Some in the GOP want to repeal Amendment 17 to the US Constitution that enables direct election by the people of US Senators. They argue that direct election is a strike against states’ rights. In fact, the election of Senators by state legislatures was a very corrupt process because members of state legislatures were easily bribed. In truth, the GOP cannot gerrymander state lines as they can Congressional districts. I believe that is why they are opposed to direct election of US Senators.
However, never say die. At this time backed by Koch brothers’ money, there is an effort in California to enable an initiative to split California vertically into a Democratic coast and a Republican interior. In the past, there has been talk of splitting California horizontally into north and south. It never happened and this attempt by the Kochs will fail.