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A series of threats, including one against police officers, reverberated through the Oregon Capitol on Wednesday as Senate Republicans considered a second walkout instead of allowing a greenhouse gas emissions cap-and-invest bill to pass.
In response, Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, threatened to call a special session starting July 2 and stay in Salem until the Legislature's work is complete. Under the state Constitution, the Legislature is supposed to adjourn by June 30.
She and Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, also have hinted at the possibility of using the Oregon State Police to compel Republicans senators to return to the building if they walk out.
"We ask for, and take on responsibility, as elected representatives of the people of Oregon to show up and speak up on their behalf," Brown said in a statement. "I am prepared to use all resources and tools available to me as governor to ensure that Oregonians are being served by their leaders."
But during an interview with Portland television station KGW later in the day, Sen. Brian Boquist, R-Dallas, threatened Oregon State Police officers if they tried to bring him back to the Capitol.
"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," he said.
Senate Republican Leader Herman Baertschiger, Jr., responded to the governor’s threats, saying that Democrats’ climate proposals threaten business and the livelihoods of rural communities.
“Walking out is part of the conversation because the governor is not willing to move on her position on the bill,” said Baertschiger, from Grants Pass. “She is only representing Portland and the environmental community, not rural Oregonians.”
Boquist was born and raised on a dairy farm in Tillamook, Oregon. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, graduated from Tillamook High School, and enlisted in the United States Army in 1975. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Oregon State College (now Western Oregon University) and an MBA from Oregon State University.
Boquist is a former career special forces lieutenant colonel who served in branches of the United States Army. He is a director with International Charter Incorporated, an international services company that specializes in a variety of support operations for private organizations and the United States government. ICI has worked in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and South America. Additionally, ICI was involved in pre-deployment training of armed services members during OEF and OIF from 2006 to 2012. Boquist is involved with several other business entities primarily in the agriculture and forestry industry. He served as Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of the Joint Combined Special Operations Task Force in Iraq in 2003–2004, receiving the Bronze Star Medal and recommendation for promotion for his service.
He was closely involved in the 2013 Regular Session, and following Special Session, with the passage of the small business tax cut to incentivize job grow in rural Oregon. He was appointed to serve on the oversight committee for the start up of the Cover Oregon insurance exchange during which time he constantly sought expanded committee authority to place witnesses under oath and subpoena testimony, both of which were never granted to the now defunct committee
I’m on a non-partisan citizen advisory council.
Speaking as an Oregonian, the political left in our fine state are nothing more than authoritarians.
It’s not about doing what is right and representing the state, it’s about a sweeping leftist agenda.
They’re hypocrites of the worst order.
See why I find that claim hard to even consider?
hypocrites of the worst order.
However for the benefit of a doubt he does state that he sit's in a corner and lights his farts, so I guess that accounts for something,
originally posted by: TerryMcGuire
a reply to: DBCowboy
Your right DC. I just suppose I guessed that a non-partisan council would be comprised of folk who consider themselves to be non-partisan. You just keep lighting your farts to let them know the level of discussion you wish to add to.
originally posted by: 3NL1GHT3N3D1
a reply to: Sookiechacha
ATS is his safe space, he would never say what he says on here out in public considering the possible consequences.
originally posted by: Sookiechacha
a reply to: DBCowboy
So now you get to determine what kind of committee it is?
So, what makes this committee "non-partisan"?