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A group of frustrated Oregon conservatives, who have tried everything from voting out Democratic state officials they consider too liberal to recalling the state’s governor and appealing to their Washington representatives, now want to leave the state – by moving the border with neighboring Idaho westward, a published report Monday said.
The group, Move Oregon’s Border for a Greater Idaho, has secured initial approval from two counties and has set a goal of getting enough signatures to put the proposal on local ballots in November, USA Today reported.
The article goes on to state the following:
Barring a setback, voters in southeastern Oregon could see a question on a redrawn state border with Idaho, the newspaper reported.
“Of Oregon’s 36 counties, only 14 in the Willamette Valley area would remain if the group had its way,” News-Jornal Online reports. “Moving the border would require approval from the U.S. Congress as well as the Idaho and Oregon state legislatures, however.”
The group’s map shows Idaho overtaking southeastern Oregon and part of northern California.
Mike McCarter is one of the leaders of Move Oregon’s Border for a Greater Idaho. The goal, as the group’s name suggests, is to flip Oregon’s eastern counties into Idaho.
— The Oregonian (@Oregonian) February 18, 2020
“Rural counties have become increasingly outraged by laws coming out of the Oregon Legislature that threaten our livelihoods, our industries, our wallet, our gun rights, and our values,” petitioner Mike McCarter said in a news release.
“We tried voting those legislators out but rural Oregon is outnumbered and our voices are now ignored. This is our last resort,” McCarter added.
“People here would prefer Idaho’s conservative governance to the progressive/liberal current Oregon governance,” petitioner Valerie Gottschalk said in a press release. “Every time I look at the Facebook group Greater Idaho, the group has gotten bigger.”
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