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posted by mrpg on Friday April 13 2018, @11:41PM   Printer-friendly
from the divide-et-impera dept.

Third time's the charm:

A California technology billionaire said on Thursday that his longtime and perhaps quixotic effort to partition the Golden State into multiple new states could soon be put before voters.

Venture capitalist Tim Draper said he had gathered about 600,000 signatures on a petition to put his proposal to divide California on the November ballot, more than the 366,000 needed to qualify. It is his third attempt to get voters to weigh in on his call to break up the most populous U.S. state.

Draper, who in 2014 and 2016 failed in his efforts to win approval for a ballot initiative to divide the state into six parts, said in a news release Thursday that he planned to file the signatures with election officials next week.

[...] To go into effect, California would first have to certify the signatures that Draper has gathered, and then voters in November would need to pass the measure. After that, the U.S. Congress would have to approve it.

Also at The Mercury News and SFGate.

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by c0lo on Saturday April 14 2018, @12:23AM (1 child)

    by c0lo (156) on Saturday April 14 2018, @12:23AM (#666681) Journal

    Would any Republican in the US Senate let that happen?

    I don't know, maybe because they don't have a majority after the next senate election?

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  • (Score: 2) by realDonaldTrump on Saturday April 14 2018, @03:35AM

    by realDonaldTrump (6614) on Saturday April 14 2018, @03:35AM (#666769) Homepage Journal

    Keep dreaming, I love our beautiful dreamers. Even the Australian ones.

    If your HORRIBLE dream -- for Americans it's a nightmare -- comes true, we can still have Three Californias. Because the election for the Senate and the election for Three Californias are the same election. First Tuesday in November. But we keep all our Senators & Representatives -- except the ones who quit or die -- until January 20. The VERY CROOKED California government gives itself 30 days to certify the results of elections. So even if California drags its heels, we have more than a month to bring it to Congress. To our terrific Republican Congress. And maybe Congress can vote on it before it's certified or even before the election! Our lawyers are gonna look into all the legal. Believe me, we have some tremendous lawyers. The most loyal & smartest.