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Democrats deny speaking time to D.C. statehood

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — While they buried a call for statehood-type rights for the District of Columbia in their platform, Democrats will not have advocates speak about the issue from the podium during their three-day convention in Charlotte, the city’s representative to Congress said on Tuesday.

“Failing to give the District of Columbia a voice at the convention this year, in particular, is a bitter pill to swallow,” said Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, who will be speaking Tuesday night, though her remarks are restricted to her role as a female member of Congress.

She said it was the first time in two decades that D.C. rights advocates didn’t get a specific speaking slot at the convention.

Instead, Democrats did include language in their platform — which will be adopted later Tuesday — that called for “full and equal congressional rights and the right to have the laws and budget of their local government respected.”

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