Tags: colorado | secede | 10 | counties | north colorado

Colorado Secede Talk Grows: 10 Counties Want to Form 'North Colorado'

Friday, 12 Jul 2013 01:30 PM

By Alexandra Ward

In northeastern Colorado, a group of 10 counties want to secede and create a 51st state, North Colorado. The counties say their interests are not being represented.

The mostly Republican, rural counties are petitioning for statehood to move away from a number of new laws passed by the Democratic-controlled legislature this year, including gun control measures and regulations on oil and gas production.

Editor's Note: Don't Miss These Free Government Giveaways

Representatives from the counties interested in seceding met Monday in Washington County to discuss the growing urban-rural divide. Some say the urban, liberal counties are taking advantage of the economic success of the rural, conservative ones.

"I say 80 percent of the oil and gas revenue in the state of Colorado is coming out of northeastern Colorado — Weld, Yuma County, and some of other counties," Weld County Commissioner Sean Conway told CBS Denver. "Seventy percent of the K-12 funding is coming off the state lands in Weld County alone. I'm telling you we are economic drivers."

County commissioners also mapped out what steps they could take to change the way the state Senate works if secession is not possible.

"We need to figure out a way to re-enfranchise the people who feel politically disenfranchised now and ignored," Conway said.

But not everyone thinks a Colorado secession is a smart move.

"It's just going to be seen as a crackpot idea by a bunch of crackpot commissioners, some of whom are term limited," Steve Mazurana, a longtime Greeley resident and former political science professor at the University of Northern Colorado, told the Denver Post. "Some will just call it Crackpottopia."

This isn’t the only talk of secession lately. In January, more than 100,000 people signed a petition supporting the secession of Texas.

Urgent: Is Obamacare Hurting Your Wallet? Vote in Poll

Related stories:

Lula Says Venezuela's Chavez Should Prepare for Succession

NC Lawmaker Wants Own State Currency

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Lindsay Lohan: Meet-and-Greet With Fans Counts as Community Service

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 10:32 AM

Lindsay Lohan was sentenced to community service for reckless driving in 2012, and now court prosecutors are questioning . . .

UVA Sororities Slapped With Order to Avoid Fraternity Events: Report

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 10:54 AM

UVA sororities say they were ordered by their national chapters to avoid fraternity parties this weekend, but some siste . . .

Duke Dismisses Rasheed Sulaimon for Failing to 'Live Up to Standards'

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 09:47 AM

Duke dismissed junior guard Rasheed Sulaimon from its nationally ranked Blue Devils basketball squad this week, making h . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved