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California Gives Up on Secession Plan

April 19, 2017 at 11:35 am 25 News
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(UPI) — The leaders of a constitutional drive to break the State of California away from the United States — making it a standalone country — shelved the effort Monday, at least temporarily.

The authors of a ballot initiative, “Yes California,” said Monday they were suspending the effort after months of media exposure, and various criticisms, about the notion.

Marcus Ruiz Evans, the official author of the movement, sent an email to California’s secretary of state Monday asking to withdraw the initiative, which could have gotten on the state’s ballot in November 2018. Evans and Yes California President Louis J. Marinelli were working to gather enough signatures.

“For me, today, my ballot initiative petition drive came to an end,” Marinelli wrote in an email to supporters. “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and our dream shall never die.”

It’s unclear how much support the so-called “Calexit” could have received on election day next year or whether it’s even possible for California — or any state, for that matter — to formally break away from the United States, at all.

Evans, who resigned as vice president of Yes California this week, and Marinelli got behind the effort last fall in response to President Donald Trump’s surprise electoral victory.

“The biggest obstacle to Calexit is having a professional grass roots administration,” Evans said in an email to the Los Angeles Times.

Though the effort was suspended Monday, supporters say it’s not dead.

Marinelli lives in Russia and organizers said they want to relaunch the crusade at a later time — perhaps next spring — with new affiliations and less possibility that it could be perceived as having ties to the Kremlin. Evans said several potential sponsors had withdrawn from the campaign due to concerns with the Russian connection.

Evans said he plans to join another group, California Freedom Coalition, to continue his push for secession. The group hopes to file a new proposal by May 1.

In order to get the issue on the ballot next year, Evans and Marinelli need to collect 585,407 votes by July 25. State officials in January approved their effort to seek those signatures.

If proponents resume the effort and get the issue on the ballot, and voters back it, a special election would be held in March 2019 to ask Californians to approve or reject seceding from the United States. Even if that passed, though, it’s unclear whether that would be able to turn the state into a self-governing country.

Constitutional experts are divided on whether states can break away from Washington, D.C., rule — and if they can, how that would be achieved. The U.S. Constitution only lays out the process for joining the country. There have been dozens of prior and unsuccessful attempts by various factions to secede California from the United States.

Trump lost California’s 55 electoral votes in the November 8 presidential election by more than 4 million ballots. For more than two decades, the state has been one of the most Democrat-friendly in the United States. California hasn’t given its electoral votes to a Republican presidential candidate since George H.W. Bush in 1988 — which was its sixth straight election voting “red.”

“The truth is Calexit, like any campaign, is entirely possible with the right amount of public support,” Marinelli’s email stated. “With the right amount of public support, anything can be accomplished regardless of legal or constitutional barriers.”

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  1. tws500 April 19, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Yes, their succession leader moved to Russia…!! What a joke.

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  2. augustawinter April 19, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Darn, I was hoping we could get rid of that state.

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    • spaceswimmer April 19, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      Me, too. I was hoping that CalExit would happen, so I could convince my wife to leave this snake (satan) infested (but otherwise) paradise.

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    • drillbeast April 19, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      Quitters!

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    • ltuser
      ltuser April 19, 2017 at 5:28 pm

      Drill. With how many there kept saying “If trump wins we will move to Canada or australia” of course they never had any intention on following through with their threat…

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    • DrGadget April 19, 2017 at 6:06 pm

      Back in the 1860’s when the South seceded, the Federal Government (The North) went to war to get those states back.

      I think Californians are realizing that if they seceded nobody would lift a finger to get them back in the Union.

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    • oleteabag April 19, 2017 at 10:37 pm

      Well, yeah, ituser, there’s that–but also, NONE of them thought for a SECOND that Trump would actually WIN when they were shooting off their mouths about leaving the country!

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    • ltuser
      ltuser April 20, 2017 at 1:38 am

      Actually teabag, many of them i DID thing trump would win which is why they ade that statement.. ANd some made it AFTER he won, before he got sworn in…

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  3. crij April 19, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Thought the Cal-Exit was to split the state in half and the lib half breaks away (maybe with the help of the San Andreas Fault)?

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  4. enigmatter April 19, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    sounds like 2 factions did some math–proponents of the initiative and the dnc. perhaps the remaining states should consider picking up the ball and forcing them out of the union–call it cal-purge.

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    • ltuser
      ltuser April 19, 2017 at 5:36 pm

      Maybe they realized they would lose more in federal funds than they make in income..

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    • oleteabag April 19, 2017 at 10:40 pm

      That’s a REAL good possibility, engimatter, considering all those ILLEGALS they have to feed, support, and educate! THEY thought it was a GREAT idea to invite them in, and set up sanctuary cities to protect them, and all, so I don’t really think they ought to expect the REST OF US to chip in to take care of THEIR illegals!

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  5. FrankC April 19, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    I was going to vote in favor of secession, as many times as I could. I live in Florida and want California Gone With the Wind.

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    • oleteabag April 19, 2017 at 10:41 pm

      Vote early and OFTEN, FrankC, like the Democrats do?

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  6. wisbob
    wisbob April 19, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Bunch of cowards. All these liberals were threatening to leave the union or leave the country if Trump got elected, and now none of them are keeping their promises. We’d be so much better off without California, Whoopi, Barbara, and all the rest of the anti-American illegal-supporting misfits, but I guess losing them was too good to be true.

    But no matter. They will stay as a constant reminder of why we must never return liberals to power until they once again start supporting traditional American values.

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    • oleteabag April 19, 2017 at 10:44 pm

      I can’t see that happening, wisbob, because I think they are several generations REMOVED from ‘traditional American values’ and would not KNOW one if it rose up and BIT THEM on the NOSE!

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  7. MaD dOG April 19, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    C’mon now California, don’t be too hasty with this decision. There’s still time to change your mind and secede. Really, there’s a lot of us that will help. Honest.

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  8. Zeigfried Whiffle April 19, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    I am so for frickin’disappointed. How dare they get out hopes up just to cruelly dash them.

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    • ltuser
      ltuser April 19, 2017 at 5:38 pm

      That’s what libtards love doing.. Dashing our hopes!

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  9. Chiplord1 April 19, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    Damn, I feel cheated! I donated so much money for them to become a separate country and we are still stuck with the same old !
    Maybe the rest of the country should be the group that starts the movement for a constitutional drive to break the State of California away from the United States; that could work!!

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  10. chynacat April 19, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Sure, with enough support anything can be accomplished. Doesn’t need to be a “good thing” does it? I was hoping to see them go!

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  11. joe23006
    joe23006 April 19, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    I’m disappointed; no, distraught that they didn’t even vote on it let alone leave. California has been the bully for too long. Emmission controls which affected only one city in that state were forced on all states, suspect water rights to maintain agriculture in a hostile ecosystem deprived other states of their rights, sanctuary cities want other states to bail them out, and finally the propaganda mills which once were great motion picture studios churn out politically correct liberal garbage that poisons the mind. I say, “Good riddance!”
    And as California slowly sinks into the Pacific we stand on the shore of Nevada and blow our fond raspberries in shameless elation!

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    • ltuser
      ltuser April 20, 2017 at 1:48 am

      Maybe the bigwigs in Sacremento realized if they DID give the people a vote it would be “YES lets leave” and they didn’t actually want it to happen (cause of all the federal pork they get).. So that’s why they didn’t give the people a chance to vot on it..

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  12. oleteabag April 19, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    What a SHAME. I was SO looking forward to MILLIONS of libtard LOONS, Hollyweird Communistsm Moonbeam Brown, the 9th Circuit Judges and OTHER assorted “useful idiots” being walled off on the MEXICAN side! It IS interesting, though that the leftist LOON instigating this secession movement ran off to RUSSIA. I thought it was the REPUBLICANS who had the Russian connection? The leftist LOONS in the media keep SAYING that, even though they don’t have SQUAT in the way of evidence to support it, while there is CONSIDERABLE evidence that Shrillary engaged in ILLICIT dealings with the Russians, and Obama just basically let Putin do whatever the hell he WANTED, because he was INTIMIDATED by him.

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  13. bumbershoot April 20, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Between the DNC needing the 55 electoral votes and the state welfare programs needing our money, they weren’t really going to leave. It’s nice to dream, though.

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