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Ballot initiative to divide California into 3 states offers upside for Republicans

 

Republicans dismissing the “three Californias” ballot initiative as another nutty idea from Left Coast liberals might want to take a closer look at the proposed state lines.

The measure, which qualified Tuesday for the Nov. 6 ballot, would divide California into three states, including one dubbed “Southern California” that would include San Diego, Orange County and the Central Valley — but not Los Angeles — for a jurisdiction with real red-state possibilities.

“Would that excite Republicans? Sure,” said Los Angeles-based political strategist Darry Sragow. “If I were a Republican, I might say, ‘Well, this could be our turf.’”

Venture capitalist Tim Draper, the initiative’s brainchild, has touted Cal 3 as a “fresh start” that will deliver improvements in education, infrastructure and tax policy, but its potential to upend the national political map by spinning off new states make it impossible to ignore the partisan implications.

For Democrats, who already control California as a virtual one-party state, there’s no upside, while Republicans have little to lose after watching their registration numbers fall in May behind those of voters with no party preference. Read more

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Ballot initiative to divide California into 3 states offers upside for Republicans

Republicans dismissing the “three Californias” ballot initiative as another nutty idea from Left Coast liberals might want to take a closer look at the proposed state lines.

Ballot initiative to divide California into 3 states offers upside for Republicans

Republicans dismissing the “three Californias” ballot initiative as another nutty idea from Left Coast liberals might want to take a closer look at the proposed state lines.

Ballot initiative to divide California into 3 states offers upside for Republicans

Republicans dismissing the “three Californias” ballot initiative as another nutty idea from Left Coast liberals might want to take a closer look at the proposed state lines.