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November 06, 2013 12:29 PM A Blow to the 51st State

By Ed Kilgore

Remember that secession movement in northern Colorado aimed at detaching eleven counties from the godless anti-gun and anti-fracking hippies in Denver? Well, it was put to a popular vote in the counties in question, and failed in six of them.

As ThinkProgress’ Josh Israel notes today, creating a new state (like West Virginia during the Civil War) by secession requires approval by voters and legislators in the area involved, and then by Congress. So it wasn’t happening. But at least the percentage of northern Coloradans feeling aggrieved that their desire for a new state of North Colorado—or Fracklandia or Gunorado, or whatever—has not had a chance for a test of popular sentiment should now decline.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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