Tags: colorado | state | northern

North Colorado Seeks Status as 51st State to Escape Gun, Energy Rules

Sunday, 09 Jun 2013 08:22 AM

By Audrey Hudson

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Colorado residents fed up with a law cracking down on gun ownership and a rule forcing residents to purchase costly renewable energy have a scheme to escape the new restrictions – create the nation’s 51st state of North Colorado.

The idea to add another star to the American flag is taking hold in 10 northern counties with a ballot vote in the counties proposed for this fall.

Weld County Commission Sean Conway told The Colorado Observer that the governor’s anti-rural bills have sparked a serious movement.

“We’ve had citizens coming to our hearings for months asking us to please do something. This is for real,” said Conway, whose county is larger than the states of Delaware and Rhode Island.

The new environmental mandate is the last straw for county commissioners, forcing them to double their use of costly renewable energy. Residents are also leery of legislative efforts to curtail the region’s billion-dollar stronghold in oil and gas development.

Urgent: Is Obama Telling the Truth on IRS, Benghazi Scandals?

The movement is already getting support from Washington.

“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 governor and his Democrat colleagues in the statehouse have assaulted our way of life, and I don't blame these people one bit for feeling attacked and unrepresented by the leaders of our state,” Gardner said.

Gov. John Hickenlooper's office insists the gun background checks are popular with voters, and a political science professor at the University of Northern Colorado called the idea of a new state a “crackpot idea by a bunch of crackpot commissioners,” reports the Denver Post.

“Some will just call it Crackpottopia,” Steve Mazurana said.

The last state to split in two was Virginia in 1863 to form the new state of West Virginia. In addition to the county ballots, the state and Congress would also have to approve the measure.



© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
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.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Police: 2 NYC Cops Shot Dead, Execution Style

Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 17:03 PM

An armed man walked up to two New York Police Department officers sitting inside a patrol car and opened fire Saturday a . . .

Cuban Groups Protesting in Miami

Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 08:36 AM

Protesters waving Cuban flags have started to gather for a demonstration against President Barack Obama's plan to normal . . .

Prosecutors: Fraudster Used Funds to Freeze Wife

Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 13:31 PM

Prosecutors say a financial fraudster used backers' money to have his wife's body cryogenically frozen before fleeing Ne . . .

Most Commented

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