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Secession Movement Picks Up Steam in Two Unlikely States


"The goal is to form a new state comprised of Maryland’s five western counties."

The secession movement is gaining steam in at least two states, citing the leftward surge of their state governments.

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley speaks during the Center for American Progress 10th Anniversary Conference in Washington, DC, October 24, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

On Friday evening, a group of Maryland residents are meeting to push secession from the overbearing, heavy taxed, heavy regulated state with strict gun control and establish Western Maryland, the Washington Times reported.

The group sponsoring the town hall meeting at Allegany College is called Western Maryland: A New State Initiative.

“The goal is to form a new state comprised of Maryland’s five western counties,” the group's website says.

The counties that would make up Western Maryland are Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, and Washington counties. Those five counties make up just 11 percent of the state, the Times reported.

Some residents in Colorado have already been pushing their own secession effort, as residents of some of the state's more conservative counties are troubled by the legalized marijuana, gay marriage and tight gun restrictions.

While it's interesting to talk about, don't count on having 52 states anytime soon. If the counties approve secession, the state legislatures would then have to approve to let them go their own way, and even in that unlikely event, it would take an act of Congress to recognize the two new splintered states.


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