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pudge's Journal: No New States? 16

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It's been almost 50 years since we've had a new state.

We are, as of a few years ago, in the longest period of time without a new state entering the Union. From Arizona's entrance in 1912 to Alaska's in 1959 was just under 47 years. The last state to enter was Hawaii, also in 1959.

Will we ever have a new state?

Cross-posted on <pudge/*>.

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No New States?

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  • You're implying that the US needs more states?

    What would be heaps better for the US (and the rest of the world) would be to split it up into 5 or 6 separate countries.

    • by pudge (3605) * Works for Slashdot

      A "non-issue"? What are you babbling about?

      You're implying that the US needs more states?

      No. If I meant to imply that, I would have been quite clear.

      What would be heaps better for the US (and the rest of the world) would be to split it up into 5 or 6 separate countries.

      How would that be good for the U.S.? And why should I care whether it is good for "the rest of the world"? (I don't.)

  • by mwlewis (794711) on Sunday January 11, 2009 @09:06AM (#26406821)
    I think we should just admit the inevitable and annex Mexico. Of course, then we'll still have problems with the rest of Central America, so maybe we should just go all the way.
  • Maybe - I could see it going either way.

  • Seven years ago, we had the state of overspending. Last year, we had the state of denial. Now we have the state of recession.
  • by RailGunner (554645) * on Sunday January 11, 2009 @06:08PM (#26410277) Journal
    I mean, we wouldn't want to make an even bigger liar out of Obama, would we? I mean, the idiot already thinks there's 57 states, with a few more to go... [youtube.com]
  • Australia was looking close, but our recent change of Government will have put that off a while.
  • Puerto Rico voted on statehood just a few years ago, and decided against it. About the only way we're getting a new state is if a terrirory votes to become a state.

  • It will happen soon or not very soon.

    New states shift the balance of electoral power so one party or the other is always going to be against them purely on a practical, numbers basis. Unless we can get two at once, or change the way we vote for presidents, I don't really think it's likely that there will be any new states in the foreseeable future (~2 decades). One exception might be D.C.; with the democrats in charge of just about everything there's a chance for D.C. statehood in the next few years, but if

  • Don't give them any ideas. They already want to make Washington DC a state..

  • Pudge, my apologies for this off-topic post in your journal but I've wanted to ask this question of a conservative voice for quite awhile.

    Why is it that we haven't heard a lot from the Conservative legal community regarding Reynolds v. Sims [wikipedia.org]? If you aren't familiar with it it was a SCOTUS ruling back in the 60s that imposed "one man, one vote" on State Legislative districts. Prior to this ruling most States drew the districts for their Upper House geographically -- similar to the way that the US Senate ope

    • by pudge (3605) * Works for Slashdot

      I don't know much about it, but it's not too surprising given the Court at the time. And yes, it has resulted in precisely what some people were afraid of: for example, Washington state is completely dominated by Seattle/King County (which has about a third of our population).

      • by Shakrai (717556)

        for example, Washington state is completely dominated by Seattle/King County (which has about a third of our population).

        It's the same here unfortunately. New York City (42.8% of the population) completely dominates New York politics. Upstate (37.5%) has no voice at all. Not a single statewide office is held by an Upstater and we just lost our last remaining voice when the Democrats took over the State Senate.

        More than anything on the Federal level it's this imbalance in my own state that eventually wind up disillusioning me with the Democratic Party. I did some research into the matter and came up with the Sims ruling.

        • by pudge (3605) * Works for Slashdot

          Yeah. The problem is that much of the Constitution, most particularly the Bill of Rights, but also the composition of the Senate and the Electoral College and the Judiciary, exist to stand up AGAINST the concept of "majority rules." Democracy -- where everyone has a voice in everything and the majority wins -- is Bad.

  • Puerto Rico...

    American Samoa...

    US Virgin Islands...

    ?

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