Oregon had its own Capitol breach, with pepper spray, body armor, Trump flags and broken windows.

But in this case, Republicans are moving to oust one of their own, Rep. Mike Nearman. He may soon become the first expulsion in the legislature's history.
Nearman first came under scrutiny after surveillance footage showed him exiting a state Capitol door in a way that allowed the crowd outside to enter. More people later moved in, clashing with law enforcement officers.
Then, last week, OPB reported on a new video from before the breach that showed Nearman apparently coaching people how to get inside the close Capitol building.

The state's House Republican leader, Christine Drazan, told me today that she believes there is enough support in her caucus to help ensure the two-thirds majority needed to expel Mike Nearman. She is hoping he resigns before that happens.

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