1. ‘State of Jefferson’

    CA Secession Movement Spreads

    FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2008 file photo, pedestrians cross Miner Street in Yreka, Calif., Feb. 20, 2008.  Supervisors in the far Northern California county where residents are fed up with what they see as a lack of representation at the state capitol and overregulation, have voted in favor of separating from the state. The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013 for a declaration of secession. The vote appears mostly symbolic since secession would require approval from the state Legislature and the U.S. Congress, but supporters say it would restore local control over decision making. They want other rural counties in Northern California and Southern Oregon to join them in the creation of a new state called the State of Jefferson. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    Jeff Chiu/AP

    A second California county has voted to join a long-running effort by citizens in Northern California and Southern Oregon to become the “State of Jefferson.” Modoc County supervisors voted 4-0 in favor of secession, following in the footsteps of Siskiyou County, which voted a few weeks ago. The chairman of the Modoc County board said citizens in the “Jefferson” area were tired of not having a voice in the California legislature, which is elected proportionally with population and dominated by urban issues. The rural counties in the north of the state, which only contain 9 percent of the population, have been involved in the “State of Jefferson” project since it was first proposed in 1941.

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