Citizens for Greater Idaho President Mike McCarter brought a box filled with sheets containing 3,689 signatures to the elections office at the Douglas County Courthouse Tuesday.

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“Move Oregon’s Border and Greater Idaho is colorblind, period,” he [McCarter] said. Statistics on just how colorblind Idaho is: "Asian: 1.41% Native American: 1.35% Black or African American: 0.69%" Sure McCarter, you roll with that statement. It's seems so very easy to lie when one believes in an irrational cause.


For all the effort, this isn't going anywhere. "To change a boundary between two existing states, state governments of the two states would have to both agree, probably by each passing suitable legislation, and then ask Congress to make it official. Sometimes there are disputes between two states when they both claim the same land."


I've said it before and I'll say it again. Minimum wage in Idaho is a whooping $7.50. And then there is a sales tax of 6%. There are a lot of low-wage workers in this county. That would be a lot of people lining up for government assistance. Not by choice, but because it is impossible making a living like that. Doesn't take a whole lot of advanced math to figure that out. Do the math, people!


Another useless idea from a group of folks who have nothing better to do then stir up issues. Having moved from Idaho to Oregon I can say “be careful what you are asking for”. Sad news that OR will be losing Defazio because that Dancing With The Stars bozo will most likely try again and that will be a travesty. Has anyone noticed that a great majority of Republicans don’t care about the “greater good of the people” but only want to cause chaos?


Skarlatos is a fraud and a grifter. He should get a job. But what skill does he have that would qualify him for anything more than a minimum wage job?


If you want to live in Idaho...MOVE!


The Idaho (ID) state sales tax rate is currently 6%. Depending on local municipalities, the total tax rate can be as high as 9%.


Thank you Mike for helping me realize something new about myself. After reading this article, I found that I can roll my eyes completely to the back of my head and back. T's & P's on your big project!!! The amount of energy you are putting into this is really something. Congrats?


It would cost billions and billions of tax dollars for just the transfer of assets like prisons and roads, etc. Is Idaho paying that? The cost to every business, large and small, would be astronomical. New tax codes, business filings, logistics, dealing with Idaho's sales tax, etc. Would the county governments receive less money as part of Idaho?

For once, I'd like to see reporters ask them about the cost of this stupid idea. And the reality that congress as a whole would never, ever be interested, let alone agree. So far, reporters just nod along and don't even know what to ask.

Money. The most important aspect of this foolish idea, and no one wants to talk about it. Especially the supporters.

Mike Ruehle for Commissioner



Just think! If Douglas County became part of Idaho, there's half a chance their governor would be Ammon Bundy.

Truck 1312

Just a dumb waste of time and effort. Typical Republican silliness


I rather like the mid-California coast myself -- can't we just make it part of Oregon?

Seems to me that this entire proposal is both idiotic and absurd, but that's probably because I foolishly accept most realities.


I am all in favor of Republicans donating all the money that they can to this cause.

George Weston

I, and others have stated before, if you want to be part of Idaho, then move there. The rest of us will be glad to see you go.



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