Oregon conservatives who want to split from the leftist state just got some good news

Life isn’t easy for those in states along the left coast who don’t share a radical worldview.

That has led to a movement by some to change their situation.

Now Oregon conservatives who want to split from the leftist state just got some good news.

Residents of Crook County, Oregon often feel like they are living in a completely different world from their state’s cohabitants farther west.

While the Beaver State voted for Joe Biden margin of 56-40% in the 2020 election, largely because of Stalinesque margins in big cities like Portland, the vote in the conservative eastern half of the state was decidedly different.

In Crook County, the vote was 73-24% for Donald Trump.

Last week, voters in the conservative county passed a “Greater Idaho” measure that would support starting negotiations to secede from the leftist-dominated state.

With such stark differences in favored policies between Portland and the sparsely populated east, the move makes a lot of sense.

The movement for secession is gaining steam.

Having supported the measure with 53% of the vote, Crook County is now the 13th Oregon County to approve such a measure.

Secession proponent: “The people are the ones in charge, and it’s time for the leaders representing them to follow through”

Mike McCarter is president of the Greater Idaho group and is calling on the state’s political leaders to take notice.

He said, “For the last three years we’ve been going directly to voters and asking them what they want for their state government.  What they’re telling us through these votes is that they want their leaders to move the border.  In our system, the people are the ones in charge, and it’s time for the leaders representing them to follow through.”

The Greater Idaho group’s website claims that the border between Oregon and Idaho “was established 163 years ago and is now outdated. It makes no sense in its current location because it doesn’t match the location of the cultural divide in Oregon.”

In a statement addressing the vote, Greater Idaho Executive Director Matt McCaw said, “The voters of eastern Oregon have spoken loudly and clearly about their desire to see border talks move forward.  With this latest result in Crook County, there’s no excuse left for the Legislature and Governor to continue to ignore the people’s wishes.”

McCaw continued, “We call on the Governor, Speaker of the House, and Senate President to sit down with us and discuss next steps towards changing governance for eastern Oregonians, as well as for the legislature to begin holding hearings on what a potential border change will look like.”

While the vote was a step in the right direction for secession proponents, an uphill battle remains.

Other communities could be paving the way

Moving the border would require the approval of both Oregon and Idaho state legislatures as well as the U.S. Congress.

Still, some recent trends elsewhere in the country offer a glimmer of hope.

Last month, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled 4-3 in favor of the proposed City of St. George.

This occurred after a vote where 54% of those casting ballots decided to form a new city independent from Baton Rouge.

Organizers there are now in the process of building a new city government.

Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story. 

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