New California declares 'independence' from California, hopes to become 51st state

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Despite the divide, "New California" is expected to still be larger than some states in the country.

New California officially declared its independence at a press conference in Marysville on Monday.

New California's plan for statehood is modelled after that of West Virginia, which peacefully seceded from Virginia during the US Civil War due to state divisions on the issue of slavery.

A California venture capitalist named Tim Draper sought in 2014 to split the Golden State into six parts, including the "State of Silicon Valley".

The people behind the move said they were forced to do it as a response to "tyrannical form of (state) government", which fails to follow the state and federal laws.

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Meanwhile, education aid will increase about $769 million, or 3 percent. "I don't have a problem with our looking at it", he said. If state spending is kept below a 2 percent growth rate, then the more true deficit number is $1.7 billion, they said.

Common-sense patriots living in California are fighting back against their state's government with a drastic attempt to reach "independence".

"After years of taxation, regulation and mono-party politics, the State of California and many of its 58 counties have become ungovernable", said a press release from New California. Advocates for New California say that it would have 25-27 seats in the House.

Preston, a Yuba City native, in Northern California, wants to create the nation's 51st state because he believes the rural counties of California are underrepresented by the Legislature in a fundamentally unfixable way. Their area, which is predominately conservative and Republican, wants to separate from the other areas that are predominately brown and liberal. The New California movement points to Article IV Section 3 of the United States Constitution, particularly the Admissions Clause that allows Congress the ability to admit new states to the Union.

After the 2016 elections, a Calexit movement, advocating that California secede from the Union, was briefly trending on social media before losing traction when Californians realized leaving the USA would require adding a new Amendment to the Constitution, a hard task few were willing to volunteer their time towards.

"We stand firm in our pledge to maintain and support the freedoms of the people of our Nation and New California at all times, at home and overseas".