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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 24 2016, @09:41PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 24 2016, @09:41PM (#432607)

    That's the major takeaway from this election.
    The Working Class is done with Neoliberalism.
    Now, Joe Average's choice of an alternative to Clintonism seems odd to a lot of us.

    ...and the numbers this time are interesting. []
    Eligible to vote - 231,556,622
    Didn’t Vote - 96,421,324 (41.6 percent)
    So, "None of the above" outdrew everybody on the ballot.

    The tallies of those who did vote [] show that Jill got over 1 percent and Gary got over 3 percent (still not enough for federal matching funds next time around).

    If you scroll down a bit to Results by state, the 3rd party results are interesting.

    -- OriginalOwner_ []