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Jeffersonians rally for independence at the California Capitol

August 28, 2014 

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After a rally at the Capitol marked by chants of “The time has come for 51!” and a surprise appearance by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, supporters of the State of Jefferson presented their “declarations of separation” to the California Legislature Thursday.

The declarations from Modoc and Siskiyou counties, expressing their desire to withdraw from California because of a lack of representation in Sacramento, marked the first official step in the secession movement’s long-running efforts to reform as a new state in Northern California.

“We’re here not because we feel any ill will toward California,” said Mark Baird, a pilot and rancher from Yreka who has helped organize the Jefferson movement. “Our problem is (lawmakers) don’t have empathy for us because we’re so far away.”

Baird addressed a crowd of about seventy from across Northern California, clad in green shirts and carrying green flags bearing Jefferson’s seal. The yellow circle with two X’s stands for “double-crossed by Sacramento.”

Donnelly, a Republican from Twin Peaks in Southern California, showed up unannounced to support the rally, which frequently drew comparisons to the American Revolution through “taxation without representation” arguments and the “Don’t tread on me” snake logo.

“It’s time for another revolution,” Donnelly said. “A peaceful one.”

Supporters of the State of Jefferson argue that California’s representative system in both houses of the Legislature unfairly removes political power from their rural areas. Baird said they want to form their own government to address the issues of resources and the economy that are affecting them, leaving the rest of the state free to deal with its “urban problems” like large infrastructure, gangs and earthquakes.

Leroy Mainini drove two-and-a-half hours from Cottonwood in Tehema County, where one of four additional declarations has been approved, to attend the rally.

“Our rights have been taken away little by little,” he said, pointing in particular to California’s gun control laws, which he believes have gone far beyond common sense.

Jefferson is an opportunity to get back to the Constitution, Mainini added. “There’s so much corruption” in Sacramento.

Following the rally, dozens of supporters headed into the Capitol to visit legislative offices, while a small group including Baird delivered the declarations to the offices of the Senate secretary and the Assembly clerk.

As he walked through the rotunda, Baird reflected on Tim Draper’s Six Californias initiative to split the state, which includes the State of Jefferson in its plan.

“His heart is in the right place,” Baird said, but it won’t work. There’s nothing in the Constitution that allows citizens to split a state by initiative, whereas the Jefferson movement has precedent, he said.

But Baird appreciated the attention Draper was bringing to their cause. “Billionaires can get people to listen,” he said.

The declarations, which were also delivered to the Secretary of State’s office earlier in the day, represent a formal request by Modoc and Siskiyou counties to withdraw from California. Lawmakers can vote to allow them to separate, but supporters of the Jefferson movement expect they will be ignored, which they say will give them standing to make a legal challenge for their independence because the state is causing them harm.

They plan to move forward with that challenge once they get more counties on board; they’re talking to another 12 right now, in addition to the six that have already passed declarations.

As Baird left the office of the Secretary of the Senate, he extended a friendly invitation: “I hope you come visit our state when it’s finished.”

Call The Bee’s Alexei Koseff, (916) 321-5236. Follow him on Twitter @akoseff.

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AM Alert: State of Jefferson takes step toward independence


Capitol Alert

Published: Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 – 12:13 pm

The State of Jefferson isn’t waiting around for the Six Californias initiative to qualify to push ahead with its plan for independence.

Supporters of the Northern California secession movement are in Sacramento today to formally lodge their complaints with the state. They plan to submit declarations from Modoc and Siskiyou counties to the Legislature and Secretary of State expressing their desire to withdraw from California and reform under a new state government.

Mark Baird, one of the organizers of the Jefferson movement, said a lack of representation in Sacramento for the north state is causing them harm and the declarations represent an official request for redress.

“What we’re doing is forming standing for a challenge if the state ignores our demands,” he said.

Four more declarations from Yuba, Sutter, Glenn and Tehama counties will be presented in the coming months, Baird said, and when the number of like-minded counties reaches at least 10, the State of Jefferson will be ready to make its move. By then, though, he hopes south staters will be willing to let them go peacefully.

“Then they’ll be free to spend their political resources to focus on problems that we don’t even understand, like gang warfare,” Baird said.

Jefferson supporters will rally at 2 p.m. on the west steps of the Capitol.

Be sure to go to the website/article and vote in their poll for separation.

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Siskiyou County: Pre-Evacuation Notice lifted in Mark Baird’s area

For those who are interested, Jefferson leader and spokesman, Mark Baird’s home and ranch are no longer under an ADVISORY pre-evacuation notice. It was lifted tonight at 8 p.m. by Siskiyou Co. Sheriff Jon Lopey. Mark and his wife, Cyndi, live in Quartz Valley that has been threatened by the Log Fire, which at one point was 3 to 4 miles from his ranch.

Over 700 firefighters have been working on the fire building fire line and doing burnouts to strengthen the fire line. Containment of the Log Fire is 95 percent. Great news!

Hot spots are still within the 3,000 acres of the fire and much of Siskiyou County is still very smoky from the many fires and 1,000s of acres of rugged timber country that is burning.

Liberty Tour 8-30-14 features Mark Baird

Agenda 21 and Paul Preston is hosting a

Liberty Tour

Sat. Aug. 30, 2014

Win River Casino

Redding, CA

Registration is 8 a.m.

Conference starts at 9:30 a.m. ends at 4 p.m.


Dr. Jim Garrow

Dane Wigington

Brad Dacus

Chriss Street

Mark Baird

Plan to attend for a great conference on winning back our LIBERTIES.


Question Mark? 17, 18, 19, 20

If you missed any of the previous  short “Question Mark?” youtube videos, just click on the above “QUESTIONS” tab.

Here are the last 4 “Question Mark?” videos.

Question Mark # 17

What kind of tax structure would you propose?

Question Mark # 18

How do the people of Jefferson get what they want in the new state?


Question Mark # 19

What is attracting the young people to this movement?


Question mark # 20

How long do you think it will take to pay off the debt?