Statehood for DC?

Could happen, if in fact the population trends move the District away from a black majority.

I’d about given up on it. Marion Barry was just too heavy a burden. But if in fact population trends are pushing DC way from being majority-black, I don’t think the purely partisan support for maintaining taxation without representation, stripped of the assist from racial prejudice, will be enough.

As far as I’m concerned, almost anything that helps reduce the over-influence of rural areas through the malapportionment of the Senate ought to be supported. Since we can’t eliminate Wyoming’s two Senators, let’s create two for DC to cancel out their votes.

Footnote: In a bonus for Democrats, the African-Americans displaced from DC are moving to Maryland, where they help cement the Democratic majority, and to Virginia, which is becoming less red and more purple every year.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com