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Fed up with Democrats, eight Colorado counties talk secession

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They’re putting the wild in the Wild West.

Tired of a state legislature that has imposed gun control restrictions and renewable-energy schemes they say will end up hitting rural areas hardest, some counties in northern Colorado want to create the 51st state, according to a report in the Coloradan.

cowboySecessionist feeling is running strongest in largely Republican Eastern Plains, where it’s built mainly on opposition to the gun control and renewable energy bills passed this year, Weld County Commissioner Sean Conway told the Coloradan.

“Northern and Northeastern Colorado and our voices are being ignored in the legislative process this year, and our very way of life is under attack,” he said.

But the speaker of the Colorado House, Denver Democrat Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, said it’s just political sour grapes.

“This is one of those cases where you don’t get what you want, so there’s no compromise,” he told the Coloradan.

“It’s my way or the highway – that’s that’s what we’re hearing from Commissioner Conway. They don’t like the direction things are going, even though the voters spoke in November. They’re just behind the times in where Colorado is.”

Officials in eight counties, led by Weld County, are preparing a November referendum to ask their voters if it’s time to split up the Centennial State. If they think it is, those counties would then ask the Legislature and Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, to ask Congress to create the new state from the borders of an old one.

That hasn’t happened since West Virginia was carved out of Confederate Virginia in 1863.

Sure, it’s a long shot, but anything’s possible.

The new state would be entitled to one U.S. representative and two senators, under the Constitution. And given the circumstances, they’d almost certainly be Republicans.

Maybe a swap for the District of Columbia’s in the cards?

 

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