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Tue Sep 19, 2023, 09:31 AM Sep 19
GOP senators who boycotted Oregon Legislature file for reelection despite being disqualifiedhttps://www.seattlepi.com/news/politics/article/gop-senators-who-boycotted-oregon-legislature-18367503.php
GOP senators who boycotted Oregon Legislature file for reelection despite being disqualified
By ANDREW SELSKY,
Sep 14, 2023
SALEM, Ore. (AP) Oregon state senators with at least 10 absences during a record-setting Republican walkout are supposed to be disqualified from running for reelection, but several on Thursday filed candidacy papers with election authorities.
There were nine Oregon Republicans and an independent who clocked at least 10 absences during this year's legislative session in order to block Democratic bills covering abortion, transgender health care and gun rights. The walkout prevented a quorum, holding up bills in the Democrat-led Senate for six weeks.
Thursday marked the first day for candidates to file declarations of candidacy with the Oregon secretary of state's elections division. GOP Senate leader Tim Knopp, who led the walkout, went to the election offices in Salem early Thursday and submitted a candidate filing form for the 2024 primary election, paying the $25 fee by check.
He and other lawmakers who boycotted the Senate insist that the way the amendment to the state constitution is written means they can seek another term. Also filing for reelection on Thursday were Sen. Dennis Linthicum and Sen. Art Robinson, according to the secretary of state's office. They both had exceeded the unexcused absences limit.
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GOP senators who boycotted Oregon Legislature file for reelection despite being disqualified (Original Post) cbabe Sep 19 OP
Can the SOS not put them on the ballot? How was this disqualification supposed to be sinkingfeeling Sep 19 #1
SOS said no. Repugs filed suit. Covered in depth in the article. cbabe Sep 19 #2
Gonna be a tough fight since it is in the state constitution. Ford_Prefect Sep 19 #3