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Wed Jul 3, 2019, 01:22 AM

Oregon Democrats have supermajority, but learned its limits

SALEM, Ore. (AP) When Democrats won a supermajority in the Oregon Legislature last November, it seemed they had a clear path ahead to combat global warming, enact gun control and pursue other liberal goals.

Instead, it's been a bumpy road.

Eight months after Democrats toasted their victories, they have learned the limits of power during the Oregon Legislature's most acrimonious session in memory: Republican lawmakers boycotted the Senate twice even fleeing the state after Democratic Gov. Kate Brown ordered police after them.

Several major Democratic initiatives bit the dust, including a sweeping measure to curb climate-changing emissions that prompted a nine-day Republican walkout and threats of violence that closed down the Capitol.

Now, Brown says she may resort to using her executive powers to push through limits on greenhouse gas emissions and warns that the so-called quorum rules may need to be changed to prevent a repeat of the turmoil.

Read more: https://www.news-journal.com/ap/national/oregon-democrats-have-supermajority-but-learned-its-limits/article_d72fe921-b1ae-533a-89f3-6ea1cf75ba2e.html
(Longview News-Journal)

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Jul 3, 2019, 01:35 AM

1. if they have supermajority why does it matter if repups walked oit?

if there are rules, change them immediately cause you have supermajority. Repubs would that on day 1.

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Wed Jul 3, 2019, 01:44 AM

2. The GOP has taken advantage of the rules to have a quorum.

It's a strategic move that has been used by both parties in other states.

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Wed Jul 3, 2019, 01:49 AM

3. Yup, fuck it ... they would do exactly that in today's environment.

Witness the GOP's lame-duck bullshit in Wisconsin, and removing the filibuster over SCOTUS nominees.

They obviously want war ... lets give it to them.
This is the DU member formerly known as mr_lebowski.

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