Thanks, but no thanks.
That is about as polite as we can be in commenting on Texas Republican Rep. Louis Gohmert’s proposal to have Maryland take over the District of Columbia.
The truth is, Maryland state politicians haven’t been doing the greatest job in running Maryland government as it is. Can you imagine the problems Maryland leaders would have if they had to contend with the District of Columbia’s finances and foibles?
Gohmert believes a Maryland takeover of the District would ease D.C. residents’ frustration of not having full voting rights.
According to American University’s radio station WAMU, the Texas Republican also introduced a similar bill in 2007. Neither D.C. nor Maryland officials are behind the idea. Maryland Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen says the bill is really just a distraction from the real fight to give city residents full voting rights. "I think that we should continue to focus on trying to make sure that Eleanor Holmes-Norton gets full voting rights in the House rather than be distracted by some of these proposals," says Van Hollen.
In 1847 Virginia agreed to take back the portion of land it ceded to D.C. But that is the last time the District’s boundaries have changed. Perhaps Virginia would now be inclined to take over the entire present-day District.
We are all for giving District of Columbia residents voting rights. Just, please, don’t do it at the expense of Marylanders. We’ve already got enough on our plate.
Assimilating D.C. would be the last thing Maryland needs
Thanks, but no thanks.
File this one under the We Thought We’d Heard Everything category: A man who attempted the armed robbery of a pizza shop is now suing the pizzeria and the employees who tackled him and wrestled his gun away during the holdup.
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Don’t do it
Temperatures have been moderate recently but are projected to rise to the upper 80s and low 90s later this week, so we want to remind you: Never leave children unattended in a vehicle.
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When Apollo 11 landed on the moon 45 years ago today, it was until that time the mostwatched television programming in history.
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Heard it all
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Build it now
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Get on with it
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