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posted by martyb on Wednesday November 23 2016, @05:25PM   Printer-friendly
from the you-can-go-your-own-way-♩♫♩♫ dept.

Supporters of a plan for California to secede from the union took their first formal step Monday morning, submitting a proposed ballot measure to the state attorney general's office in the hopes of a statewide vote as soon as 2018.

Marcus Ruiz Evans, the vice president and co-founder of Yes California, said his group had been planning to wait for a later election, but the presidential election of Donald Trump sped up the timeline.

"We're doing it now because of all of the overwhelming attention," Evans said.

The Yes California group has been around for more than two years, Evans said. It is based around California taxpayers paying more money to the federal government than the state receives in spending, that Californians are culturally different from the rest of the country, and that national media and organizations routinely criticize Californians for being out of step with the rest of the U.S. 

Could California go it alone?


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  • (Score: 2) by hemocyanin on Thursday November 24 2016, @03:43AM

    by hemocyanin (186) on Thursday November 24 2016, @03:43AM (#432261) Journal

    Amend the Constitution to make Unilateral secession allowable. No need for Civil War again.

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  • (Score: 2) by opinionated_science on Thursday November 24 2016, @12:50PM

    by opinionated_science (4031) on Thursday November 24 2016, @12:50PM (#432364)

    then again, now the California has legalized "pot", perhaps all the federal govt has to do is recognize this federally....and perhaps raise a lot more funds for all the other whacky programs...

    The whole secession thing is a bit like the "brexit before the vote" type media spin.

    I'll be there in a few weeks for a business trip, I look forward to the conversations in the bars...