New California declares 'independence' from rest of state

Lucy Bush
January 18, 2018

Since seats in the House of Representatives are allocated based on population, dividing California in two would cause would cause old California to have less sway in the House.

Two men say yes. However, New California co-founder Tom Reed insists that his group is going about the process while following the U.S. Constitution (specifically, Article 4, Section 3) to form a new state in the same way that West Virginia happened. Actually creating a new state is considered a long shot, but something the group plans to seek.

"This is not a secessionist movement". If California was its own country, then it would have been the sixth largest economy in the world behind only the rest of the US, China, Japan, Germany and the UK.

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This is not the first effort to split California.

Preston was a guest on McIntyre in the Morning.

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.

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

Preston said Californians supportive of the initiative believe the state's governing system is "entirely broken", in part because the Republican Party is nearly "entirely irrelevant in California".

L.A. County alone generated nearly a quarter of California's tax revenue in 2013, and Silicon Valley (San Mateo and Santa Clara counties) generated 17 percent of state income tax revenue. You would think it might be a little more conservative on the New California side and liberal on the other, but we get calls from Los Angeles County and Sacramento.

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After the 2016 elections, a Calexit movement, advocating that California secede from the Union, was briefly trending on social media before losing traction when Californians realized leaving the United States would require adding a new Amendment to the Constitution, a hard task few were willing to volunteer their time towards. This where the majority of the Black and brown people, while the other cities in "New California" are overwhelming white and segregated.

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