New Colorado? Rural voters approve secession ideaSubmitted by emalvini on Tue, 11/12/2013 - 11:06
New Colorado? Rural voters approve secession idea
Nov 11, 5:35 PM (ET)
By IVAN MORENO
AKRON, Colo. (AP) - The nation's newest state, if rural Colorado residents had their way, would be about the size of Vermont but with the population of a small town spread across miles of farmland. There wouldn't be civil unions for gay couples, legal recreational marijuana, new renewable energy standards, or limits on ammunition magazines.
After all, those were some of the reasons five counties on the state's Eastern Plains voted on Election Day to approve the creation of a 51st state in the first place.
Secession supporters know the votes were symbolic, designed to grab the attention of a Democratic-controlled Legislature. They say the vote results emphasize a growing frustration in conservative prairie towns with the more populous and liberal urban Front Range, which has helped solidify the Democrats' power.