Oregon Senators Who Fled State To Hide From Police Are Being Crowdfunded

The Republican of the Oregon State Senate have continued to skip sessions despite threats from Democrats.

Salem, OR – For the fifth day in a row, the GOP members of the Oregon State Senate are conspicuously absent from the Capitol, shutting down progress in the body by preventing the quorum needed for a vote.

A crowdfunding campaign has now been set up to help cover the expenses of the senators who have fled the state to hide from the Oregon State Police.

It all began on June 18 when Republican caucus leaders threatened to walk out of the state house if Democrats wouldn’t compromise on a highly controversial climate change bill.

The very next day, Governor Kate Brown warned the GOP caucus against stonewalling and warned that if they conducted a threatened walkout, she would send law enforcement to bring them back to vote.

Republicans didn’t take kindly to her threat to leverage her authority over the Oregon State Police.

Republican Oregon State Senator Brian Boquist told KGW he had discussed Brown’s threat with Oregon State Police Superintendent Travis Hampton.

“This is what I told the superintendent,” Boquist said. “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.”

The threats were made after a heated discussion earlier in the week during which Senate Republican Leader Herman Baertschiger Jr. declared that the GOP caucus was “prepared to take actions” to prevent passage of the greenhouse gas emissions bill, Newsweek reported.

The comments drew criticism The Washington Times reported.

“I’m really worried that this particular bill is being used to stir up the worst sentiments - the most dangerous sentiments we can imagine,” Democratic State Senator Michael Dembrow, who sponsored the climate change bill, said.

Dembrow said he hoped the GOP “can find a way to reject this path that Senator Boquist has taken them on and come back to do the people’s business.”

The proposed legislation is supposed to reduce greenhouse gases in Oregon by putting caps on carbon emissions and would require businesses to buy or trade for pollution “allowance,” according to The Washington Times.

While liberal cities like Portland are wildly in favor of the climate change legislation, the rest of the state, whose businesses are actually impacted by the new law, having been fighting it desperately.

Opponents have said the bill would kill jobs, raise the cost of fuel, and put small businesses out of business in rural areas, The Washington Times reported.

The logging industry is one of the largest interests impacted.

All 11 Republican members of the state senate failed to show up for a vote on the Democrat-backed carbon cap and spend bill on Thursday and so the governor sent the state police out to fetch them, The Oregonian reported.

Democrats have a super-majority in both chambers of the Oregon legislature, but all 18 senate Democrats still need at least two more senators to show up in order to have the quorum required to vote.

Both the Oregon and U.S. Constitution allow for senators to be "compelled" to attend when a quorum is needed, although it's rarely used. Prior cases indicate that law enforcement can force lawmakers into vehicles and literally drag them into the senate.

Abraham Lincoln once jumped out of a window to avoid a quorum while he was a lawmaker in Illinois, according to KCPQ.

The Oregonian reported that the Republican senators had fled the state on Thursday afternoon.

Leaving the jurisdiction of Oregon all but guarantees that law enforcement will be unable to seize them.

While initially silent, the Oregon State Police released a statement saying that they were following the orders of the governor.

Democrats voted to fine the Republican senators $500 a day for every day they skipped, The Washington Times reported.

A GoFundMe was set up to cover the expenses of the senators who are in hiding, and has raised $41,000.

The legislative session is scheduled to end on Friday but most of the state budget, as well as a number of other Democrat-sponsored bills including drivers licenses for illegal aliens, still require a vote to be passed.

The governor has threatened to call a special session if the Republic senators don’t return in time to finish business, The Washington Times reported.

Comments (22)
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AprilShowers2
AprilShowers2

This country really is self destructing. I can’t believe they raised 41,000 for already wealth politicians! I’ll admit I hate the dems too but dang!? Enough bs already! All party’s get your sh*t together or get out! A house divided cannot stand.

Da$
Da$

The INSANITY of the left produces such actions out of necessity.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

What in the unholy hells is going on in this country with the Democrats ! This is totally frelling insane!

fightfororegon
fightfororegon

if the dems hadn't gone against the wishes of the voters an shoving bills the voters have rejected in the past, the dems are making every bill an emergency so the voters CAN'T vote on any of the bills i'm proud of the oregon 11

GhostCobra
GhostCobra

The potential fines are bs dems can walk out too if they want it should be allowed

eman2000
eman2000

Time to vote them all out and start new and fresh. No Lawyers or politicians need apply.

Astroserf
Astroserf

That Oregon Climate farce bill is a full-fledged "Crap and Tax" and will destroy the state's economy. No wonder the Repubs have support from the people.

investigator
investigator

Along with passing a bill to give "ILLEGAL ALIENS" a drivers license?????????

Buttermilk
Buttermilk

That entire Left Coast is turning into California. Liberals leave California because of policies that adversely effect them and when they arrive in their new state the first thing they want to do is make their new state like California, it's insane! Believe it or not, this is happening in Texas with Liberals gaining ground. It will take several years but Liberals intend to make the entire state like Austin which is the San Francisco of Texas...The brainwashing is intense in our colleges and it's working! There are extreme pressures put on students that don't conform! Very sad indeed!

Do-The-Job-Right
Do-The-Job-Right

Police should shoot them all Democrats & Republicans. Just use the excuse "Feared for my Life" because No One Should Ever Trust a Politician.

5150
5150

If thongs keep going the way they are going, there will be another civil war. My money is on conservatives. They have all the guns and bullets. The left can't even figure out what bathroom to use.

LawMan5643
LawMan5643

I find it truly AMAZING how the republicans simply REFUSE to accept climate change. I guess they'll start to believe it when their ones start to DIE! along with the rest of us! You can't keep killing the planet and lining your pockets! Your Republican GREED will kill us ALL!

Yankeelover
Yankeelover

I love it when people stand up for what they believe. Don't confuse climate change with global warming. Get informed and then you'll have a basis for an opinion.