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Your All-Purpose Wonk’s Guide to Why D.C. Statehood Is So Hard

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It seemed like it was finally within reach. With the House in Democratic control and the Senate evenly divided, a long-held goal of good-government types—statehood for the District of Columbia—could now, maybe, happen. For decades the district has been a bit of sand in the workings of democracy: It has more citizens than Wyoming or Vermont, and pays more federal taxes than 21 states, but gets...

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