What are people’s thoughts on statehood for US territories?
For everyone but DC, I think they should become states if they want to. They have fully functioning legislatures and governors now. The only difference is that they’d have to start paying federal income tax and a bunch of work figuring out which local laws are no longer valid under federal law.
With DC, honestly I’m not particularly comfortable with the idea of a city state. It has always been run like a city, has no bicameral legislature (unless you count Congress) and no judicial system.
I’d open to the idea of ceding everything but the government buildings back to Maryland and restoring the city of Washington, Maryland again. On the downside to that is the 23rd amendment which would leave whoever is left living in the newly shrunk Washington, DC (I suppose the President) would get 3 full electoral votes.
I’d also be down for allowing DC citizens to vote in Maryland for the purpose of Presidential, Senate and House elections. Basically make DC kind of half-members of Maryland except without state-level representation. That way they can keep their name and get representation at the same time.
I guess I’d also be ok if all US territories where were given united territory representation where they shared two Senators and elected however many House Representatives their combined population would support. Sharing two Senators is less than ideal due to difficulty campaigning across such a great distance, but it is better than nothing.