With all this talk of making Washington D.C. a proper state with senators, one thing concerns me. How do you make a flag with 51 stars? Plus you will need to change the seating around in Congress. I have a modest proposal that could take care of this and fix an historic wrong. When we add Washington D.C. we should combine North and South Dakota into a single state called “Dakota”.
It turns out that a single Dakota was part of the original plan, but politics led to a last minute change. From Wiki:
On February 22, 1889, outgoing President Cleveland signed an omnibus bill that divided the Territory of Dakota in half. North Dakota and South Dakota became states simultaneously on November 2, 1889. President Harrison had the papers shuffled to obscure which one was signed first and the order went unrecorded. The bill also enabled the people in the new Territories of North Dakota and South Dakota, as well as the older territories of Montana and Washington, to write state constitutions and elect state governments. The four new states would be admitted into the Union in nine months. This plan cut Democratic New Mexico out of statehood and split Republican Dakota Territory into two new Republican states. Rather than two new Republican states and two new Democratic states that Congress had considered the previous year, the omnibus bill created three new Republican states and one new Democratic state that Republicans thought they would capture. The Dakota Territory was divided into the states of North Dakota and South Dakota on November 2, 1889.
As far as population, North and South Dakota are two of the bottom five states in population with only Alaska, Vermont and Wyoming having fewer people. Combining them would only move them to around number 39, between Hawaii and West Virginia. Maybe pick a new capital, or maybe just alternate every other session in Bismark and one in Pierre. Let the people of Dakota sort it out.