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The strange case of the missing Oregon Republican State senators

Written By: - Date published: 1:45 pm, June 24th, 2019 - 67 comments
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The right have a few mainstays to their belief systems.  These include the importance of working for a living and how great and wonderful American democracy is.  

But there are a bunch of Republicans who are currently skiving off work just so they can frustrate the will of a democratically elected majority.  They are all Republican Senators of the Oregon Senate who have taken for the hills so that they do not have to vote one a measure.  And what measure is this you may ask?  What could be such an awful proposal that senators would leave en masse and get the assistance of a nut job local militia?

The measure is a declaration that we live in a climate crisis coupled with meaningful steps to reduce the effects.

From Mary Papenfuss at Huffington Post:

Oregon citizens and state troopers are keeping an eye peeled for AWOL Republican state senators who by being absent from their legislative jobs are stonewalling a vote on stricter pollution standards to battle climate change.

All 11 of the chamber’s GOP senators walked out of a legislative session Thursday and are in hiding to block passage of the historic bill.

They don’t have the votes to stop it the old-fashioned, democratic way.

The walkout leaves the Senate two people short of a required quorum before a vote can be held.

A rightwing militia group has vowed to “protect” the senators from any miffed voters — or police.

A special legislative session had been planned Saturday but the Capitol building in Salem was shut down by law enforcement authorities as a safety precaution, Reuters reported.

The State Police superintendent informed the Senate president of a “credible threat from militia groups coming to the Capitol,” read a text sent to senators Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported. “The superintendent strongly recommends that no one come to the Capitol.”

Several senators have claimed they left the state to avoid detection by state troopers, who have been ordered to retrieve them by Gov. Kate Brown (D).

Police said that “outside” agencies are helping them keep tabs on the errant senators.

Apparently the Republican Senators want a “bipartisan” and “less complicated” bill.

Dang why can’t they make climate change easier so that even Republicans can understand it and agree on what needs to be done.

67 comments on “The strange case of the missing Oregon Republican State senators”

  1. Dennis Frank 1

    Best bit:  "Several senators have claimed they left the state to avoid detection by state troopers, who have been ordered to retrieve them by Gov. Kate Brown (D)."

    Democracy is compulsory, so we will sic state agents onto you, to force you to do it!  Thus the left, exhibiting statist compulsion tendencies.  Rightists believe democracy is optional, and the senators took off for a rest because the work got too hard.  Who's right??

    If the law says the legislators must attend senate sessions, then the left are right!  I await the legal action from the state attorney-general!  Meanwhile, the world awaits a tweet on the situation from the denier-in-chief.

    • greywarshark 1.1

      I would imagine that the politicians go through a ceremony probably with their hand on a bible vowing to faithfully fulfil their duties as representatives of the people and in accordance with the rules of the place of politics where they carry out their lawmaking etc.

    • Gabby 1.2

      They're not doing the job they're paid to do, and they're inciting treason franko. Bad praxis.

    • fustercluck 1.3

      An alternative perspective:

      Wingnut governor elected on the back of identity politics threatens legislators frustrated with persistent anti-democratic emergency legislative processes to flee the state under threat of arrest at gunpoint.

      I agree it is a terrible situation but there is more to it than what is being portrayed here.

    • Paul Campbell 1.4

      Yes, that's already the law in Oregon, if elected and sworn in they are required to attend sessions – it's why they are being fined $500/day and the police have been sent out to round them up, they are breaking the law

  2. AB 2

    Here I go again labouring the obvious:

    – if democracy ceases to be merely an empty shell obscuring the operation of naked economic power, the Right will not support it

    – the holders of economic power will align themselves with the most socially regressive and authoritarian elements in society (such as militias) when they feel threatened. 

    • Dennis Frank 2.1

      Good points.  This crisis has been a few days in process already.  ""Protesting cap and trade by walking out today represents our constituency and exactly how we should be doing our job," Senate Republican Leader Herman Baertschiger Jr. said in a statement Thursday. "We have endured threats of arrest, fines, and pulling community project funds from the Governor, Senate President and Majority Leader. We will not stand by and be bullied by the majority party any longer."  https://edition.cnn.com/2019/06/20/politics/kate-brown-oregon-republican-senators-police-climate-change/index.html

      Good ploy, presenting in public as the victims of bullying.  Appealing to compassionate voters.  Hoping they won't see them as juvenile delinquents, but refugees from govt oppression.  Seeing the reps of the wealthy & powerful cowering in fear is unusual, eh?  Now the nasty police are chasing them, so they had to run & hide.

      • Dukeofurl 2.1.1

        Why is it dodgy it authorise police action .

        The State Senate could be like NZ and have considerable powers of arrest.

        https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/the-house/audio/2018640364/did-you-know-parliament-can-arrest-you

        • Dennis Frank 2.1.1.1

          Seems so to me.  No media reports of any law-breaking by the senators.  Govt orders to arrest them seem dodgy if no legal basis to do so exists.  Could be there is indeed a legal basis, but the media haven't reported it as yet.  Your equivalence to our power of parliament to do so, for instance.  I get that the media hate to have to spend time researching facts and would rather just report politics instead…

          • Dukeofurl 2.1.1.1.1

            Parliaments can arrest  thats why. I suppose its considered a contempt of  parliament or any other reason they give.

            In Washington they have their own Capitol Police , but it seems not in Oregon, so thats why the State police are involved

            Something similar has happened in early days in NZ

            Lock the doors!

            Just a week or so after he took up his duties in August 1854, Sergeant-at Arms Deck had to assert his position during an unruly debate. Opposition members who did not want to vote on an issue tried to flee the House in order to remove the quorum of members necessary for a vote to be taken. Someone shouted 'Lock the doors!', which Deck did, thinking that the Speaker had given him an order. As MPs chased each other around the House, clambered into the public gallery and shouted about a quorum, the Sergeant threatened to take them into custody

            It would be good to have an opinion on a factual basis rather than just  asserting it..

            https://nzhistory.govt.nz/politics/parliaments-people/staff

          • Dukeofurl 2.1.1.1.2

            The Senate President authorised the Governor to have police  arrest and return the State Senators.

            Same powers NZ  Speakers have to authorise arrest for contempt.

          • Dukeofurl 2.1.1.1.3

            The Senate President authorised the Governor to have police  arrest and return the State Senators.

            Same powers NZ  Speakers have to authorise arrest for contempt.

          • Dukeofurl 2.1.1.1.4

            The Senate President authorised the Governor to have police  arrest and return the State Senators.

            Same powers NZ  Speakers have to authorise arrest for contempt.

            • Dennis Frank 2.1.1.1.4.1

              I get it.  Those state powers derive from the US Constitution, I presume.  In which case the Republicans are creating a public reputation of repugnance, I guess.  Delinquent, even if not juvenile. 

              Still, as you have documented, if it is seen by voters as part of their traditional political culture to do that, voters will react on a partisan basis.  Ho hum…

              • Dukeofurl

                Each State has its own constitution, its not generally derived from  the Federal constitution at all.

                The parliament of Oregon can pass its own laws  for what powers of arrest they  can or cant do.

                Even in NZ  a Judge can issue an arrest warrant, if a witness doesnt appear before the court.

                Its not really that unusual to  have arrest powers to compel attendance

              • Paul Campbell

                In this case the state has already passed a law allowing this to happen

          • Andre 2.1.1.1.5

            Have you actually looked yourself? Coz a quick google turned up this media report of the statues in question:

            What statute gives Gov. Brown authority do direct Oregon State Patrol to go after legislators?

            Article IV, section 12 of the Oregon Constitution and Senate Rule 3.01(2) provides the Senate can compel the attendance of members to establish a quorum. The Oregon State Police, at the direction of the Governor, may assist the Sergeant-at-Arms by returning absent members. Under the authority of ORS 181A.090, (The state police, with the approval of the Governor, may be called upon by any other branch or department of the state government to enforce criminal laws or any regulation of such branch or department. [Formerly 181.050] ) Governor Brown directed the State Police Superintendent to attempt to return absent members.

            https://www.kgw.com/article/news/qa-how-will-oregon-state-police-go-about-finding-gop-senators-who-walked-out/283-51dfe4f9-cbcc-4969-896d-9ec9635caff2

            • Dennis Frank 2.1.1.1.5.1

              So it must be an act of political theatre.  Force the democrats into playing the state control card, eh?  Make non-partisan voters believe the right are being victimised.  Trump will trumpet it soon…

              • Andre

                If it's political theatre, seems to me it's more likely a play to the base to reduce the risk of getting primaried. There appear to be very few actually competitive districts for the Oregon Senate, most results are very lopsided.

                • Dennis Frank

                  I found an in-depth appraisal worth reading here:  https://www.opb.org/news/article/oregon-senate-walkout-cap-trade-climate-bill/

                  Would be interested to see your view of the strategy being used if you do read it…

                  • Andre

                    That report says the Repugs stated rationale for the walkout is that the bill doesn't allow time for a referendum process to go through, thereby denying Oregonians a direct vote on whether to implement the cap-and-trade bill. But it also points out that the alternative process to force it to a statewide vote is only a wee bit more difficult to invoke. The Repugs are also complaining about some major changes they want not getting into the bill, even though they did get a variety of concessions.

                    All in all, that report just reinforces the idea that it's political theatre playing to the base.

    • Chris 2.2

      The right also needs to maintain a level of social dysfunction, usually by containment, but always refusing to address it.  For the right social problems have a dual purpose including giving it legitimacy, providing the opportunity to be "tough on crime", "tough on the unemployed" etc, so it can be seen to be doing something.  This in turn diverts attention away from its core work which is the movement of wealth into the hands of an ever-diminishing number of people.  A blame-the-victim approach to social problems is for the right crucial in this respect.  Without social dysfunction the right have no other business being in government.  

    • fustercluck 2.3

      AB, the most historically apt examples of the mechanism you are referring to are the tendency for monopoly to cleave to radical leftist movements such as Communism and National Socialism. In terms of body count, the effects of right wing authoritarianism utterly pale in comparison. Total up the deaths caused by Communists in China, Soviet Union, Cambodia, Cuba, etc., toss in the millions killed under the terrible banner of Germany's nationalist form of socialism, and you have numbers more than a couple of orders of magnitude greater than the havoc wrought by right-wing despots.

      You can see it today with Google, Facebook, and the other digital oligarchs doing everything they can to support the most radical factions of the Democratic party and the far left outliers.

       

      • Dukeofurl 2.3.1

        What about other parties with 'national ' in the  name , does that make them  facist as well.

        Your idea of history is rubbish, what  about facist parties in Italy, Spain even UK . No sign of 'social' in their name . Anyway social  as a noun came from the latin as a term for allies

        • fustercluck 2.3.1.1

          Just in terms of body count, the extreme left reigns supreme.

          • Dennis Frank 2.3.1.1.1

            I reached that conclusion years ago.  However the point is arguable due to the corrupting effect of absolute power.  When Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Hitler made their transition from left-wing activist to dictator, one could argue that they shifted to the extreme right.  Categories are relative to context (philosophy).

            • fustercluck 2.3.1.1.1.1

              That is a semantic argument. The historical progression/evolution was that of a leftist movement. Of course, if one accepts your assertion, the inescapable conclusion is that the very worst of the extreme right emerges not from conservatism (what is now branded alt-right) but from leftism!

              • Dennis Frank

                Yeah.  It's why various political commentators in recent decades have reconfigured the political spectrum from a linear axis into a circle, where the extreme right & left oppose the moderate centre (when they meet at the opposite point).

  3. Dukeofurl 3

    Similar things have  happened in other states.

    Democrats took off in Texas to avoid  vote on  re-drawing boundaries

    https://www.voanews.com/archive/texas-democrats-flee-neighboring-state-avoid-redistricting-vote-2003-05-15

    And in Wisconsin, the Democrats leaft to avoid a so called budget repair bill, in reality included parts to strip public employees of collective bargaining rights

    https://madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/senate-democrats-flee-the-state-to-stop-vote-on-bill/article_8175dad4-d583-11e0-ba03-001cc4c03286.html

     

    Its really a form of filibuster, preventing a vote from happening.

    Its happening here in NZ as well with  Catholic  National party MPs filibustering Seymours end of life bill.

    Quorum busting used be common in the US Senate as well. The rules allowed the Serjeant at Arms to arrest the members to force them to attend.
    “Late on the night of February 25, 1988, Republicans hoping to kill a campaign-finance bill fled the U.S. Senate to prevent a quorum. Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd ordered sergeant-at-arms Henry Giugni to “arrest the absent senators and bring them to the chamber.” Giugni spotted Sen. Steve Symms of Idaho but Symms skedaddled fast enough to escape. Then a cleaning woman revealed that Sen. Robert Packwood of Oregon was hiding in his office. When Giugni and two aides used a skeleton key to enter the locked office, Packwood tried to slam the door in their faces. Overpowered and arrested, he agreed to walk to the Capitol but demanded that the cops carry him into the chamber. He arrived, feet first, at 1:17 in the morning.”
    https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/minute/Quorum_busting.htm
    “In 1920, when the constitutional amendment to give women the right to vote had passed 35 of the 36 states necessary for ratification, two dozen members of the Tennessee House of Representatives fled to Decatur, Ala., in the hopes of preventing Tennessee from making woman suffrage a reality. They failed. ”

    Abraham Lincoln was part of a quorum buster when he was a state representative in Illinois
    https://www.historynet.com/quorum-busters.htm

    • Dennis Frank 3.1

      Well, okay, then it must be legal, eh?  In which case the Governor is doing something dodgy by sending the cops after them.

      "Every story should include the most germane element. Why the Republican walked and what they want.  It is the Emergency Clause Democrats added to prohibit the public petitioning of their government.  There seems to be a concerted effort by the bill supporters to conceal and/or deny this.  That makes the Democrat behavior even worse.  Legislatively prohibiting signature gathering along with deceit to conceal it."

      That insight from a commentator on this page:  https://www.oregonlive.com/politics/2019/06/oregon-republican-senators-walkout-what-you-need-to-know-today.html

      • greywarshark 3.1.1

        I could not see in that link any mention of the Emergency Clause.    So which commenter covered that?   Why did Democrats stop a public petition?  Have they already canvassed all the people they need to and it was just a delaying tactic?    Presumably they have more than 51% of the people (as in the UK situation), with their climate change measures?     It would be interesting to know more, so do we have a link?

         

        • Dukeofurl 3.1.1.1

          They oppose  the Cap and Trade Bill, and a few weeks back it was an Education Bill.

          What Emergency clause are you talking about , Fake Facts again?

          • Dennis Frank 3.1.1.1.1

            "HB 2020 contains an emergency clause, which ensures that it would take effect once signed by the governor. Otherwise, the law wouldn’t kick in until 91 days after the legislative session adjourns. (The actual cap-and-trade system wouldn’t roll out until 2021.)"  https://www.opb.org/news/article/oregon-senate-walkout-cap-trade-climate-bill/

            • Dukeofurl 3.1.1.1.1.1

              They can still  get a referendum of the voters  after its been in passed  to have it  rejected .  Its a fake problem after all. As pointed out it doesnt come into effect   till after the next election and referendums

                It seems that they want all their concerns…. politics doesnt usually work that way, as from the link many other clauses have been watered down

  4. WeTheBleeple 4

    Certainly grounds for locking up and disarming the 3%'ers (median SAT score for the group).

    That'd make the Republicans quake in their boots.

    Might get them to do their job too.

    Left or right, paid to serve not skive.

  5. riffer 5

    If I took to the hills to avoid having to do something at work, and was absent for more than three days my workplace could consider me to have abandoned my employment. How is this different?

    • Dukeofurl 5.1

      They are elected, they arent employees.

      In US this sort of tactic  is surprisingly common for well over a 100 years

      • greywarshark 5.1.1

        But they are paid.   Will no-one relieve us of these accursed politicians I say!   All promise, and no delivery.    Is there a Fair Trading Red-actment for pollies?

        • Dukeofurl 5.1.1.1

          They seem to have  been fined for non attendance $500 per day.

          Hone Harawira used to  make  it a pattern  to be in his electorate rather than attend sittings  in Wellington.

          • greywarshark 5.1.1.1.1

            Hone did, did he?   Well that shows bad faith I think, no matter what his reasons and rationalisation.   Thanks for that info.   I presume it isn't fake news!

            • solkta 5.1.1.1.1.1

              "Having spoken with the Greens I am happy to say that we have reached an agreement whereby they cast my votes and ask any questions that have been allocated to me, when I am unable to be in the house," he said.

              "I am grateful for their support because it means that I don't need to be in the house for every vote on every reading of every bill, amendment and motion, although as with the Marine and Coastal Area Bill, I will ensure that I am in the house for all major bills affecting Maori."
               

              https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10719244

  6. Dukeofurl 6

    We had a variation of the quorum busting here , with national Mps  playing hide and seek outside the committee door

    Parliament meeting collapses as National MPs walk out

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12203369

  7. I say good on the Republicans. The Democrats are guilty of the same in the past.

    • greywarshark 7.1

      clive macan't

      Why should we do the right thing and not walk out  They did it too once.   So there.   Playground 101.

  8. WeTheBleeple 8

    Sounds like the Quorum rule needs a rethink. So if you are not on the job you might be culpable of lending advantage to the opposition. Then you are pissing off your own team not faffing about with the opposition.Votes can still be carried for absentee members by present members, but none of this we can just leave and throw everything into disarray malarkey.

    • RedLogix 8.1

      Quite simple I would have thought. Miss three sitting days without written permission from the Chair/Speaker, you are struck off and the quorum threshold reduced accordingly.

      • Craig H 8.1.1

        Eminently sensible. 

      • Grumpy 8.1.2

        Except they are unlikely to raise a quorum to pass that rule……..

        • Andre 8.1.2.1

          Around half of them are going to have to front up back in Oregon before November 2020 if they want to get re-elected. The other half can hold out until November 2022 …

        • Gabby 8.1.2.2

          Maybe the Governor can declare their seats vacant and appoint replacements gumpy.

  9. joe90 9

    Barking,

    The rising political tension in Oregon’s state legislature seemed to have reached its acme Wednesday, when Republican State Senator Brian Boquist suggested that he would kill any state trooper Governor Kate Brown sent to bring him back to the State Capitol against his will.

    […]

    “This is what I told the superintendent,” Boquist said Thursday, referring to OSP Superintendent Travis Hampton. “Send bachelors and come heavily armed. I’m not going to be a political prisoner in the state of Oregon. It’s just that simple.”

    https://lawandcrime.com/crazy/gop-state-senator-threatened-oregon-state-troopers-governor-immediately-called-his-bluff/

    • WeTheBleeple 9.1

      You'se kin make me do mah job over mah cold deed body!

      • greywarshark 9.1.1

        Reading the above lingo, I found that I just had to give you this gift of a vignette from Blazing Saddles.

    • RedLogix 9.2

      Look at the comment thread under the article. The cultural polarisation in the USA is frightening, both sides of the issue now openly advocating murder. As strongly as I feel about climate change, as barking these delinquent Senators are on the issue, our collective inability to maintain a civil discourse is utterly pathological.

    • Dennis Frank 10.1

      Easy.  No order from the governor despatching cops to hunt down and capture the fleeing legislators.  Next question.

      • Gosman 10.1.1

        The response is different but the concept is exactly the same would you not agree?

        • Dennis Frank 10.1.1.1

          Yeah.  Elsewhere someone posted enough other instances to prove there's a pattern of history sufficient to embed the behaviour as a known option in US politics.  News to me, actually.  Probably because past reportage framed it as one-off bizarre behaviour rather than strategic ploy…

      • Muttonbird 10.1.2

        The Police appear to be involved because the senators are hiding out with a bunch of toothless, heavily armed and trigger-happy hicks.

        • Dennis Frank 10.1.2.1

          I read in the local Oregon media reportage that the militia were volunteering to protect the deserters from the cops.  Then the state republicans put out a statement declaring that they didn't want the militia to help.  Political solidarity is fractured on the right nowadays as much as on the left…

    • WeTheBleeple 10.2

      It's not. The above ideas on the quorum, examined and expanded on, might fix the issue. 

      The issue to me here, is the Democrats in both instances (not a fan) are trying to do things beneficial to the public as in address a dying planet and the relentless impoverishment of Americas working class via workers and human rights degradation, and privatisation of all their services.

      Trumps mob, with a large chunk of the public voting for them, are only servicing the 1%. May the rosy tinted glasses break.

      Homeless tent cities are springing up everywhere. Their 'great economy' is utterly broken (unless you are 1%) and looks set to collapse into civil war if the Billionaire class via politics continue to force hardship on their communities. Left or right wing doesn't matter divide and rule tactics are pitting class against class, right against left, gender against gender and race against race. It's a filthy vile shit show.

      Armed groups mobilised and were present in Charlotsville and many other 'lawful' assemblies recently. Flak jackets, semi autos, let's go listen to the speeches…

      Left wing people are now buying more guns (source NRA) and the gun manufacturers are having a field day. It wont end well.

      Alternately to total chaos and arms sales they might have been leading the world right now, and they'd not be an international joke.

      Profits for a few, destruction of 'the greatest [yeah, right] nation on earth'.

    • Macro 10.3

      Actually you have a point there 

      .In both cases the issue is about collective responsibility and social justice, and in both cases the democrats take the side of working for social justice and collective responsibility. 

      from your link:

      As Republicans tried to begin Senate business Thursday, observers in the gallery screamed "Freedom! Democracy! Unions!" Opponents of the bill cheered when a legislative leader announced that there were not enough senators present to proceed.

      Authorities said an estimated 25,000 people participated in Thursday's protest; nine demonstrators were arrested.

      The proposal marks a dramatic shift for Wisconsin, which passed a comprehensive collective bargaining law in 1959 and was the birthplace of the national union representing all nonfederal public employees.

      In addition to eliminating collective bargaining rights, the legislation also would make public workers pay half the costs of their pensions and at least 12.6 percent of their health care coverage, increases Walker calls "modest" compared with those in the private sector.

      Walker of course doesn't compare the salaries of teachers in Wisconsin to the salaries of equivalently qualified professionals in the private sector 

  10. Jum 11

    This is like watching Star Wars; NZ fighting for good and USa turning to the dark side.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    2 weeks ago
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    2 weeks ago
  • Damn the Polls
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
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    2 weeks ago
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  • Measles vaccination required to travel to islands and Phillipines
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Colombia’s national strike
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    2 weeks ago

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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • How New Zealand defines and recognises veterans
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • Prime Minister statement on White Island eruption
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Death of NZ High Commissioner to Cook Islands
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  • Wellington rail upgrade full steam ahead
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  • Defence Climate Change Implementation Plan released
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • Govt releases funding to support South Canterbury
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • Statement from the Prime Minister on Kris Faafoi
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  • Eight Queen’s Counsel appointed under new criterion
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  • Major expansion for Wellington’s Onslow College
    Onslow College in Wellington will get 20 new classrooms for more than 400 students, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. The much-needed investment will relieve growth pressure the school has been experiencing for some time. Seven existing classrooms which have deteriorated over time will also be replaced, bringing the total ...
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  • Talented young Kiwis awarded PM’s Scholarships to Asia and Latin America
    More than 250 young New Zealanders will add international experience to their education, thanks to the latest Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia (PMSA) and Latin America (PMSLA), Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. This round of scholarships supports 252 recent graduates or current students to undertake study, research or internships ...
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  • Government to improve competitiveness and transparency in the retail fuel market
    Consumers will benefit from a more competitive, transparent retail fuel market as a result of changes the Government will be making in response to the findings of the Commerce Commission’s study of the fuel sector. “We accept the Commission’s findings and, as the Prime Minister has said, we’re ready to ...
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  • More cancer medicines for more people
    Five new cancer medicines have now been funded this year, meaning thousands of people have more treatment options PHARMAC has today announced that it has approved two new medicines for funding – fulvestrant for breast cancer and olaparib for ovarian cancer. This follows earlier decisions on advanced lung cancer treatment alectinib, ...
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  • Government acts to sort out electoral ‘coin toss’ problem
    The Minister of Local Government, Hon Nanaia Mahuta says the Government will consider making changes to local electoral legislation before the 2022 elections to fix the problems that have arisen where elections are settled by a coin toss.  The Minister says the recount process in the Murupara- Galatea ward at ...
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  • NZ to Join IMO Convention to Reduce Ship Emissions
    New Zealand will sign up to new international maritime regulations to reduce ship emissions and lift air quality around ports and harbours, Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter announced today. Subject to completion of the Parliamentary treaty examination process, New Zealand will sign up to Annex VI of MARPOL, an ...
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  • Bill to empower urban development projects
    New legislation to transform our urban areas and create sustainable, inclusive and thriving communities will tomorrow be introduced to Parliament, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford said. “The Urban Development Bill gives Kāinga Ora-Homes and Communities the tools it needs to partner with councils, communities, mana whenua and private developers to ...
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  • Early Learning Action Plan to kickstart long term change
    Today’s launch of He taonga te Tamaiti: Every child a taonga: The Early Learning Action Plan 2019-2029 provides the foundation for long-lasting changes to early learning, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says.   “Early learning will be one of the Government’s top education priorities going into 2020,” Chris Hipkins said.   ...
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  • Climate change lens on major Government decisions
    Major decisions made by the Government will now be considered under a climate change lens, Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced today. “Cabinet routinely considers the effects of its decisions on human rights, the Treaty of Waitangi, rural communities, the disability community, and gender – now climate change will ...
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  • New Tertiary Education Commission Board announced
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced the appointment of Māori education specialist Dr Wayne Ngata and Business NZ head Kirk Hope to the Board of the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC). Dr Alastair MacCormick has been reappointed for another term. “Wayne Ngata, Kirk Hope and Alastair MacCormick bring a great deal ...
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  • Next phase of Pike River recovery underway in time for Christmas
    The next phase of the Pike River Re-entry project is underway, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little says. “Fresh air will be pumped into the Pike River Mine drift this week, following acceptance of the plan for re-entry beyond the 170m barrier by New Zealand’s independent health and ...
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  • Insurance contracts to become easier to understand and fairer for consumers
    New Zealand consumers will have greater certainty about their insurance cover when they need to make claims as a result of proposed government changes. “Insurance is vitally important in supporting consumers and businesses to be financially resilient when unexpected events happen,” Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Kris Faafoi said. ...
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  • A new opportunity for Ngāpuhi collective and regional negotiations
    The Crown is providing an opportunity for the hapu of Ngāpuhi to rebuild its framework from the ground up for collective negotiations to deal with its historical Treaty claims, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little and Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta announced today. The Crown is also ...
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  • Referendums Framework Bill passes third reading
    A Bill enabling referendums to be held with the 2020 General Election has passed its third reading. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Act is important for upholding the integrity of New Zealand’s electoral process. “The Government has committed to holding a referendum on legalising recreational cannabis at the next ...
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  • Referendums website and initial cannabis Bill launched
    The first release of public information on the two referendums to be held at next year’s General Election was made today with an informative new Government website going live. Additionally, the draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill has been released, showing the strict controls on cannabis that will apply if ...
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  • Government to ban foreign donations
    The Government is taking action to protect New Zealand from foreign interference in our elections by banning foreign donations to political parties and candidates, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today. Legislation will be introduced to Parliament this afternoon and passed under urgency. “There’s no need for anyone other than New ...
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  • Governments and tech converge to strengthen joint response to online terror events
    Governments and tech companies are holding a two-day workshop, hosted by YouTube/Google in Wellington, to test the Christchurch Call Shared Crisis Response Protocol. The workshop aims to refine and strengthen the response in the event of a terrorist attack with online implications. Companies, governments, civil society experts and NGOs will ...
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