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Members of the far-right gather to protest COVID-19 restrictions at the state capitol on January 1, 2021 in Salem, Oregon. Photo: Nathan Howard/Getty Images

Oregon lawmakers voted 59-1 late Thursday to expel GOP state Rep. Mike Nearman from office after a video emerged that appeared to show him coaching protesters on how to breach a closed state Capitol last year, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: It is the first time in state history that a sitting lawmaker has been ejected from office. Nearman was the only one to vote against the resolution.

  • Other video footage appears to show Nearman opening two doors, enabling entrance to the Capitol for the rioters — many not wearing masks and waving flags supporting former President Trump,.

What they're saying: "Colleagues, it couldn't be any clearer. Rep. Mike Nearman intentionally allowed armed protestors, occupiers, to illegally enter the building during the peak of the pandemic," state Rep. Paul Holvey (D) said on the floor, USA Today notes.

  • "He coordinated with his supporters and extremist groups and then opened a door to let them in," Holvey added.
  • "His actions were blatant and deliberate, and he has shown no remorse for jeopardizing the safety of every person in the Capitol that day," state Speaker Tina Kotek (D) said, according to the Times.

The big picture: Nearman is facing charges of official misconduct and criminal trespass for his role in the Dec. 21 state Capitol breach.

  • He said on Thursday that the public should have never been kept out of the Capitol. Legislative leaders closed the building to the public due to the pandemic, per the Times.

Go deeper

Capitol Police union calls on acting chief to "stand aside" over riot findings

Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman during an April press briefing in Washington, D.C. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The Capitol Police union on Wednesday called on Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman to "stand aside" following this week's Senate report on the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Driving the news: The report found a failure to relay intelligence helped lead to the deadly Capitol riot. Capitol Police union chair Gus Papathanasiou said in a statement to news outlets, "As the Senate report found, our leadership failed us and we paid a horrible price."

Teachers across the U.S. protest laws restricting racism lessons

Thousands of teachers and other educators held protests across the U.S. Saturday against the actions of "at least 15 Republican-led states" that aim to restrict teaching about racism in class, the Washington Post reports.

Driving the news: There were demonstrations in at least 22 cities for the "Day of Action" to raise awareness about moves to limit students' exposure to critical race theory, which links racial discrimination to the nation's foundations and legal system, per Axios' Russell Contreras.

Updated 5 hours ago - Health

Lawsuit challenging Houston Methodist's COVID vaccine mandate dismissed

Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

A federal judge on Saturday dismissed a lawsuit brought by 117 Houston Methodist staff over the hospital's policy requiring all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Why it matters: This is the first federal court ruling on a coronavirus vaccine mandate. Attorney Jared Woodfill, representing the plaintiffs, told KHOU 11 it's "the first battle in a long fight," as he vowed to file another lawsuit soon.

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