Western Maryland faces stiff competition to become the 51st State
By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun
A growing movement is advocating that the Western Maryland counties of Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Frederick and Carroll breakaway from the liberal Baltimore-Washington region to form a new state. But the new would-be state -- they haven't decided on a catchy name yet -- isn't only posse of counties looking to go rogue.
The western panhandle faces an uphill battle to break away from mother Maryland. The last states to successfully split were neighbors West Virginia and Virginia. And that was 150 years ago, and we were in the middle of a national civil war.