By Hal Brown
While Marjorie Talor Greene is making the news for wanting to reinstate the Confederacy those in Oregon and Idaho are following the greater Idaho movement. This is a proposal that has gained traction in Idaho and the very conservative mucho-MAGA eastern Oregon.
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How red is Idaho. Consider this story:
Here's another example:
Idaho House votes to prohibit use of student IDs to verify identity for voting
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One of my very best friends going back to childhood lives in Sun Valley. I visited him once when I drove to Portland where I now live.
Sun Valley is truly a beautiful place to live. At least nine celebrities live there year round or part-time. It has even been called New North Hollywood.
Sun Valley is considered a premier winter resort:
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You are surrounded by mountains, but you are also surrounded by hoards of people who would enjoy watching you hang from the gallows if you are politically progressive.
The Political Climate in Sun Valley, ID is Somewhat liberal.
Blaine County, ID is Very liberal. In Blaine County, ID 67.1% of the people voted Democrat in the last presidential election, 30.3% voted for the Republican Party, and the remaining 2.5% voted Independent.
In the last Presidential election, Blaine county remained overwhelmingly Democratic, 67.1% to 30.3%.
Blaine county voted Democratic in every Presidential election since 2000 (reference)
Boise the state capitol leans conservative but is not really hardcore MAGA.
There's no way that Oregon would vote to give away a huge portion of the state to Idaho. The population is highly weighted towards the western part of the state which is Democratic.
I have a proposal for a trade. It isn't original. However I made a map to go with it as to how the borders could be redrawn.
This would give both states the most unusual shapes, but so what. The boundary would be about a mile wide along the main route from the Portland area to Ketchum, where my friend lives, which is in Sun Valley:
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Note that there are two phases to their plan. Why anyone would waste their time on such a doomed effort is impossible to know.