should be noted that Washington D.C. is 49% black. They currently get no ...
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Why was there a man holding an Indian Flag during the insurrection at the US Capitol?

Well, The Indian Express interviewed the man waving the flag, who appears to be a member of the Virginia Republican Party’s State Central Committee. The flag bearer was later identified as 54-year-...
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Why is DC so, so, so Democratic?

DC is highly urban (I'm not using this as a dogwhistle for black people by the way, though they are a large portion of DC residents). It's the only quanta of electoral votes that's not only a city, ...
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Why does DC want to become a new state rather than merging into Maryland?

You seem to miss the really obvious answer. If DC becomes a state, it gets two Senators and at least one Representative. If it merges into Maryland, it just gets to vote for the Senators & ...
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Why does DC want to become a new state rather than merging into Maryland?

The bulk of the argument seems to be that DC is determined to have self-rule, rather than be folded into the existing political situation of another state. From this article With retrocession, DC and ...
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What determines who gets to stay in the Presidential Townhouse / Trowbridge House?

There aren't much publicly available information regarding these buildings but I'll answer with what I could find. Some background Both 708 Jackson Place (Trowbridge House) and 716 Jackson Place are ...
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Why is DC so, so, so Democratic?

Washington, D.C., as you may know, is the home of the federal government. Many of the people there work for the federal government, and many others depend on the federal government for their ...
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What authority does the Vice President have to mobilize the National Guard?

Mr. Miller [the acting defense secretary] said on Wednesday afternoon that he had spoken with Mr. Pence, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senators Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer, and Representative Steny H. ...
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Would it take any sort of amendment to make DC a state?

Washington, DC could become a state with just a law, but its representation in the electoral college would not be able to increase properly with population due to the twenty-third amendment: ...
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What do Democrats gain from pushing for DC statehood?

It's pretty clearly purely for the sake of optics. In particular, note that this measure did not come up when we had a Democratic majority in the Senate and a Democratic President so it stood at least ...
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Why does Washington DC elect a Delegate to the House AND a United State Representative?

DC has two "shadow senators" and one "shadow representative" whose job is to represent its interests in Congress. It based this idea off of what various territories did as they ...
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Why does DC want to become a new state rather than merging into Maryland?

I would imagine most of the Puerto Ricans who want to be a state don't want to be merged into Florida, and most of them who want to be independent of the US don't want to be merged into Cuba. DC is a ...
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The next steps for S.51 Washington Statehood bill

S.51 has been introduced to the Senate. It has been read twice and discussed in committee. The next stage is floor debate. It is subject to filibuster and S.51 will therefore not pass the Senate. It ...
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Would it take any sort of amendment to make DC a state?

Aside from the 23rd Amendment issues that have been mentioned in other answers, there are some additional parts of the Constitution that would cause me to argue that an amendment to the Constitution ...
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If the Capitol weren't available, where would Congress hold votes?

Anywhere Congress can agree to. From Article I, Section 5 of the Constitution: Neither House, during the session of Congress, shall, without the consent of the other, adjourn for more than three ...
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What is the argument for granting statehood to the District of Columbia, but not to larger cities such as NYC?

Simply, the citizens of D.C. do not get to vote for Senators or a full member of the House. Also, the decisions of their city council can be overridden by congress. That drawback is unique in the USA. ...
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D C statehood timeline

Let's look at the case of Hawaii, the most recent state to join the Union. The Hawaii Admission Act was signed into law by President Eisenhower on March 18, 1959. The state held elections to Congress ...
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Will the creation of a Washington DC state be unconstitutional?

Probably not, but this will likely end up in the Supreme Court. Under Article I, Section 8.17, Congress can decide the borders of the District of Columbia, up to 10 miles square (or 100 square miles). ...
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With DC statehood, what is the proposal for not giving 3 electoral votes to the president and his family?

According to Wikipedia the latest statehood bill passed by the House did cover this area; The Washington, D.C. Admission Act would create the state of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth (named after ...
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How many electoral college votes would the District of Columbia be entitled to if the least populous state cap did not apply?

I'm pretty sure this came up tangentially in another question recently. But the current answer is 3; exactly the same as it has now. Wikipedia has a handy list of States by population; Each state's ...
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Why is DC so, so, so Democratic?

Demographics: Because it is so, so, so African-American and Hispanic. DC is what we call a majority-minority area. As of last census, DC reported as 50.7% black (and 9.1% Hispanic). This is actually ...
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What would it take for the District of Columbia to be made a state?

As Would it take any sort of amendment to make DC a state? states, it is like passing a law. In particular a Joint Resolution of Congress, (which might be filibustered by opponents in the Senate). ...
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Confused about Emancipation Day and Tax Day

U.S. Law pertaining to the the three Federal Holidays that occur on a fixed date (New Years (Jan 1st), Independence Day (July 4th), and Christmas (December 25th)) states that should the day of these ...
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What is the argument for granting statehood to the District of Columbia, but not to larger cities such as NYC?

As pointed out by Michael M, there is the representation issue. What wasn't completely fleshed out is that NYC is already part of a state, which is why they have the representation mentioned. ...
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Will the creation of a Washington DC state be unconstitutional?

Can Congress meet within a state? Congress can meet wherever it wants. Let's start with the relevant excerpt of the Constitution: The Congress shall have Power... To exercise exclusive Legislation in ...
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