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Insider Index: This week by the numbers

Here are 10 numbers that illustrate some of this week's big, and small, Oregon news stories.

Here are 10 numbers that illustrate some of this week's big, and small, Oregon news stories.

1897: Year populist state Rep. William U'Ren encouraged fellow lawmakers in the Oregon House to deny a quorum in an incident that became known as "The Holdup of '97," according to the Secretary of State's Office. The stunt ultimately moved the dial on U'Ren's direct democracy agenda: two years later, the legislature adopted Oregon's initiative and referendum system.

288: State employees Oregon paid last year to stay home from work, sometimes for months at a time, while investigating allegations of misconduct by those employees, according to KGW.

$3,200,000: Amount Oregon spent to pay those employees.

22: Republicans in the Oregon House.

21: Republicans who skipped out on that chamber's scheduled meeting Tuesday night to protest the speed of the short session.

12: Republicans in the Oregon Senate. Rumors abound that enough could skip town to stall the cap and trade proposal by denying the chamber a legal quorum.

4107: House Bill that prohibits discrimination "based on a hairstyle historically associated with race" and requires businesses, state and local public agencies to accept cash, according to The Oregonian. The bill passed the House Wednesday.

14: Days an Oregon couple from Beaverton were quarantined in Nebraska after flying home from Wuhan, China due to worries that the coronavirus could spread, according to KOIN.

18: Rural electric co-ops in Oregon, according to Willamette Week.

4: Dams Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says she wants to breach, upsetting the co-ops, who use hydroelectric power from the dams, Willamette Week reports.