The U. S. Census Bureau released new population data revealing that Florida has passed New York in population. The most populous states are now (1) California (2) Texas (3) Florida (4) New York. [Read more…]
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.
The Civil War established the principle that states are not allowed to secede from the Union. But it also established the principle that counties can secede from a state. West Virginia was formed when certain counties in Virginia refused to go along with the rest of the state in joining the Confederacy.
That has been the only time a state split up, though there have been other attempts to do so, which, if they had succeeded would have given us states named Shasta, Chesapeake, Absaroka, West Florida, Texlahoma, Montezuma, Rough and Ready, and Yazoo.
Today there are secession movements–usually rural conservatives wanting to break away from the dominance of urban liberals–in Maryland, Michigan, Colorado, and California. (The Maryland breakaway would be called Augusta. The one in California would be Jefferson. Does anyone now what the others in California and Michigan would be called?) [Read more…]