California town declares itself a constitutional republic in effort to defy Gov. Newsom’s COVID-19 restrictions

The Oroville City Council voted to identify itself as an independent constitutional republic city.

Mayor Chuck Reynolds said, “A constitutional republic makes America a successful nation. Rights are by the people, for the people,” the Enterprise-Record reported.

Citizens in the roughly 21,000 Oroville population were most upset with the decisions of Governor Gavin Newsom, who faced a recall election earlier this year. The city council declaration and decision to operate as a constitutional republic city under the US constitution does not give it newfound power. Oroville is still part of Butte county and therefore is required to organize under state and federal laws.

However, the declaration is another step in the city’s demonstration against Newsom’s COVID-19 policies. Since pandemic-induced restrictions and mandates emerged in 2020, Oroville refused to implement the measures. For instance, the city refused to ban indoor dining and later disregarded the county mask mandate. 

In a similar semblance, Councilman Art Hartley said, “Basically all we’re doing is making a political statement…it has absolutely no teeth,” as reported by Breitbart.  

America itself is a constitutional republic. The people of Oroville believe the country has strayed from this system, wherein a separation of executive, legislative, and judicial powers is maintained, and individual rights trump the majority rule.




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Antoinette is a community college student in Sacramento, California. She is a Politics Editor at Fact Based America, a correspondent for Campus Reform, and a student journalist. She previously worked for Turning Point USA as a High School Coordinator.

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