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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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D.C. Statehood with Senator Paul Strauss

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The News Hour with Michael Libbie


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"It's hard to believe that over 700,000 people, more than live in Wyoming or Vermont, are without representation in the United States Paul Strauss March 2019 Congress. Think about that for a moment. Meet Sen. Paul Strauss who has held the office of Senator of the District of Columbia since 1996 but has, by law, been denied the ability to vote or serve on committees to represent the people living and working in D.C..."

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Running mates, rumors and regrets: Here's the weekly roundup of the potential 2020 field


ABC News

By Adam Kelsey Mar 29, 2019 5:06 AM 

Here's the weekly candidate roundup:

Mar. 22-28, 2019

"The Massachusetts congressman," ...(Seth Moulton (D)), ..."who is still considering a presidential campaign, issued an electoral reform plan Thursday, which included things like expanding automatic voter registration, granting Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., statehood and making Election Day a national holiday, CNN reported."

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March 21 2019, 5:00 a.m. 

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House Of Representatives Supports D.C. Statehood With Historic Vote



Rachel Kurzius 

“There is no other way to describe it—this is historic,” said the District’s representative in Congress, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), in a statement. “After decades of struggle, the House of Representatives recognized today that the time has come for D.C. statehood.” 

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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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D.C.: Statehood or bust


The Washington Post

By Letters to the Editor 

February 22

"...the D.C. statehood bill has strong support, including the endorsement of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), an upcoming hearing and markup in the Oversight Committee, and 84 percent of House Democrats as co-sponsors." - Roger Pilon, Bethesda, MD

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