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New State Senates
by David Stanowski
30 July 2019
Although the urban domination of states, facilitated by Reynolds v. Sims, was primarily implemented by the commandeering of state senates, the five states with groups currently seeking freedom for their rural areas desire a more drastic change than simply reversing Reynolds, and reclaiming their state senates; they want independence from their states! This is understandable since these states are controlled by urban areas with socialist political agendas and social-justice cultures.
There are actually several strategies that rural areas could use to obtain their freedom from the large urban areas in their state, but all of them require some degree of cooperation from these urban centers. Therefore, it is important to determine how the desired "separation" can benefit these urban areas.
For example, the group seeking freedom from New York City has determined that NYC pays more in state tax than it receives from Albany, so giving the rest of the State their independence would at least be some benefit to NYC.
Consequently, the advantages that large urban areas might receive from a "separation", as well as the amount of cooperation required from them, needs to be determined before selecting a separation strategy.
1. Split a state into self-governing autonomous regions:
The remaining state government would only handle state pension and federal issues. New York is pursuing this strategy, because it does not require Congressional approval, so it will be easier to implement.
2. Allow rural areas to form independent "special districts":
One of the key hurdles to getting approval to form a new state, within an existing state, is that the new state will receive two U.S. Senators. The new Senators will change the balance of power in the Senate. If a special district, like the District of Columbia, or Hong Kong, received independence from an existing state in return for limited representation in Congress; approval would be easier.
3. Form new states within existing states:
This process is authorized by Article IV, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution IF the existing state legislature and Congress approve it. This strategy will probably be much more difficult than the prior two for a variety of reasons, most notably that a new state will receive two U.S. Senators.
4. File a lawsuit to reverse Reynolds:
This will take several years, and a lot of money, but it will only allow a re-districting of state senates, so rural areas will still be forced to co-exist with urban centers instead of achieving independence.
5. Secede from existing states into autonomous regions or special districts:
This strategy could be used if an existing state refused to allow any other option. It would require the courage to use an "unconventional" method, and the willingness to deal with the likely retaliation.
More and more rural areas are going to start realizing that independence from their state government, and the federal government, is more valuable than the right to send representatives to their existing state legislature, and to Congress, where they are totally outnumbered anyway.
States Working on Reynolds v. Sims:
New York 1
New York 2