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Redrawing U.S. State Lines? 12 Counties Vote To SECEDE!

This is something you don’t see everyday…

Voters in 12 Counties in Eastern Oregon (i.e. not the Far Left Looney part of Oregon) have voted to SECEDE from their own State.

They want to join Idaho!

Can you blame them?

It’s real, although it faces a significant uphill battle:

The story has been reported on Fox News:

Here are more details from Fox News:

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., over the weekend spoke out against a campaign to have the rural eastern part of his home state of deep-blue Oregon effectively secede and join more conservative Idaho.

Speaking at a town hall at a local high school, Merkley said the idea of moving the Idaho-Oregon border raises important issues about Oregon’s internal situation that need to be addressed but argued the project has essentially no chance of coming to fruition.

“There are a whole set of barriers that would make the process very difficult,” Merkley said in response to a question about the so-called Greater Idaho movement, which seeks to incorporate about 13 Oregon counties, or 63% of the state’s landmass and 9% of its population, within Idaho’s borders. “I would not want to see the state carved up. I love every part of it.”

Merkley’s comments were first reported by The Observer, a local publication that serves readers in Oregon.

The Greater Idaho movement seeks to make several counties in conservative eastern Oregon part of Idaho instead.

Moving the Idaho-Oregon border would require the approval of both state legislatures as well as the U.S. Congress. Critics have argued such a scenario won’t ever happen and therefore isn’t worth the time and energy.

However, a resolution is making its way through the Idaho Legislature that wouldn’t move the Idaho-Oregon border but rather call for formal talks between the states’ legislatures about relocating the boundary line. Earlier this year, Idaho’s House of Representatives passed the bill. It’s unclear if the bill will eventually pass the Idaho Senate, but the chamber is, like the state’s House, dominated by Republicans who are more supportive of the idea than their Democratic colleagues.

Proponents also note that 11 counties in eastern Oregon have voted for ballot measures to explore and consider the move. A measure in Wallowa County currently looks like it will pass in a close vote that, if finalized, would bring the total to 12 counties. According to some polling, Idahoans would welcome expanding the state boundary. In Oregon, meanwhile, polling has shown a roughly equal number of voters support and oppose the idea, with about one-fifth of the population undecided.

Proponents of a “Greater Idaho” argue the movement is about maintaining more traditional values, preserving a certain way of life, and being properly represented by the state’s lawmakers, who they argue impose a far-left agenda opposed by those living in more conservative eastern Oregon.

“While there are vast political differences in our region, Greater Idaho is not the proper remedy for those differences,” Idaho Senate Minority Leader Melissa Wintrow, D, recently told Fox News Digital. “Our democratic republic depends on level heads coming together to find solutions to the issues that impact our citizens. Dividing state borders to create enclaves of politically like-minded people is the opposite of a healthy America.”

Over the weekend, Merkley acknowledged that the Greater Idaho movement reflects a divide between western and eastern Oregon that needs to be addressed, adding that different communities live across the state and elected leaders should try to understand them. He also argued that social media and cable television news exacerbate Oregon’s east-west divide, saying politics forced from both the left and right use these outlets to demonize the other.

“They amplify divisions,” said Merkley.

Beyond values, supporters also point to a recent analysis by the Claremont Institute that found the state-line shift could benefit Idaho economically, providing an annual net benefit to Idaho’s state government budget of $170 million.

However, critics have argued Oregon’s sparsely populated areas have high rates of Medicaid enrollment and could be an added expense to Idaho taxpayers.

A “Greater Idaho” would be as big as Montana and twice as populous, with the new land increasing the state’s population by about 21%.

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