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Oregon border petitioners try joining Idaho, leaving liberals



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Frustrated by liberal policies, some Oregon residents are petitioning to leave the state –by moving the border with Idaho westward. 

The movement has secured initial approval from two counties and aims to get enough signatures to put the proposal on local ballots in November, said the group Move Oregon’s Border for a Greater Idaho.

If the group succeeds, voters in southeast Oregon may see a question on whether their county should become part of Idaho by redrawing the border.

“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,” Mike McCarter, one of the chief petitioners, said in a press release. “We tried voting those legislators out but rural Oregon is outnumbered and our voices are now ignored. This is our last resort.”

This proposed map provided by Greater Idaho shows an expanded Idaho, potentially created by moving state borders.

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The proposal comes after Oregon Senate Republicans fled the capital to protest a bill on greenhouse gas emissions last year, and while Democrats control the governor’s office and state legislature. Another chief petitioner, Valerie Gottschalk, said she hopes the proposal will gain traction similar to how the petition to recall Gov. Kate Brown did last summer.



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