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Could California be broken into six states?
It could if Tim Draper gets his way. The venture capitalist is pushing for a ballot initiative that would break the Golden State into six smaller states! He says:
"Vast parts of our state are poorly served by a representative government…
[They] would be better served by six smaller state governments."
Mr. Draper thinks California is so big it's ungovernable. He makes an interesting point. Not even Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger was able to fix the state's financial problems.
But does the measure have a chance of passing? It seems unlikely, especially given that proud, voting Californians will be asked to concede that their state is a failure. Political analyst Matt David says:
"California is as diverse geographically as it demographically, but ultimately we all take pride in the fact that we are Californians. Diluting that identity between six states will never happen."
Besides, all those maps would have to be redrawn, and we'd have to figure out how it would affect the national election process. It sounds pretty complicated.
And seeing as it takes months of paperwork to put in a backyard pool, we're guessing it won't be happening any time soon.