Sunday, February 25, 1996 | Washington Post (DC) | Lawrence H. Mirel
AS THE District of Columbia teeters toward fiscal collapse while local
officials, the financial control board and Congress scramble to keep it afloat,
people are asking, "Isn't there a better way?" There is. Washington
should be a city in the state of Maryland. Such a move would be good for
Maryland, good for the Congress and good for District residents.
Friday, July 7, 1995 | Associated Press News Service (AP) | Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Friday the District of
Columbia should be returned to Maryland as a way of giving the city's nearly
600,000 residents voting representation in Congress. "I would be very comfortable returning D.C. to Maryland ... and giving
everybody in D.C. a full vote for the House and the Senate as residents of a state,"
Gingrich said in an interview on WAMU-FM radio.
Friday, May 12, 1995 | Washington Times (DC) | Lisa Nevans
D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton called on President Clinton and
congressional leaders yesterday to restore her right to vote in the House
before the refusal to grant full representation to residents in the nation's
capital becomes an international embarrassment. The United States is violating a U.N. human rights treaty by denying full
representation to D.C. residents, Mrs. Norton, "shadow senator" Jesse
Jackson and other statehood advocates said.
Sunday, April 16, 1995 | Washington Times (DC) | Lisa Nevans
RESIDENTS VOTE FOR MARYLAND'S SENATORS.**** D.C. residents could have full voting representation in Congress as
Marylanders, without making the city part of the Free State, under a proposal
House Speaker Newt Gingrich is researching.
Tuesday, February 7, 1995 | Washington Times (DC) | Adrienne T. Washington
House Speaker Newt Gingrich wants to "rethink" the future of the
District. And, well he should. With all this talk about "restructuring" the D.C. government and
making it an "urban jewel," a very important American principle has
been pushed aside. Buried under the weight of the contentious debate about the
city's budget crisis, the fundamental issue of full voting rights for
D.C. residents is being scratched away by red ink.
Saturday, February 4, 1995 | Washington Times (DC) | Lisa Nevans
House Speaker Newt Gingrich yesterday said the federal government has
neglected its responsibilities to the District and deserves part of the blame
for the city's current fiscal crisis. But instead of taking over pieces of the city government as suggested
Thursday by Mayor Marion Barry, Mr. Gingrich said he would ask two subcommittee
chairmen to seek the advice of big-city mayors whose cities are run for less
money on how to "rethink this whole thing."
Sunday, January 22, 1995 | Washington Post (DC) | Timothy Cooper
Although the District is facing a hemorrhaging financial situation, that
doesn't mean that the people of the District should give up the struggle for
statehood. That fight for simple equality with other Americans goes back nearly
200 years and will not be abandoned. The debate began as long ago as 1801, when the unequal treatment of D.C.
residents resonated within the House. Then, John Randolph Jr. of Virginia
denounced the status of D.C. residents as "political slavery."
Thursday, January 5, 1995 | Washington Times (DC) | Lisa Nevans
House Republicans trumpeted their first actions in power yesterday as
historic, limiting the term of the speaker of the House, reducing the number of
committees and making other changes. But for D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, the actions were historic in a
different way - revoking the right of taxpayers to a representative vote on the
House floor.
Thursday, August 4, 1994 | Associated Press News Service (AP) | Katherine Rizzo
WASHINGTON (AP) - Ralph Regula was on one side of the issue. Jesse Jackson
was on the other. Neither seemed headed for a victory after they outlined their positions to a
Senate committee Thursday. The issue: statehood for the District of Columbia. Jackson is one of two "shadow senators" elected by district voters
to lobby Congress for legislation scrapping the current arrangement in favor of
a state called New Columbia.
Saturday, November 27, 1993 | Dayton Daily News (OH) | Editorial
In the public's mind, the District of Columbia is not so much a state as it
is a national embarrassment. Our nation's capital is ridden with crime, drug traffic and municipal
extravagance to a degree that even sets it apart from most other major
metropolitan centers. Despite two decades of home rule and massive aid from
federal taxpayers, district officials have proven incapable of managing their
own affairs.