Calexit gets go-ahead to start collecting signatures

Californias-state-flagAdvocates who want California to secede from the rest of the United States were given the green light Monday to begin collecting signatures for their initiative.

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California’s Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced the ballot proposal had been cleared.

The latest measure would ask voters in 2020 to decide whether to open up a secession discussion. If passed, a second election would be held a year later asking voters to affirm the decision and become an independent country.

Advocates have until mid-October to gather 365,880 signatures of registered voters to get it on the ballot.

Marcus Ruiz Evans and Louis J. Marinelli, co-founders of the group Yes California, said the second vote would show that Californians are serious about secession and would strengthen the case for foreign governments to recognize the state’s independence.

“We realize it may seem like a long time to wait,” Marinelli told The Times of San Diego. “But we need time to have a serious dialogue with the people of California about why they should support the independence referendum by voting yes. The voters need to make an informed decision when they go to the polls to determine California’s political future.”

Evans told CNBC that while his group is progressive, they do embrace some conservative ideals.

“Calexit is left — we are progressive, and that’s why we don’t like Trump,” Evans said. “But there are some very hardcore Republican concepts to Calexit, including the group saying don’t waste our tax money.”

Evans says his group’s membership has grown four times its size since President Trump took office. There are about 44,000 current members.

There have been multiple efforts in the past for California to break away from the rest of America. They have either been withdrawn or failed to gather the signatures required to advance.

As the Yes California group gears up, another initiative to break up California into three separate states is also taking shape. That plan, backed by Silicon Valley billionaire Tim Draper, would create a northern California state with San Francisco at its core, another state near Los Angeles and a third that covers the Central Valley as well as San Diego.

And if that were not enough, there’s yet another proposal in play known as “New California” that would cut out rural counties and make them into individual states.

The founders of New California describe the rest of California as “ungovernable.”

“The current state of California has become governed by a tyranny,” the group declared in an online statement.

This article was originally published by Fox News


  1. Just 2 States with the North State as JEFFERSON cut off Sacramento down!!! NO SanFranNan crap for the North State keep the MONEY OUT! No Progressives in the north state! Those who chose socialism can stay down south with poop soup they have demanded and created. eff them. The “:Fabian Socialist weak ass Commies” can have it and clean up the mess they have made of Southern California and leave the North State and our resources the hell alone.

    • Michael Flynn says

      I think the State of Jefferson is a lot closer than what they want to do at the polls. Those of us who want Jefferson also want to stay in the U.S. My city is right on the Sacramento County line and i’ve Asked the city council if it would be possible to get the citizens of this city to move the city border into the north county of Placer.

      • UpChuckLiberals says

        You aren’t thinking of it correctly, you want sea access for large ships. Sack-0-Tomatoes doesn’t have enough votes to do diddly so take it and go down to Stockton, heck go all the way down to MeeHeeKo and cut the coast off from water and power. Let the buttercup Jesus Lopez have exactly what they had before we white guys made this state livelable. Oh wait, the Spanish WERE White. sorry Jesse Buttercup Lopez.

    • Jesús López says

      California belongs to Mexico

      • UpChuckLiberals says

        Your ancestors lost, so get over it buttercup. If you believe for one second you can do better in CA than in Mexico, you’re sorely mistaken. You and your kind will screw this state up just like the rest of your beloved MeeHeeKo. Oh our huge mistake was helping to throw the French out of MeeHeeKo, you might have accidentally become civilized.

  2. Well it looks like like California is the sacrificial goat for martial law and the end of the US as we know it.
    Thanks to Obuttma it only take three States of emergency at one time in any state to declare Martial law for the rest of the country , at least that is what I read a few years ago.
    Wonder what would happen if Martial law was declared and the President along with the Vice President met an untimely death leaving the Presidency to Rinos and Demoncraps , can you say new world order and an end to America as we know it .
    just food for thought.

  3. A better idea would be to ship the 44,000 “current members” that are behind this to Canada, Australia or some other socialist country. Oh and be sure to take Moonbeam, Becerra, de Leon, Pelosi, Newsom and Harris with them. THEN see the improvement in Kaliforniastan.

  4. The whole reason to split the state is the rural areas get no say in what happens. If it is divide this way they still won’t get any say because each area is based on a big city or two each of which has a larger population than the rural areas the result of which is the rural areas still have no say in what happens

    • Stephanie Hart says

      Noticed that, John. Each region is going to be controlled by either LA, SF or San Diego. The State is doomed.

  5. Calexit advocates give no consideration to federally-funded programs that CA is extremely dependent on. Federal dollars supporting CA would be terminated, shifting an enormous and unsustainable burden on to taxpayers. CA would have to develop its own monetary and military defense systems, and grow an immense bureaucracy.

  6. Oh please do it! Enough of the talk just do it! The majority of the rest of the Country would welcome the Cali Socialist/Progressive/Commies taking the long walk off the short pier. The Voters of Cali and the Unions/Politicians who control the majority of them are the root cause of their own evil Government..

  7. Michael Flynn says

    Time for us in Northern CA to push harder in support for The State of Jefferson. We want out of California but want to stay in the U.S.

  8. tomsquawk says

    there is more here than meets the eye. that said; no….and so it is. btw the “lawmakers” in Sacatomatoes need to get the beer kegs out of their offices

  9. True Teacher says

    Exit won’t ever happen. The issue was settled in 1865.

    A different scenario would be Jefferson creating its own state, that is a possibility. But it would have to be accomplished with guns. Under a Trump administration, would the feds stay out of such a intra-state war?

  10. The only people who are in favor of this stupid idea are the Illegal wetback scum…They think they are going to take the state back for that garbage country to the south Mexico…Look at the last names of the people pushing this…What a bunch of stupid wetbacks

  11. skeptical_lib says

    Let it become it’s own country…good luck building a new Army/Navy/Air Force/Marines/Coast Guard/CDC/State Department/Treasury/NSA/CIA/etc.

  12. David Smith says

    Split three ways this November and this becomes moot.
    Break the state up into more managable pieces.

  13. Christian says

    “we are progressive…but there are some very hardcore Republican concepts to Calexit, including the group saying don’t waste our tax money.”

    Progressive but don’t waste our money? Oxymoron?

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