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Jefferson Supporters Register Petitions with Secretary of State

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 “This one’s Siskiyou and this one’s Modoc,” said Mark Baird, holding up two documents stamped by the California Secretary of State.

If Baird gets his way, the documents he’s holding will be the birth certificate of a new state.

“It’s more than symbolic. This is a step in the legal process to split California into two entities,” Baird said.

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A suggested flag design that would represent the new state of Northern California counties

Baird and supporters of creating a State of Jefferson out of California’s northern counties have come to the Capitol to register petitions with the Secretary of State.

“Government from 900 miles away is not working for us. Our children are leaving, our economies are decimated, hundreds of thousands of acres of forest land are on fire due to the failed practices of California,” Baird said.

READ MORE: Glenn County Approves State of Jefferson Plan

Supporters of the separatist idea went door-to-door in the Statehouse today, taking their case to the voters – and by voters, I mean state lawmakers who will ultimately have to vote “yes” if Jefferson is to become a reality.

“I welcome them. This is their legislature, it’s their house, they ought to have their voice heard here. I’m delighted,” said State Senator Jim Nielsen.

If all goes as planned, it won’t be their house forever. Six county boards have now signed onto the Jefferson movement. More are holding meetings and showing interest.

Placer County is among those, with meetings in Lincoln and Roseville scheduled for mid-Spetember.

A similar effort, by a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, is underway to split California into six states. Tim Draper’s plan also includes the State of Jefferson, though the layout is a little different. Click here to learn more about Draper’s initiative.


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History in the making 8-28-14 short 5 min video

By Admin Liz Bowen

Mark Baird, leader of the Jefferson Declaration Committee to create the State of Jefferson,  spoke at the Jefferson rally on the West steps of the Capitol in Sacramento on Aug. 28, 2014.

 Great 5 minute speech explaining the grievances, reasons and process of this movement comes to us from the Placer County Jefferson Committee.  

Mark and leaders from Siskiyou County then delivered Declarations and Petitions from Siskiyou and Modoc Counties petitioning to withdraw from the State of California to the State legislature, both houses, and the Secretary of State.

Jefferson supporters took in flyers of information about the State of Jefferson and delivered them to all Assemblymen and Senators throughout the Capitol building.

Thank you to everyone who showed up at the rally. Great enthusiasm and support.

It was a great day for the 51st State of Jefferson. We have “noticed” the California State government that our intention in real. We are not going to stop or as Mark put it: We are never ever ever going to go away until we receive representation.

State Of Jefferson Supporters Rally At Capitol

Supporters of the movement to separate far northern California from the rest of the state rallied at the Capitol today. Supporters of the State of Jefferson filed “declarations of separation” with lawmakers. Ginny Rapini lives in Placer County. She says rural areas of California are not fairly represented in the legislature. And she believes state government regulations have gotten out of control.

“The government tells you what kind of light bulb you can have. The government wants your fingerprint to buy ammunition for your guns,” she says. “I mean, it has gone way off the Richter chart in overreach of the government into our personal lives. Even more than the federal government, if you can believe that!” 

Supporters of the State of Jefferson have been working for decades to separate from California. Actually doing so would require an act of Congress.

Two counties join drive to split from California

Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:15 am

Representatives of the State of Jefferson movement on Thursday will submit two declarations to the California Legislature from Modoc and Siskiyou counties to withdraw from California, movement organizers announced Monday.

Those counties will go on record with the Legislature that the citizens of Modoc and Siskiyou have petitioned for appropriate representation, Jefferson supporters said.

This step provides these counties with standing in the future to challenge California in a federal lawsuit.

These official declarations have been signed by the boards of supervisors of Modoc and Siskiyou counties and contain statements alleging California is ungovernable in its present size and form. The statements also outline those counties’ desire to reform under a new state government in order to return to a basic government model with less bureaucracy, regulation and taxes, officials said.

Four additional declarations have been signed from Yuba, Sutter, Glenn and Tehama counties, with submittal into the California State Legislature planned within the next two to four months.

“This has been done before: when Vermont split from New York, Kentucky formed from Virginia, Maine split from Massachusetts,” said Mark Baird, founder and spokesperson for State of Jefferson, in a statement released Monday. “The process has precedent, and forming a new state is not secession. We are in the realm of possibility.”

Baird said the goal of the Jefferson movement is to create a state in which the citizens of Northern California are represented with a voice aligned with their values.

“We see this reset as a game-changer for economic growth, new business formation, job creation, improved education, a reduction in regulations, and decreased taxes,” Baird said. “The time has come for 51.”

The Constitution allows for a state split in Article IV, Section 3, officials said. The establishment of a new state requires neither tne approval of California’s governor nor the signature of the President; rather, 51 percent of the California Legislature and a simple majority of the United States Congress and Senate must approve.

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, . 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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Sign the “Support Statement” on line

We have been updating the pages (tabs at the top) of this site.

Please check out your county page for email addresses and phone numbers. These are the folks to call, if you want to lend support for the Declaration and Petition to withdraw from the State of California.

You can also go to the “ACTION” page at the top of this site to sign an on-line “support statement.”

Changes — good ones!

Changes — good ones!

It has been just about a year, since concerned Siskiyou County citizens  began the quest to create a State of Jefferson by finding like-minded counties that desire to split from California and create the 51st State in the United States of America.

It is the desire for equal representation, lower taxes, and economically positive type of government regulations that has fueled the enthusiasm and support.

With encouragement from Jefferson supporters, Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors approved a “Declaration to withdraw from the State of California” on Sept. 3, 2013. Neighboring Modoc County Supervisors followed suit on Sept. 24, 2013.

The Declaration approved by Siskiyou Supervisors can be found on the “SISKIYOU” page/tab at the top of this site.

Since then, Glenn County and Yuba County Supervisors have also approved a Declaration to withdraw.  Tehama County citizens approved Measure A on June 3, 2014 asking the Supervisors to also approve the Declaration. That vote will be Tuesday, July 15, 2014 in Red Bluff, CA.

Sutter County Supervisors, this past week, said they will write their own “Resolution” and vote on it July 22, 2014.

Additional Declaration Committees have been organized in –



Del Norte







El Dorado Counties.

It is time to up-date this original website, which is actually a blog.

Several counties have created fabulous websites with tons of significant information. This JEFFERSON DECLARATION.NET blog will continue to be updated with news, grievances against the State of California, events and media articles. We try to do it daily.

Unfortunately, blogs do have limitations, so we hope that the additional websites will be encouraged and utilized. All are focused and working in concert with each other.

Those websites are:



Also, please find your county on Facebook for additional info and networking. You can make a difference by explaining that creating a 51st State is achievable. The U.S. Constitution allows it in Article 4, sect. 3. 

Just put in your county’s name and “County for State of Jefferson” in the SEARCH on facebook.

Or go to the “WEBSITES” page/tab at the top of this site to see the counties involved on Facebook.

Also on Facebook, check out:   Jefferson State News

Yes, your dedication and support will help the Declaration project grow into the reality of the State of Jefferson.

The time has come for 51 !

– Admin Liz Bowen

Sutter County: Decides to write own resolution

After interesting discussion, with all five Sutter County Supervisors stating their frustration with the State of California and saying they support withdrawal from the state, the supervisors decided to write their own resolution regarding withdrawal from the state. And at the July 22, 2014 Board of Supervisors meeting will finalize its resolution with a vote.

“This is our sixth county,” said Mark Baird, spokesman for the Jefferson Declaration Committee. “We are over half way to our initial goal of ten counties.”

Siskiyou County began the quest on Sept. 3, 2013, when its Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to approve a Declaration to withdraw from the State of California. Baird was the leader of the group, which quickly grew. Well over 100 people attended the Sept. 3, 2013 Supervisors meeting to give voice to the lack of equal representation continually experienced by rural counties.

Later on Sept. 24, 2014, Modoc County Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 for the Declaration to withdraw from the State of California.

In January 2014, Glenn County Supervisors approved the Declaration to withdraw with a huge 5-0 vote.

In April 2014, Yuba County Supervisors approved the Declaration to withdraw.

June 3, 2014, the citizens of Tehama County approved Measure A on the ballot with a 56 percent vote. The Tehama County Supervisors are expected to approve the citizen’s Measaure A for the Declaration at its next meeting on July 15th.

So, Sutter County is the sixth county to discuss and show support for the simple statement that California is too big and ungovernable. It is time for the 51st State in the USA.