51st State

November 2013
8:00 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Colorado:Election Results 2013

Madeline Doak, 18, a student election judge, collected ballots in Denver. Taxes and marijuana were up for statewide votes.
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Colorado voters said no to a tax increase that promised smaller class sizes, all-day kindergarten, and smarter education spending.  It was one of the most sweeping school-financing measures in the nation this year, according to The New York Times.  

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51st State?
8:01 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

North Colorado secessionist movement origins and plans outlined

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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.

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 51st state.

Also, secessionists have a backup plan for rural voters to gain greater clout in a state that is becoming more urban.

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51st State
8:00 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Eastern Colorado Community Has Had It With Liberal Colorado

Rod Pelton, a conservative county commissioner in Cheyenne Wells, Colo., grows wheat and dryland corn. He supports the secession movement, no matter how long it takes.
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In the little eastern Colorado community of Cheyenne Wells, the coffee shop talk at Nan’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 a recent article in the New York Times.

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Colorado
8:00 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Colorado: The swing state at the frontier of social change

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Politics are polarizing in traditionally moderate Colorado.  Colorado has been a swing state for a long time with basically an even split between Democrats, Republicans, and the “unaffiliated.”  However the divide is widening mostly due to the rightward drift of Republicans reported the Economist.

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State Government
8:00 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

51st State: North Colorado Update

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Weld County commissioners recently voted unanimously to place the succession issue of North Colorado on the November ballot reported the Huffington Post.  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?"

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51st state?
8:01 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Urban-rural divide fuels Colorado secession plan

Ten northeast Colorado counties discussing forming a new state.
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What do you get when you mix rural counties, urban legislators and a whole lot of animosity?

In Colorado, you get an increasingly ambitious secession plan.

Weld County, Colo., commissioners have been meeting for weeks on the idea to break away from the rest of the state, citing a string of newly signed policies, including stricter gun control regulations and high standards for renewable energy for rural electric cooperatives.  

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HPPR Government and Politics
4:33 am
Tue June 25, 2013

A New State? Reactions to North Colorado

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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.

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