"New California" is the latest conservative pipe dream

Pauline Gross
January 18, 2018

The "New California" group, founded by Tom Reed and Robert Paul Preston, argues that the state is too big, has unnecessary regulations, and too high of taxes.

The example the New California founders cite is West Virginia, which broke away from the Confederate state of Virginia during the Civil War in 1861.

The group is organized into committees and county representatives and predicts it will take 10 to 18 months before they can fully work with the state legislature, CBC reported.

This would leave the large urban areas such as Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Francisco to form the other state.

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They read their own version of a declaration of independence in Marysville, CA, Monday in a bid to eventually form their own state. Despite being mostly symbolic, Preston said, the idea is gaining popularity among Californians who are critical of the state's Democratic leadership. The "New California" movement _ launched to little fanfare in 2016 _ made a splash in the news this week thanks to the issuance of a public "declaration of independence" calling for the formation of a 51st state in the US and headlines on CBS, USA Today and the Drudge Report.

On its website, the secessionist movement claims that California is now ruled by "a tyrannical form of government" and promises that New California "will restore liberty and rights".

"The current state of California has become governed by a tyranny ... it's been ungovernable for a long time. We will be working as the Constitution says". As recently as 2016, the state was posting an increase in GDP growth rates, and its 4.2 percent was leading the nation. Some also believe that a more conservative California Republican Party, which would adopt some of the themes used by Trump to win places as in MI and Wisconsin might be just the tonic in California, as well.

New California claims the government has failed in "their oath of office, obligations, and responsibilities". California now has 53 seats in the House.

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