One state has a radical new plan on the November ballot that could reshape the nation

Not since West Virginia broke away from Virginia in 1863 has an existing State split up.

But as populations and political divisions increase between urban and rural Americans the issue is being discussed more and more.

And now, one state’s voters will decide this November whether to proceed with a plan to split into separate states, and the outcome could reshape the nation.

Today California is the most populous state in the union.


But the Cal 3 Initiative got enough signatures to appear on California’s ballot this November and it could radically change that.

The Cal 3 Initiative proposes breaking California into 3 states — Northern California, California, and Southern California — roughly dividing the state’s existing population into thirds.

If passed, the ballot initiative, sponsored by venture capitalist and Bitcoin Billionaire Tim Draper, would set into motion the lengthy process of approval by both houses of the California State Legislature — and ultimately the decision would be subject to approval by Congress.

Draper told the Los Angeles Times, “Three states will get us better infrastructure, better education and lower taxes. States will be more accountable to us and can cooperate and compete for citizens.”

This idea echoes that of the founding fathers who wanted states to act as individual “laboratories of democracy.”

If voters didn’t like the policies their state was implementing, they could vote with their feet by moving to a different state.

It stands in sharp contrast from today’s Democrats’ notion that everything in the United States should be ruled uniformly from the top-down at the federal level.

But when it comes down to it, the question remains: would Congress approve it?

It’s a long shot.

The Los Angeles Times notes:

Where California now has two seats in the 100-person U.S. Senate, the three states would have six seats in a 104-member chamber. That would dilute the power of other states and increase the power of what used to be a single state if its six senators banded together on various issues.

Presidential politics also could doom the proposal once it reached Washington. Vikram Amar, a law professor who has written extensively about Draper’s plans, pointed out last fall that the shift in California’s votes in the Electoral College — which have been awarded for a quarter-century to Democratic nominees — would be split between three states. And one of those states, based on past election results, could be won by a Republican.

Amar wrote that Democrats would be “very reluctant to run the risk” of supporting the proposal in Congress. “And risk aversion looms large in these matters, which helps explain why no new states have been added to the United States in over 50 years, and no new state has been created out of an existing state for more than 150 years,” he wrote.

Republicans wouldn’t like the idea of adding potentially four more Democrat Senators. But Southern California could be competitive, including in presidential elections, and that would scare Democrats even more.

Renewed Right’s analysis of the 2016 election results shows that Southern California could become a swing state. While Hillary Clinton won the region with 2,085,192 votes (54%), Donald Trump garnered 1,760,843 votes (46%) — and that’s without even campaigning in the state!

But given the long odds the initiative faces, why discuss it at all?

Well, the fact of the matter is, California’s current government is failing its citizens.


Between the danger posed by its Sanctuary City policies (see Kate Steinle), the over-taxation, and gross mismanagement of its tax dollars in Sacramento, California residents would have much to gain from dividing up the state and returning state governance to more local authorities.

This also isn’t the first initiative to break up California and it won’t likely be the last, regardless of the outcome.

Liberals are still bantering about the idea of “Calexit” — seceding from the United States altogether.

While many Americans might just as soon see Californians go their separate way, the Cal 3 Initiative may appear more reasonable to Californians.

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29 Comments

  1. I still say build the wall around Northern Mexico, once known as California or let them slide into the ocean. Then the illegals can vote to swim or go back home.

  2. One state has a radical new plan on the November ballot that could reshape the nation

    WELL MAYBE THE NEXT BIG EARTH QUAKE WILL TAKE CARE OF THE PROBLEM FOR THE COUNTRY

  3. The corruption in Washington is nothing new. It has been going on for decades. We are just finding out about a lot of it. It needs to stop. We have every right to vote these crooked politicans out of office. Why don’t we? We need term limits. I doubt whether we will ever get them, but we need them bad. Vote them out and put in new people. We have the power to vote them in, we also have the power to vote them out. Use it!!

    • That is an excellent set of ideas, HOWEVER, if “WE the PEOPLE” are to clean up this “swamp”, voter rolls must be also cleaned and PURGED, ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS must NOT be “allowed” to vote because it has been proven the ARE doing so, and MANDATORY voter ID must be enforced, (which the democrats fight constantly) otherwise the democrats will continue to “win” elections with “dead people”, multiple voters bused place to place, and Illegal immigrants voting democrat stacking the votes for them. I also see on the internet, now some states are attempting to “change” the rules yet again by scrapping the electoral college and going by the “popular vote”. Again changing the rules in the middle of the game (CHEATING) It seems democrats will do ANYTHING to stay in power.

  4. Just like the far left to come up with a new way besides creating amnesty for illegals to gain votes and seats. You cannot put anything past them, they have divided the nation with their politics now they want to divide states. I have a much better idea. Lets give them all the nuclear option and move them all to Bikini atoll, and let them have a far left love fest there with each other. They wont have to worry about lighting, with the radiation there they will all be glowing in the dark and they and their malignant and cancerous politics will shrivel up and die in very short order.

  5. The division is ALL wrong to be fair. The Northern CA line needs to start above Sacramento. The lay of the land, the jobs, the weather, and the way of life is completely different in northern CA verses southern CA. A third state does not make sense. I would vote for two states, North CA and South CA without hesitation. Let’s get that on the ballot and see how citizens vote.

  6. I wish news reports on such matters were a bit more accurate. This state has tried & failed before to split up. A little thing called the hard reality of debt & resources, the power brokers don’t want their kingdoms to fall.

  7. CA is wanting to split into 3 states, NOT succeed from the U.S.A, splitting into 3 states isn’t the same as leaving the U.S. NYS should also split into 2 states. We, New Yorkers who live away from NYC, are also fed up with Cuomo’s nazi-communist, anti-American Liberalisms! NY is one of the highest taxed states in the union! Thanks to NYC and it corrupt Soros, Union boss, i.e. mafia or mob bosses, that are still alive and well and control the airwaves, i.e. NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, etc., that are all based in NYC….. Western New York State, points West from Hudson River, are all primarily Conservative, but our votes and voices don’t count, because all they use is NYC to take a sampling of votes cast for any and all elections…… Many ten of thousands of people have already left NYS for better tax-friendly states, like those states that have NO STATE INCOME TAXES…… If NYS would get rid of state Income Taxes, then it would be more favorable for seniors, and young families…. and the whole medicaid corruption of people who don’t NEED medicaid, get it anyway by WHO THEY KNOW IN THE GOVT. SYSTEM! It is rampant, grossly misused and abused program. There are more illegals and criminals taking advantage of welfare system than those who are citizens and who really need it….. Politics…. it is a game of who can be corrupted and immoral the most. Full of lawyers and attorneys who are 99% Liberal Limosine Elitest liars anyway….

    • you’re right BUT UNFORTUNATELY the WAY of the split is unsatisfactory.Here’s why ..when you look at that mapit basically divides California into THREE Democrat(for now) CRAZY LIBERAL states.THUS giving California and the”NEW”states THREE TIMES THE ALREADY CRAZY REPRESENTATIVES IN BOTH House and Senate. The INLAND from Bakersfield to Oregonincluding the mountains on the east ,should be ONE seperate state,otherwise we are simply making THREE smaller states andALL conservatives and Republicans will beleft without representation just as they are now. look at the map breakdown at http://www.dailykos.com/californiacountymap its the first one. MOST of us inland don’t care a rats rear if the Dems want to sucede as long as they leave US out of it.

  8. The residents in California feel like they are being held captive in a foreign country things have actually gotten out of hand in the state I can only hope the federal government steps in and make things right I am for splitting up the state but I do not like that I would be so close to Sacramento it is where all the tyrants are!

  9. Notice each state still has one greatly populated, predominant liberal city in it…so what’s the point? Now, if the California state border included San Francisco and San Diego, then I say it’s a good plan for the conservatives. This is nothing more than a pacifier.

  10. I would like to see N.Y. State do the same thing. It seems everything “moonbeam” brown tries, “king” andrew, our so-called “governor” turned COMMUNIST dictator, and his gaggle of trained democommunist apes (so called “representatives of the people”) try to follow suit and outdo him. It’s like a “competition” of which CORRUPT democommunist can IGNORE their oath of office, and stomp on the Constitution, and Bill of Rights,in order to screw the residents of this State the most. SICKENING.

  11. Now, California became a State by Congressional action (a law). What Congress gives, Congress can take away. After their sanctuary State policy (and other things), Congress should revoke California’s statehood and kick them out of the US. Three States? Hell, no. None.

  12. One state has a radical new plan on the November ballot that could reshape the nation
    WELL MAYBE IT WOULD WORK . WHEN THE BIG QUAKE HITS, NORTHERN CALF. MAY JUST SWING OUTWARD , AND THE OTHER THREE STATES WOULD DRIFT ABOUT FIFTEEN MILES OFF SHORE .
    THINK THAT WOULD WORK OUT FOR THE REST OF US.

  13. CA. should simply succeed we drop 1 star (they hate the flag anyway) ,turn the wall north along CAs eastern border. set up customs & immigration points..remove EVERYONE’S USA passport if they choose to remain. And move on they can become there own country & drink the special KoodAid 24×7. AMEN
    GBA a 💪🇺🇸= 💖 it, or GTFO. BYE, BYE.

    • Not all Californian are liberals, we are trying our best to straighten
      California out. Why are you throwing the conservative Californian
      Under the rug? I do not want to see any states leave the Union that’s
      The languages of the Confederacy! Are you from the Confederate South? Why did we have a civil war for, if you want to shoved states
      Out of the Union? This is very Un-Patriotic.

  14. This is just another political maneuver to create an electoral majority for LIBERAL politicians…creating more senators, representatives, and electoral votes. Just keep AMERICA…USING STATES AS THE VOTING FACTOR.

  15. DIVIDING CALIFORNIA INTO THREE (3) STATES IS WRONG, WRONG, WRONG! BY DOING THIS, CALIFORNIA WILL THEN HAVE 6 US SENATORS WHERE WASHINGTON WILL BE CONTROL BY ONE PARTY, ALSO DON’T FORGET THE DO-NOTHING CONGRESSMEN WILL BE ADDED. THE SIMPLE SOLUTION, CALIFORNIA MUST WAKE UP AND ‘STOP’ELECTING PEOPLE WHO CONSTANT ARE ON WILD SPENDING SPREES! SACRAMENTO DOES NOT WORK FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE. ILLEGAL IMIGRATION AND ALLOWING IT IS A DISGRACE. CALIFORNIA SHOULD ‘NEVER’ BE DIVIDED! THE POLITICIANS HAVE DIVIDED CALIFORNIA! IF PEOPLE WOULD TAKE THE TIME TO SEE AND OBSERVE WHAT IS BEING DONE, THEN WE CAN BE RETURNED TO SANITY IN GOVERNING!

    • Another reason to make sure you vote this year . . . and 2020. If the Democrats take Congress, they _will_ pass a bill to break California into three States. If they take the White House too, the bill will become law.

    • The only way “sanity” can be returned to “government” is stop the election of DEMOCOMMUNISTS to ANY high office….BUT the “takers” will always vote for them for the “free stuff” and “special treatment” they receive for remaining on the DEMMOCOMMUNIST “plantation” and voting for THEM. (as well as the liberal “elites” that actually want a communist form of “government”. SO perhaps they should give up their U.S citizenship, get on a boat to CUBA and see how this form of government “oppression” works.)

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