On the Record: Should the District of Columbia be Granted Statehood?

By District of Columbia Bar

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Since John Oliver’s segment on D.C. statehood went viral, there’s been nationwide attention on the city’s lack of voting rights. Jamie Raskin, professor of constitutional law at American University’s Washington College of Law and Maryland state senator, talks about how the city can use this momentum toward gaining statehood. Raskin is currently running for Congress.

“Above all, D.C. needs allies in its fight for democracy, and John Oliver showed everyone how to make taxation-without-representation a matter of nationwide interest again: through basic education and lacerating humor. Disenfranchisement of hundreds of thousands of Americans living in the capital city is not only unique on earth but completely surreal in the 21st century. We need members of Congress from all over America who will pledge to vote and fight for political democracy in Washington. Please count this constitutional law professor, Maryland State Senator and candidate for Congress as one passionate ally. Voting rights are under attack across the country more generally, and I hope we are about to hit a tipping point when the majority demands real voting rights and representation for all.”

If you haven’t seen the coverage, watch Last Week Tonight with John Oliver as he takes on the D.C. statehood.

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