Skip to comments.Eight Colorado counties want to leave the state
Posted on 06/07/2013 12:24:45 PM PDT by servo1969
As a sign of just how divisive the recently ended Colorado legislative session has been, it may very well result in a literal division of the state.
As many as eight counties composing the rural, oil and gas-rich northeast corner of the state are pursuing a plan to cut ties with a capital city they no longer feel represents their interests and come together as the 51st state in the country: North Colorado.
Were actually going to pursue it, said Weld County Commissioner Douglas Rademacher, a farmer whose jurisdiction is spearheading the effort. Frankly, weve been ignored in northeastern Colorado now for the last, going on eight years with the current administration in Denver.
Frankly, we see no option, he said. We are going to move forward.
Rademacher cited numerous examples of how Denver politicians are out of touch with rural Colorado, from passing tough new gun laws that gun legislation really pissed a lot of people off in Weld County, he said to trying to clamp down on companies that extract natural gas through fracking.
But the final straw, he said, was Gov. John Hickenloopers signature on Wednesday of Senate Bill 252 requiring rural electrical cooperatives to double to 20 percent the amount of renewable energy in their portfolios by 2020.
Its a death by a thousand cuts, but the straw that finally broke the back was the governor signed 252 yesterday, which puts another huge impact on rural Colorado to meet these unrealistic deadlines and mandates for renewable energy, he said. And yet, the major population centers dont have to abide by it. Theres a hypocrisy going on in Denver thats just driving us crazy.
Rademacher said a theoretical North Colorado could also include counties in neighboring states like Kansas and Nebraska, some of which he said have expressed interest in joining the effort. He said there was also serious talk among the county commissioners about asking a neighboring state to annex their territory Rademacher said Wyoming would be the obvious choice.
In the end, it was decided that self-representation was the most appealing course, even though Rademacher admits that forming a new state will be difficult. The last time a state was formed from another was when West Virginia gained sovereignty from Virginia in 1863.
Nevertheless, they were all done for the same reason, lack of representation, he said. And thats where were at.
Frankly, I think were ready to cut and go.
It may be easier said than done. The rules for creating new states are outlined in Article IV, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, which require the approval of the existing states legislature and Congress.
Each upstart county plans to let its residents vote on the idea, which Rademacher said they want to do at the first opportunity, even though the deadline for questions to appear on the November ballot is Aug. 1.
If the votes pass, the legislature and the governor would then have to petition Congress to allow for the formation of a new state. Rademacher thinks getting the legislature to do so will be the biggest hurdle.
I dont think theyll let us go, he said, pointing to the regions rich oil and gas deposits and the agricultural industry that contributes substantially to Colorados economy.
U.S. history is filled with failed attempts at new states. According to the nonprofit, nonpartisan National Constitution Center, its been tried at least 75 times and been successful only five Vermont split from New York, Kentucky from Virginia, Tennessee from North Carolina, Maine from Massachusetts, and West Virginia from Virginia.
The most recent attempt to form a new state was in 2011, when residents of Pima County, Ariz., tried to break out on their own to distance themselves from the politics of Maricopa County.
Rademacher said hes heard from non-contiguous counties in Colorado about if and how they could also join the effort. But he said the territory of wannabe North Colorado at least has to share a border with other breakaway-minded counties.
We cant build a highway to heaven, he said.
Article. IV, Section 3:
“New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.”
The only way to do this is to cut off the supply of food and fuel to the cities...preferably this winter. Urban dwellers think they don’t need country folk, but they really do.
A cursory study showed that Colo went blue very quickly from +5 Bush in 2004 to +5 Obama in 2012.
I’m assuming this was mostly in-migration of illegals and coastal libs into metro areas.
Which would lead to the conclusion that the “boondocks” are still pretty salvageable.
The constitutional hurdle is a big one.
Even if Colorado would let those counties go, can you imagine the Democrat controlled US Senate allowing a new state, which would likely elect 2 Republican senators????
That’s “West, By God, Virginia” to outsiders. ;-)
I think they’d get further if they took the northern tier counties of CO and appealed to Wyoming for annexation.
Constitution aside, it would be great to get this done, let the socialists rot in their urban hellholes. Another prime candidate is California where the rural counties could regulate the urban water, power and food.
Eventually, what the movement will amount to is the rest of Colorado wanting to secede from Denver/Boulder.
It does not seem to me that the constitution matters at all in this country any longer.
State of Jefferson
California needs to be cut into North and South. Mexico even considered this when they owned the place.
So you want to add 2 additional guaranteed Democrats for the Senate?
There was a huge influx of ultra liberal Californians from the Silicon valley to Colorado Springs.
If that line continued far to the east, it would be just fine with me.
My niece is one of them, although she’s in Denver.
I wish we could dump New York city from the state of New York.
Washington State needs to be cut in half...East and West.