Governor, party seize 'opportunity'.Byline: David Steves The Register-Guard
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SALEM - Gov. Ted Kulongoski Theodore R. "Ted" Kulongoski (born November 5 1940, in rural Missouri) is an American Democratic politician. Since 2003, he has served as the Governor of Oregon. He was re-elected in 2006. kicked off his second term Monday by welcoming the Legislature back to Salem and encouraging them to join him in seizing what he called "a great moment of opportunity for Oregon."
The governor's inauguration INAUGURATION. This word was applied by the Romans to the ceremony of dedicating some temple, or raising some man to the priesthood, after the augurs had been consulted. It was afterwards applied to the installation (q.v. for a second term was welcomed by a military brass band, bagpipes bagpipes
a musical wind instrument in which sounds are produced in reed pipes by air from an inflated bag
bagpipes npl → gaita sg
bagpipes , the thunder of a flyover of four Air National Guard F-15 fighter jets and the boom of an 11-gun salute.
Back inside the statehouse state·house also state house
A building in which a state legislature holds sessions; a state capitol.
NZ a rented house built by the government
Noun 1. , the Legislature convened its 74th session with some fireworks fireworks: see pyrotechnics.
Explosives or combustibles used for display. Of ancient Chinese origin, fireworks evidently developed out of military rockets and explosive missiles and accompanied the spread of military explosives westward to of its own. After the traditional symbolic gestures and oratory oratory, the art of swaying an audience by eloquent speech. In ancient Greece and Rome oratory was included under the term rhetoric, which meant the art of composing as well as delivering a speech. about cross-aisle cooperation and desire to put the needs of Oregonians ahead of partisanship, the House and Senate spent the afternoon debating self-governance issues that led to moments of party-line divisions.
Most of the day was marked by the ceremonial pomp POMP
A drug used in cancer chemotherapy and composed of purinethol (6-mercaptopurine), Oncovin (vincristine sulfate), methotrexate, and prednisone. and let's-all-get-along speeches that typify the opening day of the Legislature and the inauguration of a governor.
Kulongoski, who was elected in November to a second four-year term, enters the session with generous state revenue and a voter mood that he judges as being fairly tolerant of the type of corporate and tobacco tax increases he has proposed to pay for improvements in the educational and health care systems.
With one party - his Democrats - in control of the government for the first time in 17 years, Kulongoski dwelled throughout his inaugural address on the notion that a tremendous opportunity awaits - using the word "opportunity" no fewer than 32 times in an inaugural address titled, "Opportunity is the Oregon Way."
After slogging through a first term marked by partisan bickering bick·er
intr.v. bick·ered, bick·er·ing, bick·ers
1. To engage in a petty, bad-tempered quarrel; squabble. See Synonyms at argue.
2. in a divided Legislature and budget woes triggered by the 2001-03 revenue shortfalls, Kulongoski acknowledged that Oregon government's current partisan and fiscal circumstances by no means guarantee success.
But just as in his own life, in which his upbringing in a Missouri orphanage ORPHANAGE, Eng. law. By the custom of London, when a freeman of that city dies, his estate is divided into three parts, as follows: one third part to the widow; another, to the children advanced by him in his lifetime, which is called the orphanage; and the other third part may be by him and his service in the Marines gave Kulongoski a chance at bettering himself, the governor said he was in a position to advance his agenda for reducing school crowding, extending health coverage to uninsured children, beefing up highway patrols highway patrol
A state law enforcement organization whose police officers patrol the public highways. and socking money away for the state's next economic downturn.
"Opportunity did not carry me across the finish line," Kulongoski told a joint session of the House and Senate. "But it did put me on the starting line starting line
The point or line at which a race begins.
Noun 1. starting line - a line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game
scratch line, scratch, start . And that's all I ever wanted."
The grand speeches gave way to partisan divisions when the House and Senate got down to work in the afternoon.
In the House, the dispute centered on whether to go with the previously discussed $10 limit on the value of gifts members could accept from lobbyists or to replace that with an all-out ban on such freebies.
Democrats, who took the House majority in last fall's election, had discussed for several weeks a new set of rules, including setting in place several ethics reforms meant to limit the role of lobbyist spending to influence legislators.
The gift limit was part of a slate of reforms meant to give the public confidence that House members are not swayed by lobbyist-furnished treats. The rules adopted by the House also ban private restaurant meals, out-of-state travel and entertainment for members if paid for by lobbyists. The Senate will take up its own ethics reform legislation on Thursday, when its proposals to limit lobbyist freebies goes before its Rules Committee.
After key Republicans signed off on the House's package, GOP leaders Monday morning angered Democrats by rolling out a version of the rules that made one change: It set a total ban on lobbyist gifts, rather than limiting them to $10 in value.
Rep. Vicki Berger, R-Salem, said she would have had much more difficulty explaining to her constituents the distinctions between gifts worth $10, $15, $5 or $50 than simply saying it made sense to ban gifts altogether if they come from people trying to influence the Legislature's decisions.
` `No gifts' is easy," she said. "No gifts is no gifts."
But Rep. Arnie Roblan, D-Coos Bay, brought a paper sack full of examples of the type of gifts lawmakers wanted to allow. He pulled out an apple pie apple pie
typical, wholesome American dessert. [Am. Culture: Flexner, 68]
See : America similar to one a home-schooled student had given him last session while visiting the Legislature. Roblan showed fellow representative the artwork students had presented him and the framed picture of a Head Start preschooler pre·school·er
1. A child who is not old enough to attend kindergarten.
2. A child who is enrolled in a preschool.
Noun 1. given to him during a lobbying visit from advocates for increased funding.
Roblan said the $10 limit would allow lawmakers to accept such "small tokens from constituents without opening the floodgates of undue influence."
The vote on a motion to go with the Republicans' gift-ban version of the rules broke on party lines, with the 31 Democrats and a single Republican turning down the move. After that, members of both parties lined up behind the original version, 56-4.
Across the Capitol in the Senate, Republicans parted company over a proposal to set a first-ever adjournment A putting off or postponing of proceedings; an ending or dismissal of further business by a court, legislature, or public official—either temporarily or permanently. date, June 29, along with a monthlong special session next year. The idea behind the resolution: Give annual sessions a trial run, as recommended by a citizens' commission that spent 18 months studying and debating reforms of the legislative process.
Senate Republican leader Ted Ferrioli Ted Ferrioli (born February 15 1951) is an American politician, currently serving as an Oregon state senator. He represents Senate District 30, which encompasses Baker, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Malheur, Sherman, Wasco, Wheeler, and portions of Clackamas, Deschutes, and said it was irresponsible to move on such a far-reaching change without allowing one day for a public hearing to air out the idea.
As in the House, the procedural vote to advance the Republicans' plan to allow time for public comment failed, with all the Democrats voting in bloc to defeat the motion. It was voted down, 19-11. But when the question of pursuing the only version left - the majority party's - remained, it passed with support from a few Republicans and all the Democrats, 23-7.
ON THE WEB Capitol Notebook: For additional notes and observations from the 2007 Legislature, read reporter David Steves' blog at www.registerguard .com/capnote