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July 13, 2011

Secede Already: State of Southern California Would Be Big Red State

A state official named Jeff Stone is proposing secession.

The proposed state would consist of San Diego, most importantly, plus less-populated counties making up the so-called "Inland Empire" (I think), with a total population of 13 million, making it the fifth largest, behind Texas, NY, Florida, and the rest of California.

Stone said California is too big to govern, a situation that has led the state to raid local government coffers because of runaway spending. He knows it will be a challenge to create another state but doesn't believe it's an impossible task.

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Even if leaders from the 13 counties got serious about secession, the U.S. Constitution says no new state can be formed without the consent of Congress and the state Legislature.

A spokesman for Gov. Brown treated the proposal with all the respect we've come to expect from Democrats:

Gil Duran, a spokesman for California Gov. Jerry Brown, said Stone's proposal is "a supremely ridiculous waste of everybody's time."

"If you want to live in a Republican state with very conservative right-wing laws, then there's a place called Arizona," Duran told the newspaper.

Geraghty acknowledges this will never happen, but makes up a map anyway.

The proposed state would be a new red state.


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