As a liberal I hope the Democrats maintain (and expand) their supermajority in both state houses. Why? Because I agree with more of their policies than the policies of the Republicans. The opposition party (Republicans) have lurched so far to the right in the last 30 years it’s not even funny. I find it very telling that the Republicans never talk in specifics because if people knew what they really wanted to do, they wouldn’t vote for them.
Just look at some of the policies from the Oregon Republican Party’s 2010 platform (http://www.oregonrepublicanparty.org/platform or http://www.oregonrepublicanparty.org/sites/default/files/2010_ORP_Platform_0.pdf ):
1. Pro death penalty - pg. 2/7
2. Pro mandatory minimum sentences that are bankrupting our state - pg. 2/7
3. Pro climate change denial and anti emission reductions with continued use of coal power - pg. 3/7
4. Anti abortion and government funding of the procedure – pg. 3/7
5. Anti gay-marriage (even against civil unions!) and gay adoption - pg. 3/7
6. Anti pornography – pg. 4/7
7. Pro excessive military spending – pg. 4/7
8. Anti health care reform (want to repeal the federal reform enacted in 2010 and Oregon’s state reform enacted in 2009). Deregulation solves everything! – pg. 5/7
9. Anti immigration reform for the 12+ million illegal immigrants in the country – pg. 5/7
10. Anti baby citizens by repealing/amending the birthright citizenship clause of the 14th amendment so that children born to parents in which neither is a US citizen should not be US citizens – pg. 5/7
11. Anti patient’s rights by opposing physician-assisted suicide (Oregon Death with Dignity Act) – pg. 7/7
Nuff said. It’s very hypocritical: they “oppose government getting involved into people’s personal lives” except when it comes to the many things they don’t like (abortion, gay marriage, pornography, euthanasia, drugs, etc).
On the topic of annual sessions, I will be voting yes on the annual sessions measure (Measure 71) and I don’t see a problem with an annual, full-time professional legislature either. You get what you pay for.
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