Republican Activist Working on Proposal to Expand Size of California Legislature to 12,000

Cleared its first hurdle for ballot status


A California resident and one-time Republican presidential candidate has a radical plan to overhaul government in his state—a ballot initiative that would increase the size of the state's legislature to roughly 12,000 members.

John Cox, a San Diego County resident, says his plan is to divvy up the state's 120 legislative districts into roughly 12,000 more community-based districts. The plan, he claims, would make California government more in tune with voters and less vulnerable to special interests.


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  1. Another nut case from SD suffering extreme fantasies brought on from sun stroke and who knows what medications.

    Don’t forget folks that the borders of any of our fifty (50) states (including the original 13 colonies) are based on the politics and real estate deals of the 19th and early 20th Centuries. And in some cases such as Utah, based on religion.

    None of our borders now match any economic realities. California is no exception. The California borders were shaped by the Gold Rush and subsequent state politics. Eastern Colorado used to be part of Kansas. New Mexico and Arizona did not become states until 1912. Montana is huge but only has one representative in Congress because of population. The Dakotas used to be one territory but became two states that are still barren.

    Study up on how the borders of our “50 different little countries” were formed, and find out why hardly any one of them has a basis in current economic reality. About the only place I can think of is Hawaii which was a latecomer as a state, but was originally invaded by U.S. Marines in the late 19th Century to overthrow a Polynesian King, so the Corporations (along with the Navy and the missionaries) could control the place as a big fruit plantation.

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