Delegating Denver #11 of 56: District of Columbia

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Total Number of Delegates: 37 Pledged: 15 Unpledged: 22

How to Recognize a District of Columbia Delegate: Harry Truman said that if you want a friend in Washington, D.C., get a dog. John F. Kennedy said that D.C. is a town of southern efficiency and northern charm. Bill Clinton said that Washington, D.C., is Hollywood for ugly people. Every other American says that people who live inside the Beltway are out of touch with the rest of the country. Of course, each of these observations is true, and all of them provide the important clues needed to identify the D.C. delegate. The District of Columbia is a misanthropic metropolis that is both cosmopolitan and conservative. Delegates will avoid eye contact when out on the street, but they are judiciously cordial in areas that require them to wear name tags. DCers aren't interested in current fashion trends, preferring poly-blend styles in any color of gray, with little-to-no pattern or printed design save for the embroidered initials of federal or district agencies.

Famous DCers: Comedic correspondent Mo Rocca, comedic chestnut Roy "Hee Haw" Clark, Maury Povich, William Hurt, Samuel L. Jackson, John Philip Sousa, Duke Ellington, Marvin Gaye, Henry Rollins, Fugazi frontman Ian MacKaye, DJ Spooky, and DJ Cool

Famous District of Columbia Democrats: Internet inventor and global-warming scold Al Gore, TV talking head and current "shadow" representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, John F. Kennedy Jr. and current mayor Adrian Fenty

Famous DCers With Denver Connections: ’68-’69 Denver Broncos running back "Galaxy" Garrett Ford, and Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library manager Gwendolyn Crenshaw

District Nicknames: Washington, D.C. (official), Federal City, Capitol City, Inside the Beltway, Dream City, Drama City, District of Corruption and District of Clowns (unofficial) Population: 581,530 Racial Distribution: 31% white, 57% black, 3% Asian, 0% Native American, 9% Hispanic Per Capita Personal Income:$47,659 Unemployment: 7%

Recommendations for District of Columbia Delegates:

Most DCer Denver Neighborhood: Five Points

Most DCer Bar: The Fillmore Auditorium 1510 Clarkson Street Denver's answer to the 9:30 Club, D.C.'s most prolific music venue, only the Fillmore Auditorium holds three times more people.

Most DCer Restaurant: Blue Bonnet 457 South Broadway A DCer will feel right at home among the diverse clientele but blissfully far from D.C. when they eat the authentic Mexican food that they crave and cannot find inside the Beltway.

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Best Day Trip: Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre From the reflecting pools between the Lincoln and Washington monuments to the nineteen-foot Duncan Phyfe chair at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. and V Street in Anacostia, D.C.’s many landmarks are highlighted in the broad vistas of Pierre Charles L'Enfant's spectacular street plan. DCers who have grown accustomed to living in a landscape of monuments will be amazed to see that at Denver's most important landmark, the natural landscape is the monument. Red Rocks Park Amphitheatre is owned and operated by the City of Denver and is, without a doubt, the most important piece of architecture in the state of Colorado. This magnificent structure was designed by Denver native Burnham Hoyt and was built by the workers of the Civilian Conservation Corps between 1936 and 1941 with funds provided by Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal program. The amphitheatre houses a Visitor Center, where DCers can vote to induct their favorite musicians into the Red Rocks Performers’ Hall of Fame. And to prove to friends back in D.C. that life does exist outside the Beltway, the neighboring Red Rocks Trading Post carries the best Denver souvenirs in the state.

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Sean Cronin