Guest Column by Senator Jeff Golden Medford Mail Tribune, July 14, 2019
“[Political partisanship] serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection.”
— from George Washington’s Farewell Address
I bring two impressions home from the wild 2019 legislative session. One is partisan: I’m part of the Senate’s Democratic super-majority and a co-sponsor of HB 2020, the climate action bill brought down by the Republican walk-out. It’s important to remember that this bill was debated loud and hard on the 2018 campaign trail. A large majority of voters chose candidates like me who want Oregon to take a big step away from fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions; voters agreed that sitting back and hoping for national leadership, whenever it comes, isn’t who we are. Unless you believe in win-at-any-cost on every issue, it’s hard to see how this minority-rule precedent can be good for Oregon.