Vintage Welcome to Arizona, Grand Canyon State, Sign

If you're a political lefty, that sign in the picture above is a lie! That's why the liberals of southern Arizona's Pima County want to start a new state of their own, a little haven they're calling Baja Arizona. The new entity would encompass basically just Tucson, give or take some desert, and the Democrat-heavy region is petitioning for this two-state solution to be added to next November's ballots. When that goal is met, the next step is for modern-day Arizona's conservative majority to go to the polls and select, "No. What? I don't at all think the liberals should create the country's 51st state and put two free Democrats in the U.S. Senate. Why would you even ask me that?"

Now, I'm not going to sit here and lie to you about knowing all sorts of things about Arizona's geopolitical history — I've never to my knowledge met anyone from the place, let alone seen it for myself — but that's why the world has Reuters to explain what's the matter with Pima County:

The modern concept of Baja Arizona dates back to 1965, according to Hugh Holub, a local attorney widely credited with coining the term that year during anti-war protests at the University of Arizona. He supports the current effort. ... But a more historical precedent can be found in Arizona's origins as a U.S. territory, more than half a century before statehood was granted in 1912. The northern bulk of Arizona was ceded by Mexico to the United States in 1848, six years before the lower portion of the territory, south of the Gila River, was separately acquired in 1854 under the Gadsden Purchase.

"It should have been its own state from the get-go," Holub said.

In addition to sounding like something from Taco Bell's dollar menu, Baja Arizona would "exceed Rhode Island, Delaware, Connecticut, and New Jersey in land mass and surpass several other states in population, including Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, [and] the Dakotas." Can our liberal friends baking in the American Southwest pull this off? Of course not, but if they collect 48,000 signatures by June 5, 2012, the issue will at least make it onto state ballots (and cable-news teleprompters) before going nowhere. 

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Commentarium (15 Comments)

May 10 11 - 6:42pm
Nymphadora

Can Austin please split off from the rest of Texas and become our own state? I am often ashamed of what is done outside my city limits...

May 10 11 - 7:26pm
DraperFan

I'm pretty sure Houston would love to jump on that idea as well.

May 11 11 - 10:23am
EPkid

.....El Paso seconds that motion.

May 11 11 - 12:28pm
WTX

Must only be talking about the city proper, Draper, because the Houston 'burbs are some of the most conservative places in the country.

May 15 11 - 12:04am
Tracker

they'll try to include those as well because they're some of the richest areas in Houston and they'll want the money.

May 10 11 - 8:48pm
md

This is the gayest reason I've ever heard to start a new state.

May 10 11 - 9:02pm
M

umm... that's probably the point.

May 10 11 - 9:03pm
twobits

I live in Pima County, and I'm sad to say that many of the college-kid liberals don't understand the cost of becoming a separate state.

May 10 11 - 10:18pm
Ash

Not as crazy as those who wanted Texas to be its own separate COUNTRY. Talk about not understanding the costs.
Texas wanted to be a state from the beginning, people conveniently forget that the reason was the U.S. didn't think it was the right time, and we were basically rejected.
Born and raised Texan BTW.

May 10 11 - 11:53pm
Appears To Be

There's always talk of California splitting into two states

May 11 11 - 12:25pm
Hank

Let's all be our own state so we don't have to deal with people we disagree with. Then every state will have the same population and be equal and the electoral college thing won't matter anymore.

May 11 11 - 4:05pm
Starz&Stripez

Fitting 310 million stars onto the US flag might be problematic, and that's before you consider the stars that would be on there illegally.

May 11 11 - 7:54pm
LAP

Nerve needs a "like" feature!

May 11 11 - 1:43pm
Ziggy

Thanks to gerrymandering, isn't this the de-facto standard anyway?

May 11 11 - 5:11pm
Danielle Gibson

Sounds like Montreal wanting to be it's own country- UNLIKELY.