Eleven rural Colorado counties push to secede & form 51st state
POSTED: Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 1:00am
UPDATED: Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 1:04am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — People in parts of rural Colorado are so fed up with state government they are threatening to secede. But, breaking away could cost the counties millions of dollars in lost state funding.
Eleven counties have put a "51st State" initiative on the November 5th ballot. Those counties are mostly on the eastern plains: Weld, Logan, Sedgwick, Phillips, Washington, Kit Carson, Yuma, Cheyenne, Lincoln and Elbert. Moffat County in northwestern Colorado is also putting the issue to a vote.
The secession movement began with "an outcry from citizens primarily after the gun control situation," according to Jeffrey Hare, who is leading the 51st State Initiative organization. Other secessionists take issue with laws and policies regarding civil unions, executions and renewable energy.
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