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
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
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