Lawmakers send letters home
Since adjourning July 7, state lawmakers have been updating their constituents on laws they enacted during the legislative session. While many lawmaker newsletters stick to a recount of events or political spin, a few legislators write with the humor and frankness of addressing their friends.
• A senator's pipe dreams: "I've been called to jury service two or three times since serving as a legislator and haven't made it all the way to a case yet," Sen. Michael Dembrow, D-Portland, wrote Aug. 1. "I have a dream of being called to a case where someone is accused of violating a law that I helped pass, or opposed, to see it play out in reality. But that's probably exactly why I'll never be selected. Ah well."
• The cynic: "THE END," Sen. Jeff Kruse, R-Roseburg, wrote July 7 on the final day of the more than five-month legislative session at the state Capitol in Salem. "All of the votes have been bought."
Sen. Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, usually speaks on most subjects with seriousness, but he likes to remind constituents that he has a sense of humor by giving them an encore of the time he pushed a wheelbarrow in the Bohemia Mining Days Parade last year.
"I always have a great time at the Bohemia Mining Days Parade," he wrote.