The Conservatives of Oregon and California want to push boundaries so that they become members of IDAHO
Conservatives in Oregon and California have launched a campaign to push state boundaries so that they can join Idaho, which they think lawmakers will represent their values and interests more effectively.
The campaign, known as Greater Idaho, hopes to expand the borders of Idaho to the west to include large parts of rural Oregon and parts of Northern California.
“Rural counties have increasingly become outraged by laws that come from the Oregon legislature and that threaten our livelihoods, our industries, our wallet, our arms rights and our values,” said greater Idaho supporter Mike McCarter USA today on Tuesday.
“We tried to vote those legislators, but rural Oregon is in a minority and our votes are now being ignored. This is our last resort. ”
Oregon and California are both predominantly liberal, while Idaho is one of the most conservative states in the country, with 80% of its Republican legislator.
59% of the people of Idaho voted for Trump in 2016, while Hillary Clinton received only 26% of the votes.
“People here [in rural Oregon] prefers the conservative administration of Idaho over the progressive / liberal current administration of Oregon, “said another supporter, Valerie Gottschalk.
Two provinces in Oregon have provisionally approved the idea, and the Greater Idaho group is now striving to put the proposal to the vote at the November elections.
The campaign, called Greater Idaho, hopes to expand the boundaries of Idaho to the west to include large parts of rural Oregon and parts of Northern California. A proposal of the redrawn edges is shown
As part of the proposal, the small and picturesque town of Ashland, Oregon (21,117 residents) would become part of Idaho, despite the fact that many of its residents are liberal
According to the proposal, 22 out of 36 Oregon counties would join Idaho, but – because most of these counties are rural and sparsely populated – the population of Oregon would only decrease by 21% or 1.2 million.
“Crossing the border requires approval from the US Congress and US law from Idaho and Oregon,” the Greater Idaho group says it is a realistic goal.
In a 38-page proposal published on the Greater Idaho website, campaigners state: “This proposal differs from separation because it is simply a shift in boundaries that does not affect the balance of power in the US senate.
‘It does not create a new state or increase the number of states. Borders between states have been moved or redefined many times in US history. ”
They say that the movement to push the boundaries will also be a victory for the liberals who will remain in Oregon and California.
The more densely populated and liberal parts of Oregon – including the hipster capital Portland (photo) would not be placed within the enlarged borders of Idaho
The groups say that the movement to push the boundaries will also be a win-win, as Oregon and California will lose their conservative provinces and become more liberal, while Idaho will become even more conservative
“By releasing conservative provinces, this deal strengthens the position of the Democratic Party in Oregon and California,” the proposal states. “Their voters would become more progressive.”
“The groups of provinces that transferred to another state in this proposal voted very strongly for Trump. Their departure will reduce bias in Oregon and California. “
The proposal goes further: “These areas [of rural Oregon and California] agree with Idaho on issues related to cultural war and policy. Because the philosophy of the left has detached itself from biblical morality, it will continue to move further and further away from tradition and to follow trends of psychology wherever they lead. “
However, it is not the first time that residents of the Oregon countryside have tried to leave their state.
Residents tried – and failed – to create their own separate state, known as “Jefferson,” in 1941.
59% of the people of Idaho voted for Trump in 2016, while Hillary Clinton received only 26% of the votes