After years of making fun of the backers of the State of Jefferson and more recently ripping the Brexit voters, some progressive elements in California have recently embraced the idea of independence from large government binding structures.   To that end, supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment seeking California’s secession from the U.S. have seen a surge of interest and have been given the go-ahead to collect voter signatures to qualify for the 2018 ballot.

According to the Bee, “the so-called Calexit movement emerged within days of the upset presidential victory of Republican Donald Trump, who lost California by nearly 4.3 million votes. A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll showed that nearly one in three Californians support the state leaving the U.S.”

The national politics on this are interesting.  While some in California may want to distance themselves from the current federal government, Democrats in other states will be loath to give up two safe Senate Seats, dozens of congressional seats, and a net plus 4.5 million presidential votes.  While there may be some national Republicans happy to wave “bye bye” for those very same reasons.

For most observers this effort does not have any real chance of ever succeeding.  But, you never know – it’s why they count the votes.  Click here to read more about the effort.  If nothing else, this will be fun to follow!

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