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California Dreaming

Conservatives are concerned that tech billionaire Tim Draper's proposal to split California into three states would put more Democrats in the U.S. Senate,  but there’s no constitutional requirement that all of the new jurisdictions be admitted as states. They could just as easily be admitted into association with the United States on the same basis as Guam or Palau are, thus adding no Democrats to the Senate.

Is One California Really Enough?

Steven Greenhut, The American Spectator

Californians have been arguing about their state boundaries since it was admitted into the union in 1850. There have been more than 200 efforts since then to rearrange its boundaries, which were the product of happenstance and greed (the desire to grab as many of the gold fields as possible). It’s fine to try it again, but the reason for any current break up has to be clear. It’s not only to create smaller, more geographically compatible portions. It’s to give the state’s more conservative regions a chance to unyoke themselves from the liberal Democrats who have complete control of the place.