Dec 3, 2013 11:08 PM by Jennifer Horbelt

Hickenlooper: Colorado secession debate ultimately makes state stronger

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper told local government officials that votes in 11 rural counties on whether to secede from Colorado led to debates that will ultimately make the state stronger.

Hickenlooper spoke Tuesday morning at the winter conference for Colorado Counties, Inc., which represents the interests of local governments.

The governor has been criticized by some rural Colorado counties for legislation he signed this year, including new gun restrictions and renewable-energy standards for electricity cooperatives.

That frustration prompted 11 counties this year to hold a vote on whether to secede from Colorado. Six counties voted against the idea.

Hickenlooper also repeated his pledge to listen more to rural communities across the state and said Democrats who control the Colorado Legislature plan to do the same.



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