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New Hampshire: Thumbs Down on DC Statehood

From Alden Leonard. Contact him at alden@borderstan.com and follow him @aldenleonard on Twitter.

The New Hampshire House of Representatives has voted down a proposal that would have made it the first state to endorse statehood for the District, DCist reports. The measure failed by a 248-79 vote that fell mostly along party lines. (See Borderstan’s previous coverage on the DC statehood movement, links at bottom of this post.)

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The vote followed a trip last month by a delegation of District officials who traveled to the Granite State to lobby the chamber to make DC the 51st state. State representatives in Concord balked at the request, questioning in particular whether granting such autonomy to the nation’s capital would be constitutional.

The delegation tried a number of arguments to sway the Chamber, but to no avail. There are other similar measures supporting DC statehood in state legislatures around the country.

Bordertan asked Martin Moulton, who is active in the DC statehood movement for comment.

“What I learned on my visit to Concord was that a majority of the state leaders, where I attended one of the top colleges in the United States, are completely ignorant about facts about our nation’s capital city. It’s 2012. I was shocked and embarrassed for them. When my father and aunts immigrated to this country, they needed a better understanding of civics than some of these lawmakers needed to get elected,” said Moulton.

In addition to being active in the DC statehood movement, Moulton is president of the Convention Center Community Association. He is also “#39″ — one of 41 DC residents arrested April 11 during a sit-in demonstration near the U.S. Capitol.

Check out the DC Vote site for more information about the statehood movement.

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Alden covers local government and arts topics for Borderstan. He grew up all over the place (visited all 50 states!) but calls the District home and, as such, is a politics junkie and D.C. enthusiast. He advocates for good causes by day and is an artist and arts supporter by night. He’s also a DJ of questionable taste and ability. Contact him at alden@borderstan.com and follow him @aldenleonard on Twitter. Check out his paintings at www.aldenleonard.com.

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