Nothing but crazy martinis today and the last one is a lot of fun! Join Jim and Greg today as they try to understand how bumbling figures like Lev Parnas ended up as Rudy Giuliani’s key operatives in Ukraine. They also shake their heads as Iowa Democrats plan to release three separate results from the caucuses next month, possibly giving multiple candidates the chance to claim victory. And they examine West Virginia’s offer for second amendment friendly counties in Virginia to switch states, leading Jim and Greg to wonder how the map would look if counties could jump to other states they find more ideologically similar.

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There are 6 comments.

  1. WilliamDean Coolidge

    Sorry, Jim. States are sovereign, not counties or towns. If a county in Virginia becomes a county in West Virginia, it will be because of the state of Virginia’s decision, not the county’s.

    So no free agency, but this does not preclude a trade market.

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    • January 16, 2020, at 1:44 PM PST
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  2. Jim Wright Coolidge

    WilliamDean (View Comment):

    Sorry, Jim. States are sovereign, not counties or towns. If a county in Virginia becomes a county in West Virginia, it will be because of the state of Virginia’s decision, not the county’s.

    So no free agency, but this does not preclude a trade market.

    On the other hand, West Virginia was created out of a constitutional dispute in 1863, so they have first-hand experience proving it possible.

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    • January 16, 2020, at 2:26 PM PST
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  3. Arahant Member

    Each state would have to enact a constitutional change allowing it, and then each free agency period, they would have to vote to approve or disapprove.

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    • January 16, 2020, at 2:41 PM PST
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  4. WilliamDean Coolidge

    Jim Wright (View Comment):

    WilliamDean (View Comment):

    Sorry, Jim. States are sovereign, not counties or towns. If a county in Virginia becomes a county in West Virginia, it will be because of the state of Virginia’s decision, not the county’s.

    So no free agency, but this does not preclude a trade market.

    On the other hand, West Virginia was created out of a constitutional dispute in 1863, so they have first-hand experience proving it possible.

    Special case: Virginia, having seceded, no longer had its sovereignty legally protected by the Constitution.

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    • January 16, 2020, at 4:15 PM PST
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  5. Kim K. Member
    Kim K. Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Jim, your idea has been thoroughly explored here.

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    • January 16, 2020, at 7:49 PM PST
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  6. Taras Coolidge

    “Jim and Greg … try to understand how bumbling figures like Lev Parnas ended up as Rudy Giuliani’s key operatives in Ukraine.”

    The mystery is solved if Giuliani saw them as confidential informants, normally a raffish, even criminal bunch.

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    • January 17, 2020, at 9:04 PM PST
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