Just last month, Henry Joy, a Republican state legislator who represents the northern Maine town of Island Falls, proposed legislation to split Maine into two states. He cited a series of irreconcilable geographic differences between Maine's rural north and more settled south. There is a certain logic to Joy's position. For example, recreation in the north includes hunting and snowmobiling, whereas southerners tend to be more interested in Shakespeare festivals and weekend antiquing.
Joy has pitched this idea several times over the last 13 years, getting media attention every time.
One recurring hangup has been choosing names for the new states. Joy wants to call the upper half "Maine," forcing the lower half to find a new name for itself--he disdainfully suggests "Northern Massachusetts." More conciliatory advocates suggest letting the south keep "Maine" and calling the north "Acadia."
Courtsey Michael Trinklein