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  • Secession in the Pacific Northwest? Some Oregon residents petition to join Idaho

    Secession in the Pacific Northwest? Some Oregon residents petition to join Idaho

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

    H/T: USA TODAY

    According to the ‘Greater Idaho Proposal’ posted on the group's website, this approach isn't the same as secession because it is only a shift in borders. It would not affect the balance of power in the US Senate, nor would it create a new state or increase the number of states.

    “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.”

    "People here would prefer Idaho's conservative governance to the progressive/liberal current Oregon governance," Valerie Gottschalk, another chief petitioner said. "Every time I look at the Facebook group Greater Idaho, the group has gotten bigger."

    Read the group's full proposal below.

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