Monday, September 26, 1988 | Washington Post (DC) | William Raspberry
Being different is a drag. Being unique has its advantages. What prompts this small commentary on human nature is the reaction of
statehood advocates to a bill passed by the House last week. The bill, by redefining "seat of government" to mean the National
Capital region, would make it easier for federal agencies to move part or all
of their operations outside the District of Columbia. The purpose is to allow the agencies-excluding the 13 Cabinet-level
agencies-to take advantage of lower real estate costs outside the central city.
Friday, September 9, 1988 | Associated Press News Service (AP) | William Welch
(AP) _ Democrat Michael Dukakis endorsed "full statehood" for the
District of Columbia on Friday and won a strong statement of support from
former rival Jesse Jackson in an appearance before a black religious group. "Accept my recommendation," Jackson said of Dukakis. "He can
be trusted to help keep hope alive."
Friday, January 29, 1988 | Washington Post (DC) | Sandra Evans and R.H. Melton
Four Virginia state senators and nine delegates, most of them Republicans,
want the General Assembly to go on record against the District's dream of
becoming a state. A resolution offered by Del. George F. Allen (R-Charlottesville) uses a
variety of arguments, from the philosophical to the openly self-interested, in
calling on Congress to reject federal legislation to create the state of New
Thursday, October 8, 1987 | Washington Post (DC) | News services and staff reporters
Del. Walter Fauntroy (D-D.C.) was sharply criticized yesterday by Rep. Stan
Parris (R-Va.) after saying District residents enjoy fewer rights than citizens
of the Soviet Union. Fauntroy made the remark in front of the Soviet Embassy while announcing a
noon-to-noon vigil in support of D.C. statehood legislation. Fauntroy said the
10-year-old Soviet constitution, unlike its U.S. counterpart, gives full voting
representation to the citizens of its capital city.
Sunday, June 14, 1987 | Associated Press News Service (AP) | Associated Press
(AP) _ District of Columbia statehood advocates unveiled a 51-star
flag Sunday and recreated the Boston Tea Party by dumping tea into the
Anacostia River to protest what they call the District's lack of full
congressional representation. District of Columbia congressional delegate Walter Fauntroy said Flag Day was
the perfect time to unfurl a 51-star version of Old Glory.
Wednesday, May 6, 1987 | Boston Globe (MA) | Wire reports
WASHINGTON - A House subcommittee yesterday approved a bill to grant the
District of Columbia statehood, the first step in a long legislative process
proponents hope will lead to the creation of a 51st state. The bill approved
4-3 by the House District Committee's subcommittee on fiscal affairs and health
would create the state of New Columbia and grant it full voting representation
in the House and Senate. The full House committee is scheduled to consider the
bill today.
Friday, March 27, 1987 | Washington Post (DC) | Ed Bruske
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) introduced legislation yesterday to make
the District of Columbia a state after telling members of a House committee
that the city's lack of voting representation in Congress "makes a
mockery" of the nation's democratic principles. "For generations, the residents of the District of Columbia have borne
the burdens and responsibilities of full citizenship without its rights and
privileges," Kennedy said. "The time has come . . . to remove the
unfair cloud of second-class status from the District of Columbia."
Sunday, August 25, 1985 | Washington Post (DC) | Joseph L. Rauh, Jr
Last Thursday marked the end of another round in the ongoing struggle of the
residents of the District of Columbia for full rights of American citizenship.
On Aug. 22, the seven- year period for ratification of the constitutional
amendment proposed by Congress in 1978 to give the District two senators and a
voting congressman ran out. The most apt quotation I can think of as the bell
tolls on this hapless effort is what Gen. Stilwell said when he got run out of
China early in World War II: "It was a hell of a beating."
Wednesday, August 21, 1985 | Associated Press News Service (AP)
(AP) _ The death knell sounds Thursday for a proposed constitutional
amendment that would have given residents of the District of Columbia the same
voting rights in Congress as other citizens of the United States. But the deadline hasn't stopped Washingtonians who want more political power
for the city. ""It's dead, unfortunately,'' Mayor Marion Barry Jr. said
Wednesday. ""We are still enslaved. But we're not going to die
because it died. ''
Thursday, May 23, 1985 | Washington Post (DC) | Sandra Evans
Mayor Marion Barry said yesterday that if Congress does not want to make the
District a state, D.C. residents should be exempted from paying federal taxes,
like Puerto Ricans. "At least we ought not be paying not to vote," Barry said. "I
don't like to pay a bill if I have no say in what happens with the money." He said later he was not calling for a tax strike, however, but was merely
pointing out that the District now has "taxation without