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Oregon Rep. Mike Nearman expelled: What now?

Rep. Mike Nearman, R-Polk County, chats with fellow representatives on the House floor on April 11, 2019, at the Capitol in Salem, Ore. He faces criminal charges after allowing far-right demonstrators to breach the state Capitol in December 2020.
Rep. Mike Nearman, R-Polk County, chats with fellow representatives on the House floor on April 11, 2019, at the Capitol in Salem, Ore. He faces criminal charges after allowing far-right demonstrators to breach the state Capitol in December 2020.

Rep. Mike Nearman was expelled from the Oregon House in a widely anticipated vote last Thursday, a first in state history. Only Nearman himself voted against the resolution, finding that he had engaged in “disorderly behavior” by facilitating the Capitol building incursion by armed far-right protesters six months ago. We get perspectives on what’s next for state GOP lawmakers and the Legislature, just a couple of weeks before the 2021 session wraps up. Our guests are: Jim Moore, director of political outreach at the Tom McCall Center for Civic Engagement at Pacific University; Eric Fruits, research director at the Cascade Policy Institute; and Kalpana Krishnamurthy, national field and policy director at Forward Together Action.

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