Residents of rural Oregon don’t seem to have much in common with liberal, progressive, urban Portland, Oregon these days…
…and, so some residents are considering a move. To another state.
Citizens of rural counties in Oregon are putting their weight behind groups like “Move Oregon’s Border” and “Citizens for a Greater Idaho” in hopes that these counties will become a part of Idaho, or “Greater Idaho”.
Last week, the groups finally got the chance to present their big idea to House and Senate committees in the Idaho legislature.
Mike McCarter, President of “Move Oregon’s Border for a Greater Idaho,” told Idaho lawmakers, “there’s a longtime cultural divide as big as the Grand Canyon between northwest Oregon and rural Oregon, and it’s getting larger.”
Mark Simmons, an eastern Oregon rancher and former speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives said, “values of faith, family, independence. That’s what we’re about. We don’t need the state breathing down our necks all the time, micromanaging our lives and trying to push us into a foreign way of living,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Idaho Rep. Ben Adams–a conservative Republican–said that, though he was interested, he wondered about the feasibility of the plan. “How is it being received right now by the state of Oregon?” he asked. “How hard would they be fighting to make it not happen? Most states don’t like to lose their resources to their neighbors.”
In order to be successful, both Oregon and Idaho legislatures would have to approve, as would the US Congress.