51st State http://hppr.org en Colorado:Election Results 2013 http://hppr.org/post/coloradoelection-results-2013 <p></p><p>Colorado voters said no to a tax increase that promised smaller class sizes, all-day kindergarten, and smarter education spending. &nbsp;It was one of the most sweeping school-financing measures in the nation this year, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/06/us/politics/key-ballot-measures.html?ref=us&amp;_r=0">according to The New York Times</a>. &nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 06:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 23948 at http://hppr.org Colorado:Election Results 2013 North Colorado secessionist movement origins and plans outlined http://hppr.org/post/north-colorado-secessionist-movement-origins-and-plans-outlined <p></p><p>The North Colorado secessionist movement has been gaining publicity and momentum as ten counties in northeastern Colorado have decided to put the motion to their voters.</p><p>Details are being revealed about how such a movement for counties to secede from the state would work, including the steps necessary in the process of secession as well as the economics of a 51<sup>st</sup> state.</p><p>Also, secessionists have a backup plan for rural voters to gain greater clout in a state that is becoming more urban. Sat, 02 Nov 2013 05:01:01 +0000 Adam Vos 23751 at http://hppr.org North Colorado secessionist movement origins and plans outlined Eastern Colorado Community Has Had It With Liberal Colorado http://hppr.org/post/eastern-colorado-community-has-had-it-liberal-colorado <p></p><p>In the little eastern Colorado community of Cheyenne Wells, the coffee shop talk at Nan&rsquo;s convenience store reveals locals have had it with gun control laws, marijuana shops, green energy policies, steps to embrace gay marriage and illegal immigrants according to <strong><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/07/us/fed-up-on-the-prairie-and-voting-on-seceding-from-colorado.html?_r=1&amp;">a recent article in the New York Times.</a></strong></p><p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 05:00:04 +0000 Cindee Talley 22631 at http://hppr.org Eastern Colorado Community Has Had It With Liberal Colorado Colorado: The swing state at the frontier of social change http://hppr.org/post/colorado-swing-state-frontier-social-change <p></p><p>Politics are polarizing in traditionally moderate Colorado.&nbsp; Colorado has been a swing state for a long time with basically an even split between Democrats, Republicans, and the “unaffiliated.”&nbsp; However the divide is widening mostly due to the rightward drift of Republicans <strong><a href="http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21584344-swing-state-frontier-social-change-guns-gays-drugs-and-taxes-colorado">reported the Economist</a>.</strong></p><p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 21115 at http://hppr.org Colorado: The swing state at the frontier of social change 51st State: North Colorado Update http://hppr.org/post/51st-state-north-colorado-update <p>Weld County commissioners recently voted unanimously to place the succession issue of North Colorado on the November ballot reported the <strong><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/19/north-colorado-51st-state_n_3781503.html">Huffington Post</a></strong>.&nbsp; The ballot initiative will read, “Shall the Board of County Commissioners of Weld County, in concert with the county commissioners of other Colorado counties, pursue becoming the 51st state of the United States of America?"</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 20533 at http://hppr.org 51st State: North Colorado Update Urban-rural divide fuels Colorado secession plan http://hppr.org/post/urban-rural-divide-fuels-colorado-secession-plan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What do you get when you mix rural counties, urban legislators and a whole lot of animosity?</span></p><p>In Colorado, you get an increasingly ambitious secession plan.</p><p>Weld County, Colo., commissioners have been meeting for weeks on the idea to&nbsp;<a href="http://kunc.org/post/could-colorado-s-partisan-divide-lead-51st-state">break away from the rest of the state</a>, citing a string of newly signed policies, including stricter gun control regulations and high standards for renewable energy for rural electric cooperatives. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 05:01:02 +0000 Luke Runyon 18277 at http://hppr.org Urban-rural divide fuels Colorado secession plan A New State? Reactions to North Colorado http://hppr.org/post/new-state-reactions-north-colorado <p>Opinions and analysis abound after commissioners from Weld County earlier this month unveiled a proposal to break away from Colorado and form a new state. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 13:33:50 +0000 Adam Vos 17885 at http://hppr.org A New State? Reactions to North Colorado