DC battles its democratic deficit and fights to become 51st state

With no votes and no senators, Washington, DC’s non-state status has long been an issue for its 712,000 permanent residents

29th March, 2021
DC battles its democratic deficit and fights to become 51st state
People burn copies of their income tax returns during a “taxes paid, representation denied” rally in Washington DC in 2002. The long-running campaign for full congressional representation in the US Congress for those living in the District of Columbia has been given fresh impetus. Picture: Getty

One of the first things any visitor to Washington, DC will notice, regardless of season or political cycle, is the proliferation of yard signs and bumper stickers that declare “No Taxation Without Representation”.

Yard signs come and go. They’re a fleeting part of the US’s biennial political landscape. But in Washington, DC, signs protesting against its exclusion from the democratic process have been around for decades. The message is even stamped on every...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Currency

What's Included

With any subscription you will have access to

  • 971569B3-2C5E-4C45-B798-CEADE16987A8

    Unlimited multi-device access to our iPad, iPhone and Android Apps

  • 099C8662-C57C-42F2-9426-F2F90DF17C8F

    Unlimited access to our eReader library

  • 198AE43B-B9CF-4892-8769-D63C2104BA08

    Exclusive daily insight and opinion seven days a week

  • D8F37B78-25E4-4E4A-A376-4F5789B1564A

    Create alerts to never miss a subject that matters to you

  • B15F2521-37CD-4E02-B898-730A20D39F7F

    Get access to exclusive offers for subscribers on gifts and experiences

  • A564FE02-1AB8-4579-AF9D-BA32A2E5ACA7

    Get content from Business Post, Business Post Magazines, Connected, Tatler and Food & Wine

Related Stories

Editorial: Bustling Biden needs global support for ambitious vision

Trump protégé fights for his political life amid sex and drugs controversy

US Marion McKeone 1 month ago

Biden’s American jobs plan puts Republicans on the back foot

US Marion McKeone 1 month ago

Biden in crisis management mode as Covid catastrophe begins to fade

US Marion McKeone 1 month ago