“Oregon’s Eleven” Senator Sues Over Fines, Capitol Access

A month ago, eleven Republican members of the Oregon State Senate walked out of the State Capitol, denying the chamber a quorum and bringing all legislative business to a halt.  At issue was a controversial cap-and-trade bill, which was eventually pulled for insufficient Democratic support.  Now, one of the Oregon 11 is suing the Democratic leadership and legislative officials.  Sen. Brian Boquist (R-Dallas) is challenging a $500-a-day fine imposed by the rump senate, and the requirement he provide at least 12 hours notice for showing up to work.