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Not just in Colorado, but all across the country, more people are moving from rural towns to cities. Since it takes fewer people to run farms these days, what’s the role of one of rural america’s the highest profile institutions: the state fair?
Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 11:15 am
Colorado's politics have become positively Californian lately. There are new restrictions on guns. Pot is legal. The legislative agenda featured an expansion of alternative-energy use requirements for rural consumers. Gay couples can now enter into civil unions.
There's a reason for all this.
Lots of Californians have moved to Denver and its environs, bringing a progressive strain of politics with them and angering more conservative parts of the state — so much so that 10 northeastern counties are planning symbolic but serious votes on secession this fall.
Interesting 51st state factoids: The new state would be the least-populous in the Union, with almost 60% the population of Wyoming. It would also have many of Colorado's best ag lands and most of its oil and gas production.
If it's attention the northeastern Colorado counties threatening secession wanted, they've got it. Weld County officials irked by action during the Democrat-dominated legislative session recruited 10 other counties to the idea of leaving the state to form their own.
Off-year elections aren’t known for excitement. But frustrations around everything from gun control legislation to a growing rural-urban divide in Colorado will make for some interesting debate this fall.