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Legal Insurrection readers will note that in my coverage of California, virtue-signaling urban priorities routinely triumph over sensible and important rural ones.
The same is true in Oregon. However, the difference is that 11 of the Republican state senators representing the redder areas of that state are taking a stand.
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There are still 11 Oregon Republican state senators missing, having fled Salem in protest of a greenhouse gas emissions cap-and-trade bill. The legislators say such a bill would harm Oregonians, especially those in industries such as logging.
Gov. Kate Brown has authorized the Oregon State Police, whose jurisdiction ends at the state border, to locate the absent senators and return them to the Capitol building.
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It’s believed that most of the 11 Republicans have fled the state, possibly to Idaho.
Oregon Senate minority leader Herman Baertschiger sounds as if his caucus is prepared to outlast the progressives’ outrageous outrage at their protest.
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The Democrat governor of Oregon ordered state troopers to find the 11 runaway senators and haul them back to the capitol.
Gov. Kate Brown authorized the state police to search for the senators and to bring them back. In a statement Thursday, she said that the missing Senators had decided to “abandon their duty.”
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“It is absolutely unacceptable that the senate Republicans would turn their back on their constituents who they are honor-bound to represent here in this building,” Brown said. “They need to return and do the jobs they were elected to do.”
The state police said in a statement that Brown’s order was “consistent with the provisions in the Oregon constitution,” and that the police are “fully committed to executing” her order.
Review - Brown - History - Walkout - Oregon
In a fascinating review of Brown’s political history, it turns out that she supported a walkout by Oregon Democrats in 2001.
At the time, Democrats in the state House staged a walkout to protest efforts...
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