How liberal politics, COVID-19 and a high cost of living are fueling a new California exodus

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Rich Threadgill was born and raised in California and loved his home state. Until he didn’t.The Navy veteran is a gun fan, but he felt he couldn’t talk about his hobby or express other conservative opinions without running the risk of making someone angry.This summer, when his employer allowed employees to telework from out of state for lower pay, the 39-year-old human resources officer surprised himself. He sold his Rancho Cordova home and moved the family to Idaho, where he’ll build a house for less than he sold his California home.He says he feels more relaxed in a rura…

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