On this day, March 3, 1859, Oregon's first Governor John Whiteaker took office. He was native of Indiana. He joined the army during the Mexican-American War and then prospected during the California Gold Rush. After moving to the Oregon Territory, he served as a judge and member of the legislature.
Also on this day, March 3, 2004, hundreds of gay couples applied for marriage licenses in Portland following an overnight policy change by county commissioners.
Also on this day, March 3, 1999, the New Carissa ran aground again after its towline broke during towing in stormy seas. The oil tanker had run aground earlier in the month near Coos Bay.
The new Senate Minority Leader leans on the Governor.
Newly minted Senate Minority Leader, Fred Girod (R-Lyons) boldly asked the Governor to reconsider her stringent prerequisites for opening up economic activity in the state.
In a letter
, the Majority Leader pointed out that her policy "disproportionately impacts Oregon counties that have not seen a single case." He also reminds her that these counties may not have the financial resources to comply.
"While you acknowledged that Oregonians did what they needed to do to slow the spread of COVID-19 [you] failed to address the fact that Oregonians have been begging to get back to work for weeks."
This letter is just the latest in what has been increasing political and public pressure to ease economic restrictions on weary Oregonians.
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