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Talks of Secession Resurface in Maryland, Not in Delaware


DOVER, Del. - Could Delmarva become its own state?

That has been the topic of conversation among some Maryland Republican House leaders.

This week, voters in five counties in Colorado voted yes on a ballot question to pursue secession from the state.

It was something that prompted Delaware State House of Representatives Republican Caucus to send out a tweet Friday morning asking, "Should Kent and Sussex join with other rural Delmarva counties, like Maryland and Virginia, to form a new state?"

One Dover man who did not want to reveal his name tells WBOC, he's for the merger.

"If it's less regulation and better for agriculture, the farmers  and consumers, less tax, less government I'm for it 100 percent," he said.

While folks in Dover agree with what the Republican Caucus calls a whimsical notion, others in Maryland have been actively pursuing what's called secession, breaking away from the western shore.

"Secession has been a movement on the Eastern Shore throughout Maryland's history," said Richard Colburn, Senate Republican representing the 37th district.  

Colburn says he was one senator who put forth legislation in 1998 to try to create a break away state of Delmarva.

"Fellow legislators in Annapolis tell us that we can't afford to live without the rest of the state economically and that we need tax money from the Western shore. They won't let our people go," said Colburn.
Colburn cites higher taxes, strict agricultural rules and more for reasons why the Eastern Shore should break away from the Western Shore.

"We're confident we could survive. We'd have a great tourist mecca with Ocean City if we joined with the two lower shore counties. Through smaller government and less regulations lower taxes, it would be an economic boom to this area.

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