What’s the sign for “Fail?”

What’s the sign for “Fail?”

Shemia Fagan carried her first bill on the Floor of the Oregon House today. She read her argument for the bill’s passage from her iPhone before cleverly using sign language to end her statement. This seemed appropriate given the bill was about American Sign Language. House bill 2757 forces statewide education assessments to include sign language as one of their delivery mechanism for the test. When Rep. Dennis Richardson (R) rose to ask why we would need to translate a test that is already presented in writing on a computer screen … Fagan fell apart. A worried committee administrator could be seen dashing across the floor of the house to help Fagan as she collapsed into her chair, unable to answer the common-sense question. Her solution? After about a...

What’s more important than the people’s work? Facebook, apparently.

What’s more important than the people’s work? Facebook, apparently.

Freshman rep Shemia Fagan has a reputation around the Capitol for acting like … well … a freshman. Inside sources report that at committee hearings and even on the Floor of House, Fagan is constantly surfing Facebook rather than reading bills or testimony. Most legislators will hop onto the popular social network to quickly update constituents on what’s going on in Salem, but not Fagan. This photo was taken on February 28, on a day she didn’t post anything from the floor. Kind of makes you wish we had an “unlike” button, doesn’t it? Tweet

Fagan plays politics with tragedy

Fagan plays politics with tragedy

Today, Shemia Fagan (D) issued a press release demanding the City of Portland restore sidewalk funding after the tragic death of a child who was killed by a motorist. Restoring funding for needed sidewalks has been perpetually advocated for by former East Portland Representatives Jefferson Smith (D) and Patrick Sheehan (R). What’s despicable is Fagan’s exploitation of this event to advance her political career. Conspicuously absent from the letter is Senator Chuck Thomsen (R), who represents the area in which the tragedy occurred, and is Fagan’s own Senator. All ten signatures on the letter authored by Fagan are Democrats.  Several insiders at the capitol say that Fagan plans to run against Senator Thomsen in 2014. So did Fagan give Senator...