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Episode Info: Quote:  “The devil is always in the details, right?” —Mark Baird   About: If the State of Jefferson ever formed, it’s unlikely Anthony Bourdain would ever travel there for its pizza or burritos. Mark Baird, the “unofficial” leader of the State of Jefferson movement, likes to think they’d be known for their buffalo burgers. Though, he’ll admit, he’s in the minority. Most people behind this movement, he says, would probably prefer beef. Being in the minority is a feeling he’s had for quite some time. Living in Northern California with Baird’s heavy libertarian point-of-view would likely drive most people crazy, and out of the state. But Baird wants to stay. He’d just prefer he was living in a new state, a State of Jefferson. Feeling that he’s had no representation in how Sacramento operates, this semi-retired pilot and former buffalo rancher has spent the past several years convincing thousands of citizens along with cities, counties and mayors to join his grass-roots movement. In Part II of II of this story, we ask how Baird plans to form this new state and look into the financials, legality and likelihood of whether the State of Jefferson can ever live up to being more than just a state of mind. Show Notes: [00:25] Mark Baird’s speech on 05.31.17 in front of California State Capitol building in Sacramento [00:55] “Borough” by Blue Dot Sessions [02:25] See Citizens for Fair Representation et al. v. Padilla Recommended: A recent 60 Minutes profile of Gov. Brown (CBS News) [02:30] The photo of California Gov. Jerry Brown looking at a flag of the State of Jefferson [04:15] “This Land Is Your Land” performed by Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings [04:50] Recommended: Listen to Part I before listening to this episode [09:35] Light reading on Kevin Hendrick (The Union) Earlier profile of the movement (The Sacramento Bee) [11:45] One of the first counties the State of Jefferson movement made its case back in 2013 (Siskyou Daily News) Results of Ballot Measure A in 2014 on the matter of state-split question And an economic overview [12:00] Light reading on Tehama County [12:25] Results of Del Norte County’s state-split ballot measure (Associated Press) [13:05] “Jefferson State of Mind” performed by local musician CQ [13:20] Official map of the State of Jefferson and its declared counties Results of Measure G on state-split question The county’s Board of Supervisors placing issue on the ballot (The Sacramento Bee) A short news brief on the results of the vote (USA Today) And an economic overview [13:40] Light reading on Lassen County [13:45] Map of the State of Jefferson according to Keep It California [16:30] “Borough-Alternate Opening” by Blue Dot Sessions [16:55] Richard Seel’s presentation on the State of Jefferson’s financial model called “Show Me the Money” An earlier presentation of his model The latest spreadsheet detailing the financial model [17:00] Light reading on Stev...
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