Campaign Kicks Off To Give Wyoming Weld-Sized Package

Wyoming is happy to see you!

A nascent campaign in conservative Weld County to secede from the state of Colorado and join our northern neighbor of Wyoming–which would result in an interesting new shape for that formerly square state–is reportedly set to kick off next week:

Here is the petition. We will have the signatures pages printed next week and can start as soon as they are finished printing.

We, the voters of Weld County, request the Weld County Commissioners place a ballot question for the November 2021 ballot.

We wish the Commissioners to ask the people of Weld County to vote “yes” or “no” on the following issue;

To give the Commissioners power to represent the citizens of Weld County in exploring the option to move Weld County to Wyoming. This power will include the responsibility to approach the State Houses of Colorado and Wyoming, the Governors of both states, as well as state officials in order to establish what the requirements are to ensure smooth transition of the move.

It’s only slightly less preposterous than the 2013 attempt by 11 rural Colorado counties to secede and form the new state of North Colorado, which failed in 6 out of the 11 counties where the measure appeared on the ballot–including in Weld County, the most populous of the bunch. Switching from one state to another seems like a lot less work than starting a whole new one from scratch, after all. Weld County’s 342,000 residents would significantly change the makeup of Wyoming’s current 578,000-strong population, however, and Greeley would become the newly masculated state of Wyoming’s largest city. Given the wealth Weld County would offer relative to the need for state services for its population, we could easily see the state of Wyoming passing on the “upgrade” despite it making the state look much more, you know, like a man.

Back in 2013, readers will recall, then-Weld County commissioner now state Sen. Barbara Kirkmeyer was a supporter of the failed effort to create the state of North Colorado. Now two former GOP state legislators turned Weld commishes, Perry Buck and Lori Saine, will decide if they want to follow her example. What better way to beat term limits, right?

It’s not going to happen, of course. But it’s a great way for Republicans in one smallish part of the state to make Republicans across Colorado look silly. Much like the farcical failed recall campaigns against Gov. Jared Polis, this is the unserious stuff people who don’t expect to win elections anymore do to console themselves.

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  1. Diogenesdemar says:

    If they promise to take Ken Buck, Vicki Marble, Lori Saine, and the rest of the Weld County Commissioners all with ’em, then I’m having a difficult time seeing much of any downside??? . . .

    . . . where do I sign?!

    (PS — looks more to me like Wyoming working on dropping a Weld dookie?)

    • High Valley Lurker says:

      I’m ok with it …. as long as we get a big, beautiful wall making sure that what happens in Weld stays in Weld. I want a big wall, drones, AI controlled missiles, radar, seismic devices to detect tunneling, and minefields, lots and lots of minefields. Just so long as I’m on this side and Buck et al are on the other side.

      🙂

  2. gertie97 says:

    It's hard to see an upside for Wyoming in this.

  3. davebarnes says:

    And, you would have a "hole" in the border thanks to Broomfield County.
    So, Broomfield would be the vagina.

  4. Thorntonite says:

    You know, there is a much easier way for residents of Weld County to join Wyoming, if they are so inclined.

    Pack your shit and move.  You can do that without collecting signatures, clearing ballot access hurdles, convincing your neighbors to give you permission to ask the County Commission to lobby the state legislatures of both Colorado and Wyoming to permit you to move.

    You don't have to wait until November to start the process either!

  5. Gilpin Guy says:

    In real news, is Hickenlooper going to vote to end the filbuster?

    • Duke Cox says:

      Hick will reveal himself soon. I predict he will vote with his new buddy, Joe (Did you really think I was a Democrat?) Manchin. He wouldn't want to be called a socialist for encouraging majority rule over minority obstruction. 

      Grow a pair, Chuck. Put some pressure on your caucus…you can't trust Moscow Mitch and you know it.

      • High Valley Lurker says:

        Hickenfracker is currently taking instructions from his former and current employers in Big Oil. As long as the filibuster might be needed to prevent any action to try the save the Earth, Hick will make certain that it remains.

        Remember, the Green New Deal is the ultimate enemy, Republicans are lovers with whom the Democrats have had a spat, but now they are mostly interested in the make-up night in bed.

      • MichaelBowman says:

        Republican Senators represent 41,549,808 million fewer Americans than the Democrats. I’m with Duke: grow a pair, Chuck. 

         

        • Diogenesdemar says:

          Right, but according to Ttump’s election attorneys, a renowned CCU Constitutional Law professor, and the general GOPer nutter consensus, many of those 41M Americans should not be counted, or only be counted as no more than 3/5ths . . . 

      • Gilpin Guy says:

        I see a lot of what Biden is doing is lessons learned from Obama's 1st term.  They are under no illusions that Republicans aren't going to double cross them the 1st chance they get.  The executive orders that were teed up on day one were prepped and ready to go.  I'm betting Biden, Schumer, Pelosi and Harris have gamed out the responses.  Hickenlooper is kind of a wild card but I doubt he breaks with the caucus if he is the only one and McConnell is as difficult as is being reported.  As Michael said, Dems represent 40 million more voters.  The majority won the right to govern.  There are plans for this kind of undemocratic behavior.  Will be fascinating to see if lessons learned in 2009 bear fruit in 2021.  Weld County doesn't have enough money to pay off their share of the bonds so this topic is something Pols can put out but isn't all that news worthy.

      • kwtree says:

        Hick is “undecided on the filibuster”. Its deja vu time all over again, folks. Our waffling wonder awaits to see who will apply the most pressure. As he did with fossil fuels, cannabis, and justice issues while he was Governor.
         

        Voters, time to contact the junior  Senator and remind him who he works for. 

    • JohnInDenver says:

      If I were betting, it would be on another "half measure" from the Democrats, saying "no filibuster for organizing rules resolutions." Similar to the previous round, when they said "no filibusters for lower court judges," it is a short term solution which will then be used as "both-sider" justification from the Republicans the next time they have a majority, and they will eliminate the filibuster entirely.

      In the meantime, majority leadership depends on the status quo, and potentially will be overturned by political alienation, disability or death of a Senator.  5 Senators over 80, 2 more who will turn 80 this year … between now and the 2022 election, things will be wobbly.

       

       

      • High Valley Lurker says:

        Nobody ever worries about the disability of a Senator. We’ve had several go deep into senility, and nobody cares. They’ll wheel them in on a gurney to cast a key vote, then wheel them back out again.

        • JohnInDenver says:

          In a more civilized time, lots of people worried about the disability of a Senator (e.g., South Dakota's Tim Johnson).  The difference was, it was bipartisan concern for the health of the Senator.

          Now, with a 50-50 split and the example LAST time of Sen. Jeffords being politically alienated to become an independent and shifting his organizational vote from Republican to Democrat, there's going to be a great deal of attention.

  6. psyclone says:

    in order to establish what the requirements are to ensure smooth transition of the move.

    Oh, so NOW they care about "smooth transitions"…

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