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Crook County Passes Greater Idaho Measure - Leaders Call for Action from Governor and Legislature


Prineville -  On Tuesday, voters in Crook County passed measure 7-86, which asked voters if they support negotiations to move the Oregon/Idaho border to include Crook County in Idaho.  The measure is passing with 53% of the vote (https://results.oregonvotes.gov/ResultsSW.aspx?type=CTYALL&cty=12&map=CTY), and makes Crook County the 13th county in eastern Oregon to pass a Greater Idaho measure.  Calls for action from leaders of the movement were swift, with Executive Director Matt McCaw issuing the following statement:

"The voters of eastern Oregon have spoken loudly and clearly about their desire to see border talks move forward.  With this latest result in Crook County, there's no excuse left for the Legislature and Governor to continue to ignore the people's wishes.  We call on the Governor, Speaker of the House, and Senate President to sit down with us and discuss next steps towards changing governance for eastern Oregonians, as well as for the legislature to begin holding hearings on what a potential border change will look like."

President of the movement, Mike McCarter agreed. "For the last three years we've been going directly to voters and asking them what they want for their state government.  What they're telling us through these votes is that they want their leaders to move the border.  In our system, the people are the ones in charge, and it's time for the leaders representing them to follow through," he said.

The group also pointed out that they expected that results would have been even higher if not for an extensive "no" vote campaign funded by Portland groups.  Last year in the Wallowa County vote, Portland groups outspent Greater Idaho over 4-1.  The movement suspects the same was true this year, though it is impossible to know since the group funding the "no" effort has not reported their spending to the state, though they are required to by law.

The Greater Idaho movement seeks to move the border between Oregon and Idaho to include 14 full eastern Oregon counties and 3 partial ones.  In addition to the 13 counties who have passed Greater Idaho measures, in 2023 the Idaho House passed a memorial inviting the Oregon Legislature to begin border talks.

Supporters of the movement believe that moving the border would benefit both sides of the state, and allow for better representation and governance for people moving forward.  For more information and uncopyrighted photos for media use, visit greateridaho.org.

 

Who is Western States Strategies, the group behind the flyers and ads?

If you live in Crook County, you've received anti-Greater Idaho flyers filled with all sorts of falsehoods and dishonest representations.  These are being paid for by Western States Strategies, a social justice non-profit based in Portland. This group has deep pockets and spends far more on Greater Idaho elections than our organization does.  The people paying for these ads don't live here, aren't representative of the people who do, and are intended to keep Central and Eastern Oregon under the control of Portland voters.

In contrast, Greater Idaho is filled with people who live in eastern and central Oregon and share the same values that most rural Oregonians do.   Help us get the word out to your friends, families and neighbors to reject interference in our election from Portland groups, and vote for what will be best for OUR community's future.  Vote yes on 7-86 for joining Idaho!

 

Why you Should Vote Yes on 7-86

Keep Portland Politics out of Crook County

Northwestern Oregon has 79% of Oregon’s voters. Oregon’s governor and legislature don’t need any votes from eastern Oregon to rule Oregon. This has led to a ruling party that ignores eastern Oregon because none of our legislators are in the ruling party. That’s why Oregon passes laws that kill eastern Oregon industries and values.

But in Idaho, our representatives would be part of the majority.  80% of the Idaho legislature is Republican, and mostly rural. That hasn’t changed in decades, because recent arrivals are about as conservative as other Idahoans. 

Oregon hasn’t elected a Republican governor in 40 years. Oregon gerrymandered legislative districts for 2022-2032 to help Democrats, so Democrats will be in control in 2032 to gerrymander districts for another decade.

Portland politicians are “reinventing” Oregon’s society and our economy, but they don’t understand how we make a living.  In January, state government began restricting the amount of fossil fuels allowed in Oregon, on a schedule to reduce the amount by 90%.  Oregon bureaucrats imposed carbon cap & trade last year, which will increase the cost of energy dramatically in upcoming years. This will force Oregonians to make a living as white-collar workers or as dependents. That’s not the Oregon I know. Our businesses won’t survive if regulations make them unable to compete with other states’ businesses. 

Idaho’s low taxes and light regulation would cause local industry to boom here. Idaho’s governor said about our movement, “They’re looking at Idaho fondly because of our regulatory atmosphere, our values. That doesn’t surprise me one bit…  I understand the frustration of some of my Oregon friends about the rules, the laws, the regulations that are coming out of Oregon.” Fox News, 2020.

Oregon hasn’t gotten control of predators that prey on our livestock, and it hasn’t managed forests to reduce the risk of wildfire.

Idaho doesn’t have a homelessness problem; Oregon’s keeps growing.  Idaho doesn’t restrict the building of new homes.

We’d save money being a part of Idaho. Combining all taxes together, the average Idahoan paid $1722 less in taxes in 2019 than the average Oregonian. That’s averaging together every adult or child.

Oregon has the lowest number of hospital beds per capita in the country.

Oregon’s state school curriculum teaches radical theories on race, gender, sexuality, and anti-Americanism.  Oregon limits charter schools, homeschooling, and local control. Idaho’s COVID mandates were only statewide for a few weeks, not two years.  Oregon spends more on schools but gets much worse results according to school test scores.

Rural Oregon is in a bad relationship with Willamette Valley. Their politicians who won’t stand up to the never-ending series of radical social experiments such as defunding the police and letting rioters and arsonists run wild. Thousands of hardened state prisoners were released early from state prison recently because of Portland politicians’ warped morality. But they infringe on your 2nd Amendment right to defend your family. 

We’re not leaving Oregon; northwestern Oregon left us. Vote YES to preserve old Oregon as a part of Idaho.  And tell your fellow voters!

Vote YES on Crook County Measure 7-86!

 

Help Us Win in May!

Pick up banners and yard signs at Grizzly Mountain RV in Prineville.  Show your friends and neighbors that you are voting YES for Greater Idaho.  Also, go to our apparel bar on the left side of this page and pick up a hat or t-shirt.

We also need volunteers for the following tasks.  If interested please reach out via e-mail to our County Captain!

  1. Finding Banner Locations and Businesses to Display Signs
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