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Five more counties from Oregon are one step closer to becoming part of Idaho after voting in favor of the move on Tuesday, May 18. Even if the legislatures of both states approve, Congress must still sign off on it. Although it still seems like a long shot, Republicans are venturing ahead. Since Oregon and the U.S. Congress are run by Democrats, the hope and idea are just that at the moment.
Article by Kelli Ballard from Liberty Nation.
Baker, Grant, Lake, Malheur, and Sherman counties approved the ballot measures. Sherman voted for an initiative that would make the county commissioners responsible for promoting “the interests of the County in the relocation of Idaho state borders,” while the other four voted for a proposal that would require commissioners to meet a few times a year to “discuss how to promote the interests of [the county] in any negotiations regarding relocations of Idaho state borders,” according to Big Country News Connection. They join Jefferson and Union counties which last year approved similar measures.
According to Mike McCarter, president of Citizens for Greater Idaho:
“This election proves that rural Oregon wants out of Oregon. If Oregon really believes in liberal values such as self-determination, the Legislature won’t hold our counties captive against our will. If we’re allowed to vote for which government officials we want, we should be allowed to vote for which government we want as well.”
Turnout in these counties for the special election far exceeded that of even the 2020 presidential vote: An average of 43% of voters participated compared to 25% for the latter. Of those, 62% of were in favor of moving the borders so that their counties would be included in Idaho. Petitioners from Move Oregon’s Border for a Greater Idaho would also like to see some counties in Northern California and Southern Washington follow suit as well.
The Beaver State has been suffering from months of riots in Portland, and the citizens in rural areas – most of whom are conservatives – don’t want their lives run by the urban Democrats anymore. They argue that their values are far different than those of their state government officials and the people residing in the larger cities. In Idaho, they believe they will have more common ground with state lawmakers and citizens who share the same values. In the 2020 election, voters chose President Joe Biden over Donald Trump by a 56% to 40% margin, but 69% to 79% of residents in the five counties that just voted to become part of the Gem State backed Trump.
Oregon is not the only place filled with unhappy citizens who would like to see borders redrawn. California, for example, has been trying to change its political geography for years. Its residents have considered everything from a total secession from the Union to splitting into three separate states. However, changing state lines isn’t a common thing. It’s only been done three times in the United States’ history, and not at all recently:
- 1792: Kentucky was created from Virginia’s territory.
- 1820: From Massachusetts, Maine was created.
- 1863: During the Civil War, when counties were divided between Confederate and the Union, West Virginia was admitted into the U.S.
The likelihood of rural counties in Oregon moving to Idaho is not likely, especially when most of the people who must sign off on it are Democrats, but the effort continues. Republican Idaho state Representatives Judy Boyle and Barbara Ehardt plan to introduce legislation in January 2022 for a possible relocation of the Idaho/Oregon border.
Read more from Kelli Ballard.
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‘The Purge’ by Big Tech targets conservatives, including us
Just when we thought the Covid-19 lockdowns were ending and our ability to stay afloat was improving, censorship reared its ugly head.
For the last few months, NOQ Report, Conservative Playbook, and the American Conservative Movement have appealed to our readers for assistance in staying afloat through Covid-19 lockdowns. The downturn in the economy has limited our ability to generate proper ad revenue just as our traffic was skyrocketing. We had our first sustained stretch of three months with over a million visitors in November, December, and January, but February saw a dip.
It wasn’t just the shortened month. We expected that. We also expected the continuation of dropping traffic from “woke” Big Tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter, but it has actually been much worse than anticipated. Our Twitter account was banned. Both of our YouTube accounts were banned. Facebook “fact-checks” everything we post. Spotify canceled us. Medium canceled us. Apple canceled us. Why? Because we believe in the truth prevailing, and that means we will continue to discuss “taboo” topics.
The 2020 presidential election was stolen. You can’t say that on Big Tech platforms without risking cancellation, but we’d rather get cancelled for telling the truth rather than staying around to repeat mainstream media’s lies. They have been covering it up since before the election and they’ve convinced the vast majority of conservative news outlets that they will be harmed if they continue to discuss voter fraud. We refuse to back down. The truth is the truth.
The lies associated with Covid-19 are only slightly more prevalent than the suppression of valid scientific information that runs counter to the prescribed narrative. We should be allowed to ask questions about the vaccines, for example, as there is ample evidence for concern. One does not have to be an “anti-vaxxer” in order to want answers about vaccines that are still considered experimental and that have a track record in a short period of time of having side-effects, including death. One of our stories about the Johnson & Johnson “vaccine” causing blood clots was “fact-checked” and removed one day before the government hit the brakes on it. These questions and news items are not allowed on Big Tech which is just another reason we are getting canceled.
There are more topics that they refuse to allow. In turn, we refuse to stop discussing them. This is why we desperately need your help. The best way NOQ, CP, and ACM readers can help is to donate. Our Giving Fuel page makes it easy to donate one-time or monthly. Alternatively, you can donate through PayPal as well. We are pacing to be short by about $3700 per month in order to maintain operations.
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During that four-month stretch, Twitter and Facebook accounted for about 20% of our traffic. We are actively working on operating as if that traffic is zero, replacing it with platforms that operate more freely such as Gab, Parler, and others. While we were never as dependent on Big Tech as most conservative sites, we’d like to be completely free from them. That doesn’t mean we will block them, but we refuse to be beholden to companies that absolutely despise us simply because of our political ideology.
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