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Northern Colorado Serious About Secession Threat

Some residents of Northern Colorado are moving forward with their threat to secede and form a separate state with representatives from eight counties meeting to map the boundaries.

Will North Colorado become America's 51st state?

That's what some residents in the Centennial State are pushing for. Representatives from eight northern counties convened Monday, CBS Denver reports, to "begin mapping the boundaries for the new state they say will represent the interests of rural Colorado."

The secession movement stems from "a growing urban-rural divide," with state lawmakers in Denver passing sweeping gun control legislation and calling for more renewable energy and less oil and gas production—a big part of northern Colorado's economy.

Brian Peteritas is a GOVERNING contributor.
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