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Story by aggie Elliot - The Oregon Herald
Published on Saturday October 24, 2020 - 7:32 AM
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BEND, Oregon - Anger and disappointment over actions of liberals in Portland, a group of Oregon residents petitioned to leave Oregon by extending the Oregon border into Idaho. Of course this sounds strange but in today's headlines and problems, perhaps not so shocking.

The idea began to take hold from the group known as "Greater Idaho" in two counties and attempted to get enough signatures to place the idea on November ballots.

The idea hasn't gone far. If approved, voters in southeast Oregon would see a question on whether their county should become part of Idaho and extend the border into Idaho. Of course, Idaho would have also approved.

"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," petitioner Mike McCarter said in a news release. The big question is what would President Trump do if re-elected after such an idea became reality? Back in 2016, a group of Oregonians petitioned for a ballot measure to consider secession. So far it has gone nowhere as what happened in 2016. However, this year could be different. It seems 39% feel states have a right to secede, so perhaps the idea is at least possible, now or later.

Mike McCarter, one of the petitioners, said on Facebook that he and his neighbors are unhappy with the state legislature. They feel threatened with "our industries, our wallet, our gun rights, and our values."

"We tried voting those legislators out but rural Oregon is outnumbered and our voices are now ignored."