By Chris SorensenPublished Apr 06, 2018 07:59:51A few days after the Republican National Convention ended, Virginia’s governor, Terry McAuliffe, was asked about his plans for the next few months.
The question was posed to him during a meeting of the state’s House of Delegates on Tuesday.
McAuliffe responded with a brief but clear answer: He doesn’t have plans to move the Commonwealth’s capital.
McAuliffe said he had no plans to leave Virginia, but added that he would look at moving to a new state.
As a state, Virginia does have a history of moving from one state to another.
It’s known as the “Maine Turn.”
In 1814, for instance, the colony of Maine, Maine, moved to New York after a period of independence from Britain.
A few years later, in 1836, New York joined with Massachusetts to form the United States, and Massachusetts was granted a charter to form a new country.
In 1924, the US Congress approved a bill to relocate Virginia from the Virginia coast to the Chesapeake Bay, where the state is now located.
At the time, the decision was criticized by both sides of the aisle, with Democratic President Harry Truman saying it was “a mistake” and Republicans saying it “would be a disaster.”
Virginia has had more than one move in the last 150 years.
Virginia moved to Delaware in the early 1800s, followed by Maryland in 1907, Pennsylvania in 1913, New Jersey in 1930, Virginia in 1943, and North Carolina in 1951.
That last move was led by Democratic Governor John Connally, who said he would not seek re-election in 2020 because of his role in the relocation.
“The governor will not seek reelection to his current position,” said spokeswoman Sarah Henn, who noted the governor had been in office for nearly 30 years and that he has already completed his second term.
New York is a popular destination for Virginians because of its close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the Statue of Liberty, and the state was the first to recognize New York as the state of the union in 1883.
When the US is the only nation in the world without a permanent capital, people typically take their businesses to a place where the infrastructure is the same and where people are accustomed to using the same language and cultural practices, said Michael A. Cohen, director of the Center for American History at the University of Virginia.
Because of this, Virginia is a good place to be a start-up.
Cohen noted that Virginians have a wide variety of cultural practices that are still familiar to Americans.
“I think people who have moved here can be very welcoming, because they don’t see the need to take any of their business to a particular place,” he said.
And it is also not a big city.
Vermont is the smallest state, and New York is the largest, with New York City and other big cities like Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles occupying more of the landscape.
But, Virginia has one of the smallest populations in the country, with about 6.5 million people.
Some argue that moving Virginia to a more urban location is the way to go, as it would be less expensive and less disruptive.
But others, including Virginia’s attorney general, who is the Republican nominee in 2020, argue that the state shouldn’t leave a city to another, especially if it is not a popular choice.
“The state’s capital, which is a historically significant building, is a public place, and that’s not going to change,” he told The Associated Press in April.
“It would be better to move Virginia to New Orleans or San Francisco or another city that is a city that people love.
But then you have to be prepared to make a choice.
VA would be much cheaper to move, and we would have the most of the capital of any other state.”
A new city would also provide jobs, according to Cohen, because the state would be able to hire Virginia’s workforce in the cities that it would leave behind.
Many people would move to New Jersey or Pennsylvania, because those states have a large population of immigrants who can work in other industries.
But Virginia would be left behind.
“New Jersey and Pennsylvania would be great,” he added.
“We would have a lot of jobs in Virginia.
We would have an economic base.”
If the move was approved, Virginia would join states like Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi that have all moved from their capital cities to smaller towns or smaller cities, Cohen said.