Sam Smith - Back in 1970 I wrote an article about why DC should become a state. Some months later the DC Statehood Party was formed which would hold a seat on the city council and/or school board for some 25 years. The issue has ebbed and flowed over the years. Once even the NY Times and Washington Post supported it. Now it's back on the table and you'll be reading about it. Here's a link to some of the early and background stories about the issue.