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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 davefx on Friday November 25 2016, @05:32AM

    by davefx (1749) on Friday November 25 2016, @05:32AM (#432755)

    Catalonia currently shouldn't secede from Spain because there doesn't exist that super-majority of residents wanting to be out of Spain.

    Nevertheless, this problem shouldn't be seen in a simplistic way as rights. For example: let's suppose that a territory, after being benefitted by a central government to become an industry and commerce center for decades with low taxes, high-level infrastructures, and having received immigration from other places in the country without those benefits... decides to secede from the rest of the country, as they are very rich, and other parts of the country are poor and they don't want to support them.

    I can't see that as fair under any point of view...