Benjamin Esham

Congressional Democrats have introduced a bill, H.R. 51, to make Washington, D.C. a state.

Subject to the provisions of this Act, upon issuance of the proclamation required by section 103(b), the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth is declared to be a State of the United States of America, and is declared admitted into the Union on an equal footing with the other States in all respects whatever.

Statehood is long overdue for Washington, and I don’t want the perfect to stand in the way of the good, but is it really a great idea for the new state to have “Washington” in its name? That’s going to make the Washington–Washington ambiguity even worse. The city is still going to be called Washington, right? Why not give the new state a new name?