Pennsylvania Avenue? Call it ‘D.C. Statehood Way’

From the Associated Press:

Washington — D.C. residents have spoken, and they don’t just want to rename Pennsylvania Avenue to call attention to their lack of full representation in Congress. They want to rename two other historic streets as well.

D.C. Council member Michael Brown now plans to introduce a bill to ceremonially rename Pennsylvania, Independence and Constitution avenues.

The new names were drawn from responses to an online survey. Brown says the majority of participants favored renaming all three streets.

Under one proposal, Pennsylvania Avenue would be dubbed D.C. Statehood Way. Independence Avenue would be Let D.C. Vote Way, and Constitution Avenue would be Free D.C. Avenue. A second proposal would switch the new names for Pennsylvania and Independence avenues.

Brown also wants to note D.C.’s lack of representation on highway gateway signs.

The plan is for the original street names to remain, and hang the statehood monikers underneath.

But if “D.C. Statehood Way” sounds like a cul-de-sac, it probably is. A Congress without any sense of humor could overrule the move. And probably would.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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20 comments Add your comment


March 23rd, 2011
1:46 pm

D.C. Council member Michael Brown can pass the collection plate among the D.C. residents. They are free to collect money, buy their signs and hang them. When their money runs out they stop.

RedNeck Rick

March 23rd, 2011
1:49 pm

D.C. does have the best license plates. Just give ‘em statehood already. Puerto Rico doesn’t want it. If we still want 50 states, just let Texas or Arizona go. Or keep ‘em and we’re on our way to 57 states!

Last Man Standing

March 23rd, 2011
2:06 pm

RedNeck Rick:

“Or keep ‘em and we’re on our way to 57 states!”

Actually, we need 58 states to make Hussein O.’s statement correct. I believe he said that he’s been in 57 states and would probably end up going to all of them.

Puerto Rico doesn’t want statehood: they have all the advantages of our “entitlement programs” and don’t pay U.S. taxes.


March 23rd, 2011
2:07 pm

Even if we don’t give them statehood, I think the least we could and should do is make their “delegate” a full voting member of the House, if not in name, then at least in terms of voting privileges and having the ability to vote on legislation on the full house floor like any other Rep. They pay taxes, they deserve a representative with a real vote. As for the other US territories, well, the question is a little murkier. Sure, PR residents don’t pay US income taxes, but they pay a lot of other taxes to the US government all the same. Despite popular opinion, they are not getting a “free ride.” Same goes for Am. Samoa, Guam, US Virgin Islands. I honestly wouldn’t be opposed to them having votes as well, despite not having statehood. They’re all paying taxes into the federal trough in one way or another.


March 23rd, 2011
2:07 pm

RedNeck- I have a better suggestion. If D.C. does not want their special status anymore, give them back to Maryland from wince they came.

Bill Cotterell

March 23rd, 2011
2:29 pm

DC statehood is a red herring. The Constitution provides that the nation’s capital will not be in any state. If Congress amends the Constitution, all the states will have a chance to ratify it. If it wishes to give the Democrats two more votes in the Senate, and perhaps three or four in the House, Congress can submit an amendment to the states. People who moved to DC knew the rules when they chose to live there, or when they grew up there. I see no reason to change it. If they yearn for congressional representation, let them move to neighboring states or let Maryland annex the district.

The Ghost of Lester Maddox

March 23rd, 2011
3:08 pm

I vote for DC Statehood…provided that we can name it..



March 23rd, 2011
3:10 pm

DC is not a state and this is just a bit of political time wasting. Don’t blame Jim though. Of corse he does not want to talk about the rudderless rookie who is our president tryng to salvage the mess he made in Lybia.


March 23rd, 2011
3:52 pm

If they aren’t going to get statehood or a delegate with full voting rights, then I propose they abolish the federal income tax for all DC residents.


March 23rd, 2011
4:20 pm

1) It is easy to say that ‘the capital’ is the capital building and a few other federal buildings. The constitution does not state the size of the capital.

2) If we use the ‘well the can move somewhere else’ logic or the ‘people who moved there knew the rules’ logic then we can pretty much say that anyone in the South knew that they’d eventually have their slaves taken away from them because on some level they had to know that owning them was fundamentally wrong and deserved what they got and probably a lot more in the Civil War.


March 23rd, 2011
5:29 pm

I like the name Pork state better.

Kennesaw Dave

March 23rd, 2011
5:40 pm

Only in DC. Well if the citizens of DC feel so damn underrepresented then how about this. anex the portion that’s closest to VA to that state and the other side that’s closest to MD and just split the city in half. There you go problem solved. Other than the historic value can someone please tell me why we don’t just relocate our nation’s capital somewhere else?


March 23rd, 2011
6:24 pm

I think DC and the five territories should have one vote each in the House, but giving votes in the Senate is a different matter. The House was designed to be the People’s House and all Americans should be represented. The Senate was designed to represent the states which is why Senators were originally chosen by the state legislatures.

Veteran Observer

March 23rd, 2011
7:05 pm

No way, no how! Our capital is not a state and should not vote nor any of the territories! Follow the Constitution and we will stay out of trouble!

March 23rd, 2011
7:08 pm

I do not mind renaming two of them, but they better keep their hands off of the CONSTITUTION!!!! SOCIALIST REPUBLICRATS!!!


March 23rd, 2011
7:17 pm

It would be the first completely unproductive, completely destructive, completely parasitic state in the nation. They are a city and if they don’t like the lack of representation, move – then shut the h*ll up. It is horrible enough that we must all be subject to the unconstitutional, liberty destroying laws that come out of this cesspool of a city. It certainly doesn’t deserve representation in the house and senate too. Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and the other US territories around the world are far more deserving. Aside from all the crack deaths from CIA introduced drugs in the 90’s, these other places have suffered far more for our occupation of them.


March 23rd, 2011
8:05 pm

Kennesaw Dave, they alread did part of that. It’s called Arlington, Virginia. The way to solve this is to carve out the residential portions of Washington from the Nation’s Capital, call it the county of Columbia and give it back to Maryland from whence it came. Recalculate Maryland’s number of Representatives in Congress accordingly. The two senators remain the same.

The rest of the nation’s capital will remain a federally administered area, to include all embassies, etc. They will not be under the jurisdiction of Maryland, and Maryland state police will have no authority over those areas. The Capitol Police will.
DC will not go for this because it treats them like they should be treated. No better than anyone else in America.

DC Centrist

March 24th, 2011
12:01 am

To those who say: “If you live/were born in DC, just move if representation is so important,”

You’re probably someone who considers himself/herself a tea partier.
You probably consider yourself patriotic.
You probably love what you imagine the founders to have been.

You probably would balk at the idea that the American colonists should have just moved back to England if they felt equal representation was so important.


March 24th, 2011
5:51 am

Both Canada and Australia allow their territories representation in the legislature. Why shouldn’t we? Yes, I know it will take a Constitutional amendment, but we fought for our independence over this very issue.


March 24th, 2011
1:10 pm

D.C. should be made part of the State of Maryland. Virginia already took their half back.