Re: 51st state
If they want to be, I'd be OK with it. They keep failing it by a few percentage points. I think it was 49% to join the U.S. the last few times. They enjoy the tax perks, apparently, but like the idea in principle.
Camazotz: Virginia, along with Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Massachusetts (I think that's it) are considered commonwealths. I think that's what you're getting to.
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