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Thu Aug 8, 2019, 06:03 PM

Truckers and Loggers Started a Rebellion in Oregon. Political Insiders Took It Over.

Operatives see the groundswell of angry loggers as an opportunity to wield greater influence and revitalize the Oregon GOP.

The loggers were everywhere. At three June rallies, streams of honking timber trucks converged on Salem as burly lumberjacks and truckers swarmed the Capitol in hard hats and suspenders.

Oregon's wood products industry provided the outstanding visual of the 2019 legislative session. They got what they wanted: the death of House Bill 2020, the carbon-reduction bill known as "cap and trade."

In a state where Democrats hold a voter registration advantage of 10 percentage points over Republicans and enjoy super-majorities in both legislative chambers, the show of muscle by a grassroots group called "Timber Unity" provided a rare political highlight for mostly Republican rural Oregon.

"It was a win," says Eric Fruits, an economist and former Multnomah County GOP chairman. "I think Timber Unity was as important to killing the bill as the GOP senators' walkout."

Read more: https://www.wweek.com/news/state/2019/08/07/truckers-and-loggers-started-a-rebellion-in-oregon-political-insiders-took-it-over/
(Williamette Week)

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TexasTowelie Aug 2019 OP
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Thu Aug 8, 2019, 06:21 PM

1. "It Was A Win"

and a loss

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