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    Oregon Republican Senator Threatens State Troopers, Warns Them to Come Heavily Armed

    Source: Oregonlive



    Tensions were already smoldering in the Oregon Senate Wednesday, when Sen. Brian Boquist, R-Dallas, poured gasoline on the situation, suggesting he would shoot and potentially kill any state trooper sent to haul him unwillingly back to the Capitol.

    After Senate Republican Leader Herman Baertschiger Jr. said Tuesday that his caucus was “prepared to take actions” to prevent passage of a major climate change bill, Gov. Brown announced on Wednesday that she was ready to answer Republican stonewalling by calling lawmakers back for a special session.

    Brown hinted that she would be willing to send state troopers to round up Republicans if they walk out in the final days of the regular legislative session, saying in a statement that she is “in close communication with Oregon State Police.” That’s an option Democratic senators and the governor did not use earlier this year, when Senate Republicans first brought the Senate to a standstill by walking out and preventing the necessary quorum.

    The governor’s hint that she would consider sending troopers in the event of a second walkout triggered an aggressive response from Boquist, which was captured by a KGW news team at the Capitol.

    “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.”

    "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?" - — Pat Dooris (@PatDooris) June 19, 2019

    A spokeswoman for the Oregon State Police did not respond to an inquiry Wednesday afternoon about whether the agency is investigating Boquist’s threat. Baertschiger’s spokeswoman also did not respond to a request for comment. Senate President Peter Courtney’s spokeswoman said she might have a comment, but had not responded by 6 p.m.

    In an email to The Oregonian/OregonLive Wednesday afternoon, Boquist stuck with his earlier statement and rejected a reporter’s characterization of his threat to troopers as “thinly veiled.”

    “Nothing thinly veiled,” Boquist wrote. “I have been in political coup attempts. I have been held hostage overseas. I have been jailed politically overseas … Not going to be arrested as a political prisoner in Oregon period.”

    As Willamette Week has reported, Boquist is a U.S. Army veteran whose businesses include military training and an international operation that journalists described in the 1990s as a paramilitary force of armed American and Russian ex-military officers.

    Boquist contends that state troopers only have the power to enforce criminal violations and arrest warrants, not to compel absent lawmakers to return to the Capitol during a legislative session.

    In recent emails with Boquist, legislative lawyers have provided copies of their earlier legal opinions that the Legislature has the ability under the state Constitution to have a sergeant at arms or — with the governor’s approval – the Oregon State Police arrest absent members in order to compel their attendance at the Capitol.

    Boquist, however, chalked up the lawyers’ conclusions in support of the practice as partisan favors to Democrats.
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    Based and redpilled.

    Dems like to play as though they have the moral high-ground when it comes to measures such as this but Kate Brown herself advocated for a walkout back in 2001

    Need I remind people that Oregon isn't all globohomo and full of screeching commies like you see in the horror films from Portland. There are many like-minded conservative Christian, gun-toting, Trump voting, Whyte Cis-Gendered Americans who live here and are forgotten and brushed aside by the libshits who sit in Salem and dictate the laws. Good on them for Resist(™)ing the liberal hegemony, perhaps we'll see similar revolts in blue dominated states.

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    Never mind war with Iran Were close to a civil war in this country. The left has no grasp of reality.
    How much do they think people will take?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chlodovech
    That escalated quickly.
    Why a group of US state senators are being hunted by police

    Source: BBC



    Eleven Republican senators from the state of Oregon are in hiding.

    They walked out of Salem's Capitol building on Thursday and state police have been given authorisation to track them down.

    This bizarre series of events has unfolded amid a deep rift between the state's rival parties.

    Oregon's Democrats, who have a clear Senate majority, want to pass landmark climate change legislation. Local Republicans have fled to stop that happening.

    This weekend, the state capitol had to shut down altogether amid apparent security threats from militia groups.
    Why did the politicians flee?

    Oregon Democrats are trying to become the second US state to pass an ambitious "cap and trade" climate plan.

    House Bill 2020 would set overall limits on state carbon emissions, with permits or allowances auctioned off to polluting industries.

    The plan aims to encourage businesses to switch to green technology, with the goal of slashing emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.



    Under it, petrol and diesel prices are expected to go up. Republicans say these changes will disproportionally affect rural Oregonians, like farm workers and loggers. They argue the plan should be referred to a state-wide ballot so "every Oregonian has a voice".

    Democrats hold 18 of the 30 seats in the state senate, but 20 senators have to be present for a vote to take place.

    On Thursday, the 11 Republicans who currently hold seats failed to show up for floor proceedings after negotiations broke down, blocking the legislation's progress.

    Democratic Governor Kate Brown then authorised state police to try to locate them.

    "It is absolutely unacceptable that the Senate Republicans would turn their back on their constituents who they are honour-bound to represent here in this building," she said in a statement. "They need to return and do the jobs they were elected to do."

    The Republicans released a statement explaining their walkout.

    "Oregonians deserve better. It's time for the majority party to consider all Oregonians - not just the ones in Portland," Senate Republican Leader Herman Baerschiger Jr said regarding the rural-city divide.

    This is the second time they have recently walked out - winning concessions on gun and vaccination laws after another incident last month.

    Other boycotts have also been known to happen elsewhere, including by Wisconsin Democrats in 2011.

    Where are the senators now?

    They are rumoured to have fled into neighbouring Idaho - where police are not authorised to look for them.

    The current legislative session is due to end on 30 June and the Republican whip has said they will "run out the clock" on it "until this storm of false narratives and intimidation passes".

    Before the walkout, Democrats had already said they would be willing to use police to try to force absent Republicans to come back.

    One lawmaker, Brian Boquist, responded angrily. Speaking to a local news outlet on Wednesday, he said police should "send bachelors and come heavily armed" if they were to try to arrest him.

    "I'm not going to be a political prisoner in the state of Oregon. It's just that simple," he said.

    His comments were condemned by Democrats who said "threats like these are unacceptable".

    The senators are being ordered to pay $500 (390) each for every day they are absent. An online fundraiser to pay their fines has so far raised almost $38,000 (30,000) as of Sunday.

    What has the reaction been?

    State Senate President Peter Courtney, a Democrat, said police had established a possible militia threat and recommended the closure of the Capitol on Saturday.

    Another Democratic lawmaker, Sara Gelser, tweeted that they had been notified "we were physically in danger".

    Self-described "patriot" groups had reportedly planned a two-day "Rally to Take the Capitol" event on Facebook for the weekend.

    Online comments by members of militia groups also pledged to provide armed security and escorts to the Republicans, US media report.

    It's not the first time that militias and libertarians in the state have made headlines. In 2016, a militia group was involved in a stand-off with federal agents for weeks at an Oregon wildlife refuge.

    In recent days, the @Oregon_GOP Twitter account has been mocking the militia claims and sharing content from protests and locals who support their walkout.

    But with the Republicans still in hiding, the rift shows no sign of ending any time soon.
    Remember that all worlds draw to an end and that noble death is a treasure which no-one is too poor to buy. - C. S. Lewis, The Last Battle

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