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Today is a big day for working families in Oregon. Over 100K Oregonians are seeing their wages ⬆ today, no thanks to @senbetsyjohnson who voted against it.

So, let’s talk about Betsy’s history of siding with corporations over working families 🧵 (1/6)
In 2007, Betsy worked to defeat a bill to provide paid family leave to Oregonians. You heard that right, Betsy worked to block legislation to help Oregonians care for their newborn babies and sick family members. (2/6)
In 2015, Betsy voted against legislation to provide earned sick leave to workers.

I guess Betsy doesn’t believe that workers should be able to take time off work when they’re sick. (3/6)
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Debate with 12 Republican candidates for governor hosted by Timber Unity is starting shortly. I’ll share highlights in a thread here. #orgov #orpol
Debate will have eight questions, all about the economy, natural resources and jobs. Because there are so many candidates, they're split into odd and even groups and each group gets four questions with 60 seconds to answer. At the end, candidates can answer a fifth question
Almost done with introductions. Brandon Merritt got some in the crowd to cheer "Let's go, Brandon," which doubles as a cheer for him and an anti-Biden chant.
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"...Kurt Schrader, who the AFL-CIO reports has one of the worst labor records of any Democrat in Congress, is starting to see unions get behind his challenger in Oregon’s May 2022 Democratic primary for the 5th Congressional District."… @nwlaborpress
"United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555, which represents 24,000 grocery and other workers, was the first to endorse Jamie McLeod-Skinner’s campaign for Congress." #JamieForOregon @ufcw555
"Now Oregon Education Association (OEA), the 41,000-member teachers union, is also supporting her campaign, after a truly overwhelming 93% vote by delegates to the union’s political action committee." #orpol #CD5 #OR05 #UnionStrong @oregoneducation
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Meta news! I'm super excited to start talking about my newest nonprofit project, The Portland Record, a new take on mashing up open source tech with public data for local accountability journalism.
We are building The Portland Record in public, so I will have lots more to say as we go. Special thanks to @muckrock for agreeing to fiscally sponsor the project (which amounts to some low grade IRS-facing magic).
Instead of trying to tackle everything at once, we are sniping low-hanging data, with open source-ish tech and gigatons of research on the batpoop things local government does on the web.
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Let's all take a journey and see what ARPA funds are being used for in some of the States for K-12 education according to plans submitted by each State's Department of Education.

@DrKarlynB @insomnochick

Highlights from Alabama's educational use of ARPA funds...

Social Emotional Needs


Highlights from Alaska's educational use of ARPA funds...

Social Emotional Supports

#AKLeg #akpol

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I'm checking in from the Oregon House, where in a half hour, we'll learn more about the fate of the state's redistricting maps. It's been suggested to me Republicans could show up today, though that does not guarantee passage of any proposal. #orleg #orpol
If Republicans do show up, they could decide not to grant rules suspension, which would push passage of new maps past today's deadline. Or they could agree to speed things along, taking what's likely to be a more favorable legislative map than they'd otherwise get. #orpol #orleg
It does not appear that there's yet another congressional redistricting map on the table, meaning if lawmakers do pass a map today, it would likely be the proposal from Saturday. If the House passes it, the Senate is coming back this afternoon to take it up. #orpol #orleg
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New: There’s a new proposed Oregon congressional map. We might well see a deal today. It’s currently unclear. #orpol #orleg Image
I have been told the state Senate is prepared to come in this afternoon if the House can find agreement. The Senate had formally adjourned but would need to pass changed map #orpol #orleg
Here's the map. An initial analysis suggests this could lead to a 4-2 split in the state's Congressional districts -- not the 5-1 split Democrats had been insistent on. Still looking at it. #orpol #orleg…
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NEW: House Speaker Tina Kotek is about to back down on her deal to grant Republicans parity on redistricting. She told her caucus today she'll appoint a new committee, with Dems in the majority, to pass a Congressional, plan. #orpol #orleg
Kotek would also add members to a committee that would take up new legislative maps. That committee would still have an even number of Republicans and Democrats. #orleg #orpol
This is all contingent, of course, on Republicans staying in the building, which is not something any #orleg watcher is banking on. Remember, House Dems fled the Capitol in 2001 over a redistricting fight. #orleg #orpol
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Signing in from Salem, where the special session on redistricting has convened. The Senate has reached an agreement on rules suspension, meaning it can move quickly. It's not at all clear the House will get to the same place. #orleg #orpol…
2.5 hrs in, we're still waiting for... any legislative action at this #orleg special session. The Senate redistricting committee has now delayed a 9:30a hearing twice because things are "not quite ready."
And @Kathleen4Oregon announces another delay for Senate Redistricting Committee. I tried to ask what's going on, and she would only say "I'm good" as she awaited an elevator. Which is an interesting response. #orleg #orpol
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Deschutes County Republican Party to Host Fundraiser Featuring Conspiracy Theorists, Anti-LGBTQ+ Extremists

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The Deschutes County Republican Party is scheduled to host a fundraiser featuring Raheem Kassam and Natalie Winters of The National Pulse, a right-wing website that promotes COVID and China-centric conspiracy theories and defends accused underage sex trafficker Rep. Matt Gaetz.
Kassam recently mocked Capitol Police Officers testifying regarding the January 6, 2021, insurrection. He also has a record of disparaging the LGBTQ+ community, particularly transgender people, and the Muslim community. #orpol
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1/ "Hospital staffers & public health managers in southern Oregon say it’s never been this bad. And it’s apt to get worse as the super-contagious delta variant of COVID19 spreads through a region where fewer than 1/2 the residents have been fully vaxxed"🧵…
2/ I completely agree with The Oregonian here:
“Oregonians need local leaders to step up their efforts to share vetted, accurate information, improve vaccination rates and encourage measures that help control the spread”
#orleg #orpol…
3/ I know a handful of Oregon Republicans who are doing the right thing & encouraging folks to #WearMasks & #GetVaccinated - the two things that will help get this Delta surge under control. I'm grateful for their leadership - it's no small thing in this environment
#orleg #orpol
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Former state rep Mike Nearman pleaded guilty to first degree official misconduct this morning. He received 18 mos probation, $2700 in restitution for damage done to the Capitol and an 18 month ban from Capitol grounds. #orpol #orleg
As part of a plea deal, a second charge of second-degree criminal trespassing was dropped. Nearman needed some coaching from his attorney to appropriately admit guilt for the judge to accept. Story coming #orpol
Nearman also must complete 80 hrs of community service. He and his attorney refused to even acknowledge the presence of media outlets seeking an interview.
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Following Rep. Nearman’s hearing on criminal charges stemming from his enabling violent rioters to enter the Oregon Capitol in December, @ORDems reissued our call for Nearman to resign or be expelled from the Oregon House. Read our statement: #orpol…
For years, Rep. Mike Nearman’s hateful anti-immigrant rhetoric has opened the door for extremists and white nationalists to further escalate their tactics of violence and intimidation.
In December, as video footage clearly shows, Nearman literally opened the door for armed, violent rioters to illegally enter the Oregon Capitol building and attack Oregon State Police.
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3 of my priorty bills passed Senate today w/ broad bipartisan margins. Two of these bills help Oregonians access affordable prescription drugs. One makes important clarifications about the rights of disabled Oregonians. #orpol
SB 558 was introduced because of my constituent Sean. He has private insurance, but Oregon Health Plan is his secondary insruance. His Rx costs are high & his primary insurance required he fill his rx at a mail in pharmacy that didn't accept OHP. #orpol
OHP doesn't reimburse for direct pay. Sean had to spend his full monthly income on Rx costs that should have been covered or go without the meds. SB 558 fixes this by prohibiting carrier from requiring rx be filled at pharm w/o a contract w OHP for those w dual coverage. #orpol
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University Boards of Trustees have gotten a lot of attention lately given the debacle w/ @OregonState former President F King Alexander, concerns regarding a discrimination lawsuit against the acting president & dismissive treatment of survivors at BOT meeting. #orpol #Beavers
This Board is composed of good people who have made some missteps. Recently, the @OregonState Faculty Senate cast a vote of no confidence and the majority of that Faculty Senate called for the resignation of Board members. #orpol #Beavers
This has led to multiple inquiries to my office about how the BOT is appointed, and what accountability levers exist. BOT is appointed by the Governor& serves at her pleasure. Before appointment, nominees are sent to the Oregon State Senate for vetting and confirmation. #orpol
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Last night I got home at 9pm after a very long week. My dogs were happy to see me. My husband fed me a homemade dinner. I watched Ru paul's latest episode while eating and I quickly passed out. I was mentally and physically exhausted.
Leading up to last night we were on the house floor M-F until 9pm & Sat until 7pm. We are reading bills for hours due to Republican inflexibility on suspending rules. In years past, both parties agreed to skip bill-reading —since legislators & public have access to bills online
⭐️Good news⭐️ We passed lots of bipartisan bills (often unanimous.) A few of those bills:

✅HB 2607, exempting homeowners from construction taxes during rebuilding after wildfires & natural disasters
✅ HB 2168, making Juneteenth a state holiday
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A constituent of mine wrote to Rep Drazan (Leader of the Oregon House Republicans) asking her to “respect the will of the majority of Oregonians by keeping your caucus present to do the work of recovering from the pandemic and other issues”.
Rep Drazan wrote back: “The Democrats hold(ing) single party control in Oregon, despite only representing a third of all Oregonians”.

I took this as a numbers challenge.

How does Rep Drazan arrive at “only representing a third of Oregonians”?
She is conflating things. If we look at Feb 2021 voter registration in OR, there are 1 million registered Democrats out of almost 3 million total registered voters. So that is about 1/3rd. (More precisely [rounding to the nearest thousand]: 1,048,000 Ds/2,956,000 total = 35.4%)
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Inspired by the start of the Oregon Legislature 2021 session today and this tweet by @drvolts about offshore wind on the east coast, it is time for a thread on OSW on the west coast. Along with huge challenges, there are many encouraging signs. 1/14

First, where is the best location for OSW? It happens to be right on the border between Oregon and California. @BOEM_DOI has an awesome offshore wind planning data portal that shows this well. 2/14
This location is important for two reasons:

1. There is little transmission infrastructure reaching this area today (though there is a @bonnevillepower corridor that gets close), so large new facilities are needed to connect OSW. 3/14
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I hope you and your family are safe and healthy. We’ve been through a lot this year.

Oregon is in a time of flux. Some are working to build a better Oregon and some capitalizing on divisiveness. #orpol
I’ve always believed politics should be about working together to overcome our challenges, not the pettiness that’s now common.

As a rural Oregonian, I recognize my interdependence on my neighbors. It is time to bridge divides, build relationships, & develop #rural leaders.
The painful fact is that the political establishment has demonstrated a fundamental lack of understanding of rural areas and has failed to invest in developing rural leaders. This lack of support hurts all rural communities, especially rural BIPOC Oregonians. #orpol #Oregon
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Protesters demanding to be allowed into the Capitol for the session are squaring off w dozens of Salem officers and state police. Now chanting “arrest Kate Brown.” #orleg #orpol
This is a protest organized by Patriot Prayer, a right-wing group that frequently demonstrates in the Portland area.
This has been declared unlawful. Building alarms are sounding for some reason. #orleg
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We've joined with @OregonPSR to call for an independent investigation by legislators into the recent wildfire evacuations from #Oregon prisons. Our newsletter has more details, or read this thread to learn what incarcerated Oregonians experienced.… #orpol
All of these examples came from incarcerated people and their loved ones, and we heard similar accounts from many people. 1) Women evacuees not getting regular or adequate food and drink, e.g. one woman reported receiving only a peanut butter sandwich in a 29-hour period.
2) At the Oregon State Penitentiary, limited access to toilets, mixed with prison politics making access harder for some. Individuals were passing out because they did not want to drink water because they could not access the bathrooms.
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Oregon, we have a Secretary of State race on the November ballot.

In 2016, a conservative Republican convinced voters that he was a moderate - and won.

We can't let that happen in 2020.

#orpol #orleg

Oregon's SoS is also the Lieutenant Governor - 2nd in line to the highest office in the state.

She also oversees elections and redistricting.

The Republican in this race is Kim Thatcher, an extremely radical right winger.

Thatcher is the darling of Oregon Firearms Federation, which bills itself as "Oregon's Only No Compromise Gun Rights Organization," ie: to the RIGHT of the NRA.

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The Joint Committee on Transparent Policing and Use of Force Reform will take public testimony on drafts of bills starting tomorrow through Friday at 10am-12pm.

We're working to define the future of policing in Oregon and I want to hear from YOU.

#orleg #orpol
Tomorrow, we will hear testimony on:

LC 742 - Changes to the tools law enforcement can use during crowd control situations…

LC 743 - Relating to police officer uniforms and identification (Demilitarizing police)…
Thursday, we will hear testimony on:

LC 744 - Developing a clearer process for reporting misconduct…

LC 745 - Banning the use of chokeholds…
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