In a bold move that has gained nationwide attention, the Idaho House has taken a significant step towards expanding its borders by passing a resolution to engage in discussions with the Oregon Legislature.
The proposal is rooted in the Greater Idaho movement, which seeks to incorporate 11 Oregon counties comprising a staggering 63% of the state’s land area into Idaho.
The driving force behind this movement is the belief that the political power held by the left-leaning residents of the urban centers in northwest Oregon, namely Portland, Salem, and Eugene, drowns out the voices of rural, conservative inhabitants in the eastern and southern regions of the state.
The proposal, if it were to come to fruition, would give a louder voice to those who feel silenced on matters of governance in the current state of Oregon.
The potential expansion of Idaho’s borders could have a profound impact on the political landscape of the Pacific Northwest.
“The aspirations of Portland-area and northwestern Oregon voters force the state government toward a direction that happens to be incompatible with the values and livelihoods of my town and many in eastern and southern Oregon,” Mike McCarter, president of Citizens for Greater Idaho wrote in an op-ed for Oregon Live.
Rural, conservative Oregonians would feel well-represented in the Idaho legislature, which is overwhelmingly Republican. Idaho politics bleed red; the state has not backed a Democrat for President since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964.
Idaho Rep. Judy Boyle supports the expansion because she wants to crack down on drugs pouring into her state. Boyle represents a border district, and because Oregon has moved to decriminalize most drugs, there’s been an influx of drugs into the region. She told the Idaho Press she voted to extend her state’s border to “get those drugs away from us.”
Rep. Barbara Ehardt believes Idaho has a lot to gain from absorbing eastern and southern Oregon’s natural resources and land mass. If the Oregon legislature is worried about losing so much state land, however, proponents argue that the majority of land in the expansion is federally or privately owned. The state government would not be losing much.
But not all Idaho lawmakers are in favor of the expansion.
“We should not be self-segregating by ideology like this,” House Minority Leader, Democratic Rep. Ilana Rubel told a local news channel. “I think we’re on a path to civil war if we keep going down this path. We have got to learn to get along better and work together better. The answer cannot be to carve up the country and redraw lines that have been in place for a century or more, just so we can only be surrounded by people that perfectly agree with us.”
The measure will now go to the Idaho Senate for approval, but it must also be approved by the Oregon legislature, as well as Congress. Already, 11 rural Oregon counties have already signed onto the petition for expansion. If enacted, Oregon would lose one congressional seat and one electoral vote due to the population shift.
Hopefully Idaho is successful then works to add the western counties of Washington into their state which has normal Americans unlike the whack jobs on the west coast.
If this is the way the country is going then I am fine with moving to an area that has no leftists, homeless or druggies and people that care about their communities, have morals, integrity, self respect, and dignity! Ever since they have forced everyone to work, live, and be mashed together it has turned into an utter cesspool. No thanks I want nothing to do with the gutter trash of society and shouldn’t have to be forced to! If the left wants to loot, assault, murder, let homeless do fentnyl, be career welfare recipients, and destroy their own communities let them! Keep them away from the rest of decent society who work hard for their money, live and raise children decently and want safe clean upstanding communities. You will never change the left and neither wil the right!