Oregon and California conservatives outraged by liberal policies that ‘threaten their livelihoods, gun rights and values’ want to redraw state borders to join Trump-loving IDAHO

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
By Paul Martin

Residents in conservative counties in Oregon and Northern California have created a group called Greater Idaho
They are currently lobbying for borders to be redrawn so their counties can become part of Idaho – one of the most conservatives states in the US
The conservative residents feel that their current legislators in Oregon and California are too liberal and do not adequately represent their interests
The Greater Idaho group is now aiming to have the proposal put onto ballots at the November election

19 February 2020

Conservatives in Oregon and California have launched a campaign to redraw state borders so that they can join Idaho, where they believe legislators will more effectively represent their values and interests.

The campaign, known as Greater Idaho, hopes to expand the borders of Idaho westward in order to encompass large swathes of rural Oregon and parts of Northern California.

‘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,’ Greater Idaho proponent Mike McCarter told USA Today on Tuesday.

‘We tried voting those legislators out, but rural Oregon is outnumbered and our voices are now ignored. This is our last resort.’

Oregon and California are both overwhelmingly liberal, while Idaho is one of the most conservative states in the country, with 80% of its legislature Republican.

59% of Idaho residents voted for Trump in 2016, while Hillary Clinton received just 26% of the vote.

‘People here [in rural Oregon] would prefer Idaho’s conservative governance to the progressive/liberal current Oregon governance,’ another proponent, Valerie Gottschalk, stated.

Two counties in Oregon have tentatively approved the idea, and the Greater Idaho group is now aiming to have the proposal put onto ballots at the November election.

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