Jeffrey Hare doesn't want to live in Colorado anymore. But he doesn't want to move away either.
So the conservative at-large member of the Weld County Council has been helping lead the charge for several rural counties, including his, to secede from the state and create North Colorado. The dream Hare and others have is that the nation's 51st state would be a place where residents could be free of what they see as burdensome gun and oil regulations imposed on them by their current leaders.
That dream won something of a muted victory this week when voters in 11 rural counties split on whether the idea was a good one. Five counties voted to encourage their counties to explore secession. Six, including Weld County, the most populous among them, voted against it.
TPM caught up with Hare on Wednesday, the day after the vote, to ask what his group, the 51st State Initiative, plans to do next, why he thinks "the urbanization of America" is a problem, and why he thinks such an extreme measure is necessary.
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