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From: Marci (marcinmin) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostOct-23 10:13 AM 
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to West Virginia. They should be careful what they wish for

NYT:

The proposal to join West Virginia seems destined to go nowhere. But it has tapped into deep-seated feelings of alienation in western Maryland, a mountainous panhandle wedged against the Mason-Dixon line.

More than 150 years after Maryland stuck with the Union, the state is facing a peculiar request by its three westernmost counties to secede.

Lawmakers from the counties — Garrett, Allegany and Washington — say their rural, conservative constituents have long been fed up with their overwhelmingly liberal and Democratic fellow Marylanders. They say they have more in common with the folks on the other side of the country road in neighboring West Virginia.

The secession plan was floated by six Republican lawmakers from the counties who wrote a letter to Republican legislative leaders in West Virginia this month asking whether their counties could join that state. “We believe this arrangement may be mutually beneficial for both states and for our local constituencies,” they wrote. “Please advise on next steps.”

 
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