Race to be the 51st state is on; splits considered nationwide

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Secession: It’s not just for Texas anymore

Residents of conservative, mainly rural counties in Maryland, Colorado and California, feeling their voices are no longer heard in their state capitols, are seeking to secede and form a separate state.

The word, “secession,” often conjures images of freedom-loving, somewhat crazy (or maybe not so crazy) Texans splitting from the union. But splitting from the state is somewhat new.

The Colorado movement, ignited by sweeping gun control legislation signed into law over the summer, prompted a popular firearm accessory manufacturer to leave the state and compelled the recall of two state senators.

What started as an effort by six Northeastern counties has since grown to include 11, according to PolicyMic.

“The people of rural Colorado are mad, and they have the right to be,” said U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, a Republican who represents Colorado’s Yuma County, according to Mr. Conservative. “The governor and his Democrat colleagues in the state House have assaulted our way of life, and I don’t blame these people one bit for feeling attacked and underrepresented by the leaders of our state.”

In western Maryland, meanwhile, Alleghany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett and Washington counties — all of which lean Republican in a heavily Democratic state — are seeking separate statehood. Maryland regulations make county residents favoring self-determination and self-government feel hamstrung.

“I think the idea of looking at a smaller government is not exclusive to conservatives or tea party supporters,” said Rich Biancone, a volunteer with the succession movement, according to the Cumberland Times-News.

Another movement is afoot by South Californians to splinter off from their regulation-heavy, tax-burdened state to form their own entity, to “allow officials to focus on securing borders, balancing budgets, improving schools and creating a vibrant economy,” according to the movement’s Facebook page.

The last time a state split was 150 years ago, and the result was West Virginia. But we may see a 51st state yet — it’s just a question of where it will happen first. People are now beginning to ask that age-old question, “How do I get out of this chicken**** outfit?”

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