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Border shift? La Pine man behind Greater Idaho movement speaks on latest developments

(Update: Adding video, comments)

Urges Crook County residents to show up at August 4 county court meeting

LA PINE, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Oregon's Harney County will vote this November on the "Greater Idaho" proposal of moving the Oregon-Idaho border, as a group called Move Oregon’s Border said Monday it has collected the required number of signatures.

La Pine resident Mike McCarter, the president of Citizens for Greater Idaho, has been advocating to shift Oregon's border and become a part of Idaho.

"We feel in rural Oregon that we're somewhat ignored," McCarter said Monday.

But a lot has to fall in place for this concept to become a reality.

\"So the Oregon Legislature has to pick up the discussions, and start dealing with the Idaho Legislature," McCarter said. "And if they can come to an agreement to move the counties out from under Oregon's governance, and under Idaho's governance, then it goes back to the U.S. Congress for approval."

And that appears to be highly unlikely, to many.

So many have asked those in the movement, why not just move to Idaho instead?

"South, East, Central Oregon, they have a tie to their land. They have a tie to their communities," McCarter said. "We can pick up and move to Idaho, that's fine. But wouldn't it be easier as a whole, the way people are voting, just to say okay, we want to become Idahoans, so let's move the border, so we're there without even having to pick up and go?"

McCarter says the clash between urban and rural communities can be fixed, but he feels in Oregon, policies have only gone further in one direction.

"And that's because 78% of the vote is in northwest Oregon, and that controls the whole state," McCarter said.

The group is still collecting signatures in six other counties, including Curry, Josephine, Douglas, Klamath, Morrow and Umatilla.

Voters in seven Oregon counties, including Jefferson, have already voted in favor of their county leaders having to meet twice a year to discuss the "Greater Idaho" concept. 

The five counties that voted in May averaged 62% in favor of that step.

Here in Central Oregon, the movement is ready to welcome hundreds to attend the August 4 Crook County court meeting.

They say they plan to confront county commissioners on what they is their reluctance to put the issue on the November ballot.

Here are two news releases, first one McCarter issued Monday:

1) Harney County, Oregon will vote on Greater Idaho this November

2) Crook County showdown scheduled for August 4

3) Grant County Court’s first mandated meeting on Greater Idaho is August 4

Contact: Mike McCarter 503-339-5654, Mike@GreaterIdaho.org

Backgrounder: read this intro to Greater Idaho: www.greateridaho.org/backgrounder-intro-to-greater-idaho

Harney County, Oregon will vote on Greater Idaho this November

Harney County will vote this November on the “Greater Idaho” concept of moving the Oregon/Idaho border, as a group called Move Oregon’s Border has collected the required number of signatures, the Harney County Clerk announced in a press release.  He awarded the measure a number: 13-18, and wrote that “The question to be voted on by the people of Harney County is: Shall the County Court meet three times annually to discuss promoting Harney County’s interests regarding relocation of the state border?”

Move Oregon’s Border is still collecting signatures in six counties: Curry, Josephine, Douglas, Klamath, Morrow, and Umatilla counties, according to the organization’s website greateridaho.org .  Voters in seven Oregon counties have already voted in favor of the Greater Idaho concept.  The five counties that voted in May averaged 62% in favor.

The ballot measures are a part of an effort to move the Oregon/Idaho border to extend Idaho’s jurisdiction over rural, conservative counties of eastern and southern Oregon. The ballot measures are intended to put pressure on the state legislatures of Oregon and Idaho to negotiate an interstate compact to relocate their common border.  “Idaho's government would defend us from the radical Left’s cultural revolution and preserve our way of life – Oregon's government wouldn’t,” said Mike McCarter, president of Move Oregon’s Border and Citizens for Greater Idaho.  “We may be able to convince northwestern Oregon to let eastern and southern Oregon counties go. Because if they do, then the state income tax revenue would improve by $367 per wage earner annually, because the per capita personal income of these counties is only as high as Idaho’s. Is northwestern Oregon willing to forego that, just to keep Oregon looking big on a map?  How does keeping our counties under the governance of Salem improve their lives in any way?”

Crook County showdown scheduled for August 4

In 5 counties where Move Oregon’s Border didn’t get permission to circulate a petition, the group isrequesting that county commissioners refer a question about Greater Idaho to their ballots, including the counties of Coos, Crook, Wheeler, Gilliam, and Wallowa. They are asking the same of the city councils of the cities of La Pine, Redmond, Maupin, Rogue River, Gold Hill, Central Point, Eagle Point, and Shady Cove.

Citizens for Greater Idaho, a sister group of Move Oregon’s Border, announced that they will be bringing hundreds of citizens to attend the August 4 Crook County Court meeting to confront county commissioners on their reluctance to refer a non-binding advisory question to the November 2021 ballot.  This is the last meeting before the deadline for referring measures to the November 2021 ballot.  Move Oregon’s Border‘s ballot initiative was not given permission to circulate by the county, so in June Citizens for Greater Idaho began collecting Crook County signatures and email addresses on an unofficial list of proponents.  Citizens for Greater Idaho announced they already have 1200 email addresses of Crook County citizens who want to vote on the issue, which will be used to invite citizens to the meeting. For more information on the Crook County Court meeting, visit greateridaho.org

Approximately fifty supporters of Greater Idaho attended the April 21 Crook County meeting.  At that meeting, a member of the Crook County Court, Judge Seth Crawford, asserted that the Court has no authority to refer a non-binding advisory question to the ballot.  Subsequently, the Court had a Portland lawyer, Peter O. Watts, issue a letter listing irrelevant cases to justify this position. However, the letter doesn’t mention the longstanding guidance of the Attorney General of Oregon that all Oregon counties have the authority to refer non-binding advisory questions to county ballots, which was subsequently acknowledged by that lawyer in an email. Indeed, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners referred an advisory question to their November 2020 ballot, as other counties have done earlier.

In June, Crook County residents entered a float into the local rodeo parade asking the County Court to let the county vote on the Greater Idaho issue.

Grant County Court’s first mandated meeting on Greater Idaho is August 4

As required by the measure approved by Grant County voters in May, the Grant County Court will meet August 4 at 9 AM to discuss the “Greater Idaho” concept of moving the Oregon/Idaho border. The public is invited to attend in person at the Courthouse in Canyon City to provide comments on the idea.


And here's a news release issued Monday by the Oregon Values and Beliefs Center about a recent survey on the topic:

Oregon Values and Beliefs Center Poll: Greater Idaho
Oregon Values and Beliefs Center - 07/19/21 5:00 AM

Oregonians from all over the state share their thoughts about whether counties should be allowed to join Idaho if it’s what a majority of their voters want.

From June 8th through 14th, 2021, the Oregon Values and Beliefs Center conducted a statewide survey of Oregonians’ values and beliefs regarding the Greater Idaho movement. The questions were intended to gather preliminary data to inform more in-depth research in the months ahead.

This online survey consisted of 1,400 Oregon residents ages 18+ and took approximately 15 minutes to complete. To ensure a representative sample, demographic quotas were set, and data weighted by the area of the state, gender, age, and education. Responses were analyzed and categorized to allow for a better understanding of trends in Oregonians’ values and beliefs. The survey’s margin of error, for the full sample, ranges from ±1.6% to ±2.6% depending on how the response category percentages split for any given question. Due to rounding, numbers may not add up to 100%.

This survey uses aggregated data to analyze the opinions of BIPOC residents in comparison to the opinions of residents who identify as white and not another race. BIPOC residents are not a monolith; the grouping represents a wide diversity of races and ethnicities. The findings included in this memo should not be construed such that all people of color are believed to share the same opinions. Disaggregated race data will be provided when sample size permits reliability.

Findings will include a citation of the relevant question, which can be referenced in the attached annotated questionnaire and tabs.

Should Counties be Allowed to Join Idaho if Voters Approve?

  • Statewide, more Oregonians say Oregon counties should not be able to leave the state and join Idaho, even if their voters show majority support for the move (42%), but only by a narrow margin. Over a third of Oregonians (38%) say counties should be able to join Idaho, while 20% say they are unsure (Q4).
  • In explaining their opposition to the counties leaving, Oregonians voice concerns about breaking up the state, citing their pride in being an Oregonian, and the value of a diversity of opinions.

“I don’t understand what they have to gain by switching. While they may feel they are more similar to the lifestyle and attitudes of Idaho, joining them actually reduces their influence since they’re joining a like-minded region compared to having some sort of influence on Oregon.”
- Male, age 45-54, Washington County, Asian or Pacific Islander

“I am an OREGONIAN. Born and raised; I do not wish to be an Idahoan. OREGON PROUD.”
- Female, age 45-54, Douglas County, white or Caucasian

“The shallow, mean-spirited side of me wants to say, “oh heck just let them go,” but then that side of me doesn’t want to face the fact that I live in Portland surrounded by people who look like me and see things exactly the way I do. Talking politics here is preaching to the choir. The few people who don’t agree with the liberal majority don’t speak up because they’ll get shouted down by the liberal majority, and we think we’re such nice people. We need to move toward a culture where we value all the voices and respect people as people regardless of their opinions. The divides in this country could be part of what brings it down someday and that would be tragic.”
- Female, age 65-74, Multnomah County, Native American or American Indian

  • One reason many people give for opposing the Greater Idaho movement is that another solution currently exists: People unsatisfied with Oregon’s government can move to Idaho if they wish (Q7).

“If you want to live in Idaho, you should move there.”
- Female, age 55-64, Columbia County, Black or African American

“I think most people are tired of the way Oregon is being run and are looking for a change, but moving boundaries isn't the way. If you really want to live in Idaho, then move.”
- Female, age 55-64, Douglas County, white or Caucasian

“If you don’t like living within Oregon…move! It doesn’t make sense to mess up our borders because of whiny conservatives.”
- Male, age 30-44, Multnomah County, Hispanic/Latino/a/x

  • Residents from outside the greater Portland and Willamette Valley regions support counties being allowed to join Idaho by a narrow margin (44% support vs. 40% oppose) (Q4). Even among those who do not support counties leaving Oregon, there is broad recognition of, and even sympathy for, the residents of these counties feeling that they are not represented in state government (Q7).

“This is a longed-for solution for these counties, decades old. They want Curry County to eventually get them coastal access, too. The USA is a mangled country now, changing borders may create regional areas where people are more like-minded, but I see it as a dangerous precedent.”
- Female, 65-74, Curry County, white or Caucasian

“Perhaps the movement will have some value in publicizing the frustration of rural areas whose needs and voices are ignored by the dominant urban vote. If it succeeded it would probably be at the cost of conservatives left behind in the area that did not secede, but at least some voters would get to experience a more representative government.”
- Male, age 75+, Clackamas County, Slavic, white or Caucasian

“I feel like those counties would get out from under the heel of the liberal policies that are choking the state of Oregon since the lawmakers have no idea what life is like in the rural areas, all they care about are their constituents in the major metropolitan areas such as Portland, Bend, and Salem.”
- Male, 30-44, Wasco County, Hispanic/Latino/a/x and white or Caucasian

Should Counties be Allowed to Join Idaho if Voters Approve?

  • Irrespective of opinions about whether voters should be allowed to determine their county’s state, two-thirds of Oregonians say it is unlikely that this move will take place (64%) (Q5).
  • Compared to older Oregonians, people ages 18-54 years old are more likely to say the move is very or somewhat likely (25%-31%), while those over 45 years old are more likely than younger Oregonians to say the move is not very or not at all likely (65%-79% vs. 53%-57%) (Q5).
  • Oregonians say the move is unlikely because it’s not a good deal for both states. While residents disagree about whether it makes financial sense for Oregon to lose these counties, seen as lower-income, there is some agreement that Idaho would be taking on lower-income counties, which could be expensive (Q7).

“Firstly, it promotes segregation instead of accepting different political viewpoints. Secondly, the main tax base comes from primarily Democrat counties. If the “red” counties became part of Idaho, those forming the new Idaho would have an increasingly high cost of living and limited access to state programs.”
- Female, age 55-64, Clackamas County, Multiple races/ethnicities

“The financial impact to have counties join Idaho for both states would be hard to work out. The counties wanting to join Idaho have much smaller populations & would not bring much financial ‘wealth’ with them.”
- Female, 75+, Multnomah County, white or Caucasian

We in these counties are rural, spread out, and low average incomes. The taxes required to maintain and improve the infrastructure required for such vast and lowly populated areas can’t be generated by the population in these counties alone. Where will Idaho get the additional resources? If from these counties, the tax rates will skyrocket.
- Female, 65-74, Baker County, white or Caucasian

Would Moving the Border be Positive or Negative?

  • While 38% of Oregonians say the state’s counties should be allowed to join Idaho if a majority of their voters agree, fewer believe such a move would be a positive thing (34%) (Q6).
    • The oldest residents are the most certain a move to Idaho would portend negative outcomes. More than half of Oregonians 75 and older say the move would be negative (55%), including 21% of these seniors who think it would be “very negative.”
    • Additionally, people with six-figure incomes are more likely than people with lower incomes to say the move to Idaho would be negative (54% vs. 39-43%). Nearly one-third of six-figure income Oregonians say the move would be “very negative” (32%).
       
  • Oregonians who think the move to Greater Idaho would be negative for residents point to increased state taxes, including vehicle registration fees and sales tax, as well as the fact that tax dollars from western Oregon currently subsidize some state operations in eastern Oregon. Some respondents also note that the cannabis industry has provided economic benefits in many of these counties but remains prohibited in Idaho.

“These counties benefit financially from tax revenues from the affluent I-5 corridor metropolitan areas. Without this, they cannot survive. The State of Idaho won’t raise taxes on their own people just so that they can service the greatly expanded territory that spans all the way down to Brookings. With supporters of this political stunt also being strongly anti-tax, there is no logical way how the “Greater Idaho” can be financially or economically sustainable. On the other hand, these people leaving Oregon will be a benefit to the rest of Oregon.”
- Non-binary or gender non-conforming, age 45-54, Columbia County, Asian or Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino/a/x, and white or Caucasian

“First of all, there will be an increase in taxes. Especially sales taxes, and I don’t think they realize that.”
- Male, age 18-29, Union County, white or Caucasian

“Oregon legalized marijuana in 2016 and has benefitted amazingly from the taxes collected from legal marijuana sales. Those counties wishing to secede risk finding themselves in tighter financial situations than they were in before marijuana was both decriminalized and legalized for medicinal and recreational use.”
- Female, age 18-29, Umatilla County, white or Caucasian

“Tax funds from the western half of the state help cover costs for all kinds of things in my county and the neighboring ones, from road repairs to social services to recreation opportunities. Idaho's legislature and government have also been terrible in their response to the pandemic and in ignoring public safety.”
- Male, age 30-44, Union County, white or Caucasian

Demographic Trends
Identifying What Unites Us and Understanding What Divides Us

  • Overall, Black, Indigenous, and other Oregonians of color seem to be more receptive to allowing counties to join Idaho with voter approval. BIPOC Oregonians are more likely to say counties should be allowed to join Idaho (42%), that it is likely to happen (32%), and that this move would be positive (36%) (Q4-6). They are also more likely to say they are undecided about all three questions (24%, 19%, and 27%, respectively). White Oregonians are more likely to say they oppose allowing counties to join Idaho (43%), that they think it is unlikely (66%), and that these counties joining Idaho would be negative (44%).
  • Not surprisingly, rural residents are among the most likely to say voters should be able to approve their county’s move to Idaho (43%) (Q4).
    • By a margin of more than 10 percentage points as compared to urbanites, rural residents are more likely to believe such a move is likely (32% rural; 19% urban) and would be a positive thing (40% rural; 30% urban) (Q5-6).

This research was completed as a community service by the Oregon Values and Beliefs Center, an independent and non-partisan organization. OVBC is an Oregon charitable nonprofit corporation (oregonvbc.org).

For more information, please see the OVBC June 2021 Survey Annotated Questionnaire and Crosstabs.

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      1. Oregon’s State Senate on Saturday passed a bill that would make illegal immigrants in the state eligible for Medicaid-funded medical services — sending the legislation to Democratic Gov. Kate Brown for signature.

        You are most likely right that the Democrats, will never sign off on this, but you are calling the wrong people idiots, you will see soon the fruits of the Democrats labor, and the impacts it will have, even on your lifestyle. You will be even less happy with your life.
        The menial sum you get from the State will not be enough to cover your basic necessities.
        They have other plans for what you get, and it will not just be effecting medical.

          1. Probably you, Total tax burden Oregon 27th, Idaho 36th. Oregon 2nd highest income tax burden, Idaho 23rd. Not everyone who doesn’t like the way things are going in Central and Eastern Oregon is an Idiot.

        1. Employed “illegal immigrants” pay taxes but currently are not eligible for benefits or tax refunds. Healthcare is a basic need that should be available to everyone who pays into the system. A worker who has healthcare for his or her family is a happier, productive worker, citizen or not.

        2. I’m down right overjoyed with my life. Your problem with being a tRump ****** is assuming everyone else is as miserable as you are.

    1. If it ever did, it wouldn’t take long before they start complaining about those Radical Left, college-educated, antifa- and blm-luvin’ folks in Boise, and they’ll start a petition to make the greater Boise area an Oregon exclave.

    2. If it ever did, it wouldn’t be long before they started complaining about those Radical Left, college-educated people in Boise, and they’d start a movement to make the greater Boise area an Oregon exclave.

  1. Since Mike McCarter wants so badly to live in Idaho, I’ll gladly pay for all his moving expenses. I’ll rent the U-Haul, pack his stuffandjunk, load it into the truck and drive it myself. See ya, Mikey, don’t let the screen door hit ya where the good Lord split ya………..very unlikely you’ll be missed.

    1. Well I see you have completely missed the point. These people don’t want to live in Idaho. They want some kind of representation in the state legislation(enough so it will matter). They are tired of voting one way and it being shot down by Multnomah County.

      1. What makes these Oregonians special over every other state that ever existed where the people who choose to live in the sparsely populated rural areas had less political voice than the dense areas of population? This is essentially a dynamic that plays out everywhere, how is it that only Oregon has this special class of entitled rural folks?

  2. These hardcore trump fans are addicted to losing!!! That’s why they’re trump fans!!! Part of being a regressive loser is spending time you could use actually working, to pursue totally failed and useless endeavors like moving the border!!! I, like most oregonians would love to see these failed, backwards and parasitic counties go away. Unfortunately that will never happen!!

      1. You communistic liberal leftists are the ones who have ruined our conservative state. You should be the ones to move back to where you came from.

        1. Oregon hasn’t been a “conservative” state since 1988. No wonder you’re so miserable, you’ve got a grudge that’s been festering for over 33 years.

        2. You make assumptions that all liberals moved here from “someplace else.” Not all native Oregonians have closed minds like you, and quite frankly, there’s a lot more of us liberals living east of the proposed border change than you think. That’s the real reason this proposal will fail.

  3. This has a 0% chance of happening. This entire idea is ridiculous. The US hasn’t changed shape of their states in like 150 years, lol. You don’t just get to create a new state, you move if you don’t like where you live. That’s the entire point of the US in the first place. What a complete joke

    1. Nonethless, people need to take the threat seriously and turn out to vote against it. Assuming “It will never happen.” is how we got Tangerine Palpatine in the White House in the first place. Show up to vote and vote against this or you may well find yourselves serfs in the grand land of Bundy-ho.

      1. Thank you for this ! You are absolutely right..I was one of those who thought the Tangerine Palpatine (priceless !) was a big joke. Of course, I didn’t vote for the numbskull but a lot of misguided folks did. And for that, we almost sent our country back to the dark ages ! So, never say never and get out the vote !

  4. Jefferson County passed it. Not by much. Now our County Commissioners are required to have 2 extra commissioner meetings a year or face fines. For a group that claims to want less government they started off by creating more “government “ than we had before.

    Cost. Sure it does. Now the County Treasurer, County Administer, Assistant and county’s legal team, as well as others have to also attend these meetings which takes time away from other responsibilities.

    The lead person came and presented at the February 2021 meeting. He acknowledged the counties approached were the counties who voted for Trump. I had no clue this was how they had decided which counties to try and get on the ballot.
    Most counties will not have anything on the ballot this November. If they get this on the ballot then those counties will have the additional expense of an election. Rural counties aren’t generally rich. If this was about our rural people then they would wait until the May 2022 election.

  5. look closer at the rules and freedoms of Idaho. people left the garden of Eden to have sex with animals and children and will kill children to do it. destroy land and water. force people into one religion. and change the bible to justify all that is bad. its all about lust. nothing more.

  6. Given the fact we have all seen the way our so called leaders of political government ran this state into the ground it’s really no wonder it’s all gone to hell. From a Swiss cheese border to endless fires and economic disaster. No wonder. May they be in heaven a half hour before god finds out they’re democrats.

    1. Give it a rest. Believe it or not, if there even is a magic man in the sky, according to the Bible they will be judged according to how they treat others. Did they follow in the footsteps of Jesus in helping their fellow man? Did they support the downtrodden? The most important of all was – John 1 5:12 “This is my commandment, that ye love one another, even as I have loved you.” Nowhere does it say Republican or Democrat.

    1. Here is an alert for you, Your area code on cell phones do not always match your location. I have a 360 area code and have never lived in Vancouver, Wa.

  7. I think this is ridiculous…but if they have to take our rep Cliff Bentz with them I am on board! Better yet let them move and take Cliff with them!

  8. I find it interesting that a LaPine resident would be involved in this. When I talked to the person who started all this he told me flat out that Deschutes County would never be involved in this because, to quote him, “Oregon will never give up it’s cash cow”. This after I called him up to tell him that the boundary he was proposing on this side was going to split the Redmond school District in half.

  9. If these yahoos want to be in Idaho so darn bad – MOVE TO IDAHO! Stop with your incessant whining and just GO. So over their baloney. This is my home state and I like it the shape it is.

    1. They can’t move because they have “ties to the land and their communities” but not to the state. Microcosm vs macrocosm or, more appropriately, narrow-minded vs seeing the big picture.

  10. Dear God, just move to Idaho if you want to be in Idaho so bad! We can’t just move borders because a bunch of babies want to be in Idaho! Grow up, pack up and leave.

  11. If these people put half as much time into volunteering as they do into this effort, like their local school, picking up trash on the side of the road or helping the elderly, they’d do more for their communities than a border move ever could hope for.

    And these people who so decry their lack of representation are ever so happy to put in voting restrictions so that you can’t vote to support their narrative of stolen elections and voter fraud like someone ‘tuk ur vert!’

    *smh* Can’t believe I’m even commenting on this.

  12. The war between the State of Jefferson and Greater Idaho will be fun to watch as it plays out across the barren plains of used to be Eastern Oregon. The only questions are: which side will Donald the Trump endorse and how badly will the Bundyians screw it up?

  13. The way Boise is growing and the way their vote is beginning to trend toward the “liberal” spectrum and by the time they could get this passed this group would probably end up with the same situation they are trying to escape. What a waste of people’s time and money. We live in a democracy where the majority rules, get over your recent loss!

    1. Are you racist? The majority of black Americans are not getting vaccinated. Are you saying they are Trumpers or are you saying you don’t to live around black Americans?

      1. This from somebody who incessantly complains about “illegals?” Ironic that someone who can’t even recognize the bigotry in using that one word for people, not an action, is calling out someone else for racism.

    2. Hey most “Trumpers” or Republicans as most of us prefer to be called ARE vaccinated. I’m vaccinated, my wife’s vaccinated. All my friends are Republicans and are vaccinated.

      1. Your indignation toward a liberal comment is righteous. But tell me, where are your comments to encourage the vaccine to your fellow Republican antivaxxers? That would truly righteous!

  14. This is how stupid these people are! “I want to live in Idaho, instead of moving there let’s move the state here” which one can happen?

  15. Why would Idaho want to take on the economic burden of these rural counties – a burden that will be worse as the desert expands and makes most of this land much less productive than it is now?

  16. Maybe Salem should consider selling those counties to Idaho…the Greater Idaho Purchase. Would that increase the kicker for the rest of us?

  17. As if Idaho would have them.

    Do these simpletons realize the enormous amount of red tape, money, and logistical upheaval this would bring? Do you think Idaho wants to now maintain those Oregon roads and keep them plowed…after fixing them of course…using Idaho dollars? Or suddenly have to take on Oregon prisons and their workers (or any state worker) who gets PERS under union contract? What about the money legalized pot brings to Oregon in those areas? Is Oregon going to give it up so easily? And those are just a few things to consider. It’s not as simple as wishing to be an Idahoan and voting it to be so to suit your snowflake feelings.

    You want that? Move your silly butt there and stop proving how hypocritical you are by pissing and moaning that other people are trying to impose upon your life and now yourself are trying to impose your will upon folks the same way.

  18. NO! I don’t care where the ef you are from. I don’t care about your politics. I am a 5th and 6th generation Native Oregonian. If I wanted EVER to live in Idaho with their asinine laws, I would move there. Gentrification by newcomers to the state is strangling us. Our voices do not matter to you. I am an Oregonian, my ancestors are Oregonians and my dead children in our pioneer cemetery are Oregonians. If we ever want to be independent from Portland and Salem, then separate us along the Cascade ridge. Don’t make us join a nasty place like Idaho, where pot is criminalized and we still have no say. You people are behaving stupidly so just move there and leave me alone! We have NOT voted for this. If some California A**** wants to be in Idaho, move there. LEAVE US ALONE!!!!!

  19. I would not want anything to do with Idaho, that’s why I live in Oregon….Idaho labor laws suck and let alone you have to have your rig inspected every 2 years for emissions….How can I drive my diesel with a 5” straight exhaust anymore? 😂 I really think there are deeper ties to Ammon Bundy and the State of Jefferson with this whole border movement issue. By the time it happens Idaho will have a liberal governor too, probably already 45% out of state transplants.

        1. Why do you have to pull party affiliation into this….I was republican as all hell until the nut jobs took over in both parties. I’m just a fed up Patriotic American that wants to live the way I live and not be forced to change states( although I know it will never happen). Move The Border, and People’s Rights can suck my toes!

  20. “even if their voters show majority support for the move (42%)” Come on guys, 42% is NOT a majority, by definition. It may be a plurality, but it’s still a minority of those surveyed.

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