Weld County

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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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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.

In many high plains states, the divide between rural and suburban populations is as distinct as the difference between paved streets and dirt roads. Weld County Commissioners are uniting with other counties in northeastern Colorado to take steps to become a new state.