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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: 1) by khallow on Thursday November 24 2016, @03:53AM

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Thursday November 24 2016, @03:53AM (#432265) Journal
    We'll just recycle the Brexit arguments with the appropriate substitutions. I'll just note that at least Brexit was the result of long standing grudges between the UK and the EU.

    In California we have a group calling for secession just because a candidate they didn't like won. It's spur of the moment (they were fine with things until Trump won), ill-thought, and put forward by people who are currently driving California into the ground. Systemic ills like the public pensions mess, water mismanagement, and the stranglehold of environmentalism on California economic matters will bankrupt the state sooner or later.

    But having California secede from the US would allow the rest of us to care a lot less about what happens to California.