State No. 51? Backers Envision 'New California'

Here is what's behind the longshot 'New California' movement
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2018 12:07 PM CST

  • Why? Group founders Robert Paul Preston and Tom Reed see the current state government as "tyrannical" and take issue with everything from high taxes, education, transportation, and law enforcement to state parks, water resource management, and voter rights. They have a declaration of independence and a website.
  • Deja vu?: "Here we go again," writes Abby Hamblin at the San Diego Union-Tribune. "To be blunt about all this: It’s a long shot. Let’s repeat that again. It’s a long shot."
  • What it would mean: If successful, the movement would create the sixth-largest state in the country, one with a conservative lean, per Newsweek.
  • Time frame: Movement organizers say it will take 10 to 18 months before they can get the ball rolling with the state legislature, per CBS Sacramento.

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