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D.C.'s Role At The Democratic National Convention

Despite a bumpy opening day at the Democratic National Convention, D.C. statehood advocates are celebrating the first Democratic platform supporting D.C. statehood in more than decade.

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Do D.C. Statehood Activists Approve Of Recent Movement On Voting Rights?

Local officials in D.C. recently convened a convention to draft a constitution that would put the city on the path to statehood. Under the plan, the District would adopt a new name: "New Columbia." But some of those who've been on the front lines of the fight for statehood aren't thrilled about how the process has worked so far - and where it might be going.

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LISTEN: What Is Different About This Latest Push For D.C. Statehood?

Mayor Muriel Bowser is leading a renewed push for D.C. statehood this year, but it's hardly the first time the effort has been undertaken. We talk to historian George Musgrove to compare this effort to those in years past.

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On D.C. Primary Day, Celebrating 60 Years Of Having A Voice

This year is the 60th anniversary of the District’s first-ever presidential primary. In 1956, the District of Columbia hadn’t held an election for 82 years. There was no board of elections, no voting machines. It took two weeks to count all the ballots.

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D.C. Constitutional Debate Touches On Everything From Process To State Name

D.C. is convening a constitutional convention this week, the first step in a formal petition for statehood. But has the process been open enough? And is the District moving too fast?

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Creating A D.C. State Constitution

We explore the historic process of crafting a constitution for D.C. statehood nearly three decades after the last attempt, and find out how drafters are preparing for the June constitutional convention.

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The Fight for D.C.'s Budget Freedom

Last week, a House committee with oversight of the District passed legislation that would block the ability of the Council to spend its own tax dollars.

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D.C. Leaders Remain Defiant As Congress Exerts Authority Over City Budget

D.C. leaders on Tuesday defiantly claimed the right to spend local funds with less congressional interference, just as Republicans on Capitol Hill passed a bill re-exerting their authority over the city's finances.
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Clinton Pledges To Be 'Vocal Champion For D.C. Statehood' If Elected President

Presidential contender Hillary Clinton has joined her opponent in the Democratic primaries, Sen. Bernie Sanders, in backing statehood for Washington, D.C. She pledged her support just as city officials plan to petition Congress for admission to the union as the 51st state.
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Taking The Statehood Fight To The Streets

Tax Day has special meaning for those fighting to get representation in Congress for D.C.'s citizens.

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