The "State of Jefferson" secessionist underground has been going for years, complete with an (apparently pirate) radio station.
It's a sign of the times that it's becoming mainstream in the local governments. Hurrah!
California has several regions that really don't fit well with the urban-based power structure that runs the state government. Among them are the central valley farming areas, which happen to contain the state capitol (though they'd be a solidly "Red State" while the capitol is solidly "Blue"). It might be nice to split it into more than two states.
Texas, on the other hand, was an independent nation that joined the US by treaty. I understand one of the terms of the treaty was that Texas could, in the future at its option, split into five smaller states, each of which would have full state status, explicitly including two Senators apiece.
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The upper Michigan / Northeastern Wisconsin "State of Superior" movement has been surfacing intermittently since 1858, as well. I hear there have been similar recent calls for secession in Michigan. I wonder if it's the same proposal mainstreaming there as well.
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"Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job."
That means: For each job "created or saved" about five were destroyed.
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