A measure that proposes to split California into six states–since the one has so much diversity that it is “ungovernable”–is actually making headway, with officials giving permission to start getting signatures on a petition to put it to a vote. They only need just over 800,000 signatures. I’d think they could get that in California. The six states would be Silicon Valley, South California, West California, Central California, North California, and Jefferson (in the northernmost part of the state).
I’m curious about the constitutional ramifications of this project. Can states just split apart like that, and if they do, would the U.S. Congress have to accept them into the union? I guess secession is pretty much out of the question, thanks to the Civil War. But if California were to split into six states, this would give the region 12 senators, probably from 8 to 10 of whom would be Democrats. If this happens, Republicans might need to talk Texas into a similar division.