We already have two Dakotas and two Carolinas.That was tried and failed ... too many old money interests ... also now the split needs to be rural versus city ... more west coast VS EAST INTERIOR ... NPR seeks to foil the Electoral College:
Why not two Californias -- one north, the other south?
That state is way too big for its own good.
Shipping out retiring lefties , refugees from Syria/Somalia illegal alien MS13 from Guatemala to the hinterland ...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2fzox5JLGcRemembering Hemingway in central Idahohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1f5ueHLWPEMcCall , Idaho https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7t7cGwN7_0B-52's Private Idaho https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnpEf9Dd0yINorthern Exposure - Burning Down The Househttp://www.npr.org/2017/02/14/512875545/leaving-urban-areas-for-the-political-homogeneity-of-rural-townsLeaving Urban Areas For The Political Homogeneity Of Rural TownsFebruary 14, 2017
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It became clear in the last election
that a stark division existed between urban and rural areas
. In places such as north Idaho, people with similar political stripes have begun seeking each other out.
When Adrien Koch retired last summer from her job with FEMA in the Bay Area, she and her husband resettled in the wooded mountains of north Idaho
. They had visited only a few months before on a vacation but had quickly fallen in love. For Koch, Idaho reminded her of the California she knew in the 1970s.
Since then, northen Idaho counties like Kootenai have seen their population double
. Even as late as 2015, the census shows that more than a quarter of all new residents moving to the state still came from California
The idea that like-minded people like to live together and in some cases are seeking one another out is being put in renewed focus in the wake of the divisive 2016 presidential election.
This is regardless of whether it's in the more conservative rural areas or liberal cities.The rural vote in the Electoral College played a key role in the surprise election of Donald Trump
The Electoral College is weighted disproportionately to rural
, now mostly red states like Idaho. So if you're a conservative and you move up to Idaho from California, your vote has nearly twice as much impact.
This is not lost on people like C.J. Buck, who picked up and moved his entire business — Buck Knives — from Southern California a few years back.
Buck says his family manufacturing business — they make hunting knives mostly — decided to leave the Golden State because business costs (primarily taxes and workers comp premiums) were getting too high. And they didn't have to be there, he says.
Reed also moved here from California, albeit in 1956. She recalls how north Idaho was once the country's top silver producer and union Democrats once ruled up until the late 1980s
."The lumber mills are all gone, the mines are shuttered down, we do not have labor unions that are active," she says
Today, Kootenai County doesn't have a single Democrat in an elected office.
"We're very, very white up here," she says. Kootenai County is 95 percent white according to the most recent census, compared with much of California today, where whites are in the minority.
She insists race plays a factor in some people's decisions to move up here.
"No question the white flight is to flee from a multi-racial situation into one into in which everybody looks the same," she says. "It's very dull."
The couple thinks this is a safer place to raise kids than the city they moved from in California. And they like the politics, too. Luis says Idaho is more live and let live.
"The laws are just way too strict compared to up here," he says. "Here you can actually practice your amendment. A lot of people like the freedom
A gun owner, Luis says that even he was surprised when he first walked into a store here and saw someone openly carrying and it was no big deal. In California he says, someone would call the cops right away.
| - - - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coeur_d'Alene,_IdahoCoeur d'Alene
(Listeni/ˌkɔər dəˈleɪn/ KORR də-LAYN) is the largest city and county seat of Kootenai County, Idaho
, United States. It is the principal city of the Coeur d'Alene Metropolitan Statistical Area.
As of the 2010 census, the population of Coeur d'Alene was 44,137
. The city is about 30 mi (48 km) east of the larger Spokane, Washington
, of which it is a satellite.
After the 2010 Census, the two metropolitan areas were merged into a single Combined Statistical Area, with a population of 679,989. Coeur d'Alene is the largest city in northern Idaho Panhandle
. The city is situated on the north shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene
, 25-mile (40 km) in length. Locally, Coeur d'Alene is known as the "Lake City," or simply called by its initials: "CDA".