Two months after the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission narrowly voted to keep gillnets on the river in the summer and fall, Gov. Kate Brown has taken the unusual step of asking the volunteer panel to take another vote when it meets Friday in Corvallis.
Basically, Oregon's governor-appointed commission decided to renege on their end of a bi-state agreement between Washington and Oregon regarding gill-netting, and our governor from Minnesota was fine with that - until she got blow-back.
Now, she's reversing course, as she always does. Just last week, she ordered that a bill that she pushed be rescinded: that one would have exempted veterinarians from FOIA data regarding disciplinary actions. When that news came out, she back-pedaled - as she always does. At the federal level, there are nine exemptions from FOIA requests. In Oregon, there are about 600 exemptions. And she wanted to add another, all the while yapping about the importance of government transparency. She was perfectly fine with making it so that you couldn't tell if you had a bad veterinarian - until she got caught.
Now little Katie's got blow-back because of her appointed commission's decision on gill-netting.
The Association of Northwest Steelheaders submitted a petition last week signed by nearly 6,000 people calling on Gov. Kate Brown to remove Commissioner Bruce Buckmaster.
So she's ordered them to reconsider at their meeting tomorrow.
The status quo is "not acceptable," Brown wrote. "It will make enforcement complicated, confusing and untenable," she wrote, "and put at risk ongoing funding and bi-state cooperation necessary for fishery reforms."
Really? All this clown does is stick her finger in her mouth, then hold it up to determine which way the wind is blowing.
Send her back home. To Minnesota.