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So what about Oregon House Speaker Jeff Merkley's Democrats?
His party's improbable takeover of the House in November's elections ended a 16-year run by the GOP. In the 2007 legislative session, which adjourned Thursday, this unification of power gave the Democrat-led Senate and same-party governor the chance to place their party's mark on a broad swath of policy initiatives - from bolstered consumer protection to increased classroom spending.
Merkley recently acknowledged publicly the rumors that have been around for weeks about his exploration of a possible run for the U.S. Senate. Win or lose, that would mean giving up his House seat and the chance to continue as one of the most powerful politicians in the state.
But with or without Merkley at the helm of the House, does this first lap of the Democrats represent a new political order for Oregon, or is it something closer to a novelty act Novelty Act is a short story by Philip K. Dick. It involves a dystopian future in which the characters' lives are based on entertaining the female President of the United States with "novelty acts". that will be swept aside by a restoration of Republican power when the 2008 elections results are tallied?
The most Republicans could gain would be a return to divided government, and a leg up on eventually returning the entire Legislature to their control. Too few Democrat-held seats are up for grabs for the Republicans to hold any hope of winning the Senate back next year.
But all 60 seats are up in the House, where the Democrats can't afford a net loss of even one of their 31 seats if they want to keep the majority.
Rep. Bruce Hanna, Lane County's only GOP lawmaker, recalled, as the election results sank in last November, a foreboding fore·bod·ing
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Marked by or indicative of foreboding; ominous. about his party's future in the Legislature, given the Democrats' talk of a restrained, middle-of-the-road agenda.
"I would have said, when they first won, that that did not bode well for Republicans," said Hanna, a front-runner to succeed House Republican Leader Wayne Scott Wayne Scott a Republican politician from the U.S. state of Oregon. He is a member of the Oregon House of Representatives, representing House District 39, which includes the communities of Barlow, Beavercreek, Canby, Mulino and Oregon City. as his caucus' head of campaigning going into the 2008 elections.
But Democrats helped "level the playing field for Republicans," he said. They raised a variety of fees, seeking to raise taxes (on cigarettes and corporations that pay the current $10 annual minimum) and fulfilling the agendas of gay-rights, labor and environmental movements.
And Democrats failed to pair the $1 billion increase in public school funding with heightened accountability measures, Hanna said, or limit the issuance of driver's licenses to citizens and legal residents.
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Not every Republican shares that sentiment.
"They are not a one-hit wonder," said former House Speaker Lynn Lundquist, a Republican, when assessing the future of legislative Democrats.
"They didn't go off and do crazy things. There was a cautionary philosophy from the beginning; a positioning of themselves for future elections to remain in the majority."
Another factor that could help the Democrats hold on to power is the tendency of interest groups to use campaign contributions to stay on the good side of those with the power to decide which bills get heard and voted on and which get left behind.
"The Democrats are going to be able to collect a lot of money," said Jon Chandler, a lobbyist for the Oregon Home Builders Association. He said that while Democrats aren't the natural allies of development and construction industries as Republicans tend to be, they didn't push for drastic policy changesaffecting his clients - which meant the kind of stability industry trade groups look for.
"The Democrats have been pretty centrist, and as long as the center holds, things will be OK," he said.
Rod Harder, the National Rifle Association's Oregon lobbyist, offered a similar assessment. Democrats did not push for gun restrictions, even after the Virginia Tech massacre The Virginia Tech massacre was a school shooting comprising two separate attacks about two hours apart on April 16, 2007, on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, United States. . Harder said enough members of the freshman Democratic surge, including Reps. Chris Edwards Chris Edwards may refer to one of the following persons:
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2. any such impulse. And with such a narrow 31-to-29-seat edge, it only took a small fraction of the Democrats to take something off the majority agenda.
"These 31 Democrats were OK. Thirty-five Democrats could change that," Harder said, explaining that when either party secures an overwhelming majority, the moderate fringe gets marginalized.
Those 31 Democrats would like to see Harder's 35 and raise him one. Bringing their majority to 36 would be enough to overcome the three-fifths "supermajority Supermajority
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The Gladstone Democrat cited the stalled efforts to get passed an increase in the corporate minimum tax for higher education higher education
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Doesn't such pining for a chance to raise taxes and fees play into Republicans' hands?
Not the way Democrats see it. Hunt said the voters sent more than one message to Salem when they voted in November. Not only did they select a Democratic majority in the House and Senate and return a Democratic governor to the Capitol, they also voted down measures that would have cut taxes and restrained future budget growth.
"They chose targeted investment in good services over random pledges of no new taxes or spending caps," Hunt said. "I think voters are thoughtful and voters are looking for Looking for
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