New California declares 'independence' in bid to become 51st state

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A secessionist movement in California has announced plans for a "CalExit" which would split the state in two.

New California founders told CBS Sacramento they want to do things the right way by working with the California legislature and showing that the new state can govern itself.

"The current state of California has become governed by a tyranny", the group said in a statement, criticizing "over taxation, regulation, and mono-party politics".

The solution, according to Preston and Reed, is to form a 51st state, splitting California largely along urban and coastal vs. rural and noncoastal lines.

As numerous articles on Puerto Rico have explained, only Congress can grant statehood, and that process is laborious and time-consuming. The other states would identify as "New California". That's 20% of the 270 electoral college votes needed to win the presidency.

The most recent attempt to split the state was in 2016. "Coastal elites" are increasingly alienated from much of the country, while recent Hollywood and media scandals have eroded their moral credibility.

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Still, New California is leaving behind the richest parts of the state - Silicon Valley and Los Angeles - while laying claim to farmland, a strategy that has not escaped notice.

It's really wonderful that it doesn't matter if you're liberal or conservative, or whatever.

Could a Partition Happen?

"New California" declares independence from state, blames high taxes & poor services A group hoping to breakaway from California because of high taxes and their unhappiness with how the state is run has declared independence for 'New California'.

The group is still calling on other counties to add their names to the new state, so there is still a chance its proposed area could grow. This means that they will need the approval of Californians as well as Congress, which doesn't seem probable.

No word on whether the movement will be successful, but only time (and plenty of drama) will tell. Yellow would be considered "Old California" under the proposal, and blue counties are not involved.