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Dear America: Stop dissing D.C. We deserve the same rights as you.


"Washington is generations of families who’ve been going to Lee’s Flower and Card Shop since it opened in 1945 or who have been getting their children’s first shoes at Ramer’s since 1982. It’s got go-go music and mumbo sauce. It’s a place of neighborhoods that throw block parties and neighbors who battle for the best lawn..."

Washington Post  7/17/19

By Petula Dvorak

Del. Holmes Norton ‘sees good news’ in a poll finding a majority reject D.C. statehood


“This poll is very valuable for two reasons. First, it shows that D.C. statehood, for the first time, has become a national issue. Second, it reinforces our view that the majority of Americans are still unaware that D.C. residents do not have equal representation in their own national government,” Holmes Norton said in a statement."

Roll Call Posted Jul 15, 2019 4:47 PM

by Chris Cioffi

DC statehood hearing rescheduled to make room for Mueller testimony


“Our statehood hearing is essential to move our bill to passage, but it serves another important purpose as well,” Norton said Saturday. “This hearing will inform people of what most do not know – that the residents of their nation’s capital do not have full voting rights in the House and have no representation in the Senate."

The Hill  - 07/13/19 04:39 PM EDT


Presidential politics beats the heat at Progress Iowa Corn Feed


"...But many organizations had tents at the Corn Feed, with hopes of spreading the word about their particular causes. It included a mix of national groups with local chapters and Iowa-based groups. There was an Iowa-based group fighting for statehood for Washington, D.C., with help from the national group 51 for 51, which was at the Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame celebration in June."

The Gazette July 14, 2019

by John Steppe

This New Campaign Plans To Spend ‘Seven Figures’ Pushing For D.C. Statehood. But It Won’t Disclose Its Funders


"The effort, called 51 For 51, officially launched on Tuesday outside the U.S. Capitol, where Washingtonians still don’t have full representation. It describes itself as a “coalition comprised of D.C.-based and national groups committed to equal representation rights for D.C.’s over 700,000 residents.” The local groups involved include D.C. Vote, Neighbors for D.C. Statehood, and D.C. for Democracy, alongside national groups like Indivisible, Town Hall Project, and NORML."

DCist May 23, 2019

by Rachel Kurzius

Why isn’t D.C. statehood more popular? It’s the Democrats’ fault.


"I think it’s entirely possible that many if not most Americans don’t realize that D.C. residents lack congressional representation and might change their views if they learned that fact, though we can’t know for sure until someone asks that on a poll. But if there’s one thing preventing D.C. statehood from getting more support, it’s almost certainly that Democrats just haven’t made it a priority."

Washington Post  July 17 at 3:39 PM

By Paul Waldman

News highlights...


PRESS RELEASE - Iowans For D.C. Statehood Partnering with Washington D.C. Organization, 51 For 51...


For Immediate Release: May 29, 2019

Contacts: Iowa - Tamyra Harrison, 515-493-0051,

D.C. – Stasha Rhodes, 985-414-9743, 

Iowans For D.C. Statehood Partnering with Washington D.C. Organization, 51 For 51, in RAGBRAI Festivities July 20 – 27

Des Moines, IA – Iowans For D.C. Statehood is an Iowa non-profit working to educate and engage Iowans in support of statehood for Washington D.C. They will have a team in this year’s RAGBRAI in Iowa and plan to have a booth in most overnight towns along the route, an opportunity to interact with tens of thousands of bicyclists riding across the state in July. 

A new national campaign, 51 for 51, launched a multi-state effort for D.C. Statehood and is working in key primary states to elevate the issue. 51 for 51 demands that the Senate amend its rules so that 51 votes is enough to pass a DC statehood bill in the Senate.

“We are very excited to partner with 51 for 51 on RAGBRAI and future projects here in Iowa. Our missions line up, and I am a big believer of not reinventing the wheel.  We will be able to accomplish so much more working together. With our local grassroots movement already in place and developed networking, combined with their expertise and resources, we can really make something happen that will inspire other individuals and states,” said Tamyra Harrison, President and Founder of Iowans For D.C. Statehood. “There is very real momentum happening that we have to keep building on. Statehood for the people of D.C. is a fight that has been going on far too long, but right now you can sense a change, a shift, and you can see the path to get there. Campaigns like 51 for 51 and ours just need to light and lead the way.”

WHO:  Iowans For D.C. Statehood and 51 For 51

WHAT: Partnering on RAGBRAI and future projects here in Iowa

When: RAGBRAI is July 20 – 27, 2019. 

Where: It begins in Council Bluffs, IA. Thousands of bicyclists travel across the state with 

overnight stops in Atlantic, Winterset, Indianola, Centerville, Fairfield, Burlington and ending in Keokuk. 

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New push for Washington, D.C., statehood hits the presidential campaign trail

As Democrats look for ways to overhaul the political system, statehood advocates in the nation's capital see opportunity. 


May 20, 2019, 9:04 AM CDT

By Alex Seitz-Wald 

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There’s a group of Iowans hoping to use their political power in 2020 to lobby for DC statehood

The group "Iowans for DC Statehood" is taking the issue to presidential candidates

Author: Ines de La Cuetara

Published: 9:03 PM EDT April 18, 2019

Updated: 8:47 AM EDT April 19, 2019

Washington D.C. has long fought for statehood, and now the movement is making its way to any presidential candidate’s first stop on the campaign trail.

“I’m embarrassed myself that there’s not more attention to this issue,” said Tamyra Harrison, who lives in Des Moines and founded the group “Iowans for DC Statehood” after she learned Washingtonians are not entitled to any representation in U.S. Congress.

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Yep, There Are Iowans For D.C. Statehood


APR 17, 1:28 PM 

Rachel Kurzius

Nearly an hour and 20 minutes into Cory Booker’s town hall on Tuesday in Des Moines, the New Jersey senator and Democratic presidential candidate faced a question from an Iowan wearing a pin that said “51 now” on it. The woman introduced herself as Tamyra Harrison, the founder and director of Iowans for D.C. Statehood.

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Iowa Representative Abby FinkenauerBecomes the 203rd Co-Sponsor of H.R.51, Supporting D.C. Statehhod

On April 12, 2019, Iowa U.S. Representative Abby Finkenauer became the 203rd co-sponsor of H.R. 51, The Washington D.C. Admission Act.  We are grateful to have the support of another member of our Iowa delegation for the people of D.C.

Full List of Co-Sponsors

Sen. Paul Strauss with Dave Price on The Insiders

March 31, 2019

The Insiders

Dave Price, WhOTV

Sen. Paul Strauss Talks About Making Washington, D.C. a State with Dave Price on The Insiders on WHOTV 13, Des Moines, IA

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District of Columbia Statehood


District of Columbia Statehood

Iowa Live

By: Jessica Thomas 

Posted: Mar 29, 2019 10:24 AM CDT

Updated: Mar 29, 2019 10:24 AM CDT

D.C. Senator Paul Strauss talks about the fight for statehood and an event in Iowa with Iowans For D.C. Statehood.

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March 21 2019, 5:00 a.m. 

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Major Presidential Candidate Calls For DC Statehood


Another major political figure has weighed in on the D.C. statehood debate.


By Dan Taylor, Patch Staff | Jan 30, 2019 4:45 pm ET 

"Just a couple of weeks after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez signed on to a D.C. statehood bill, Warren tweeted that despite having a higher population than Wyoming or Vermont, D.C. residents don't have a voice in government.

She urged her followers to sign a petition to make D.C. the 51st state."

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Democrats in Iowa press presidential candidates for D.C. ...

Tamyra Harrison, President and Founder of Iowans For D.C. Statehood is taking her concerns directly to the candidates.