Tag Archives: Peter Courtney

Climate Change Denier Sen. Olsen Named to Climate Panel

In an unbelievable move, Senate President Peter Courtney, a Democrat, has named one of the Oregon Legislature’s most outspoken climate change denier to a state commission dedicated to addressing the issue of global warming. The commission is charged with looking for Oregon solutions.

Some would consider appointment of Alan Olsen, R-Canby, a Republican’s dream come true. After all, if you hate government and its views on subjects like this, why not get involved and turn stuff upside-down to retain the status quo? Continue reading

NPV Bill Is Killed Again By Senate President, Despite Support from Clackamas, Many Others

Courtney Kills NVP Again

The National Popular Vote bill, which would have done an end run on the Electoral College and made our national election decided by popular vote, is dead in the Oregon Legislature effective July 6, 2017.

Senate President Peter Courtney, a Democrat, and Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick, who represents part of westernmost Clackamas County, announced the death of HB 2927 in a quietly happy moment for Courtney, of West Salem. Continue reading

Courtney Takes Stand on NPV but It’s Really Sort of a Crouch

By Peter Toll

It would appear the National Popular Vote bill, once thought dead in the Oregon Legislature, has come back to life. House Bill 2927, which would have Oregon sidestepping the Electoral College if certain things occur nationally, recently got a ‘do pass’ recommendation from the House Rules Committee. A full House vote and then off to the Senate are imminent.

Therein lies the rub. Senate President Peter Courtney has done his own little pocket veto of the legislation in three prior sessions. After passing the House, Courtney wouldn’t let it even have a hearing in the Senate, where it would thus die a dishonorable death without seeing the light of day there. Continue reading