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Tom Toles

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  1. jack75287

    jack75287 said, 11 months ago

    Washington DC now has one member in the house her name is Eleanor Holmes Norton.

  2. curtisls87

    curtisls87 said, 11 months ago

    Except that the DC representative cannot vote on the floor of the House.

  3. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 11 months ago

    @jack75287

    Doesn’t mean jack if you can’t vote.

  4. CharlieTuba

    CharlieTuba GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    And then there’s Puerto Rico, Guam, American Virgin Islands, etc.

  5. jack75287

    jack75287 said, 11 months ago

    @Night-Gaunt49

    Dude they do vote for their representative, they have for the past 20 years.

  6. jackson49

    jackson49 said, 11 months ago

    Add No. Colorado as well, they lost their way of life, and standard of living, with pot legal…

    now they have to get real jobs, rather than rob, fine, jail and p-test ,travelers..rather than move to a real prison state(NY/CA) they want to continue their old prison state laws…

  7. capndunzzl

    capndunzzl said, 11 months ago

    …it’ll happen…smaller things are easier to afford and control.

  8. pirate227

    pirate227 said, 11 months ago

    Zing!

  9. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 11 months ago

    @jack75287

    But their representative can’t vote. Why you ask? D.C. isn’t a state. If you aren’t a state your reps can’t vote. I thought you knew that.

  10. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 11 months ago

    @PAJ

    Do you have any proof of that allegation?

  11. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    @Night-Gaunt49

    Sheesh. You spell out the facts & it goes right over his head.

  12. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    @jack75287

    “Dude they do vote for their representative, they have for the past 20 years.”

    They vote for a delegate who can’t actually vote on anything in the House. Next time, use Google before you make yourself look silly.

  13. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, 11 months ago

    When the First Congress met in 1789-1791, right after the adoption of the Constitution, there were 26 Senators, and 65 Representatives.
    A single unified government for the whole nation was never considered. It was quite obvious that a nation of 4,000,000 people could never be governed as a single unite, even though fewer than 500,000 of those people were voters. (That figure for total voters is probably too high.)
    If each member of the House of Representatives represented the same number of people today as they did in 1791, the H. of R. would today have 5,120 members.
    The largest state in the union in 1791 was Virginia, which was approaching a population of 800,000 people, and was already being considered by some as having too many people to be governed as a single state. If an upper limit in population for a single state had been set at 1,000,000 people, and states be required to divide to keep states to a manageable size, then today we would have at least 315 states, and probably more like 400. The United States Senate would then have 630 to 800 members.
    If each senator today represented on average the same number they did in 1790, then the Senate would have 1800 members today. The average Senator in 1790 represented fewer people than the average Representative does today.
    California, all by itself, has a larger population than the United States did in 1870.

    My point? Size does make a difference. A sufficient difference in degree becomes a difference in kind. This is not the country founded in 1776. This country is more than 100 times larger in population, as well in complexity and diversity, than it was in 1776. Technology has changed more in the past 200 years than it did in the 10,000 years that preceded the American Revolution. What does “real representation” mean when one representative speaks for 500,000 voters (as they do today) instead of fewer than 5,000 voters (as they did in 1790)? *


    *Note: the difference is great in terms of voters than in terms of people. Today about 200,000,000 people are eligible to vote out of a total population of 315,000,000; in 1790 about 500,000 people (or fewer) were eligible to vote out of 4,000,000. So we have 400 times as many eligible voters today than we did in 1790.

  14. edinbaltimore

    edinbaltimore GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    How many reps does Western Maryland have? Or are they just bitching because the DC area is heavily Democratic? Ask Cleveland or Columbus (highly Democratic) how they like a total Republican Ohio government. Sheesh!

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