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Why This Matters: The Republican Senators have every right to vote against the climate legislation — but they cannot hold the entire state hostage and frustrate the will of the people of Oregon. The legislative session ends by law in a week. Democracy means the majority rules and the Democrats outnumber Republicans 18-12 in the Senate. And for right-wing groups to threaten violence against the Senate and Governor for demanding that the Republicans return and do their job is a tragedy and an anathema to our system of government. We settle policy disputes by debate and voting not by taking up arms. We also believe in the rule of law, but somehow even this basic principle is eroding with Republican Senators threatening violence against state police. This may not end well.
Republican Senators Taunt the Police With Threats.
According to the AP, one of the Republicans, Senator Brian Boquist, “urged” the state police to “send bachelors and come heavily armed” when they come to bring him back to the Capitol.
This Oregon dispute is a reminder of the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016 when dozens of militia member occupied the remote Oregon refuge for more than a month to protest federal control of Western lands, which only ended after authorities fatally shot the group’s spokesman and arrested key leaders.
As the Senate began debate on President Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package, likely leading to a final vote this weekend, Senate Republicans have attacked it as “big, wasteful, and bloated.” The version of the bill passed by the House of Representatives contains $30.5 billion in aid for public transit systems that desperately need the […]
It’s not just men in the fishing sector who are impacted by climate change, overfishing, and COVID-19 — women are too. Women like Alexia Jaurez of Sonora, Mexico, who is featured in this Environmental Defense Fund video, do the important work of monitoring the catch and the price, and most importantly determining how many more […]
Last Friday, the United States formally reentered the Paris Climate Agreement. This is undoubtedly good news but after four years of total climate inaction on the part of the Trump administration as well as other nations failing to meet their commitments, it’s more urgent than ever that the world comes together and gets it right. […]
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