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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.
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.