North Colorado (51st State)

5:00am

Fri December 20, 2013
Politics

51st State Movement Now Looks To The Capitol

k.landerholm Creative Commons

Colorado legislators may see a revival of the 51st state debate under the dome in 2014. The subject of national curiosity, the movement continues after stinging losses at the ballot box—although with far less fanfare.

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1:22am

Wed November 6, 2013
Election 2013

51st State Supporters Get Mixed Message At The Polls

Standing in the restored Fort Lupton, Weld County Commissioners Barbara Kirkmeyer and Sean Conway discuss returns following Tuesday's election.
Nathan Heffel KUNC

Just about half of the 11 Colorado counties with secession questions Tuesday gave approval for their county commissioners to continue with the effort. Voters soundly rejected the idea in Weld County where the movement began in July.

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6:06am

Tue November 5, 2013
Election Day

‘Squeaky Wheel’ Politics In Colorado Secession Vote

Question 1A, asking about pursuing a new 51st State, as it appears on the Weld sample ballot.
Weld County

No matter the outcome of Tuesday’s secession vote, the 11 northern Colorado counties that want to form their own state may have already scored a measure of success, thanks to what might be called the “squeaky wheel” principle of politics.

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8:29am

Wed October 30, 2013
Politics

The 51st State: Making A 'Dull Election Year Quite Interesting'

Grace Hood KUNC

Off year elections typically don’t gather much attention. That’s not the case in 2013 where the nascent 51st State Movement has a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the idea of breaking away from the rest of Colorado on the ballot in 11 counties.

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12:22pm

Mon October 28, 2013
It's All Politics

Take This State And Shove It: The New Secession Movement

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 10:59 am

Fed up with what they see as a lack of representation at the California Capitol and overregulation, supervisors in the far Northern California county of Siskiyou, which includes Yreka, have voted in favor of secession.
Jeff Chiu AP

There's a big race right now to become the 51st state.

Forget traditional contenders like Puerto Rico. In several existing states, residents of less populous areas are hoping to create new states of their own.

Citizens in 11 mostly northeastern Colorado counties are among them. They'll vote on Nov. 5 whether to break off and form their own state. Many are unhappy about liberal state legislation they believe reflects the values of the Denver-Boulder corridor, but not their part of the world.

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