Seven reasons why making D.C. a state would be good for America

2. It would take the pressure off Louisiana

Well, for stories on political corruption, that is. The Pelican State has its ”Air Mary” charter plane scandal involving Sen. Mary Landrieu and was known for the open-pocketed, frequently indicted (and eminently quotable) former governor Edwin Edwards. Washington, D.C., has had one mayor who used crack, an outgoing mayor under federal investigation and has been the scene of political/sexual monkey business everywhere from the Tidal Basin to the pillars of the U.S. Capitol to the White House Oval Office.

3. D.C. could make a deal

How about one voting U.S. senator instead of two? That might clear the path for Puerto Rico, too — but first things first.