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Two more Oregon counties vote to become part of Idaho: ‘It’s all about values’

By New York Post

Fed up with their liberal lawmakers, a group of Republican voters in Eastern and Central Oregon just inched one step closer Tuesday to breaking ranks with their state to become part of Idaho.

Voters in two Oregon counties, Morrow and Wheeler, approved a ballot measure to explore ways to leave the state, joining nine other counties in Eastern Oregon that are already part of the Greater Idaho movement, which began in 2020.

“Every win has been heart-wrenching because we wanted to know what citizens truly wanted,” Mike McCarter, one of the founders of the Greater Idaho movement, said Thursday. “We don’t want to impose anything, but this does send a message to the state legislature that they have to take care of us.”

Members of the movement say they do not feel represented by mostly liberal lawmakers in Oregon’s capital, Salem, and progressive urban residents in western cities such as Portland, Bend and Eugene.

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