On Wednesday night, Democrats clinched a narrow majority in the Senate, wresting control of both chambers of Congress for the first time since 2011. With an incoming Democratic president in Joe Biden, the party stands poised to reverse, or at least reckon with, the legislative agenda imposed by Donald Trump’s four years in office—barring the usual impediments of the filibuster and the Senate’s 50-50 split, of course. As Democrats gear up for a potential legislative overhaul, circles of beltway wonks, activists, and liberal politicians on Twitter have been discussing a particular potential policy position that could very well alter the makeup of U.S. politics if enacted: Making Washington, D.C. the country’s 51st state. D.C. statehood is hardly a new idea dreamt up by political radicals; rather, it’s an old legislative chestnut previously voted on by Congress in 1993, 2009, and by the House just last June, only to fall short of passing both chambers all three times. Just this week, the issue was given new life by Washington, D.C.’s sole (and non-voting) House representative, Democrat Eleanor Holmes Norton, who introduced the Washington, D.C. Admission Act, which aims to grant statehood to the nation’s capital. The bill already boasts 202 co-sponsors and has received vocal support from returning House Speaker Nancy Pelosi , D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, and a variety of online cheerleaders . Though granting statehood to a new municipality isn’t an easy task—and hasn’t happened since the 1959 inductions of Alaska and Hawaii into the Union—it appears poised […]