No stunning surprises in the Oregon opening ceremonies this morning: The subjects on deck were and are pretty much the same: School funding, health care, alternative energy and financial restructuring including a reserve fund.
In his second term inaugural, Governor Ted Kulongoski spoke generally, broadly - the vision thing was there. "This is a great moment of opportunity for Oregon," he said near the beginning, and keyed off that through the remainder of his talk. (Even the poet laureate preceding him used that as a keynote.)
"Opportunity is the sunlight and water," he said. Ambition was in the air.
The test for Kulongoski and the Oregon legislature is whether they can deliver on substantive, important matters. Kulongoski set out a framework for that; now comes the turn of the legislators.
Senate President Peter Courtney, in his address before the governors, said he thought the courts and executive are doing their jobs under the constitution "but I believe the legislature no longer is." He noted that the Oregon Legislature has not substantially changed its way off doing business since 1872.
Put in a pitch for annual sessions, which may be pushed through by way of momentum. (New House Speaker Jeff Merkley said he's in support too and is having a similar measure introduced there right away.)
Now we all get to see what they do with their opportunity.