Republican legislators serving vast area of Oregon have tough time advancing their agenda

State Sen. Lynn Findley, R-Vale, says he focuses on good ideas and people who will work with him in a session where Democrats have the numbers to dominate. (Enterprise file photo)

Two weeks into Oregon’s legislative session, Democrats are moving forward with plans to pay overtime to farmworkers, create job training programs targeted at people of color and protect school officials from being fired for following government mandates.

If Republicans instead controlled the Legislature, the past two weeks would instead have been dominated by talk of tax cuts, clipping Gov. Kate Brown’s power and giving parents more control over which school their children attend and what they learn. 

Republicans have made the case that they represent large swaths of Oregon, and the inability to advance some legislation means people in those areas . . .