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Weather Again Slams D.C. Statehood Effort in New Hampshire

The weather in New Hampshire has not been kind to the District of Columbia.

An impending blizzard has prompted the state Speaker to cancel Thursday’s session, which is when a delegation of D.C. officials was scheduled to testify on behalf of a D.C. statehood resolution.

In 2008, a snowstorm prevented the State House from reaching a quorum on a resolution supporting a nonbinding statehood rights for D.C.

“Snow is opposed to D.C. statehood,” quipped James Jones, communications director for DC Vote, an advocacy group that planned to send representatives on the trip.

Jones said the trip, announced with much fanfare last week, would be rescheduled.

Karen Sibert, deputy chief of staff for D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown, added that Southwest Airlines allows passengers to apply credits on future flights without a change fee.

The New Hampshire trip, which would have been attended by Mayor Vincent Gray and other D.C. officials, was expected to be the first of many visits around the country to promote state-level resolutions expressing support for D.C. as the 51st state called “New Columbia.”

The 13-person delegation planned to kick off a grass-roots movement to persuade state legislatures to sponsor such resolutions as a means of applying pressure to their Members of Congress to support legislation that would make D.C. a state.