The new state would be called New Colorado or North Colorado, and its people would uphold the farm towns and conservative ideals that people feel are disappearing, Healy reports, writing that they "bristle at gun control laws and marijuana shops, green energy policies and steps to embrace gay marriage and illegal immigrants."
Cheyenne County Commissioner Rod Pelton believes there could be a new state. "There's going to be a revolution of some kind," he told Healy. "This is the peaceful way to go about it." However, secession appears unlikely, even if voters in the counties favor it. The state would have to allow them to do so, and then Congress could block it. Even if the counties became a new state, what would be done about ownership of state parks and highways and rights for water and irrigation? Such considerations might cause issues for Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, who will be running for re-election next year. He told Denver radio station KOA, "There are enough people that feel their views and their opinions aren't being considered that I think that's a serious problem." (Read more)