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Editorials & Reporting Indicate 2020’s Failed Legislative Session Will Come Back to Bite Republicans in November

Oregon’s 2020 legislative “session” is history with virtually nothing to show for its scheduled 35 days, thanks to the taxpayer-funded walk-out by Republicans. The GOP legislators walked off the job to prevent passage of the cap-and-trade bill, but of course, their not showing up for work meant the demise of scores of other important pieces of legislation. These include bills that could have resulted in more affordable housing, an earthquake early-warning system, mental health clinics, wildfire resilience for the state’s forests and communities, secure storage of firearms and free breakfasts to more than 100,000 additional children.

Will the GOP tactic hurt candidates next November?  It certainly should, and media coverage indicates it certainly will.  Take a look at some of the analysis:

The “grievous miscalculation” was also covered in the national media; this Vox story is one example: “Oregon Republicans are subverting democracy by running away. Again.

Then there’s the walk-off’s telling backstory, reported by the Associated Press, which explained why Republicans were refusing to return to Salem unless Democrats allowed the cap-and-trade bill to go before Oregon’s voters: 

“Doing so would likely have generated a ‘no’ campaign paid for by the deep-pocketed fossil fuel industry. Since July, Oregon Republican legislators have received hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from corporations and industry groups, including the fossil fuels industry, according to the Oregon League of Conservation Voters.”

Read the AP story here on the KATU website. 

How deep-seated is this partnership between Republican lawmakers and corporate interests?  This article, published last June in The Nation, is revealing and alarming: Behind Oregon’s GOP Walkout Is a Sordid Story of Corporate Cash

All these articles will dismay you, but you’ll also feel determined to ensure we see big changes come November.

The Mueller Report — Take 1

There are two important concepts that need to be understood about the special counsel’s report. One is obvious, the other less so.

One is the question of whether or not the 2016 election was free and fair?

The answer is clearly NO.

“As set forth in detail in this report, the Special Counsel’s investigation established that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election principally through two operations. First a Russian entity carried out a social media campaign that favored presidential candidate Donald J Trump and disparaged presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Second, a Russian intelligence service conducted computer-intrusion operations against entities, employees, and volunteers working on the Clinton Campaign and then released stolen documents.”

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From the Left Bank

By Peter Toll

Broken CNN Logo 2Our radio and television news and newspapers are always good targets. They’re designed to please everybody and therefore often offend most people one way or another. They’re bland, shallow and often downright trivial.

It wasn’t always this way. News media changes clearly reflect our changing culture. Going along to get along.

At the local level, we tend to get the pablum, the mush. In order for reporters to survive at the Lake Oswego Review or the Sandy Post or any other community paper, they must stay on good terms with their sources. Coziness is rewarded; criticism is not. It’s human nature. Continue reading