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Like California, these other states have tried to break themselves apart

As Silicon Valley VC king Tim Draper hammers away at his uphill battle to convince Californians to break up their state into three smaller states, it’s a good time to see what other Americans have done across the country with  similar set-us-free campaigns.
Draper, 59, said such a  move would improve the state by making it run more efficiently with less top-heavy bureaucracy mucking things up. He claims education, safety, infrastructure and health care would all improve.
With the help of Wikipedia, the Smithsonian and various news reports, here are just a few of the more than a dozen states where similar slice-and-dice attempts were made:

Nebraska: In 1854, then-acting governor and politically connected Thomas Cuming tried to declare Omaha the territory of Nebraska’s capital, essentially proposing the creation of a South Nebraska alongside the original Nebraska. Nebraskans living in the southern of the state hated the idea and asked Congress to intervene. The north-south debate was eventually sidelined once the Civil War began to rage.
Montana el al: A 1939 secessionist movement came up with the big idea to create a new state of Absaroka. Why the name? Well, the new state would be slapped together by taking portions of Montana, adjacent areas of Wyoming, Nebraska and parts of North and South Dakota. Sort of a bureaucratic Frankenstein. The idea was fueled by local opposition to New Deal politics and folks who figured a new state would trigger tourism in the region.
New Jersey: In 1980, a non-binding referendum to partition the state was passed by several counties in southern New Jersey. That’s as far as it went.
New York: The great state of NY has actually seen a half-dozen attempts by its citizens to see if breaking up really is hard to do. One of the more colorful campaigns took place from 2007 to 2009 when Long Island residents played around with the secession idea after feeling their tax dollars were not being used to fund programs in their counties. Proposals were made for the entire island (Kings, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk counties) and for just the two suburban counties (Nassau and Suffolk).
Oregon/California: In 1941, counties in southwestern Oregon joined counties of Northern California to call for secession and to become the State of Jefferson. The movement was spawned by residents of mostly rural communities who felt they were being ignored by political leaders in more urban areas. While the effort to break away eventually fizzled, you can see “Welcome to Jefferson” signs throughout that swath of the neighboring states to this day.

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