Texas Gov. Rick Perry raised a few eyebrows this spring with comments that were intrepeted as a secession threat. In brief, he said: "We’ve got a great union. There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that."
Lawmakers in Texas and Georgia have also uttered that "s" word. More importantly, however, a number of other states have reignited the issue of federal control vs. states’ rights. It is a valid issue and one that Politico frames in this interesting article.