Colorado Secession Movement Grows

Thursday, 11 Jul 2013 03:12 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Two more counties in Colorado have joined in the campaign to transform part of the Centennial State into a 51st state.

Organizers from Lincoln and Cheyenne counties have recently joined ten other counties to press for a new state to be called "North Colorado."

The reason: they believe they are not being properly represented by state lawmakers despite that most of the state's money comes from resources from northeast Colorado.

"I say 80 percent of the oil and gas revenue in the state of Colorado is coming out of northeastern Colorado," Weld County Commissioner Sean Conway told CBS4 in Denver.

The movement was spurred in part by state lawmakers raising renewable energy standards for rural electric co-ops, creating bills that add more regulations on oil and gas, and passing sweeping gun-control measures.

Supporters of the secession move hope to put the issue on the ballot this November. Even if it was approved by voters, the creation of "North Colorado" would also need the OK of the Colorado General Assembly and the U.S. Congress.

"The people of rural Colorado are mad, and they have every right to be," Republican Rep. Cory Gardner of Colorado said in a statement.

The last state to have been created from part of an existing state was West Virginia, which seceded from Virginia in 1863.

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