And we thought the politics in Washington were crazy.
Courtesy of New York Daily News:
Oregon lawmakers are running from the law.
Republican state senators fled from the state Capitol Thursday in a bid to prevent a vote on major climate change legislation, leaving chambers notably quiet and without a necessary quorum. Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, however, showed little patience for the ploy and authorized State Police to find the missing politicians and bring them back to Salem.
Brown additionally called for a $500 fine for the 12 fleeing Oregon Senators for every day they remain missing. She vowed to collect the fees starting Friday if lawmakers don’t return to cast their vote on the cap-and-trade bill.
They’ve reportedly left the state, making their escape into Idaho. KOIN reported troopers have been given authority to arrest those who refuse to willingly return to work, though officers have said they will go to great lengths to avoid such confrontations.
“The Senate Republicans have decided to abandon their duty to serve their constituents and walk out. The Senate Democrats have requested the assistance of the Oregon State Police to bring back their colleagues to finish the work they committed to push forward,” Brown said in a statement.
This took an ugly turn when one of the GOP lawmakers threatened to shoot any police officers sent to retrieve him.
Oregon state senator @BrianBoquistGOP said if R’s walk out to stop a vote on Cap and Trade and @OregonGovBrown sends state police to bring him back, they should be single and well armed. Your take? pic.twitter.com/Fcu8NXXl8h
— Pat Dooris (@PatDooris) June 19, 2019
Courtesy of The Oregonian:
“This is what I told the superintendent,” Boquist said, referring to OSP Superintendent Travis Hampton. “Send bachelors and come heavily armed. I’m not going to be a political prisoner in the state of Oregon. It’s just that simple.”
That seemed to have lit a spark which encouraged militia groups to shimmy into their GI Joe Underoos and offer to support the Republican lawmakers.
Courtesy of WaPo:
Oregon’s top lawmakers will shut down the state capitol after receiving threats from militia groups, who authorities say are planning to demonstrate there in support of the 11 Republican senators who fled the state to dodge a vote on climate change.
State Senate President Peter Courtney (D) told his colleagues on Friday that Oregon State Police had informed him there was a credible threat to him, the rest of the remaining senators — all of whom are Democrats — and the building’s staff.
“It was obviously a credible threat because Sen. Courtney wouldn’t close it down for no reason,” Courtney’s spokeswoman Carol Currie told The Washington Post.
State police confirmed the danger in an emailed statement.
“We have been monitoring information throughout the day that indicates the safety of legislators, staff and citizen visitors could be compromised if certain threatened behaviors were realized,” wrote Capt. Timothy Fox.
Let me remind you once again that this is a vote on fucking climate change.
These people are literally prepared to start a war with the police so that they do not have to vote for or against legislation to protect this planet.
What the hell is wrong with the Republican party?