- Associated Press - Friday, April 15, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - Advocates for District of Columbia statehood will be marching up Pennsylvania Avenue to call attention to their cause.

The statehood advocates will join activists who’ve been demonstrating at the Capitol this week about the role of money in politics and other issues.

Friday morning’s demonstration also coincides with a local holiday, D.C. Emancipation Day, which commemorates President Abraham Lincoln’s freeing of more than 3,000 slaves in the nation’s capital.

The District’s 672,000 residents pay federal taxes and fight in wars but lack voting representation in Congress. Statehood advocates argue that making the nation’s capital a state is the best solution. But the effort has gone nowhere in Congress, in part because the city is overwhelmingly Democratic and Republicans don’t want to hand two Senate seats to Democrats.

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