Colo. governor wants to keep state in one piece

8 northern counties to vote to secede

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“The country and our state face many significant challenges at this time. This discussion does not move us forward,” said Mr. MacKay.

Mr. Hare, who sits on the Weld County Council, an elected watchdog panel, said he wasn’t surprised by the response. “We would expect the Governor of Wyoming to be cautious at this point,” he said.

“Any discussion of approaching Wyoming about annexation will be well thought out and well researched,” Mr. Hare added. “We believe our best course of action is to form the 51st state and are focused on that. However, we owe it to the constituents of the counties that are participating to explore all options.”

In his Saturday comments, Mr. Hickenlooper also said he was willing to listen to the concerns of rural Coloradans.

“If this talk of a 51st state is about politics designed to divide us, it is destructive,” he said. “But if it is about sending a message, then I see our responsibility to lean in and do a better job of listening.”

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