Republican state senators in Oregon have disappeared this month in an attempt to block a vote on climate change legislation. Minority parties have resorted to similar stunts for generations. One sure result: More division.

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Illinois, 1840: A hasty jump

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Texas, 2003: A painful retreat

Indiana, 2011: Political point scoring

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US Senate, 1988: Dragged in feet first

Wisconsin, 2011: 'Not a regular tactic'