August 22, 2013
ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH, NORTH COLORADO....:Rural Coloradans to vote on breaking away as 51st state, angered by liberal policies on guns, energy (Valerie Richardson, 8/19/13, The Washington Times)
Known for its agriculture and oil and gas production, Weld is the largest of the Colorado counties exploring a break with the state after the legislature's sharp turn to the left with bills restricting access to firearms and doubling the state's renewable-energy mandate for rural areas. [...]Posted by Orrin Judd at August 22, 2013 11:18 AM
This isn't the first time disgruntled residents have explored the option of a state split. In the past few decades, movements have sprung up in favor of carving California and Washington into two states.
New York has had a host of proposals aimed at peeling off jurisdictions, including New York City, upstate New York and western New York. The most recent effort was in 2008, when the Suffolk County comptroller proposed splitting off Long Island.
Since the boundaries of the newly independent Colonies were finalized in the 1790s, two states have gained that status by breaking off from extant states. Maine was part of Massachusetts until 1820, and West Virginia seceded from Virginia during the Civil War.