FUNNY, I WAS JUST TALKING ABOUT THIS WITH SOMEONE FROM ROCHESTER: How high taxes and regulation are killing one of the most prosperous states in the nation. “The difference is that upstate New York is tethered to New York City, whose residents overwhelmingly support higher taxes, stricter regulation and bigger spending than the national averages. Those policies are blamed for upstateā€™s economic woes by many in the region.”

You know, although the “one-man-one-vote” formula of Baker v. Carr may have been required by the 14th amendment (emphasis on the “may”) I wonder if such domination of entire states by the population of a geographically small urban area (something you also see in places like Illinois, California, and Washington State) doesn’t violate the guaranty clause, justifying action by Congress. Back when states could — like the federal government — apportion one of their houses geographically as opposed to by population, there was more protection against tyranny of the majority. But now people who live quite differently can intrusively govern the lives of people who, because of the density of urban areas, can’t do anything about it.