Conservatives in Oregon are gathering forces to vote on secession from the state in a concerted effort to join Idaho, which shares their values and political beliefs including those on Critical Race Theory, supporting the police, and bail laws.
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The Greater Idaho movement is pressuring state legislators as well as those in Idaho to redraw Oregon’s border so that the eastern two-thirds of the Beaver State becomes part of the Gem State, known for potatoes, gorgeous mountains, lakes, lower taxation, and conservatism.
Nine eastern Oregon counties have already backed secession. Two others are getting ready to vote in November on whether they want their representatives to work on redrawing the border.
State legislatures from both states would have to sign off on the plan before it proceeds to the United States Congress.
Spokesman Matt McCaw claims it makes sense to do so because Idaho’s politics more closely align with those residents’ conservative views.
Secede from Oregon? 'Greater Idaho' is on the ballot in two conservative counties
Rural conservatives fed up with Oregon's liberal politics consider moving border to join Idaho
— Dan Becketh (@DBecketh) October 13, 2022
“It makes more sense for Eastern Oregonians to get state-level governance coming from Idaho, where they share their values, share their culture, share their politics than it does to be governed by Western Oregon,” he told FOX News Digital on Thursday in an interview.
McCaw explained that liberals in western cities such as Portland, Eugene, and Bend have forced their woke policies on the conservative majority of the state. Much of the state actually voted for former President Trump in the last presidential election. Oregon wound up going for Biden because of liberal city strongholds in the state.
An election map indicates the problem Greater Idaho seeks to remedy is clear. By land size, Oregon appears to be conservative. Some counties voted nearly 80 percent for President Trump in the 2020 election. But the population centers of Portland, Eugene, and Bend have made it one of the most liberal states in the country.
“It’s always been a problem because the west side has many more voters,” he argued. “They have the numbers to dictate what happens statewide.”
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As a result, Greater Idaho advocates claim they are being subjected to woke policies such as defunding the police, bail reform, and teaching Critical Race Theory in schools. Homelessness, the green agenda, and crime are bones of contention as well.
The movement believes that 15 counties and two partial counties will move to join Idaho. Residents in Morrow County and Wheeler County are set to vote next month on the proposal.
“We’re not leaving Oregon; northwestern Oregon left us,” the secessionists argue on the Greater Idaho site, urging residents to “vote YES to preserve old Oregon as a part of Idaho.”
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If the measures are approved, Morrow County will require commissioners to meet three times a year to discuss how best to promote their county’s interests in “any negotiations regarding the relocation of the Oregon-Idaho state border.” Wheeler County’s measure would direct local officials to ask the state to proceed with plans for moving the border.
“Our whole core principle is that people deserve to have the kind of government that they want and that shares their values,” McCaw remarked to Fox News. “So we don’t want to be dragging anybody into something that they don’t want.”
“We’re going to keep trying to get as many of those counties as possible to get on the ballot. But it’s time for the legislature to pick up the ball and start this discussion,” he stated.
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