Yesterday, in an interview on MSNBC, former Pima County Democratic Party Chair Paul Eckerstrom declared his desire for the county to split from the rest of Arizona to form their own state.
This isn’t a notion new to the United States. California has proposed dividing into two states dozens of times. As Washington has become more liberal in the west, and more conservative in the east, division has come up more frequently. Within Washington, King County (with liberal Seattle to the west, and conservative towns to the east) has discussed division.
All told, at least 36 of the current states have proposed various forms of partition into multiple states.
So how serious is this latest proposal? When one considers that the United States has had only one state divided in over two centuries, it’s hard to believe that this is likely to occur. These proposals are typically little more than publicity stunts. It’s hard for me to believe that this is any different.