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Title: Rural Oregon counties vote to discuss seceding from state to join ‘Greater Idaho’
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URL Source: https://www.foxnews.com/media/rural-oregon-vote-secede-greater-idaho
Published: Nov 23, 2020
Author: Horse
Post Date: 2020-11-23 21:26:24 by Horse
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Views: 44
Comments: 4

A group called Move Oregon's Border is leading an initiative to have Oregon's rural counties secede from the rest of the state and join Idaho.

Mike McCarter, 72, a retired plant nursery worker and lifelong Oregonian, has been leading the effort for almost two years. He said he and many others are eager to “get out from underneath the chokehold of Northwestern Oregon.”

“We’ve watched the shift take place in Oregon politics where the primary concern of the Legislature is Northwest Oregon. That’s where 78% of the state’s population is based. They tend to forget that every law that you pass in the state affects us out in the rural economies, too,” McCarter told Fox News.

Oregon’s state politics took a sharp left turn during the past 20 years, something that has not gone unnoticed by more conservative residents in the state’s rural communities. McCarter pointed to a recently passed law that made Oregon the first state to decriminalize possession of hard drugs.

“Now you look and you say, 'well, if you're homeless, if you're a hard drug user, if you're a rioter, if you're an illegal, come to Oregon - we’re a sanctuary state and you won't get in trouble.' And that's not the way conservatives feel in Oregon.”

Portland has seen months of violent protests and riots with little government intervention since the death of George Floyd in May in Minneapolis.

“Idaho is not a sanctuary state at all, and they want to protect their citizens. That's comforting, to live in a state like that who enforces the laws and not let the lawbreakers go free.”

A measure requiring local officials to meet on the subject of changing the border was on the ballot in four counties this past election. It passed in Jefferson and Union counties and was voted down by small margins in Douglas and Wallowa counties.

McCarter’s goal, however, is to get the issue as much attention as possible, since the final decision will lie with Oregon and Idaho state legislatures. The group hopes 19 of Oregon’s southern and eastern counties will secede and become part of what they call “Greater Idaho.”

If successful, the border change would no longer make Idaho a land-locked state, giving it two coastal counties, something McCarter said could be a key selling point for the neighboring state. (1 image)

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#1. To: Horse (#0)

since the final decision will lie with Oregon and Idaho state legislatures.

And there you have it. Dead on arrival.

Idaho would welcome them, but the Oregon state legislature, given it's controlled by the 78% in the northwest, will never approve it.

But just having the secession measure looming might be enough to give rural Oregon some political attention it's craving for.

Pinguinite  posted on  2020-11-23   21:41:14 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Pinguinite (#1)

I have family in Washington state that are wanting to move into Idaho. After thirty years they have had enough.

Cynicom  posted on  2020-11-23   22:13:11 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Pinguinite (#1)

The federal government could intervene and allow county option to realign counties with neighboring states. Parts of Virginia would opt for West Virginia. Parts of California would opt out. Ditto Washington state.

The Truth of 911 Shall Set You Free From The Lie

Horse  posted on  2020-11-23   22:59:02 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Horse (#3)

The federal government could intervene and allow county option to realign counties with neighboring states. Parts of Virginia would opt for West Virginia. Parts of California would opt out. Ditto Washington state.

Well, that would be very partisan. Dems in Congress would never allow their city centers to lose dominance over rural conservatives. So have to wait until Rs can take back control.

Pinguinite  posted on  2020-11-23   23:10:45 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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