Buried in the Oregonian's political blog is a story that some of us independents would have liked to read in print:
Keeping their promise to hold open meetings that the press or anyone else can attend, Sen. Ben Westlund and Sen. Avel Gordly held their first caucus meeting Thursday at the capitol. ...
Gordly and Westlund said they feel they represent some 460,000 Oregonians who are either registered independents or not affiliated with a party. Their next challenge: Shaking some money out of the Senate so they can afford caucus staff.
Before this week, 75% of Oregonians (who were members of a major party) were represented by 100% of the caucuses in Salem. Now, it would seem, independents have a marginally stronger voice.
But so many questions are still left unanswered... What will the partisan makeup of the Senate look like in January 2007 and how will that affect Westlund and Gordly's voting strength? Will Westlund and Gordly vote as a bloc on all, some, or no issues? Will the caucus be funded?
That last question should mean a lot to the state's independent voters... it would mean having an actual office in Salem without the prerequisute of living in Westlund or Gordly's district. Or is it not that big of a deal?
What say you?