Colorado Secession Attempt Will Strengthen State, Says Governor John Hickenlooper
Huffington Post - about 3 years
A failed secession attempt by 11 Colorado counties generated conversations that will make the state stronger, Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) said Tuesday.
Voters in six of the 11 Colorado counties voted the largely symbolic secession proposal down last month, while five counties approved.
The secession movement "really led to debates and discussions that are going to make each of your counties stronger and, I think, ultimately make the state stronger," Hickenlooper told local officials at a Colorado Counties Inc. event, the Associated Press reports.
Washington, Phillips, Yuma, Kit Carson and Cheyenne counties voted in favor of secession, while Weld, Logan, Sedgewick, Elbert and Lincoln counties rejected the 51st state question. Voters in Moffat County, the sole northwestern county involved in secession threats, also rejected secession, halting the possibility of it becoming a new panhandle to Wyoming.
The secession plan was driven by a number of new laws recently passed by the Dem
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