More Oregon Counties Vote to Merge With Idaho

More Oregon Counties Vote to Merge With Idaho
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It’s obvious to anyone that’s ever looked at an electoral map that the greatest political divide in this country is urban-rural. That also holds true within states as well. In even the most liberal states, liberals tend to concentrate in select areas and exercise outsized influence geographically over the rest of the state that has vastly different interests.

Movements have sprung up in response aiming to solve the urban-rural divide by breaking up states by breaking off their urban components. This includes movements such as the “New California Proposal” that seeks to split California into two states, one along the coast containing all the liberal enclaves, and the other containing the rest of the state. In New York there’s a movement to split up the state into three; making New York City “New York,” Long Island “Montauk,” and upstate New York “New Amsterdam.”

The latest state to see a similar movement spring up is in Oregon, with a growing number of counties looking to merge with Idaho.

According to Fox News:

An effort to move nearly two dozen of Oregon’s most rural counties into the more conservative neighboring state of Idaho has gained momentum – with five counties voting this week in favor of having local officials consider the issue.

The bid has been spearheaded by the Citizens of Greater Idaho, which wants to relocate between 18 and 22 Oregon counties to Idaho.

“The Oregon/Idaho border was established 161 years ago and is now outdated,” Citizens for Greater Idaho says on its website. “It makes no sense in its current location because it doesn’t match the location of the cultural divide 

The group says it also welcomes parts of southeastern Washington and northeastern California, which also tend to be more conservative than the rest of both of those left-leaning states, to join them.

For a succession to materialize it will require approval from both Idaho and Oregon’s state legislations, and U.S. Congress.

Matt Palumbo is the author of Dumb and Dumber: How Cuomo and de Blasio Ruined New YorkDebunk This: Shattering Liberal Lies, and Spygate


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