Oregon State Senators Flee State To Avoid Roundup By Police Ordered By Governor

File Photo. Oregon Governor Kate Brown has ordered the state police to round up Republican lawmakers.

by Sandy Malone and Christopher Berg

Salem, OR – After the Oregon Governor ordered the Oregon State Police to round up republican lawmakers, at least some of those lawmakers fled the state to avoid law enforcement.

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, 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 reports that the Republican senators have fled the state.

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 have announced that they will start fining republicans $500 per day for every day they don't show up, according to The Oregonian.

On Wednesday, Governor Kate Brown initially warned the GOP caucus against stonewalling and warned that if they conducted their 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 controversial remarks were made after a heated discussion earlier in the week during which Senate Republican Leader Herman Baertschiger Jr. threatened that the GOP caucus was “prepared to take actions” to prevent passage of the greenhouse gas emissions bill, Newsweek reported.

In response, Brown warned that if Republicans stonewalled, she would call them back for a special session, The Oregonian reported.

The governor implied that if Republican legislators walked out in the final days of the session, she would send out troopers to round them up, Newsweek reported.

"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... I am in close communication with Oregon State Police."

Republicans brought the state senate to a standstill earlier this year when they walked out of the Capitol to prevent a quorum, The Oregonian reported.

Boquist later defended his statement and his threat.

“Nothing thinly veiled,” he wrote in an email to The Oregonian. “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.”

Boquist is a U.S. Army veteran who owns businesses that include military training and a paramilitary force of former American and Russian military officers who are contracted to perform international missions deemed too difficult for uniformed troops, the Willamette Week reported.

"I am doubtful that the governor will actually come arrest us," Boquist said, according to Newsweek. "The Oregon State Police are not authorized under statutory things for civil arguments.”

He said that state troopers have the power to enforce criminal violations and arrest warrants, but not to compel absent elected officials to show up for a vote in the Capitol, The Oregonian reported.

Despite those assertions, when Republican senators failed to show up in the state senate for the 11 a.m. session on Thursday, Democratic Senate President Peter Courtney sent the Sergeant at Arms to round them up.

But the lawmakers were nowhere to be found, The Oregonian reported.

So Courtney asked the governor to sick the state police on the legislators and have them brought back to Salem for the vote.

Brown quickly approved the request, The Oregonian reported.

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

Although the Oregon constitution allows the majority party to “compel” legislators to attend, the process hasn’t been used in recent memory.

In fact, Democrats conducted a walkout in 2001 to stop a vote on a redistricting bill, The Oregonian reported.

Despite the fact that the absent legislators caused senate business to grind to a halt for a week, Republicans made no effort to “compel” their opposition to return to the Capitol.

The GOP leadership released a statement on Wednesday that sided with Boquist.

"My caucus and I have been threatened by the Governor, Senate President, and Majority Leader with fines and arrests because they do not agree with our stance to protect rural Oregonians from cap and trade," Baertschiger wrote. "Walking out is part of the conversation because the Governor is not willing to move on her position on the bill, and she is only representing Portland and the environmental community, not rural Oregonians."

Republicans conducted an informal walkout in early May when GOP lawmakers failed to appear in the state senate for almost a week over disagreements over significant PERS reform and the Student Success Act, the Salem Statesman Journal reported.

GOP lawmakers only returned to the Capitol after Democrats killed a bill that would have removed the non-medical vaccine exemption for schoolchildren and did away with omnibus gun control legislation.

Comments (46)
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Mig Alley
Mig Alley

I'd leave and never go back, freaking cesspool. Silly bitch.

simmerjet
simmerjet

I'm willing to Hid a GOP Senator from the Fascists..

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Haha! I love it! Yet, when the Dems walk out, they don't get into trouble - nope, don't see a double standard, do you?

yelyana
yelyana

Gov. Brown said, "It is absolutely unacceptable that the Senate Republicans would turn their back on their constituents who they are honor-bound to represent here in this building." I say, they are representing their constituents they only way they can by NOT being there.

walkintall
walkintall

I LOVE this...This is KILLING me

qazwiz
qazwiz

BOLDEST LIE QUOTED IN ARTICLE " ... turn their back on their constituents ..." the REPUBLICANS ARE REPRESENTING THEIR CONSTITUENTS in only way they can. since a super-majority exists the only way to prevent stupid laws that no voter voting for a Republican would want is to prevent the vote in first place. absence of quorum is their final option.

ImanAzol
ImanAzol

Why aren't those communist fvcks being dropped from helicopters?

TheGreatPNW
TheGreatPNW

Man, to see my state on here for a story like this is sad 😂. It’s hilarious to me that she wants them to ‘come back to make sure Oregon is served’ Brown, you haven’t done a thing to serve me as a gun totin conservative since you got appointed on a technicality. Gfto and take Salem with you, please.

LynnSB
LynnSB

Republican's you need to step up and STOP this Bull Shit ! Go after these Demoshits Stop letting them play these Ignorant Games -- they will continue until our Country has a a THIRD WORLD COUNTRY STATUS !!!

CivilianMark
CivilianMark

Wow. If only Oregon would go after illegal immigrants like that, the public would benefit.

SafetyDave
SafetyDave

Domestic Terrorism by Tyrannical Government. This is another reason we have the Second Amendment!

SafetyDave
SafetyDave

#StopTheAltLeftNOW

javaguy746
javaguy746

Her name says it all, Governor BROWN,,,, I had to go back and see if this article was about Oregon or California, Oh wait, same thing.

JBo
JBo

I have to say, if you stop my freedom of movement and move me from point A to point B against my will...that's an arrest. While Oregon's judicial and legislative systems may be broken, the federal government system still works. See you in federal court.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

The Democratic Party is absolutely ridiculous and will do anything to get there way. The Democratic Party will bring our country down and its happening right before our eyes. This governor is silly blooming idiot!!

NH.Corr
NH.Corr

lol...this is great!! HAHAHAH!! Run baby Run!!

RPG156
RPG156

“It is absolutely unacceptable that the Senate Republicans would turn their back on their constituents who they are honor-bound to represent here in this building,” the governor said in a statement. Don't you believe that the senators believe that they are, in fact, representing their constituents? They simply have no other avenues to have their votes mean anything.

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

Make America Great Again! Arrest All Politicians 🤗

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

Officers "Feared for their Lives" and shot all the Politicians ♥️

1Starhoosier
1Starhoosier

Sic, not sick!

Pack
Pack

When a guy who owns a para military training facility says to bring heavy armor, I would take him at his word! We are boiling the frog too slowly.

DarrellB
DarrellB

If the people of Oregon are stupid enough to stand IDLE and let Democrats FORCE their agenda on the people, then they deserve anything they get. It is time for the PEOPLE to march on the State Capitol and make their voices heard. Their leaders are obviously politically deaf and dumb, disabled by agenda ! ! !

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

This is unreal..demonrats are true evil..they ruin everything they touch..

Janken
Janken

AND OUR COUNTRY GETS DEEPER INTO SOCIALISM BY THE LEFT. TO BAD THE PEOPLE WHO COME TO OUR COUNTRY TO GET AWAY FROM THIS DONT VOTE REPUBLICAN. It boggles my mind. Dems want to give everything free for votes. Wake up common sense people

redpill
redpill

Hey, the Left said "resist," first. They're just doing the same thing the Socio-Fascists like to do. #FFF

Shadylady62
Shadylady62

Did I miss something in this post? In the article it states that although the Democrats are in the majority they need two more votes to pass this bill and they need the votes from Republicans. So what’s the problem? The Republicans show up and all vote NO, thus denying the needed two votes.

ironic_01
ironic_01

RESIST!!! Right, democrats?

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

I got to say, that wasn't a headline I was ever expecting to see.....

EMarie
EMarie

Let's start an underground railroad for them!

Patriot1midwestern
Patriot1midwestern

Who wrote this article? Is this negative spin on the republicans evident in this platforms belief system?

trainbuff
trainbuff

I wonder if she'll have the state police kill any of them like she did LaVoy Finicum?

twotwo
twotwo

I have NEVER been prouder of our State Republican Senators as I am now!!!

Sjblueyes
Sjblueyes

Oregonians it is up to you to change the balance of power in your State, both houses and your Governorship are Demoncrat run you voted this into office....I find it hard to believe that any LEO wil actually haul an elected official back to the Chamber's I could be wrong but seems to me most if them are as disgusted as you all are with what is happening in our Nation with RINO's & Demoncrats not fulfilling their Oath of Office.

Everyone that is up for re-election in 2020 be they RINO OR DEMONCRAT needs to voted out of office and replaced with those who will support our Constitution, our POTUS and the MAGA/KAG agenda, or yes I do believe a civil war wil break out!

I live in Maryland, we've got the same problems here so this year I've put my name in to be an election site Judge hoping to ensure integrity is returned to our elections, I am also campaigning for Republican Conservative leadership in our State, if you can please do the same in yours!

Hellp change the status quo!

RTSeeker
RTSeeker

That really makes the Dems look good. And they wonder why they are losing more of the people to their side.