In a Press Release, New California declared their hopes of a legal, constitutional succession and the right to self-govern citing Article 4 Section 3 of the Constitution. The first Clause states;
Clause 1. New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new States shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.
Simply put, if New California can get the backing of California’s State Legislature then it will officially become America’s 51st state.
Paul Preston, the future state’s vice chair, wrote in the Press release,
After years of over taxation, regulation, and mono party politics the State of Californiaand many of it’s 58 Counties have become ungovernable. The nature of the Statebecoming ungovernable has caused a decline in essential basic services such as education, law enforcement, fire protection, transportation, housing, health care, taxation, voter rights, banking, state pension systems, prisons, state parks, water resource management, home ownership, infrastructure, and many more.
New California has organized in committees and counties looking for Independent Statehood have come together to form a semi-legislative body. This starts a roughly 10-18 month process until the possibility of independence is brought before the California State Legislature. Tom Reed, another of the Vice-Chairs in an interview said, “We have to demonstrate that we can govern ourselves before we are allowed to govern.”
The state of New California would be made up predominantly of the rural, conservative counties of California and leave the coastal counties filled with beltway elitist, silicon valley tech-moguls, and illegal immigrants to California.
The most exciting part of this possible succession is what it would mean for future presidential elections. California is the largest state in the Union with 55 electoral college delegates almost always guaranteed to vote blue.
The break-up of the state would give right-wing candidates a shot at New California’s delegates for the upcoming elections in a situation where changing demographics make winning elections increasingly difficult for conservatives. Demographics are destiny but maybe New California has found a way to postpone that destiny for the time being.