Split would occur at Cascade Range, proposals similar to this have all failed
Spokane Valley state representatitves Matt Shea and Bob McCaslin along with Republican rep. David Taylor of Moxee have proposed to split Eastern Washington off from the rest of the state and rename it Liberty, the Spokesman-Review reports.
This isn’t anything new in Washington lawmaking, a similar proposal was proposed in the state legislature in 2015, 2005, 1991, 1985 and 1915. But all have been shot down.
If the state were to split up, it couldn’t be done just in the Washington legislature. It would have to have the US President and Congress do something, but Congress has not created a new state since it carved out West Virginia during the Civil War.
California and Texas have also had measures to split up, but those have failed too.
The new proposal for Liberty suggests the state splits at the Cascade Range.
The first time this split was suggested it was in 1915 when Spokane Republican Sen. Richard Hutchinson proposed it in the legislature.
The Spokesman-Review said in their article that for much of the state’s history there has been a political rift between the urban west and the rural east, which has become more pronounced in the past 30 years. The counties east of the Cascades have voted Republican for president, governor and Congress while counties on the west lead Democratic.
Washington State has had a Democratic Governor since 1985, and has had its electoral votes go Democratic since 1988. Both Washington senators have been Democrats since 2001.