From time to time the media will report on the latest advocacy by folks in the Upper Peninsula for secession from Michigan and formation of a new State. The idea has always been that the UP does not get enough love and attention from the trolls under the bridge (Mackinac, that is). Imagine the surprise to see in today's Detroit News that a proposal will be unveiled this coming week for secession down in Southeast Michigan. The geography involved? Belle Isle in the Detroit River:
"Private investors buy the island from a near-bankrupt Detroit for $1 billion. It then would secede from Michigan to become a semi-independent commonwealth like Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands." http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130112/BIZ/301120319#ixzz2HleYQe9z
An interesting idea. With, as the article points out, no political traction. Just exactly how would the United States of America and the State of Michigan constitutionally and legally allow such a secession to occur? Perhaps the report will contain an illuminating legal analysis.