Four days ago I titled a blog post, "It's a make-or-break week for democracy in Oregon." Well, today we learned that Democrats in the state legislature stood firm in defense of democracy, while the Republicans who walked out basically said screw you, democracy.
The only bright spot in the legislature being forced to close up shop because of the Republican walkout, which was a taxpayer-funded vacation for them, was how Democratic leaders acted this time.
While in 2019 they killed some bills to get the Republicans to do the job they were elected to do -- act as legislators -- this time they refused to make any deals. Good for them. The only deal House and Senate Republicans deserve is to have as many of them as possible voted out of office.
Here's some information about the walkout aftermath that I gleaned from my Twitter feed. The Salem Reporter also has a good story about this, as does the Oregonian. As you can read below, Governor Kate Brown has vowed to make reductions in carbon emissions via executive order, a pleasing move.