Several counties in the state of Oregon are looking to leave the state and become part of Idaho.
These people are tired of the radical left wing politics of Portland and are tired of being ignored by the leadership of the state. This is a stain on Governor Kate Brown and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler.
In recent weeks, this movement has grown.
The Business Insider reports:
‘Greater Idaho’ took one step closer to being a real thing as 5 more counties voted to explore leaving liberal Oregon for conservative Idaho
Seven rural Oregon counties have voted in favor of an effort to become part of Idaho, and organizers of the Greater Idaho movement say more counties could soon have the option on the ballot.
“We want out from underneath Oregon’s governance and go underneath Idaho’s governance, which we tend to match up better with, as far as our values go,” the group’s president, Mike McCarter, told Insider. “Now for 20 years-plus we’ve been trying to change the makeup and improve the makeup of the Oregon Legislature, but when you haven’t got the vote, there’s not much you can do about it.”
The ballot measures in the counties called on county officials to consider the move. Last week, five counties voted in favor of the effort, bringing the total to seven.
Leaders of the movement told Insider that it started at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic after Oregon’s GOP attempted to recall Gov. Kate Brown.
Could you even imagine this happening ten years ago? Five?
7 rural counties in Oregon have voted in favor of an effort to become part of Idaho.
Leaders of the Greater Idaho movement, which seeks to transfer more than 70% of Oregon’s land to Idaho, say Oregon’s Legislature doesn’t represent rural residents. ⬇️
— Politics Insider (@PoliticsInsider) May 28, 2021
Political leaders in Oregon may try to dismiss this but that would be a huge mistake.
It would be much more productive for them to try to understand why it’s happening.
Cross posted from American Lookout.
**By Mike LaChance
Counties leaving their current state and joining the adjacent State is probably more plausible, from a legal standpoint, than them creating a new state.
I’m wondering how different these in these overly liberal states will be affected when the global war is over and the good guys will.
On a related note, current rural county disgust has heated an already smoldering fuse. Chronically, the adjoining lower Oregon and upper California counties have wanted to form a 51st state — since 1941 — for similar reasons.
[see an overview of a stalled effort:
Like Portland, Sacramento has consistently passed laws that attempt to solve big city issues without consideration for lopsided population densities. From snide comments from friends and relatives in California’s Eureka county, government’s majority-over-parity mindset has consistently worked an implementation hardship and enforcement burden on the economies of rural counties in both states.
If Idaho rejects the movement to annex, maybe SCOTUS can see a legal path to statehood. With so much Oregon territory now voted to try this course, success with Idaho or statehood could re-light the fuse for an identical civics exercise in California’s Del Norte, Siskayou, and several other counties.