n response to an ongoing conflict over electronic bingo and other kinds of gambling, at least one legislator in Alabama's Seventh Congressional District--which includes part of the state's "Black Belt"--are discussing the possibility of seceding from Alabama and forming a new state. Residents of the district, over 60% of whom are African-American, claim that they are being slighted by the state government. The secession question speaks to a larger question: Does the United States have the right number of states? Should we have more?
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