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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 mendax on Thursday November 24 2016, @05:42AM

    by mendax (2840) on Thursday November 24 2016, @05:42AM (#432296)

    It was said by a senator from South Carolina in 1861 that South Carolina was too small to be a country and too large to be an insane asylum. California is large enough to be a country in its own right, and one of the most prosperous on Earth, and succession is definitely not an insane idea when the federalism fails it. However, I think succession is a bad idea because, like it or not, the United States is much stronger together than it is separate nations. The Donald being the president is more a statement by the electorate that the country needs to go in a different direction than a statement that he would make a good president. It's a virtual certainty he will be perhaps the worst we've had... and we've had several incredibly incompetent ones (no, I'm not naming names but if you know your history you know who they are).

    It's really quite a simple choice: Life, Death, or Los Angeles.
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