Could This Be the USA's 51st State?
Rural counties in Colorado move to form North Colorado
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 28, 2013 4:06 PM CDT
Corn growing on a farm near Mead, Colorado.   (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

(Newser) – The good people of northern Colorado are sick of those Denver city-slickers telling them what to do. Fed up with what they see as a lack of representation, several rural counties are now seriously considering seceding to form their own state: North Colorado. At a public meeting on Thursday, most of the 50 people in attendance supported the move, reports the Greeley Tribune via the Huffington Post. A Facebook page for the 51st State Initiative has more than 10,000 likes. Commissioners say they hope to put the North Colorado idea to a public vote in November.

"We believe there's an attack on oil and gas," says one commissioner. "We believe there's an attack on agriculture. I don't think those down in Denver understand any of it." Residents are also concerned about gun control, water rights, and education, reports 7NEWS. But secession will take more than a few town meetings—it will require an act of Congress. At the very least, the movement should make those urbanites take notice, says another commissioner. "We have to address a growing problem that was clearly evidenced here, tonight," he says. "There's a disconnect. People feel politically disenfranchised, and we're trying to figure out a way to reengage." (There are actually two more contenders for the title of 51st state: this one and this one.)

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Aug 3, 2013 10:43 AM CDT
@ 75greeno. Your statement isn't supported by the facts. Red state conservatives are the main recipients of government welfare programs. They are the least educated, the most underemployed and the largest population living under the poverty level. Liberals are the ones fighting to make sure that the government subsidies remain available to those who need them in the Red states.
Jul 29, 2013 8:49 PM CDT
51st? I thought there was already
Jul 29, 2013 8:24 PM CDT
Education, huh? Are you perhaps concerned that the state is forcing you to attend too much of it?