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According to the U.S. Constitution, “No new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.” So a bit of an uphill battle then. Especially in Colorado, where northern and rural voters didn’t have the political clout to kill recently passed civilian disarmament legislation (including an ammunition magazine capacity ban and “expanded background checks”). Even so, reveals that the desire of Centennial Staters to form the new state of “Northern Colorado” is not without historical precedent . . .

According to the National Constitution Center, an organization based in Philadelphia, this process “has been used successfully to create five states: Vermont (from New York, in 1791); Kentucky (from Virginia, in 1792); Tennessee (from North Carolina, in 1796); Maine (from Massachusetts, in 1820); and West Virginia (from Virginia, in 1863).”

The Coloradans talking succession are seriously pissed about gun laws, the push for renewable energy (i.e. making it difficult for the region to sell its resources) and livestock regs—amongst things. rounded-up elected officials down with northern Coloradans’ move to go it alone.

“The people of rural Colorado are mad, and they have every right to be,” said U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, a Republican from Yuma. “The governor and his Democrat colleagues in the statehouse have assaulted our way of life, and I don’t blame these people one bit for feeling attacked and unrepresented by the leaders of our state.”

Despite left-wing derision–Steve Mazurana, a longtime Greeley resident and former political science professor at the University of Northern Colorado, calls it Crackpottopia—Gardner’s righteous indignation is echoed by other pols in the area. Back to Yahoo:

“Our vision and our morals are no longer represented by the state [Legislature] and the current [governor’s] administration, and we think it’s time that we do take seriously what our options are,” said Douglas Rademacher, a Weld County Commissioner. “This is just one of our options, but we will be moving forward with it.”

In addition to Weld County, other counties weighing the new-state idea are Morgan, Logan, Sedgwick, Phillips, Washington, Yuma, and Kit Carson.


A state of North Colorado containing those counties would not be the smallest US state, in land area, but it would have the smallest population.

Meanwhile, immigration from slave states to free states continues apace, this household included. And the stronger these states become economically, politically and socially, the more likely that they’ll find a way—or be forced to find a way—to break from the federal system that they reject, lock, stock and barrel. No really.

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  1. Yeah, southern Colorado – the Pueblo area, f’rinstance – also ain’t too pleased with the edicts from Denver.

    Three states…?

    • Geez. You took the words out of my head.
      After driving through Northern California, reading this, hmmm
      Very interesting times. It’s going to be fun to watch AND to participate!

    • Close, but I imagine those left are involved with the cartels, and those are people you don’t really want to get involved with.

  2. I guess if you are facing a long, uphill battle, you start as soon as you can. Still, seems like it might be wise to see what the 2014 elections bring. 2012 demoralized many Americans, but Americans are building momentum while our collectivist/anti-American opponents have lost credibility in the face of the Federal abuses of power that continue to come to light. 2014 will be informative.

    • Don’t be so sure. Nebraska is beginning to tilt left in Omaha. Buffett and his business interests draw a lot of water in Omaha and he is pals with ‘big govt’ Dems and is pushing for Hilary for prez. Omaha is going to be the next state where a highly populated liberal city dominates an overall rural, conservative, agrarian/industrial, state.

  3. This kind of stuff is non-sense. We need to hit the polls state by state and vote the bums out. A few key victories will send the remaining bums running underneath a rock or least think twice on how they vote.

  4. You didn’t mention that the Nebraska pan handle has expressed interest in joining them and I believe they got approval before ww2 but congress didn’t want to desk with it. Their complaint is water law. The real problem is the Californian plague of liberalism. They ruin their state in the nineties with energy, labor, water, and gun control but left like starving sheep to greener pastures. Colorado with its abundant oil, mineral and pastureland provided new opportunity for them to siphon off the wealth of a productive culture. They are just trying to put down a huge amount of tax revenue to get the legislature to pay attention. The legislature will just keep expanding its power however and we’re destined to be the new California. I’d say joblessness is really double if not triple what they pay the bls to say. We will have gone from the nations greatest surpluses to debt in the next few years. Californication.

    • Far as I’m concerned it’s good riddance to any and all the airhead sheeple who have enabled the “Californian plague of liberalism” to become so entrenched and destructive in this once great state. Unfortunately, I think it’s too little, too late.

  5. Douglas county is none to pleased either. It’s really just the front range that’s for this crap. How can we just kick Denver out?

  6. The key is to make the rest of the state willing to see you go.

    Or to start a civil war. See your post cites false info. West Virginia did not seccede constitutionally from Virginia. It rebelled and was admitted into the Union, under the double speak of Civil War Republicans. I mean either Virginia secceded and was a foreign entity (hard to justify the war then), or it was just a state in rebellion (Lincoln’s position). But then West Virginia is illegitimate, as there was never a vote in Virginia over the matter.

    Anyhow, more states have approved of new states carved out, but you need the US Congress on board too. I think if it would favor Dems, then the current Senate would approve. But not the other way around.

    Come to think of it, back in Southern California was Californios and white ranchers, sick of the liberal tyranny coming out of San Francisco and the Northern part of the state, they successfully got approval to form a different state (Tulare would be the border county) through the CA legislature. But the US Senate never even considered the request. Instead federal troops were use to supress So Cal seccessionists. And then Fort Sumter happened, and it was forgotten. And then LA happened and So Cal went from being very conservative, to host liberal LA which grew and grew and now outweighs the rest.

  7. “The Coloradans talking succession are seriously pissed about gun laws…”

    Secession, not succession!

  8. I cannot believe no one has suggested this. Those counties should become part of the state of Wyoming. They already share a border and probably have all the same social values. More importantly, they could re-align themselves and we wouldn’t have to design a new U.S. flag with 51 stars!

  9. I’m not saying it can’t happen; but it’s extremely unlikely.

    If anything along these lines is remotely plausible, then where it would take place wouldn’t be within existing states. It’s more likely to be statehood for the District of Columbia or a territory like Puerto Rico or American Samoa. These places already participate in presidential elections at the nomination and/or general election levels. Given such places’ political leanings, you might want to file the 51+ states idea under the “be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it” heading.

  10. I’m way south & west, in Jefferson County.
    Maybe they can take Denver & Boulder, the liberal, progressive bastions, and make THEM move.
    City/County of Denver & City/County Boulder have pretty high density populations, so they are well-represented at the State level.
    Not so much for the rest of us.

    • I’d call Jeffco central, rather than way south and west. Since I used to live in Golden, I know of what I speak.

      Or do you mean south and west of he proposed new state…?

  11. I remember back in the early 90s where I grew up there was much local noise made about the Delmarva Peninsula forming their own state from the eastern counties of Maryland, the two southern counties of Delaware, and the peninsular counties of Virginia. I’m not sure it got much further than people discussing the idea, and given that Congress AND three separate state legislatures would have to approve it’s a non-starter, but it made all the disenchanted politically-aware citizens of the area feel better.

  12. “According to the Constitution” every law they passed is illegal….so why should anything the Constitution says prevent them from secession?

  13. I live in Weld County and have for over 30 years. Haven’t found it to be the most radical of places ?? But we do know what is right and what is wrong. We questioned and protested through our congressman and senators about past legislation and basically told well you really don’t supply any money to our programs through taxes so why don’t you just drop dead. Well guess what it comes down to is we have these little crawlies up her ( prairie rattlers ) And up here we all know really not the best idea to pet one on the head and say it’s ok go away. Well Hickenlooper and the State house pretty much did that. Moral to the story you pet a rattlesnake you’re going to get Bit.

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