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2155, 20 May 21

Breaking Up Oregon?

I get it. I imagine El Paso would like to join New Mexico too.

Voters in Malheur, Sherman, Grant, Baker and Lake counties passed a measure that would require county officials to promote and discuss moving the Idaho border west, and incorporate their populations. The counties would join Union and Jefferson counties in Idaho. The predominant industries in the counties that voted to join Idaho are timber, mining, trucking and farming.


The measure might capture local sentiment, but actually moving the border would require much wider support, including the approval of both Oregon and Idaho state legislatures. It would also require approval from Congress.

The efforts were led by the grassroots group Move Oregon’s Border for a Greater Idaho, which believes adding conservative counties to Idaho would benefit the state. The group cites Oregon’s lack of rural representation in the legislature, the state’s 2020 drug decriminalization law, and the state’s tax rate as reasons to move out of the state.


“If Oregon really believes in liberal values such as self-determination, the legislature won’t hold our counties captive against our will,” said Mike McCarter, the leader of the movement, in a statement. “If we’re allowed to vote for which government officials we want, we should be allowed to vote for which government we want as well.”


2155, 20 May 2021


  1. Mar

    Ok, I’ll bite.
    Why would El Paso want to join New Mexico?
    Besides not being geographically close, why would any city want to join California lite, New Mexico?

  2. Mar

    My bad, I was wrong about the geographics.
    But still, New Mexico is California lite with their nutbag tyrannical governor. With their continuing mask mandates for kids and the draconian restrictions put in place by the governor, New Mexico is a hell hole.

  3. Kevin Scheunemann

    Liberal Oregon sucks. I’d want to escape the leftist, Marxist hell too!

  4. ThreeJanz

    I am all for this happening. I also recall reading about border towns in MN wanted to join North Dakota. Also what happened to the Cali split movements. Newsome isn’t too popular there.

  5. Mar

    I’m sure we can say this about every state in the union. I’m sure Central and Northern Wisconsin do not want anything to do with Madison or Milwaukee.
    Those of us in Northern Arizona would rather belong to Utah than deal with Phoenix and Tuscon.
    Then you have Native American tribes who do not want to deal with any state.
    You gotta deal with what you got.

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