The Californication of the West

Thanks to an invasion of California transplants fleeing high taxes, states like Nevada and Colorado and cities like Salt Lake and Boise have become strongholds for the Left as it tries to swing the Mountain West into the Democratic column.

Reports NPR:

Colorado’s politics have become positively Californian lately. There are new restrictions on guns. Pot is legal. The legislative agenda featured an expansion of alternative-energy use requirements for rural consumers. Gay couples can now enter into civil unions.

There’s a reason for all this.

Lots of Californians have moved to Denver and its environs, bringing a progressive strain of politics with them and angering more conservative parts of the state so much so that 10 northeastern counties are planning symbolic but serious votes on secession this fall.

Conservatives have discovered that living on the far side of the Rockies is no longer far enough to get away from the influence of West Coast liberals.