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10:35 AM, Jul 29, 2013   |    comments
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The good people of northern Colorado are sick of those Denver city-slickers telling them what to do.

Fed up with what they see as a lack of representation, several rural counties are now seriously considering seceding to form their own state: North Colorado.

At a public meeting on Thursday, most of the 50 people in attendance supported the move, reports the Greeley Tribune via the Huffington Post. A Facebook page for the 51st State Initiative has more than 10,000 likes. Commissioners say they hope to put the North Colorado idea to a public vote in November.

"We believe there's an attack on oil and gas," says one commissioner. "We believe there's an attack on agriculture. I don't think those down in Denver understand any of it."

Residents are also concerned about gun control, water rights, and education, reports 7NEWS. But secession will take more than a few town meetings-it will require an act of Congress.

At the very least, the movement should make those urbanites take notice, says another commissioner.

"We have to address a growing problem that was clearly evidenced here, tonight," he says. "There's a disconnect. People feel politically disenfranchised, and we're trying to figure out a way to reengage."

There are actually two more contenders for the title of 51st state: Puerto Rico and "New Columbia" or the nation's capital.

USA TODAY

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