Governing the District of Columbia
A quick thought that occurred to me recently is that someone could probably write an interesting article on how Congress governed the District of Columbia from its creation in 1800 until Home Rule was established in the 1970s. The District (along with the territories) was one place where Congress did possess a police power. How was that power exercised? Were certain regulations justified as fine in the District but not elsewhere based on the police power distinction? In going through the Annual Messages of the Presidents, I noticed that they often talked about issues in the District as deserving of Congress’s attention. Anyway, I may post more about this in the coming weeks.
UPDATE: Consider that Marbury v. Madison, Bolling v. Sharpe, Adkins, and Heller were all cases arising out of municipal regulations in the the District. I’m trying to think of other examples.