California Delegates Are On Their Way To D.C.

( A group of delegates from the New California movement traveled to Washington DC recently to lobby Congress on its cause to establish a separate state from California.

Founded in 2017 by Paul Preston, the New California State Movement seeks to divide California and create a new state from the underrepresented regions not aligned with the state’s current Democrat majority.

While in Washington, the New California representatives met with lawmakers and other federal officials to make their case.

In related news, last Wednesday, the Idaho state House passed a nonbinding memorial calling for formal negotiations with the Oregon legislature to discuss redrawing their state line to include rural eastern Oregon counties in Idaho.

The House proposal is part of the Greater Idaho movement to absorb 11 Oregon counties into Idaho. Proponents argue that counties in the eastern part of Oregon are more culturally and politically aligned with their neighbors in Idaho than they are with the more progressive counties in the western part of Oregon.

A major shift in state borders, which has not occurred since the Civil War, would require the approval of both the Idaho and Oregon legislatures as well as the US Congress.

According to the Idaho Capital Sun, such a change would also require amending the Idaho Constitution, which outlines the borders of the state and caps the number of legislative districts at 35.

There are several additional roadblocks to making Greater Idaho a reality, not the least of which are the significant policy differences between Oregon and Idaho on issues like minimum wage, school funding, and sales tax, according to the Capital Sun.

The nonbinding memorial, which passed the state house 41-28, received the support of Republican lawmakers while Democrats criticized the move, calling it “far-fetched.”

However, Republican state Rep. Barbara Ehardt, who has been working on the proposal for two years, said the roadblocks are no reason to dismiss the proposal.

Republican Rep. Lance Clow told the Capital Sun that while he voted yes on the nonbinding memorial as a way to encourage debate on the proposal, he doesn’t believe it could ever happen.