Saturday, November 2, 2013

Could we have a 51st state?

Some grumpy Northern Coloradoans have proposed seceding from Colorado and becoming a 51st state (called, creatively enough, "North Colorado").

Image courtesy walkingsf

New states are not entirely outside the realm of possibility. After all, the United States' state boundaries didn't magically spring forth from the earth pre-formed. Congress passed laws granting statehood as recently as 1959 (Alaska and Hawaii) and 1912 (New Mexico and Arizona). There is even precedent for secession: West Virginia seceded from Virginia in 1863.

However, no matter how many Northern Coloradoans want to secede, Congress needs to approve each and every admission of a new state into the union. The District of Columbia Statehood Movement and Puerto Rico Statehood Movement have not had much luck in the past.

Stranger things have happened, but it's not likely we'll need to scrap our maps to add North Colorado any time soon.

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