With the federal government on furlough and Congress in dysfunction, the Oregon legislature is trying to enact a grand bargain in what some hoped would be a one-day special session. That one day came and went without any action, but legislative leaders were meeting to hold together a deal they reached last week.
What's happening in Salem is a sharp contrast to what's not happening in Washington, DC.
As erratic as Oregon’s political process can be from time to time, we are, by comparison, an exemplar of the political process done right. One of the key reasons for Oregon’s success is the ability of Oregon’s leaders to avoid sharing all of their thoughts with the press.