Politician Campaigns to Make ‘South California’ Into Our 51st State – TIME NewsFeed.
A California politician is proposing that his state split in half as a way to address political and logistical issues – marking yet another instance someone has proposed this idea in the Golden State.
OK, this is dumb and most likely nothing will come of it. It would benefit the GOP on the national level because California’s 55 electoral votes, pretty much guaranteed for Democrats since 1992, would be fractured.
But what an unappealing state Stone wishes to create. His proposed South California would include Riverside, Fresno, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Mono, Orange, San Bernardino, San Diego and Tulare. I have no plans to visit any of these places. I did however enjoy the “Fresno” miniseries from 1986 starring Carol Burnett, Charles Grodin, and Teri Garr.