North Colorado: The 51st State Initiative

Posted: June 20, 2013 in local news
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Early polling shows a surprising level support for the North Colorado: 51st State Initiative

Early polling shows a surprising level support for the North Colorado: 51st State Initiative
By Jeffrey T. Hare
Three early polls show a surprising level support for the “North Colorado: 51st State Initiative.” All three polls, although unscientific, show a significant plurality of residents in Colorado’s northern communities either support the formation of a new state entirely, or believe that such an initiative sends a strong message to elected officials in Denver.  In the Greeley Tribune Poll, support for legal separation of eight Northern Colorado Counties from the State of Colorado is as high as 53% (60% if you include the sarcastic “We should become our own country” option offered by the Tribune) a remarkable level of support for what some may consider a controversial effort. While much of the political and journalistic establishment in Denver has dismissed and ridiculed the 51st State movement, these polls should cause some in Denver to reconsider their relationship with large segments of Colorado’s rural population.

Currently the 51st State Initiative is focused on eight counties:  Weld, Morgan, Logan, Sedgwick, Phillips, Washington, Yuma and Kit Carson.  However, Weld County Commissioners have stated that they welcome other counties to join the movement.  Citizens from throughout rural Colorado are encouraged to contact their County’s Board of County Commissioners to voice their support for being a part of the 51st State Initiative.

For the latest information ‘like’ the Facebook page at:Facebook.com/NorthColorado or follow the website:northcolorado.org. Here are the results of the polls:

Greeley Tribune poll:

Jeffrey Hare is a webmaster of the northcolorado.org website along with the North Colorado: 51st State Initiative Facebook page.  He is a successful small businessman, life-long gun owner, a charter school board member, and an at-large member of the Weld County Council. Hare lives with his wife of 20 years, and three children in Greeley, Colorado.  
                                                          

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press contact: jeffreythare@gmail.com

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