“North Colorado” proposes problems

Copious rural counties in Colorado will vote in November on whether or not succession is the next step to proclaim their discontent on gun, energy, livestock and oil regulation laws.

Ten Colorado counties including Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, Weld and Yuma have agreed to the proposition of succeeding along with two Kansas counties and parts of west Nebraska. If the vote is passed by Congress, then the counties will form the fifty-first state of America called “North Colorado.”

Northeastern Colorado has been planning the succession since June. Supporters started the movement after diverging from democratically enforced laws such as gun control

This map of the Colorado counties that would be a part of “North Colorado” shows the areas wanting succession. These counties will also be joined with parts of west Kansas and west Nebraska.

This map of the Colorado counties that would be a part of “North Colorado” shows the areas wanting succession. These counties will also be joined with parts of west Kansas and west Nebraska.

measures, renewable energy standards in rural areas, the restraint of cruel treatment of livestock and expanded regulation of oil and gas production according to huffingtonpost.com.

“Rural residents are now a disenfranchised minority of Colorado,” says Randy Schafer, Phillips County Administrator.

“We had to do something that would grab Denver’s attention,” says Sean Conway, Weld County Commissioner.

The movement has already made it onto the Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Logan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma Counties’ ballot.

“The vote, however, has been regarded as largely symbolic, since the new state would have to be approved by the state legislature, the governor and Congress,” says huffingtonpost.com.

The succession initiative is supposed to be the positive response to northeastern Colorado’s issues against the government. The vote, taking place in November, will be titled, “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?” according to 7News.

“The way that our political structure is set up gives these communities every right to secede if they receive the required number of votes. Will the 51st state form? It depends on how the people vote. There are various channels that the group will have go through to get to their end goal,” says Ms. Jackie Peach, a Heritage social studies teacher.

The November poll result will undoubtedly cause debate across the country.

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