Category Archives: Washington Post

Oregon senator, a war veteran, now under fire for threats

An Oregon state senator who once worked in the world’s hotspots as a contractor and soldier now finds himself under fire over threats he made during a Republican revolt over climate legislation. Sen. Brian Boquist, a veteran who served in Iraq, warned Senate President Peter Courtney that if he sent the State Police to force […]
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Oregon senator, a war veteran, now under fire for threats

An Oregon state senator who once worked in the world’s hotspots as a contractor and soldier now finds himself under fire over threats he made during a Republican revolt over climate legislation. Sen. Brian Boquist, a veteran who served in Iraq, warned Senate President Peter Courtney that if he sent the State Police to force […]
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Oregon GOP walkout threatens paid leave, money for housing

An eight-day Republican walkout over sweeping climate change legislation in Oregon has prevented votes on the nation’s most generous paid family leave program, money for affordable housing and other key measures. Source: Oregon GOP walkout threatens paid leave, money for housing

Climate fight lays bare a divide between rural, urban Oregon

The divide in Oregon between the state’s liberal cities and its conservative and economically depressed rural areas has made it fertile ground for the political crisis unfolding over a push by Democrats to enact sweeping climate legislation. Source: Climate fight lays bare a divide between rural, urban Oregon

Oregon governor sends police after Republicans who fled the state ahead of climate vote

Outside the Oregon State Capitol, small groups of protesters jockeyed for position. There were loggers who opposed the cap-and-trade bill up for a vote that morning. And there were young climate activists who said the legislation was vital to preserving the world they would soon inherit. But there were a few crucial components missing from […]
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Governor sends police after GOP senators who fled Capitol

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown deployed the state police Thursday to try to round up Republican lawmakers who fled the Capitol to block a vote on a landmark economy-wide climate plan that would be the second of its kind in the nation. Source: Governor sends police after GOP senators who fled Capitol

GOP lawmakers skipped town to avoid a climate change vote. Then the governor called the police.

Republicans, facing down a Democratic supermajority bent on passing bills to combat climate change, resorted to some last-ditch political arithmetic: no senators, no votes. Source: GOP lawmakers skipped town to avoid a climate change vote. Then the governor called the police.

Oregon black bear killed after people kept feeding him, taking selfies

The young black bear was starting to grow comfortable around its new human friends. The 100-pound male, believed to be around 2 or 3 years old, knew it could often find trail mix, sunflower seeds and cracked corn left for it along a highway near Henry Hagg Lake in northwestern Oregon. And humans in the […]
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Oregon public defenders mobilize for pay, staffing overhaul

Facing an ever-mounting caseload, dozens of public defenders in Oregon walked out of courthouses and into the Statehouse this week to lobby for a bill that would fix a staffing shortage and an outdated contract payment system that has some attorneys representing more than 200 clients at once. Source: Oregon public defenders mobilize for pay, […]
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Government argues for halt to youth climate lawsuit, saying there is no constitutional right to a stable climate

The 21 young people sued in 2015, hoping to force an end to fossil-fuel-friendly U.S. policies. Source: Government argues for halt to youth climate lawsuit, saying there is no constitutional right to a stable climate