Self-Government for City of Washington

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Government of the Nation'S Washington

Hopes and Fears in Current Home Rule Drive

Advocates of home rule for the District of Columbia, their hopes buoyed by the recent attainment of self-rule by Alaska and Hawaii, are gathering forces for another and if possible more determined drive to persuade Congress to give back to the people of Washington the right to govern themselves. That right was surrendered 81 years ago for what many permanent residents of the nation's capital have come to regard as a wholly unsatisfactory form of government.

By all usual standards, the home rule supporters are entitled to look forward to early victory. President Eisenhower is in their corner. So is Senate Majority Leader Lyndon B. Johnson (D Texas). Both Republican and Democratic parties are ...

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