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Fabian Nunez
Architect of drive to split California into six states fails in ballot effort

SAN JOSE, Calif. Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper has missed a key step in his audacious plan to break up California into six states: He failed to gather enough signatures to qualify his initiative for the November 2016 ballot, the Secretary of State's Office reported Friday. The slipup seemed like the punch line to what had mushroomed into a national joke, with TV talking heads and late-night comedians taking potshots at the Golden State's latest political weirdness. Political experts expressed amazement Friday that Draper's $5.2 million personal investment in the proposed ballot measure didn't do the trick. "That should've been more than...

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