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GOP flight not long-term solution for rural interests


March 4, 2020

Even habitually disengaged citizens of Oregon should be aware by now that things are far beyond normal in the state capitol.

The level of rancor and distrust across the aisle is such that the Republicans walked out, nearly en masse, last week, to avoid voting for a measure the urban Democratic super-majority considers hugely important and which the majority of rural residents despise: the cap-and-trade proposal.

That was the GOP’s third such exit from legislative proceedings in less than a year.

The intensity with which the proponents of this bill have rammed it through this year’s s...

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