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House GOP eyes tighter DC control

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If Republicans succeed in winning a House majority in November, one of their areas of focus may be the capital city itself.

Many House Republicans have painted Washington, D.C., as a sort of left-wing boogeyman and petri dish for policies of which they disapprove, such as COVID-era vaccine and mask requirements. They also point to an increase in crime in the District of Columbia. Statistics from Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department show there have been 150 homicides as of Sept. 21 in 2022, compared to 154 total in 2021, leaving the city on pace for a significant increase.

But an increasing number of Democrats have embraced calls to grant the district statehood, arguing a city of more than 700,000 has a larger population than states such as Vermont or Wyoming and its residents should have representation in the House and the Senate. Democratic Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is
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