With Oregon Republicans ready to walk out, Brown tries to bargain

February 22, 2020 By Lauren Dake, Oregon Public Broadcasting

On Valentine’s Day, Gov. Kate Brown and Republican state Sen. Bill Hansell surveyed flood damage in Eastern Oregon from a Black Hawk helicopter.

The following Monday, the governor stopped by Hansell’s office in the Oregon Capitol.

She wanted to discuss how the state might give financial help to flood victims in Hansell’s district. Perhaps not coincidentally, Brown also had a request — one tied to a bill the Democrats want to pass this session, but which Hansell and his party vow to block. More…

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