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Counties in Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas Consider Forming 51st State

Newton’s Third Law of Motion is beginning to be realized in western states politics.  For every action of gun control, big union power grab, and anti-fracking, there is an equal and opposite reaction from liberty.  State legislators are being successfully recalled by their constituent voters.  Citizens and parents are regaining control of their local school boards.  And a large gathering of contiguous counties of Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas are exploring the idea of forming a 51st state.

If all goes well for the denizens of Weld County, Colo., come November, there will be an item on their ballots asking them to vote on a new brewing issue: seceding with eight other Northern counties from the state of Colorado and forming America’s 51st state, Northern Colorado.

Apparently, they’re not bluffing. On Tuesday, Weld County’s commissioners raised the issue quite seriously at a bi-annual meeting of the state’s county commissioners. Sean Conway, one of Weld’s five commissioners, said the idea had first been raised about two to three months ago by a group of concerned citizens.

from The Greeley Tribune-

Following Weld County commissioners’ proposal to secede from Colorado and form a 51st state, commissioners say they will meet with counties from western Nebraska and Kansas, which have also expressed interest in joining the effort.

Some south and southeast Colorado counties may also attend a meeting on July 8 to consider how the boundaries of such a state would look, and whether it’s feasible, Weld County Commissioner Doug Rademacher said on Thursday.

Weld commissioners met earlier this week with eight northeastern Colorado counties, including Morgan, Logan, Sedgwick, Phillips, Washington, Yuma, Kit Carson and, most recently, Lincoln, counties, for a preliminary meeting on the North Colorado proposal.

At one point, Rademacher said El Paso County in southern Colorado also expressed interest in the new state. He said he expects six to eight more counties to be represented at the next meeting at the Akron, Colo. fairgrounds, which is in Washington County.

“We basically are going to have to decide at that point, how much bigger we want to get,” Rademacher said of the July 8 meeting. “We can’t have a checker board of counties that want in.”

The public can attend the meeting, but won’t be able to participate.

When they announced their proposal earlier this month, Weld commissioners said they felt agriculture and oil and gas are under attack in the State Legislature, and the needs of rural Colorado counties are being ignored.

Since then, Rademacher said he’s gotten mostly positive feedback from his constituents, with 15 emails in support of the measure to every one email against.

“The snowball is getting bigger,” he said.

Rademacher said if the proposal makes it to the November ballot, he expects voters to approve the creation of a new state by at least a 60 percent margin.

But while he said the support is there, Rademacher said he doesn’t see the effort coming to fruition.

Under guidelines in the U.S. Constitution, North Colorado would have to get the consent of the Colorado General Assembly and the U.S. Congress to move forward with forming its own state.

“Realistically … we will not see the finish line. But it will be an interesting exercise.”


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