Secession

A hypothetical map of the state of Idaho, expanded by annexing a large portion fo Oregon. The map is emblazoned with the words “Greater Idaho.”

The Nation's Most Advanced Secessionist Movement

Legislation supporting the Greater Idaho Movement, which would annex over half of neighboring Oregon, has advanced in the Idaho legislature.

March 22, 2023 - FOX News

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Texas Legislator Proposes ‘District of Austin’

A conservative lawmaker wants to dissolve the state’s capital city, saying officials there have ‘failed the city’ with too-liberal policies.

November 22, 2022 - Houston Chronicle

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Voters Reject Atlanta-Area Cityhood Proposals

After local activists whipped up concerns about forced density to promote cityhood for three wealthy Atlanta suburbs, residents voted to remain in unincorporated Cobb County.

May 27, 2022 - Bloomberg CityLab

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Déjà Vu: Republican Legislators Flee From Capitol to Stall Climate Bill

Republican state lawmakers repeated a tactic they successfully deployed last summer to prevent the passage of a bill that would have made Oregon the second state, after California, to place a price on carbon emissions from most economic sectors.

March 2, 2020 - The Washington Post

Breaking Up Stockbridge; Georgia Looks to Make a New, Richer Suburb

Vikki Consiglio wants to create “high-end” town, leaving debt and poorer residents behind.

June 30, 2018 - Bloomberg Business

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New York Towns Consider Secession, Cite Fracking Ban

Concerned about their economic fate, several upstate New York towns have expressed interest in joining Pennsylvania instead.

March 8, 2015 - Talking Points Memo

Tallahassee's Climate Apathy Drives South Florida Secession Movement

South Miami, population 11,657, has had enough with the Florida legislature's intransigence at combatting climate change, so it has launched a secession movement for 24 southern counties to secede from the northern part of the state.

October 24, 2014 - Sun Sentinel

Ballot Initiative Would Split California into Fractals

It’s a surreal response to a surreal proposal: How many different ways can California be divided?

April 1, 2014 - Planetizen April 1st Edition

Urban-Rural Rift in Colorado Results in Secession Vote

Come November, 11 of Colorado's 64 counties, mostly in northeast, will vote to form a new state. Jack Healy explores what's behind the 51st State Initiative, what set it off, as well as other secession movements, mostly by rural areas in the U.S.

October 10, 2013 - The New York Times - U.S.

California County Votes to Secede

Dissatisfied with state regulation and feeling that rural interests go unrepresented, the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors voted this week in favor of leaving the Golden State to create a state called Jefferson.

September 6, 2013 - The Los Angeles Times

What Would an Independent Republic of Texas Look Like?

With mockumentary-style coverage, NPR's John Burnett imagines the trials of a state's secession.

April 2, 2012 - NPR

Friday Funny: Man Encourages Neighborhood to Secede

Jim Massey of East Pennsboro Township, Pennsylvania is unhappy about plans to build a new apartment complex in his neighborhood, so he's encouraging his neighbors to secede from East Pennsboro and join a nearby town.

September 17, 2010 - WGAL.com

Long Island Considers Plan to Become 51st State

In an effort to highlight the disparity between generated revenue and received state funding, officials in Long Island have proposed a six-months study to weigh the benefits of seceding from New York to become the nation's 51st state.

April 1, 2008 - Newsday

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