Could This Be the 51st State?

by | July 29, 2013 at 10:35 AM | General

Could "North Colorado" become the 51st state? (Photo: iStock)

Ruth Brown, Newser Staff

Rural counties in Colorado move to form North Colorado

The good people of northern Colorado are sick of those Denver city-slickers telling them what to do. Fed up with what they see as a lack of representation, several rural counties are now seriously considering seceding to form their own state: North Colorado. At a public meeting on Thursday, most of the 50 people in attendance supported the move, reports the Greeley Tribune via the Huffington Post.

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A Facebook page for the 51st State Initiative has more than 10,000 likes. Commissioners say they hope to put the North Colorado idea to a public vote in November.

“We believe there’s an attack on oil and gas,” says one commissioner. “We believe there’s an attack on agriculture. I don’t think those down in Denver understand any of it.”

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But secession will take more than a few town meetings—it will require an act of Congress. At the very least, the movement should make those urbanites take notice, says another commissioner. “We have to address a growing problem that was clearly evidenced here, tonight,” he says.

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“There’s a disconnect. People feel politically disenfranchised, and we’re trying to figure out a way to reengage.” (There are actually two more contenders for the title of 51st state: this one and this one.)

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