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Oregon Republican Party mocks armed militia threat, despite capitol building being closed due to armed militia threat

Oregon Republican Party mocks armed militia threat, despite capitol building being closed due to armed militia threatOregon's Republican Party appears to have made light of right-wing threats made against politicians in the state stemming from opposition to planned climate change legislation.Oregon’s state capitol was forced to close at the weekend due to a “possible militia threat” against legislators.On Sunday the Oregon GOP Twitter account posted a photograph of peaceful protesters at the building.“Heavily armed militia lays siege to Oregon’s Capitol as Senate Democrats cower in fear,” the party tweeted, apparently mocking the threats of harm to politicians.Democrats in the coastal state are hoping to pass landmark climate legislation which would dramatically reduce fossil fuel emissions in Oregon by 2050.But the bill has stalled after Republican lawmakers walked out of the legislature in an attempt to deny the Democrats, the majority party, enough votes to proceed.Several fled the state to avoid the vote, leading Kate Brown, the governor, to order police officers to track them down.Under the proposed law, Oregon would put an overall limit on greenhouse gas emissions and auction off pollution “allowances”.Those opposed to the plan say it would exacerbate a growing divide between the liberal and urban parts of Oregon.The state Democrats have a majority of 18 to 12, but require a quorum of 20 to proceed.The bill has already passed the state House.A group of local Republicans were set to protest inside the Capitol on 23 June when lawmakers were present, and anti-government groups threatened to join, prompting the statehouse shutdown.> Heavily armed militia lays siege to Oregon’s Capitol as Senate Democrats cower in fear. orpol orleg capkillsjobs hb2020 Oregon11 orcot pic.twitter.com/XQHCEb3D59> > — Oregon GOP (@Oregon_GOP) > > June 23, 2019“The Oregon State Police has recommended that the Capitol be closed tomorrow due to a possible militia threat,” a spokesperson for Senate president Peter Courtney said on Friday.The governors’ office also confirmed the threats.Lawmakers in Oregon have previously grappled with the danger of militias.One of the groups set to join Saturday’s protest, the Oregon Three Percenters, joined an armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016.Dozens of people occupied the remote Oregon refuge for more than a month to protest federal control of Western lands.The standoff began to unravel when authorities fatally shot the group’s spokesperson and arrested key leaders as they headed to a community meeting.The Oregon Republican Party’s tweet attracted outrage online, with many condemning the tone of the post.“Oregon GOP endorses domestic terrorism. There’s your headline,” wrote Tyler Huffman, a Twitter user, in reply to the post.“I have to think this tweet will be deleted when the grown-ups see it,” said Ben M Schorr, in another reply.Democrats planned to return to the capitol on Monday.It is unclear if the state Republicans will continue their walkout in an attempt to derail the climate change legislation.If passed the proposed legislative package would be only the second of its kind in the US, after California passed a similar bill in 2013.



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Right-wing ‘militia threat’ shuts down Oregon Capitol as Republicans flee climate bill vote

Right-wing ‘militia threat’ shuts down Oregon Capitol as Republicans flee climate bill voteThe Oregon Capitol will be closed on Saturday due to a "possible militia threat" from right-wing protesters as a walkout by Republican lawmakers over landmark climate change legislation drags on.Republican state senators fled the legislature — and some, the state — earlier this week to deny the majority Democrats enough votes to take up the climate bill, which would dramatically reduce fossil fuel emissions by 2050.It would be the second programme of its kind in the nation after California if passed.Governor Kate Brown then dispatched the state police to round up the rogue lawmakers, but none appeared in the Capitol on Friday and the stalemate seemed destined to enter its third day with a week left in the legislative session.Right-wing groups posted their support for the GOP lawmakers on social media on Friday — in one instance offering to provide escorts to them should the state police come for them.A group of local Republicans were set to protest inside the Capitol on Saturday when lawmakers were present, and anti-government groups threatened to join, prompting the statehouse shutdown.One of the groups, the Oregon Three Percenters, joined an armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016. Dozens of people occupied the remote Oregon refuge for more than a month to protest federal control of Western lands.The standoff began to unravel when authorities fatally shot the group's spokesperson and arrested key leaders as they headed to a community meeting."The Oregon State Police has recommended that the Capitol be closed tomorrow due to a possible militia threat," Carol Currie, spokesperson for Senate president Peter Courtney, said in an e-mail to The Associated Press late on Friday.The governor's office also confirmed the threats.Oregon State Police, in a statement, said it has been "monitoring information throughout the day that indicates the safety of legislators, staff and citizen visitors could be compromised if certain threatened behaviours were realised."Also late on Friday, Mr Courtney and House speaker Tina Kotek, both Democrats, condemned comments made by senator Brian Boquist, a Republican from Dallas, Oregon, that urged the state police to "send bachelors and come heavily armed" when they come to bring him back to the Capitol."His comments have created fear among employees in our workplace," the leaders said in a joint statement. "We will always defend free speech and welcome frank policy discussions, but threats like these are unacceptable."Mr Boquist has not responded to multiple requests for comment. A spokesperson for Senate Republicans did not respond to queries about the statehouse closure.Democrats have an 18 to 12 majority in the chamber, but they need 20 members present for a quorum. One GOP senator recently died and has not yet been replaced.Under the proposed cap-and-trade bill, Oregon would put an overall limit on greenhouse gas emissions and auction off pollution "allowances" for each tonne of carbon industries plan to emit.The legislation would lower that cap over time to encourage businesses to move away from fossil fuels: The state would reduce emissions to 45 per cent below 1990 levels by 2035 and 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050.Those opposed to the cap-and-trade plan say it would exacerbate a growing divide between the liberal, urban parts of the state and the rural areas. The plan would increase the cost of fuel, damaging small business, truckers and the logging industry, they say.Democrats say the measure is an efficient way to lower emissions while investing in low-income and rural communities' ability to adapt to climate change. It has the support of environmental groups, farmworkers and some trade unions.California has had an economy-wide cap and trade policy like the one Oregon is considering for a decade. Nine northeastern states have more limited cap-and-trade programmes that target only the power sector.Associated Press



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9/11 responder who appeared with Jon Stewart on Capitol Hill is now in hospice care

9/11 responder who appeared with Jon Stewart on Capitol Hill is now in hospice careLou Alvarez, a 53-year-old former NYPD detective who testified alongside Jon Stewart at last week’s House Judiciary Committee hearing on reauthorizing the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, says his cancer has worsened.



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Capitol Hill hearing on online hate sees it firsthand

Capitol Hill hearing on online hate sees it firsthandWASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional hearing on online hate turned into a vivid demonstration of the problem Tuesday when a YouTube livestream of the proceedings was bombarded with racist and anti-Semitic comments from internet users.



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Poster tying Rep. Ilhan Omar to 9/11 attack sparks angry confrontation in W.Va. Capitol

Poster tying Rep. Ilhan Omar to 9/11 attack sparks angry confrontation in W.Va. CapitolThe poster led to the resignation of the House sergeant at arms who reportedly said, "All Muslims are terrorists."



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Heated exchange takes place between Democrats and acting Attorney General Whitaker on Capitol Hill

Heated exchange takes place between Democrats and acting Attorney General Whitaker on Capitol HillDemocrats spar with acting Attorney General Whitaker at a House Judiciary Committee hearing.



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George H.W. Bush's body headed to lie in state at US Capitol

George H.W. Bush's body headed to lie in state at US CapitolA motorcade carries the former president's body to an Air Force base.



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Temperatures to plunge in D.C. as George H.W. Bush lies in state at Capitol Rotunda

Temperatures to plunge in D.C. as George H.W. Bush lies in state at Capitol RotundaThe late President George H.W. Bush will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C., early this week, and the temperature is expected to plummet.



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Nooses Hung At Mississippi State Capitol Just Before Runoff Election

Nooses Hung At Mississippi State Capitol Just Before Runoff ElectionNooses hanging from trees and hateful signs were found at the Mississippi



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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Totally Geeking Out While Visiting The U.S. Capitol

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Totally Geeking Out While Visiting The U.S. CapitolCongresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — the 29-year-old who made



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