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Friday Question of the Day – Retrocession?

by Prince Of Petworth February 9, 2017 at 10:22 pm 84 Comments

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“Dear PoPville,

With all the talk about Jason Chaffetz bringing up it up again, could you do a poll about Retrocession? I know it’s a touchy subject, but I personally support it. I’ve lived in the district for almost 10 years and hate not having full representation. I know there’re many who’ve been here far longer and have a real sense of pride about being independent. I just think the DC political establishment has more to gain by selling the false hope of statehood than by advocating for a viable solution.


Here’s a good Wikipedia page on DC voting rights that talks about it too. I just came across this guy David Krucoff who started a group called Douglass County, MD. Here’s a Post op-ed he co-wrote last year about it.
The 23rd amendment would probably have to be changed too, possibly reducing the electoral college by DC’s 3 votes. Maryland would most likely gain a representative taken away from a red state, but this would be more than offset by the loss of our reliably Democratic votes for President. This could be why it’s usually only talked about by Republicans in Congress. You could increase the size of the House at least temporarily as has been done in the past. That would put the votes up for grabs nationally.”

While we’re on the topic, side note from Councilmember Mary Cheh’s office:

“Members of Congress are quickly moving to pass a measure to prevent the District of Columbia’s Death with Dignity Act from becoming law. This effort is led by Congressman Jason Chaffetz, Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, who represents Utah’s 3rd Congressional District. Overturning this bill and superseding a local decision without so much as holding a public hearing, contacting the District’s elected leaders, or speaking to our residents raises the concern that the door will be open to future challenges to our right to local, self-governance.

We must defend our autonomy and find creative ways to express dissent against Congressional overreach. Already we understand Chaffetz’s office recently changed his office’s phone line after a barrage of calls by residents expressing displeasure with his meddling in local affairs. In addition to our local efforts, District residents can engage their own network of family and friends across the country to speak up on our behalf and demand that Congress leave the District alone.

Below is a list of Republican Congressmen from states with death with dignity laws. Of anyone in the House, perhaps they will be most sympathetic to our situation. Please share this list with your network, forward this email, and ask others to contact Congress. Perhaps Congressional Representatives will not listen to District residents; but, it will be difficult to ignore the phone calls, Tweets (#HandsOffDC), mail, and office visits of their own constituents on our behalf.

Congressman Jason Chaffetz, Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Twitter: @jasoninthehouse

Email link: https://chaffetz.house.gov/contact/

Phone: (202) 225-7751 extenion option 3 or 4

Washington, D.C. Office:

2236 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Republican Members of the House from Death with Dignity States

Oregon:

Greg Walden

Twitter: @repgregwalden

Email link: https://walden.house.gov/contact-greg/email-me

Phone: (202) 225-6730

Washington, D.C. Office:

2185 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

 

Washington:

Jamie Herrera Butler

Twitter: @HerreraBeutler

Email link: http://herrerabeutler.house.gov/contact/

Phone: (202) 225-3536

Washington, D.C. Office:

1107 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Dan Newhouse

Twitter: @RepNewhouse

Email link: https://newhouse.house.gov/contact

Phone: (202) 225-5816

Washington, D.C. Office:

1318 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

 

Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Twitter: @cathymcmorris

Email link: https://mcmorris.house.gov/contact/

Phone: (202) 225-2006

Washington, D.C. Office:

1314 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dave Reichert

Twitter: @davereichert

Email link: https://reichert.house.gov/contact-me/email-me

Phone: (202) 225-7761

Washington, D.C. Office:

1127 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

 

Montana:

Ryan Zinke

Twitter: @RepRyanZinke

Email link: https://zinke.house.gov/contact

Phone: (202) 225-3211

Washington, D.C. Office:

1419 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

California:

Doug LaMalfa

Twitter: @RepLaMalfa

Email link: https://lamalfa.house.gov/contact/email-me

Phone: (202) 225-3076

Washington, D.C. Office:

322 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Tom McClintock

Twitter: @RepMcClintock

Email link: https://mcclintock.house.gov/contact/email-me

Phone: (202) 225-2511

Washington, D.C. Office:

2312 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Col. Paul Cook

Twitter: @RepPaulCook

Email link: http://cookforms.house.gov/contact/

Phone: (202) 225-5861

Washington, D.C. Office:

1222 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Jeff Denham

Twitter: @RepJeffDenham

Email link: https://denham.house.gov/contact-me/email-me

Phone: (202) 225-4540

Washington, D.C. Office:

1730 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

David G. Valadao

Twitter: @RepDavidValadao

Email link: http://valadao.house.gov/contact/

Phone: (202) 225-4695

Washington, D.C. Office:

1728 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Devin Nunes

Twitter: @Rep_DevinNunes

Email link: https://nunes.house.gov/contactform/

Phone: (202) 225-2523

Washington, D.C. Office:

1013 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Kevin McCarthy

Twitter: @GOPLeader

Email link: https://kevinmccarthy.house.gov/contact/email-me

Phone: (202) 225-2915

Washington, D.C. Office:

2421 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Steve Knight

Twitter: @RepresentativeSteveKnight

Email link: http://knight.house.gov/contact/email/

Phone: (202) 225-1956

Washington, D.C. Office:

1023 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Ed Royce

Twitter: @RepEdRoyce

Email link: http://royce.house.gov/contact/zipcheck.htm

Phone: (202) 225-4111

Washington, D.C. Office:

2310 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Ken Calvert

Twitter: @KenCalvert

Email link: http://calvert.house.gov/contact/

Phone: (202) 225-1986

Washington, D.C. Office:

2205 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Mimi Walters

Twitter: @RepMimiWalters

Email link: https://walters.house.gov/contact/email

Phone: (202) 225-5611

Washington, D.C. Office:

215 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Dana Rohrabacher

Twitter: @DanaRohrabacher

Email link: https://rohrabacher.house.gov/contact/email-me

Phone: (202) 225-2415

Washington, D.C. Office:

2300 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Duncan Hunter

Twitter: @Rep_Hunter

Email link: https://hunter.house.gov/contact-me/email-me

Phone: (202) 225-5672

Washington, D.C. Office:

2429 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Colorado:

Scott Tipton

Twitter: @RepTipton

Email link: https://tipton.house.gov/contact-me/email-me

Phone: (202) 225-4761

Washington, D.C. Office:

218 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Ken Buck

Twitter: @RepKenBuck

Email link: https://buck.house.gov/contact/email

Phone: (202) 225-4676

Washington, D.C. Office:

1130 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Doug Lamborn (co-sponsor on the House disapproval resolution)

Twitter: @RepDLamborn

Email link: http://lamborn.house.gov/contact/

Phone: (202) 225-4422

Washington, D.C. Office:

2402 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Mike Coffman

Twitter: @RepMikeCoffman

Email link: https://coffmanforms.house.gov/contact/

Phone: (202) 225-7882

Washington, D.C. Office:

2443 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

 

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