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GREAT AGAIN!

Just repeal it…you can’t fix this thing: http://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2017/03/07

 

The Democrat response to Trump’s incredible speech: http://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2017/03/05

 

He’s not our President (because we’re form Mexico!) http://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2017/03/04

 

Trump and his people are keeping promises…on these issues:

 

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS – Trump is relocating judges to speed deportations: http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/03/10/report-trump-relocating-immigration-judges-speed-deportations/

 

DRAIN THE SWAMP – AG Sessions seeks resignations of holdover U.S. Obama attorneys: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/10/attorney-general-jeff-sessions-seeks-resignations-46-us-attorneys/

 

IMPROVE EDUCATION – Return control of education to parents and local school boards: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/10/texas-rep-roger-williams-co-sponsors-bill-end-u-s-education-department/

 

DREGULATION – Trump is deconstructing the administrative state: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/06/trump-unravelling-regulatory-state/

 

VOTER FRAUD – Thousands of dead “voters” are removed from the rolls in West Virginia: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/06/departed-voters-trimmed-west-virginia-rolls/

 

GUN RIGHTS – Lead ammunition is making a comeback: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/03/interior-secretary-zinke-day-one-repeals-obama-era-lead-ammunition-ban/

 

JOBS – Exxon plans to create 45,000 jobs: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/07/president-trump-praises-exxon-mobil-for-plan-to-create-45000-jobs/

 

JOBS – Home Depot plans to add 80,000 employees: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/08/more-trump-jobs-boom-home-depot-to-add-80000-employees/

 

JOBS – The construction and manufacturing sectors see major job gains in February: http://www.breitbart.com/economics/2017/03/10/february-jobs-gains-rocket-unemployment-steady/

 

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RyanCare Bill Questioned

Many are not happy about the new Republican health care proposals. The “RyanCare” bill is receiving significant opposition from many sources who think this is just an amendment bill for politicians and not their constituents — for the purpose of keeping the Obamacare taxes rolling in.

Representative Mark Sanford (R., S.C.)

Repealing Obamacare is easy. Republicans already did it. Every GOP senator except Illinois’s Mark Kirk voted for H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015. This full-repeal bill passed the Senate 52–47 that December. The House approved the measure the next month, 240–­181, with 239 Republican yeas and only three GOP nays. Obama rejected this measure, alas, and then Congress failed to override his veto. “As Republicans, we decried the fact that Obama would veto it… Why would we now water down this same bill and send a new and weaker bill to President Trump?”

 

Greg Walden and Repeal of Obamacare

Chairman Walden said:

“After years of Obamacare’s broken promises, House Republicans today took an important step. We’ve spent the last eight years listening to folks across this country, and today we’re proud to put forth a plan that reflects eight years’ worth of those conversations with families, patients, and doctors. Simply put, we have a Better Way to deliver solutions that put patients – not bureaucrats – first, and we are moving forward united in our efforts to rescue the American people from the mess Obamacare has created.

“With today’s legislation, we return power back to the states – strengthening Medicaid and prioritizing our nation’s most vulnerable. We provide the American people with what they’ve asked for: greater choice, lower cost, and flexibility to choose the plan that best suits their needs. Today is just the first step in helping families across this country obtain truly affordable health care, and we’re eager to get this rescue mission started.

The Affordable Care Act turned out to be anything but affordable, both for families in Oregon and the federal government. Health insurance markets are in a death spiral. For families, average premiums this year increased by 27% in Oregon, following a 23% increase the previous year. And annual federal spending on Medicaid and Medicare will increase by nearly $1 trillion in by 2027 unless we right the ship — not to mention Medicaid’s estimated $36.3 billion in improper payments.

That’s why I’m proud to be leading the charge to repeal and replace Obamacare with a patient-centered solution that fixes our broken health care system. Our bill, which you can read at www.readthebill.gop, makes real conservative reforms to make health care affordable for families.

Entitlement reform — This bill represents the largest entitlement reform the federal government has undertaken in the last 20 years. Medicaid is a vital program for families across Oregon, but Obamacare put Medicaid on an unsustainable path. We need to make sure this critical lifeline is available not just for patients tomorrow, but also for patients 10 years from now. That’s why our bill bends the federal cost curve and refocuses Medicaid’s limited resources to the patients most in need. By responsibly winding down the Medicaid expansion, we are significantly decreasing the federal footprint in health care and giving patients who have benefited from the expansion a tax credit to spend on their health care the way they see fit — not as dictated by bureaucrats in Washington.

$1 trillion tax cut — Obamacare’s regulations alone have already cost the American economy more than $53 billion to date. The ACA also empowered the IRS to become the police of health care coverage through the individual mandate. The only problem being that the American people did not bow down to this federal government decree: just this past year, 19.2 million people either paid the individual mandate penalty or claimed an exemption, far more than the 10.3 million individuals who are signed up for plans on Obamacare exchanges. With taxes and penalties, Obamacare tried to coerce people into signing up for federal health care, when in reality what they need is more choice and freedom to find a plan that works for them. That’s why our plan repeals $1 trillion on Obamacare taxes, and returns control over health care back to patients and their doctors.

Defunding Planned Parenthood — In addition to the other reforms we’ve put into place, our bill will defund Planned Parenthood and get the federal government out of the abortion business once and for all. This is not about denying access to women’s health services — on the contrary, we are doubling funding for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), which provide many of the same women’s health services as Planned Parenthood, but also preserve the First Amendment rights of employers and employees alike by not having their tax dollars subsidize abortions.

Returning control of health care to states — Oregon has always been a leading state in health care innovation. The Coordinated Care Organizations have done some great work in reducing the state’s cost curve while improving access to care, but those successes have not come without difficulties. Insurers have continued to flee Oregon’s individual market, and premiums have continued to rise, leaving patients with fewer choices and higher costs. That’s why our bill returns control over health care to states, which have long been the laboratories for successful delivery of care at a sustainable cost to the government. Your doctors are in Oregon, not Washington, D.C. — shouldn’t your health care decisions be made in Oregon, too?

Our work to empower patients and put them back in control of their health care is not done, but this bill is a good first step — again you can read it at www.readthebill.gop. Please know that I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress and with the Administration to save our nation’s health care and repair the damage Obamacare has done.

It is an honor to represent you in the U.S. Congress.

Best regards,

Greg Walden
U.S. Representative
Oregon’s Second District


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Main Street Patriots, Spirit of America Rally

From the Union County Republicans,

It was decided to hold our rally on March 4th. We are asking people to save the date and gather at Max Square at noon time to hand out constitutions, wave American flags and promote patriotism. It is expected the gathering will last approximately an hour.
You can pull up Internet information on these national rallies under Main Street Patriots, Spirit of America Rallies.

Oregon

Union County

Date: Saturday March 4, 2017
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Contact: Brittany Hargrove / Mike Burton / [email protected]
Event Page: Click Here
Location: Max Square in downtown La Grande, OR 97850 (Click for Map)

 

Other Oregon Locations:

Lakeview

Date: Saturday March 4, 2017
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Contact: Angie Albertson / [email protected]
Event Page: Click Here
Location: 513 Center St. Lakeview, OR 97630 (Click for Map)

Update from Rep. Greg Walden

News from Representative Walden

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Dear Jay:

My seventh in-person town hall of the year took me to Malheur County, a region that has felt the destruction of an extremely harsh winter. Unprecedented snowfall has collapsed hundreds of structures, and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damages and great hardship for the people who live there. During my visit to Ontario, I saw first-hand the devastating impact this year’s snowfall has had on businesses, the area’s economy, and especially the local agriculture industry. I’ve called on the President to swiftly make a disaster declaration so the local communities can get the immediate assistance they desperately need, and I am hopeful he will act soon.

Click here or on the image above to view KTVB’s coverage of my recent town hall in Ontario, and my tour through the city to see first-hand the damage from this year’s winter.

At the town hall meeting in Ontario, I provided an update on my work in Congress to grow jobs in rural communities like Malheur County, cut unnecessary federal red tape, and fix our nation’s health care system. We also discussed reining in government agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality, which have both burdened rural economies in Oregon with overregulation. I will continue my work in Congress to provide relief to our farming and ranching communities, who’ve felt the brunt of an overreaching federal government.

 Thanks to all who participated in the Malheur Country town hall where we engaged in a thoughtful and substantive discussion on improving the economy in rural communities, reducing burdensome regulations, and improving our nation’s health care system.

I encourage you to continue reading for more about my recent work as your representative in Congress, as well as Oregonians I met with in the past few weeks.

Meeting with Oregonians in the nation’s capital

Members of the Oregon Potato Commission updated me on federal issues affecting the agriculture industry in Oregon.

Paula Fong and Lee Juillerat of the Crater Lake Natural History Association discussed the importance of taking care of Oregon’s only National Park. I share Paula and Lee’s deep commitment to preserving and promoting the national treasure that is Crater Lake National Park.

Representatives who work hard to take care of our veterans who live in our Oregon Veterans’ Homes gave me important input regarding health care policy and funding issues they face.

Continuing the process of rebuilding our nation’s health care system

Click here or on the image above to hear my remarks on health care at a recent House Republican News Conference

The House Energy and Commerce Committee — which I chair — continues to be hard at work rebuilding our nation’s health care system. Recently, I provided a brief update on the committee’s health care work at a news conference with my fellow House Republicans. I spoke of providing Oregonians with access to affordable health insurance, and providing states like Oregon with flexibility to innovate when it comes to their individual health care systems.

I’ve heard from farmers, ranchers, and small business owners who are experiencing skyrocketing premiums, and who’ve not been able to keep their plan or doctor. After meeting with states and governors across the country, it is clear that this is not sustainable, and the federal government must allow states to innovate to solve this problem. Our state of Oregon has had quite a bit of innovation over the years, such as the Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) that have brought better health care outcomes to Oregonians at lower costs. These are the great ideas that are out there in our states, but right now they have to beg permission from federal bureaucrats to be able to do anything innovative.

We want to give states flexibility and provide all Americans with better health care. We will accomplish both goals in legislation we’ll be considering in the near future.

Protecting patients with pre-existing conditions

While we work to repair our nation’s failing health care system, patients remain the focal point of our efforts. At town hall meetings around Oregon, I’ve heard a clear message: we need to guarantee our health care system works better for all Oregonians. I am committed to protecting patients living with pre-existing conditions — period. By focusing on patient centered reforms, we will increase access to quality, affordable care and guarantee that all Oregonians are protected from unfair, higher premium costs simply due to how healthy or sick they may be.

That’s why I’ve introduced the Pre-Existing Conditions Protection Act. This legislation aims to reaffirm guaranteed health care access, ensure that enrollees cannot have benefits excluded from a plan due to a pre-existing condition, and that patients will not pay more based on their health care status.

This legislation is just another step toward keeping our commitment to fix the problems with our health care system and protect vulnerable patients from being treated unfairly. As I continue to work hard to rebuild our nation’s health care system, I will always aim to put what’s best for patients first.

I also appreciate the input I’ve received from people who have benefited from Oregon’s approach to providing care to those most in need. We need to give other state’s the flexibility we’ve had to innovate and work toward achieving better health outcomes.

To read more about this bill, please click here.

Modernizing Oregon’s energy infrastructure

Click here or on the image above to view my remarks at a recent hearing of the Energy and Commerce Committee regarding updating our nation’s energy infrastructure

At a recent hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, I spoke of the importance of updating America’s energy infrastructure. As technology continues to change the way we go about our daily lives, we also have to rethink how we deliver and consume electricity. This is especially true in central Oregon, where an outdated power grid is preventing economic growth.

Last month, I convened a meeting with city of Prineville officials, the local power utility and representatives of the Bonneville Power Administration to discuss the lack of access to enough electricity to meet the demand of a potential, major new employer.  Most of us were surprised and disappointed to learn that the electrical grid in Prineville is not sufficient to support that proposed project, and it could take three years or more before the city could get the electricity  this community needs. That is not acceptable.

We need action to modernize America’s energy infrastructure, so that communities in Oregon — like Prineville — can reach their full economic potential. We can’t keep losing out on new jobs.  The Energy and Commerce Committee will be at the forefront of tackling this challenge head on.

Boosting Oregon’s transportation priorities

Recently, I called to congratulate Elaine Chao on becoming Secretary of Transportation.  I also took the opportunity to discuss our nation’s infrastructure needs and Oregon’s transportation priorities. During our conversation, she confirmed to me that — contrary to some reports — there is no list of the Transportation Department’s priorities that excludes Oregon. Period.

Having known Elaine for years, I am confident that she will work closely with me on our district’s needs, and that Oregon’s initiatives will have the support of the Department of Transportation. I look forward to working alongside Secretary Chao as we seek to achieve Oregon’s long-term transportation goals and upgrade America’s vast infrastructure.

That’s all for this update. Remember, you can always keep in touch with me via email, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Best regards,

Greg Walden
U.S. Representative
Oregon’s Second District


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February 24, 2017 Daily Clips

 

 HOUSE REPUBLICAN OFFICE

FEBRUARY 24, 2017 DAILY CLIPS

STATE GOVERNMENT & POLICY

 

HD 18 – REPRESENTATIVE LEWIS

 

Silverton mayor named to Oregon House vacancy

Portland Tribune

Silverton Mayor Rick Lewis will fill the vacant House District 18 seat, which extends into southern Clackamas County. Lewis was appointed Wednesday (Feb. 21) by commissioners from Clackamas and Marion counties, who met jointly in Mt. Angel. He took office Thursday and will complete the two-year term of Republican Vic Gilliam, who resigned Feb. 1 after winning re-election Nov. 8.

 

Rick Lewis takes house oath, resigns as mayor

Statesman Journal

Rick Lewis was sworn in as the State Representative for House District 18 Thursday after being appointed to fill the vacant seat on Wednesday. Prior to taking oath of office, Lewis resigned his post as mayor of Silverton, a position to which he was first elected in 2014 and reelected to in 2016. Lewis was not required by law to resign his city post. “The decision to step away from my role with the city was far and away the most difficult part of this process,” Lewis said. “I was hopeful that I might be able to continue serving as mayor while also serving as a member of the legislative assembly, but it became clear that there were some outstanding constitutional questions that could expose both the city and the legislature to some risks.”

 

COMMITTEE BILLS

 

Oregon House Debates Whether To Ban Anonymous Bills

Oregon Public Broadcasting

House Republican leader Mike McLane has proposed changing that in the interest of transparency. “We probably need to set aside the accusation that we’re trying to move bills without being transparent whose bills they are,” McLane testified while making his case to the House Rules Committee on Thursday. Some members of the rules committee argued not knowing who’s behind a bill allows them to make an unbiased decision. “Sometimes just knowing who introduced it will predispose you one way or another, towards it or against it,” said Democrat Barbara Smith Warner. Democrats hold the majority in the Oregon House, and would have to agree with the proposal for it to move forward.

 

BAN ON LATE TERM ABORTIONS

 

Republican lawmakers introduce bill to ban late-term abortions in Oregon

The Oregonian

Republican lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation that would restrict access to late-term abortions in Oregon. In what would be a major reversal of current state law, House Bill 3017 would prevent doctors in Oregon from performing an abortion if the fetus is more than 20 weeks old, or about half-way through a typical pregnancy. Nineteen states already ban abortion past 20 weeks. None of those states is controlled by Democrats, whereas Democrats control the Oregon Legislature and governorship.

 

PREDICTIVE SCHEDULING

 

Oregon Lawmakers Consider ‘Predictive Scheduling’ Bill

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Oregon lawmakers are considering a measure that would give hourly employees more certainty in their work schedules. The measure would require employers to pay their employees for at least four hours if their shift is canceled or changed less than 24 hours in advance.

 

Bills take aim at irregular scheduling, on the rise in Oregon’s service industry

Statesman Journal

“Our findings were that all elements of irregular scheduling practices are prevalent here in Oregon,” King said at a Thursday news conference in support of two scheduling bills under consideration in the Oregon Legislature. Irregular scheduling  “…prevents people from obtaining adequate hours at work, it prevents them from taking a second job, and it prevents them from pursuing further education and training,” King said. Senate Bill 828 and House Bill 2193 are identical.

 

Oregon lawmakers consider boost to service industry worker rights

Mail Tribune

Oregon lawmakers are considering proposals that’d give baristas, bartenders, seasonal workers and others in the state’s service industry more control of their weekly schedules and guarantees of being paid despite scheduling issues. The proposed legislation is backed largely by workers’ rights groups and unions, which teamed up with the University of Oregon and Portland State University for a study on how workers’ lives, finances and families are impacted by irregular work schedules.

 

MOVE OVER BILL

 

Oregon ‘move over’ law could be expanded

Statesman Journal

Oregon drivers are used to moving over or slowing down for emergency and roadside assistance vehicles. The Oregon Senate passed a bill Thursday that would expand the law to include any vehicle that is clearly stranded or disabled.

 

BOTTLE BILL

 

Bill would make Oregon deposit on cans, bottles worth 10 cents

Statesman Journal

Oregon’s longtime 5-cent deposit on bottles of beer and water and cans of soda paid at checkout will increase to 10 cents on that date, after several years of lagging redemption rates.

A bill sailing through the Legislature mandates that, starting April 1, every can and bottle can be redeemed for a dime, regardless of when it was purchased or the deposit listed on the label.

 

EDUCATION

 

Oregon officials: Federal reversal on K-12 transgender bathrooms will have no local effect

The Register Guard

The Trump administration’s reversal of federal policy on transgender bathrooms in K-12 schools won’t have any effect in Oregon, where the state and local governments have established their own customized gender accommodations, officials said Thursday.

 

THE ECONOMY

 

Bill seeks to boost Malheur County economy

The Daily Astorian

A new proposal, first read Thursday in the Oregon House and sponsored by Bentz and Oregon Speaker of the House Tina Kotek, D-Portland, is a gesture to rural Oregon. It was in the works before the snow hit, but has taken on new significance in the wake of the storms, Kotek said.

“We’re saying to (Malheur County) that we care and we want businesses to stay in Ontario,” Kotek said.

 

MARIJUANA

 

Oregon officials react to prospect of federal pot crackdown

East Oregonian

Oregon lawmakers have condemned a White House statement suggesting the U.S. Justice Department will enforce the federal prohibition on recreational marijuana in states that have legalized it. When Oregonians legalized recreational pot in 2014, they knew there was a risk of a federal crackdown with future presidential administrations, said Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick, D-Portland. “The approach we’re taking is to have effective regulations and to stamp out the black market to the extent that we can,” said Burdick, who is co-chairwoman of the Joint Committee on Marijuana Regulation. “We really want to have the kind of program that will, if they do decide to enforce, put us at the bottom of their list.”

 

HEALTH CARE

 

Legislature 2017: CCOs could be required to become nonprofit

Portland Business Journal

Half of the 16 Coordinated Care Organizations, which deliver Medicaid services to about 1 million Oregonians, are nonprofit. A bill pending in the Legislature would require the other 50 percent to shift from for-profit entities to community-based nonprofits by 2023. There’s more. House Bill 2122 and its companion Senate Bill 273 encompass a host of other major changes, including requiring more transparency around the CCOs activities and meetings, and setting up a Community Escrow Fund to hold CCOs’ restricted reserves, which currently total $193 million.

“We want to move the reserves over to the state treasury and hold it in escrow and find ways for it to be used on behalf of the community,” said HB 2122 sponsor Rep. Mitch Greenlick, the Portland Democrat who chairs the House Health Care Committee.

 

Providers voice opposition to health care cuts

Mail Tribune

Members of the local medical community Thursday said cuts to the federal Affordable Care Act would leave patients uninsured, increase emergency room use and harm innovative efforts to address the roots of health problems and control costs.

 

ELLIOTT STATE FOREST

 

Oregon Treasurer Tobias Read defends vote to sell Elliott State Forest

Statesman Journal

In an interview, Read said his decision wasn’t something he was happy about, but that he had a “legal responsibility to generate revenue for the state’s school children.”

“I’m a strong supporter of public lands and I don’t like the situation we’re in,” he said. “I’ve been asking for months for another plan — a detailed plan with actual dollars attached to it. Presently, I don’t see another viable path.”

 

TRAVEL BAN LAWSUIT

 

Oregon moves to join travel ban lawsuit

The Register Guard

On Wednesday evening, Rosenblum filed a motion with a federal court asking to join Ferguson’s lawsuit, saying the court otherwise might craft a limited remedy that would not ­address the harm caused to Oregon.

 

Oregon joins Washington’s travel ban lawsuit, citing ‘harm’ to state, institutions

Portland Tribune

Oregon’s Department of Justice has filed court papers seeking to join Washington’s lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban on citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries. “The executive order has caused — and threatens to further cause — harm to Oregon and its residents, employers, agencies, educational institutions, health care system and economy. Moreover, the executive order forces Oregon to violate its own laws against discrimination, frustrating Oregon’s sovereign interest in providing a welcoming home to people from all over the world,” according to the justice department’s motion.

 

OREGONIANS IN CONGRESS

 

Enthusiastic crowd greets Wyden

Mail Tribune

An enthusiastic crowd of 2,400 greeted U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., like a soldier taking a break from battle — shaking his hand, giving him standing ovations and sending him back into the fray on multiple fronts against Republican President Donald Trump’s administration.

 

OPINION

 

Editorial: Bill to mandate class size as contract issue is wrong solution to real problem: Editorial Agenda 2017

The Oregonian Editorial Board

Credit Rep. Margaret Doherty with showing the mettle that some of her fellow legislators won’t. Rather than mask her sponsorship of a proposal and introducing it as a “committee” bill, the Tigard Democrat is owning it – despite its having “fiasco” written all over it. It’s great that lawmakers view smaller classes – which requires hiring teachers – as a necessity. But as Chuck Bennett of the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators said pointedly to legislators, “You have not funded that.” The idea behind HB2651 isn’t outlandish in and of itself. Oregon ranks among the states with the highest average class size, according to figures from the National Education Association.

 

Editorial: ‘Protecting’ free speech

The Register Guard Editorial Board

State Sen. Kim Thatcher has what she says is “a plan to help protect free speech and ensure student safety on college campuses.” It involves expelling students. Thatcher, a Keizer Republican, deserves points for originality — sort of. The qualifier is needed because one suspects that Thatcher’s main goal is to yank Democrats’ chains, given that her bill has less chance of passing the Oregon Legislature than a resolution honoring President Trump.

 

Editorial: Let the public see public records

The Bend Bulletin Editorial Board

Oregon’s public records law has about 550 ways of saying to the public: You can’t see that. Oregon has 550 exemptions to its public records law. The federal Freedom of Information Act has only nine exemptions. Are Oregon’s 550 necessary? They should, at least, be reviewed.

State Rep. John Huffman, R-The Dalles, has introduced House Bill 2101, which would require a legislative committee to review the exemptions and affirm they are necessary. If they are not found necessary, they would be repealed automatically. New exemptions would also be repealed after six years unless the Legislature votes they should continue. “I think there’s a strong desire for the transparency and the need to clean up,” Huffman said, according to The Oregonian. “We are unique as a state with 550 some-odd exemptions. We might find out that, darn it, we need all of them. But I kind of doubt that.”

 

Editorial: Oregon Promise should reflect need

The Bend Bulletin Editorial Board

Lawmakers, if they decide to keep the Promise program alive, should end the practice of handing out money to students whose family income is well above the state’s 2015 median household income of $54,148. Instead, money should go to students based on need as well as on grades and the like.

 

Editorial: Richardson speaks up for Oregon elections

Associated Press

We have worried that Trump’s continued insistence about widespread voter fraud is an attempt to pave the way for tighter voter ID laws or other measures that could make it more difficult for certain segments of the population to cast ballots. But Oregon continues to roll in the opposite direction — this state has aggressively removed barriers to voting. It’s encouraging to see Richardson rolling in that direction as well.

 

Guest: Raise revenue to solve budget woes

Chuck Sheketoff is executive director of the Oregon Center for Public Policy

Common-sense options exist for raising revenue that will allow Oregon to protect and strengthen schools and key public services. Exercising those options ultimately comes to political will – and Oregonians demanding that lawmakers fix our revenue shortfall with revenue solutions.

 

Guest: State can balance budget without taxes

Eric Fruits is an Oregon-based economist and adjunct professor at Portland State University.

State tax revenues are approaching all-time highs. Nevertheless, the state must face the budget reality that Oregonians do not have the resources to support ever-expanding spending programs that outpace our ability to pay for them.

 

Guest: What PERS cuts would mean to me

Jennifer Gould is a registered nurse and a board certified lactation consultant

PERS costs do not happen in a vacuum. They need to be taken into consideration with the entire budget. When prescription drug costs are skyrocketing out of control, hospital profits are on the rise, and, as the Oregonian reported last week, Oregon corporations are paying only 80 percent of the public benefit they receive, should we be gutting retirement benefits for teachers, firefighters and nurses? It is time for Salem lawmakers to show some real leadership and balance the budget without breaking their contract with public workers.

 

NATIONAL

 

Feds signal changes on recreational marijuana

The Bend Bulletin

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Thursday that he expects states to be subject to “greater enforcement” of federal laws against marijuana use, a move that could undercut the growing number of jurisdictions moving to legalize the drug for recreational purposes.

 

Trump administration takes aim at recreational marijuana

The Oregonian

Sean Spicer suggested Thursday that the Trump administration will enforce federal marijuana laws in states where recreational pot is legal. At a White House press briefing, a reporter asked the White House press secretary how the Trump administration will differ from the Obama administration when it comes to the “state/federal conflict” over recreational marijuana. “There’s two distinct issues here,” Spicer said, “medical marijuana and recreational marijuana.” Medical use, he said, is not in question. But recreational use, including in states like Oregon, faces a possible challenge.

 

Environmental and fishing groups sue to save NW salmon

The Associated Press

Environmental and fishing groups sued the federal government on Thursday as they seek cooler water for salmon in the Columbia River system. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Seattle against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the agency. “We need a plan to deal with climate change and rising water temperatures in the Columbia, or we may be telling our kids stories about salmon instead of teaching them to fish,” said Brett VandenHeuvel, executive director of Columbia Riverkeeper. The lawsuit was filed by Columbia Riverkeeper, Snake River Waterkeeper, Idaho Rivers United, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, and the Institute for Fisheries Resources.

Ethan Barton of Daily Caller article on Gov. Brown’s Pay-To-Play corruption

Dear Oregon Republican Party State Central Committee members,

Chairman Currier, Vice Chairman Barreto, and Rep. Post asked me to bring national conservative media attention to Gov. Brown’s pay-to-play corruption and refusal for ethics reform. I reached out to Ethan Barton of Daily Caller. This is his first article on the subject.

Brown also took a last-minute donation from the president of an Oregon company that’s received more than $1 billion in taxpayer-funded state contracts, and 10 of those worth $444 million are up for renewal during the governor’s four-year term, TheDCNF previously reported.

Please post it on your FB

http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/17/oregon-governor-wins-big-during-taxpayer-funded-casino-trip/
and retweet.

https://twitter.com/SolomonYue/status/833000073009131521

twitter.com
“#Korruptkate @oregongovbrown #pay2play: taxpayers paid casino stay, 1st walked w/ $5K, get $55K 4 #orpol favor later https://t.co/zGPXAw3o6V”

Let’s elect a Republican governor in 2018!

Thank you.

Solomon Yue

Republican National Committeeman for Oregon

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Republicans Overseas, Inc. and Republicans Overseas Action, Inc.

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The Oregon Trail Of Political Patronage

 

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown And AG Ellen Rosenblum Blaze The Oregon Trail Of Political Patronage

 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/adamandrzejewski/2017/02/13/blazing-the-oregon-trail-of-pinstripe-patronage-gov-kate-brown-attorney-general-ellen-rosenblum/#1ade4adc2318
As the state contemplates an income tax hike, Oregon’s elites line their pockets with taxpayer money.
In 2016, as politicians across America were fleeing voter wrath, Oregon’s governor and attorney general were blazing an unlikely trail – accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations from businesses with state contracts.
Since 1940, at the federal level, individuals and entities negotiating or working under federal contracts are prohibited from giving political cash to candidates, parties or committees. In Oregon, however, this political patronage is perfectly legal, at least for now.
Our analysis at American Transparency (OpenTheBooks.com) found 207 state contractors gave $805,876 in campaign cash to Governor Kate Brown ($518,203) and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum ($287,673) since 2012. These businesses hold lifetime state contracts worth at least $2.6 billion. State contractor donations to the governor and attorney general represent 57 percent of current cash on hand in their campaign committees.
We found the data by looking at a universe of companies or their affiliated employees funding Brown or Rosenblum’s campaigns since 2012. We then matched those company names with the contract database provided by the State of Oregon. It’s a trail of conflicts of interest paved with campaign cash and contractor payments.

We found 41 law firms holding state contracts with a lifetime value of nearly $50 million who gave political donations to Rosenblum ($196,093 in donations) and Brown ($89,958 in donations) since 2012. Oregon outsources legal work to these firms despite Rosenblum’s Department of Justice employing up to 1,228 staffers at an annual taxpayer cost of $74 million. Why put state employees to work when you can outsource it to potential donors? By comparison, the Attorneys General of Illinois and New York have 875 and 1,685 employees respectively.
State campaign disclosures show that firms themselves, or their affiliated partners, principals, and employees gave the following:

  • Markowitz Herbold PC – $25,084 in campaign donations to the governor and AG. Separately, the firm received new and amended state contracts valued at $13 million from 2013-2015.
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP – $16,331 in campaign donations to the governor and AG. Separately, the firm held state contracts worth a lifetime value of $2.995 million.
  • Stoll, Stoll, Berne, Lokting & Shalchter PC – $15,617 in campaign donations to the governor and AG. Separately, the firm held contracts worth a lifetime value of $2.71 million.
  • Tonkon Torp LLP – $6,560 in campaign donations to the governor and AG. Separately, the firm held contracts worth a lifetime value of $2 million.
  • Ball Janik LLP – $4,600 in campaign donations to the governor and AG.  Separately, the firm held state contracts worth $1.11 million over their lifetime that were initiated, modified, or amended during 2011-2015.

Before publishing, we pressed the five law firms for confirmation, comment and context. While three responded, only Ball Janik confirmed their contracts.
We also found major U.S. corporations who reaped Oregon state contracts worth millions of dollars in lifetime value while each business, or affiliated employees, gave campaign cash to the governor or AG since 2012. Some of these businesses include Alaskan Air (contracts worth $25 million); AT&T ($32.4 million); Hewlett Packard ($38.5 million); Microsoft ($15.6 million); Pitney Bowes ($9.8 million); Verizon ($57.2 million); FedEx ($82 million); CH2M Hill ($129.9 million); and PacificSource Health ($82.4 million).

A few more examples:

  • Portland General Electric (PGE), a $1.9 billion annual revenue Fortune 1000 public utility distributing electricity to 44 percent of the Oregon population contributed $31,000 to Gov. Kate Brown and $7,000 to AG Rosenblum’s political committees since 2012. According to state disclosures, PGE held state contracts worth $254,258 in lifetime value.
  • Pharmaceutical companies, Eli Lilly & Co. ($11,000) and Pfizer ($15,000) gave a total of $26,000 to Brown.
  • Professional Credit Service has a state contract for debt collection with a lifetime value of $10 million. Joseph Hawes, CEO, gave $24,500 to Brown during a period when the firm’s contract was amended and extended.

Oregon is home to Native American groups who hold state contracts worth $36.7 million in lifetime value. These groups are also significant political donors with campaign donations of $140,000 since 2012. Brown received $123,000 while Rosenblum received $17,000.
Six Native American groups who contributed are Cow Creek Band of Umpqua ($85,000); Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde ($25,000); Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians ($11,500); Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation ($8,500); Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation ($6,000); and Confederated Tribes of Coquille ($4,000).

Even in Illinois, where the number one manufactured product is corruption, it is illegal for state vendors with contracts over $50,000 to give campaign donations to statewide office holders. The 2011 Illinois law barred this “pay to play” practice in which contractors give campaign donations to powerful statewide office holders.
At a time when Oregon is considering an income tax hike, elected officials should consider revamping public integrity laws to match the federal statute – or at least Illinois ethics. Voters might appreciate an effort to pioneer reform rather than blazing a trail of political patronage costing taxpayers millions.

 

 

Adam Andrzejewski (say: And-G-F-Ski) is the CEO of OpenTheBooks.com – the mission is to post ‘Every Dime, Online, In Real Time’ of all public spending at every level of Federal, State and Local government across America.

 

 

Methodology/Disclaimer:
Upper-bound contractual payment limits are not actual billings or state payments. To the extent that the information contains government errors, our report will reproduce those errors. No quid pro quo or illegal activity by any elected official, company or individual referenced in this editorial is implied or intended. All state contract information referenced was produced via the Oregon Open Records law by the State of Oregon. Kate Brown was elected Oregon Secretary of State (top auditor) in 2008 and assumed to Governor in February 2015. Ellen Rosenblum was appointed Attorney General in June 2012 and twice won reelection

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FEBRUARY 1, 2017 DAILY CLIPS

 

STATE GOVERNMENT

 

14 things to know about the Oregon Legislature

The Oregonian

Oregon’s 79th Legislative Assembly convenes today. Here’s what you need to know about this year’s session, by the numbers.

 

Oregon Legislative Session To Kick Off Amid Budget Questions

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Republicans serve in the minority in both chambers but Democrats would need a handful of GOP votes in order to pass a tax increase. Ferrioli and most others in his party say any tax hike would need to be paired with cost-cutting measures, including to the state’s public pension system. At a preview ahead of the legislative session, a reporter asked House Republican leader Mike McLane if he could give a detailed list of cuts he’d like to make.

 

“Well sure I could,” McLane responded. “But you’d have to endure a 45 minute presentation with slides.” But McLane said there’s a general principle he’d follow if he were in charge.

“One of the ways you have to do it is to just not accept the premise that everything you did last year has to be done this year,” he said.

 

United Streetcar is About to Get Its Tax Break Cancelled. Here Are Five Other Tax Giveaways That Oregon Could Scrap.

Willamette Week

Small-business pass-through income

$120 million

In the so-called “Grand Bargain” of 2013, Democrats won Republican votes for pension cuts (which Republicans desperately wanted) by granting tax cuts to the owners of small businesses that employ at least one person. “You don’t have to do anything for the tax break,” Wiser says. “You don’t have to hire anybody. You just have to be an owner.” But Republicans who fought hard for small business say a deal’s a deal. “It’s been a little over three years since [House Speaker] Tina Kotek and [Senate President] Peter Courtney agreed to the Grand Bargain,” says Rep. Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte). “I would sure hope that their word has a longer shelf life than that.

 

Oregon far short of greenhouse gas emissions goals, report says

The Oregonian

Oregon is not reducing carbon dioxide emissions fast enough to meet its goals for 2020 and beyond, a new report finds. In fact, it’s not even close. Those are the findings of a biennial report the Oregon Global Warming Commission will deliver to state lawmakers this week, and they come despite ambitious legislation passed to cut emissions from the electricity and transportation sectors.

 

Oregon Promise’s future not guaranteed heading into legislative session

The Oregonian

Even such higher education advocates as state Sen. Mark Hass, D-Beaverton, and the community colleges’ lobbying organization, are unsure of the program’s future. “There’s no doubt that under the current scenario, all programs, virtually, would take a serious hit,” said Hass, who is working on a plan to raise more revenue for the state. “My hope, though, is that (the $10 million earmarked by Devlin and Nathanson) was sort of a line in the sand.”

 

Corporate Lobbyists Turned Oregon’s Iconic Bottle Bill Into a Sweet Payday For Their Clients

Willamette Week

On April 1, the deposit for returnable cans and bottles in Oregon will increase for the first time in history. Now, when you buy a bottle of Black Butte Porter or a can of LaCroix, you’ll pay a dime instead of a nickel. That’s because of a bill the Oregon Legislature passed six years ago.

 

PERS reform hearings start Oregon legislative session

The Statesman Journal

The Oregon Legislature will get right to work on what could be one of the most contentious issues of the 2017 session – trying to reduce costs associated with PERS, the Public Employees Retirement System. The Senate Committee on Workforce will hold hearings on the issue beginning Wednesday, the first day of the session.

 

Legislature told to target transportation to get Oregon on course to meet failing emissions goals

Portland Business Journal

A state commission is pointing to a potential 2017 transportation funding package in the Legislature as a key tool for getting Oregon on track to meeting its carbon emissions goals. In a draft report to the Legislature set to be issued today — the day the 2017 legislative session opens in Salem — the Oregon Global Warming Commission writes that a “key takeaway” is that “rising transportation emissions are driving increases in statewide emissions.The Commission recommends that the 2017 Legislature, in addressing Oregon’s overall transportation and transportation funding needs, use the occasion to devise and adopt measures that will bring transportation GHG emissions under control and aligned with Oregon’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals,” the report says.

 

Oregon legislators from Lane County area focus on pet projects and peeves in upcoming Salem session

The Register-Guard

In a first big batch of bills introduced before the session, Lane County lawmakers have submitted notable proposals to limit hospital costs, bolster women’s health care coverage, offer electric-vehicle incentives, install traffic cameras at red lights, and increase state taxes on timber.

 

Shell company legislation awaits Oregon lawmakers

KGW

Oregon lawmakers could hear as many as four bills related to anonymous company abuse during the legislative session that starts Wednesday. Former Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins pre-session filed three of the bills and credited the Business Journal’s reporting last year when announcing her intent to develop legislation. The bills would address the problems illustrated in an October 2015 Business Journal investigation that connected an Aloha house to a California “corporation mill” and a global web of fraud.

 

Grants Pass State Representative Speaks at Statewide Launch of Every Child Program

KAJO

Representative Stark said he was proud to see Every Child and DHS find a way to inspire community support that’s working. He said they have found a new way to tap into the hearts of community members to remind them of their love and duty to care for children and they’re doing it at success rate never seen before.

 

Oregon governor creates Trump resistance team

The Oregonian

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is trying to amass a group of volunteers to resist the Trump administration while promoting her. In an email her campaign sent to supporters Tuesday, Brown said Donald Trump’s first actions as president “have attacked our values as Americans and as Oregonians.” “Now, more than ever, we must bring communities together to resist in a divided nation,” the message continues.

 

State Representative Sal Esquivel is proposing a sales tax to replace property tax

KOBI Medford

Oregonians have said it time and time again that they don’t want a sales tax. Voters have turned down various versions 9 times in the last 90 years. But Representative Sal Esquivel is hoping Oregon voters will change their minds. Esquivel wants to impose a 4.5% sales tax on non-essential items to replace property taxes on the first $500,000 dollars of owner-occupied homes.

 

Gov. Brown names new economic policy advisor

The Oregonian

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday announced the latest addition to her office: Jason Lewis-Berry, a former official at the U.S. Department of State, will advise the governor on economic and jobs policy.

 

OREGONIANS IN CONGRESS

 

Oregon’s Greg Walden, with new White House clout, meets with Trump, Pence to tackle prescription drug costs

The Oregonian

Trump declared “in no uncertain terms” that the government must find a way to reduce drug prices, Walden said in an interview with The Oregonian/OregonLive. But Trump also praised the drug company executives in attendance for providing important medications to U.S. consumers, Walden said. Walden said the meeting was a “very positive discussion” and that Trump was “pretty emphatic” that pharmaceutical companies must reduce the price of their drugs and work to keep their domestic labor force.  “We have to get prices down,” Walden said. “That should be news to consumers’ ears.”

 

Oregon’s Greg Walden supports Trump ban on refugee immigration, but criticizes its rollout

The Oregonian

Greg Walden, Oregon’s lone Republican congressman, approves of the motive behind president Donald J. Trump’s executive order curtailing immigration and refugee programs, but criticized its rollout as less than stellar. In an interview with The Oregonian/OregonLive, Walden said he supports protecting the nation from foreign threats, including immigrants or refugees who would seek to do harm.

 

ENVIRONMENT

 

EPA cutbacks and Oregon’s environment: What we know

KGW

As the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality works to rebound from a tumultuous 2016, the agency now faces an uncertain future in light of the Trump administration’s planned cutbacks at the federal Environmental Protection Agency. DEQ officials say questions surround the agency’s access to research, communications and budget, impacting its ability to monitor environmental health hazards in Oregon.

 

HOUSING

 

Landlords warns of unintended consequences of required renter relocation assistance

Portland Tribune

Landlord lobbyist John DiLorenzo says there will be unintended consequences of the City Council requires landlord to pay the relocation costs of tenants subject to no-caused evictions.

 

Proposed tenant protections could draw lawsuit, limit affordable housing supply

The Oregonian

If the rule takes effect, Portland landlords will have to go through the just-cause eviction process if they want a tenant out and don’t want to help pay moving costs. Eudaly’s policy will require landlords to pay that money for all no-cause evictions, said her policy director, Jamey Duhamel.

 

OPINION

 

Editorial: It’s time for the Legislature to get to work

Democrat Herald Editorial Board

The first half of the session will be dominated by what legislators sometimes call “dogs and cats” — hundreds of bills that might address an important issue, but don’t necessarily fit into the Legislature’s major storylines. So we can expect discussions on topics as disparate as affordable housing, gun control, marijuana legalization, a carbon cap-and-invest program to combat greenhouse gas emissions, requirements for some businesses to enact so-called “predictive scheduling” for their employees and many others. Judging by some of the partisan tussling that already has occurred, this session might also include an unusual amount of feuding between Democrats and Republicans.

 

Editorial: Renters relocation assistance measure is short-sighted

The Oregonian Editorial Board

The measure is big-hearted in that it seeks to offset an economic cruelty. Tenants of the 18-unit Normandy Apartments in Northeast Portland, for example, this year face rent increases of 100 percent, Eudaly told The Oregonian/OregonLive Editorial Board, and some 40 children are among the residents. Yet provisions of the measure are honed to ensure landlords can continue to charge whatever they want. Only in those instances in which a rent hike hits 10 percent or more will a tenant choosing to move out be paid relocation expenses indexed to apartment size: $2,900 for the studio tenant, $3,300 for one-bedroom dwellers, $4,200 for two-bedroom occupants, $4,500 for those leasing a three-bedroom unit. If several families were to move from the Normandy in the coming months, under the terms of Eudaly’s measure they would, as a group, be paid a hefty sum.

 

Editorial: Will we pay the price of sanctuary?

Democrat Herald Editorial Board

How much federal money might be at risk locally if the Trump administration follows through? It’s hard to say: It’s not clear which grants might be affected. There is no clear definition of what is meant by a “sanctuary city” or “sanctuary state.” It’s not clear whether the president needs congressional approval. It’s not even clear whether the action is legal, although it seems to be a sure bet that litigation awaits.

 

Editorial: Sen. Jeff Merkley becomes Sen. Filibuster

The Bend Bulletin Editorial Board

When his party controlled the Senate, Oregon Democrat Jeff Merkley was a leading opponent of the filibuster, which Republicans, then in the minority, were using to block various presidential nominations. Now that Republicans control both the presidency and the Senate, however, Merkley has refashioned himself as Sen. Filibuster. He says he will use the tool to block any Donald Trump nominee to the Supreme Court who is not Merrick Garland. Turnabout, it seems, is fair play.

 

Guest: Oregon’s decision compromises salmon and integrity

Washington State Representative Liz Pike, (R-18)

With broken promises from our sister state to the south, it will be difficult to embrace any future bi-state co-management strategies with Oregon. We are now faced with immediate enforcement challenges for both Washington and Oregon as they navigate an imaginary line between our two states on the Columbia River. Perhaps the silver lining will be more Washington fishing licenses sold to Oregon recreational anglers.

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Trump Nominates Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

The New York Times

President Trump on Tuesday nominated Judge Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, elevating a conservative in the mold of Justice Antonin Scalia to succeed the late jurist and touching off a brutal, partisan showdown at the start of his presidency over the ideological bent of the nation’s highest court.

 

Senate Dems Ramp Up Opposition to Trump Nominees

RealClearPolitics

Congressional Democrats have launched into full hardball mode. Fueled by a newly energized liberal base, lawmakers are ratcheting up their opposition to President Trump and embracing obstructionist tactics they once decried by delaying votes on remaining Cabinet nominees, boycotting committee votes, and debating a filibuster for Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court.

 

Amid Political Rancor, ACA Sign-Up Deadline Arrives

The Wall Street Journal

Democrats’ move to stall—at least temporarily—Mr. Price’s confirmation to head that agency also throws a wrench into efforts by Republicans to speed along the ACA repeal. Mr. Trump has signaled through an executive order signed on Inauguration Day that as health secretary, Mr. Price could play a significant role in striking the law on his own if Congress failed to act.

 

Ryan calls immigration order rollout ‘regrettable,’ defends Trump

Fox News

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday that the “confusion” surrounding the rollout of President Trump’s immigration executive order was “regrettable,” though he defended the national security goals of the sweeping measure signed late last week.

 

Rep. Walden live telephone town hall

Dear Friend:

I’d like to invite you to join me in a live, telephone town hall discussion I will be holding on Monday, February 6, at 10:45am. During the meeting, you’ll get an update on my work to grow the economy and solve the issues confronting Oregonians, and you’ll also have an opportunity to ask questions. I look forward to hearing what issues are on your mind, and have gotten very positive feedback from people who enjoy the substantive discussions, and listening to what others from around our enormous district have to say. Some people prefer this way to communicate because it’s too difficult for them to attend the town halls in person. For others the travel distance is simply too far, or they just aren’t comfortable in that setting.

To register for the meeting, please click here to sign up to be called Monday morning. If you cannot make this meeting, but would like to register for future telephone town halls, please contact my office by clicking here or by calling 800-533-3303. This is my first telephone town hall of 2017, and you can be sure that I will hold more throughout the year. I also recently held my first in-person town hall of the year in Lake County, which marked my 130th since 2012. These events are effective ways to hear from Oregonians, along with Facebook, Twitter, and, of course, mail and email.

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Best regards,

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Oregon’s Second District


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Quote Of The Day

There is no way Trump could be a credible combatant in the culture war as it existed for the last 40 years. But he has reoriented the main lines of battle away from issues related to religion and sexual morality and onto the ground of populism and nationalism. Trump’s culture war is fundamentally the people versus the elite, national sovereignty versus cosmopolitanism and patriotism versus multiculturalism. … He wants to topple a corrupt establishment that he believes has put both its selfish interests and a misbegotten, fuzzy-headed altruism above the well-being of the American people.

See How Trump is remaking the ‘culture war’

Trump Goes to Work for America!

Man of Action, PRESIDENT TRUMP…

Promises massive cuts to federal taxes and regulation: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/01/23/donald-trump-promises-cut-taxes-regulation-massively/

Eases burden of Obamacare: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/01/20/trumps-first-executive-order-ease-burden-obamacare/

Announces federal hiring freeze: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/01/23/donald-trump-executive-orders-kills-tpp-announces-federal-hiring-freeze-restores-mexico-city-policy/

Freezes EPA grant programs to environmentalist programs: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/01/24/report-trump-administration-freezes-epa-grant-programs/

Hits runaway EPA with $800 Million in budget cuts:  http://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2017/01/24/epa-expected-to-be-hit-with-800-million-in-budget-cuts-n2275830

Approves Keystone and Dakota pipelines: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2017/01/24/day-two-president-trump-signs–more-executive-orders-n2276236

Orders companies to use pipes made in the USA: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/01/24/trump-signs-five-executive-actions-moving-keystone-dakota-pipelines-forward/

Meets with US automakers to bring back manufacturing jobs: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/01/24/donald-trump-meets-automakers-bringing-jobs-back-u-s-big-league/

Pledges support for the 2nd Amendment: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/01/24/trump-white-house-upholding-2nd-amendment-part-of-supporting-law-enforcment/

 

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POTUS

Trump sworn in, marking a transformative shift in the country’s leadership
The Washington Post
Trump began his inaugural address by proclaiming that with his victory, “the United States of America is your country.” With now former president Obama and three previous presidents watching from behind him, Trump seemed to condemn them as unfaithful to the popular will, saying that his inauguration signaled that “the people” would rule the country again.

As Trump takes office, Portlanders turn their backs and take to the streets
The Oregonian
Top state officials, including Democrats Gov. Kate Brown and House Speaker Tina Kotek, will largely spend the day disregarding the pomp and circumstance 3,000 miles away as Trump is installed as the nation’s leader. Closer to the ground, protest organizers say they’ll gather thousands on the streets of Portland to draw the gaze of local and state leaders to their clarion call: resist Trump’s agenda.

Portland opposes President-elect Donald Trump’s threats against sanctuary cities in legislative agenda
The Oregonian
The Portland City Council formally opposed President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge to limit federal funding to so-called “sanctuary cities” that won’t cooperate with federal immigration enforcement actions. Mayor Ted Wheeler vowed to keep Portland a sanctuary city during his campaign, but the City Council has not yet voted on it.

Oregon guardsmen join presidential inauguration security
Portland Tribune
More than four dozen Oregon National Guard members are in Washington, D.C., this week to provide security for the 58th presidential inauguration ceremony.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Lawmakers’ spending framework includes cuts, no new taxes
Portland Tribune
Rep. Greg Smith, R-Heppner, who is also House Republican Caucus Budget Chair, also framed the framework as an opportunity for “spending reform.” “This Legislature has an opportunity this session to finally address the structural deficits that led us to this position in the first place,” Smith said, “and to put Oregon on the path to a more stable financial future.”

Oregon Democratic leaders release proposed state budget that would cut range of public healthcare and social services
Register Guard
Leading Democratic budget crafters released their proposed 2017-19 state government budget Thursday with a long list of spending curbs, including in public healthcare, social services, drug treatment and corrections, to fill a projected $1.8 billion hole.

Rep. Greg Smith, a Heppner Republican: “House Republicans stand ready to partner with our Democratic colleagues to deliver a budget that acknowledges the need for spending reform, while also ensuring that our most critical services are not compromised.”

Oregon legislators warn of painful cuts in ‘existing resources’ budget
Statesman Journal
And House Republicans pledged to work with Democrats to deliver a balanced budget. “This legislature has an opportunity this session to finally address the structural deficits that led us to this position in the first place and to put Oregon on the path to a more stable financial future. I hope we do not let this opportunity go to waste,” House Republican Caucus Budget Chairman Greg Smith, of Heppner, said. The 2017 legislative session begins Feb. 1. Lawmakers must complete their work by July 10.

Oregon’s top budget writers unveil proposal filled with painful cuts
The Oregonian
From teacher layoffs to cutting as many as 355,000 people from Medicaid, Oregon’s top budget-writers painted what they hope is a heart-wrenching scenario Thursday of what would happen if the state had to operate without increased taxes or other revenues the next two years.

Oregon Budget Proposal: Program Cuts, No New Taxes
NW News Network
Democratic Rep. Nancy Nathanson, who helped craft the plan, said those cuts probably won’t sit well with Oregonians.
“I believe we’ll start to hear from them once we start to have our public hearings that this is not adequate,” she said. “It’s moving backward.”
Nathanson and her Senate colleague Richard Devlin said they drew up their plan without proposing any new revenue sources. They said those conversations are ongoing and a bipartisan agreement on tax increases is far from a sure thing.

Lawmakers release proposal with big cuts
Associated Press
Nathanson and Devlin attributed the budget gap to a “structural deficit” created by ballot measures voters passed in the 1990s to reduce property taxes. Voters also passed three ballot measures in November that didn’t include new funding but will cost an estimated $357 million over the next two years, according to Legislative Fiscal Officer Ken Rocco.

Devlin and Nathanson suggested the state cannot fully fund those ballot measures, because doing so would force deeper cuts to other programs. That philosophy is similar to Gov. Kate Brown’s budget proposal, which particularly upset supporters of the ballot measure to boost services for veterans.

Government plan for Klamath wildlife refuges violates law, conservation groups say
The Oregonian
Three conservation groups filed a lawsuit in federal court Tuesday alleging a management plan for five wildlife refuges in Southern Oregon and Northern California doesn’t do enough to restore and protect key habitat for tens of thousands of migrating waterfowl.

‘Blockades, mazes and rabbit holes’ for public records at Oregon environmental agency
Oregonian
Transparency is a mess at the agency responsible for policing Oregon’s air and water pollution, a new Portland State University study has found.

After interviewing more than 50 people inside and outside the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, researchers at the university’s Center for Public Service concluded that the agency lags behind its peers and falls short on public disclosure.

Rift exposed over ODOT oversight
Beaverton Valley Times
State Rep. Rich Vial has just been elected to the Legislature, but this issue may fall directly into his lap even before the first day of the session. Vial — a Republican whose District 26 includes Sherwood, Tigard and parts of Hillsboro — has been named vice-chairman of the House Committee on Transportation Policy. “We must continue to work for efficiency and transparency in all our functions of government, and certainly our transportation planning and operations are no exception,” said Vial after seeing Baney’s letter. “Effective leadership is critical in carrying out this important objective, and having as many voices heard as possible in the process will insure our best results.”

Sen. Hansell hopes to end ‘game of chicken’ with Real ID bill
East Oregonian
Oregon’s deadline for complying with the federal Real ID Act is ticking down, and state Sen. Bill Hansell of Athena has proposed a bill to beat that clock. “This is one of my major bills,” the Republican and former Umatilla County commissioner said. “We can’t just keep kicking this can down the road, and we can’t ignore it.”

Oregon’s national monument fight is far from over
The Oregonian
Friday’s inauguration of President Donald Trump ends the rash of national monument designations made under Obama, swiftly shifting the issue to new – potentially untested – grounds.

HEALTH CARE

Oregon faces obstacles expanding health insurance to all residents, study finds
Medical Press
Creating a Medicare-like public health insurance option for residents of Oregon may be the easiest system to extend health coverage to more people in the state, but other proposals such as single-payer plan or a system to provide limited private insurance to all residents would eventually cover more people, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

EDUCATION & HIGHER EDUCATION

University presidents say budget could decimate Oregon’s higher ed
Portland Business Journal
“The impacts of these large tuition increases and reduction in services have taken their toll on Oregonians. Retention rates, and at many universities graduation rates, are down or stagnant and many students can no longer piece together a financial aid package of grants, loans, and work sufficient to fund a college education. Too many Oregonians are at risk of taking on college debt but not earning a degree.”

Oregon Education Officials Offer Relief To Snow-Battered Schools
Oregon Public Broadcasting
Oregon education officials may relax instructional time requirements for school districts that have lost class time to snow and ice. Proposed rules would allow districts to count 14 hours of weather-related cancellations as “instructional time.” That’s similar to what Oregon used to allow, before phasing out allowances for time lost to weather emergencies.

JOBS AND ECONOMY

Minimum wage increase impacts onion-growing areas
Onion Business
A minimum wage increase affecting 21 states nationwide will, to varying degrees, impact several onion-growing regions in the United States this year and in coming seasons.

Portland region’s economy fueled by tax dollars
Portland Tribune
Seven out of 10 of the region’s largest employers are either government agencies or health care systems. Health care also is funded largely by government.

MARIJUANA

Drug testing bill filed in Salem
Bend Bulletin
A bill meant to prevent employers from using off-the-clock marijuana use as a cause to fire or refuse to hire someone is on the growing list of proposed legislation awaiting lawmakers in Salem.  Backers of Senate Bill 301 say it would override state Supreme Court decisions that say employers need not accommodate workers’ off-the-job use of marijuana, legal for all adults since July 2015. Others give slim odds of SB 301 passing when the Legislature convenes Feb. 1.

The Supreme Court’s Next Gun Battle
The New York Times
It will be late February at the earliest before the justices announce whether they will hear the case, Peruta v. California, filed on behalf of five California gun owners and a gun-rights organization by Paul D. Clement, a solicitor general during the George W. Bush administration who since then has taken on a number of high-visibility conservative causes. The mere fact that the appeal is pending is bound to play a role during the confirmation hearings for the next Supreme Court nominee; during the campaign, President-elect Donald J. Trump called on “Second Amendment people” to vote for him as a bloc to prevent a President Hillary Clinton from being able to fill the Supreme Court vacancy with a justice opposed to gun interests.

OPINION

Editorial: Don’t let anyone pull a Whitsett
Bend Bulletin Editorial Board
Oregon House Bill 2429 is a tribute to Doug and Gail Whitsett. But it’s not for the work the married Republicans did to represent their districts in Eastern Oregon. It’s for the way the Whitsetts effectively picked their successors.

Editorial: A flatter jobs cycle?
Register Guard Editorial
The key is to pursue economic diversity — not just by encouraging the emergence of new employment sectors, but by diversifying within existing sectors, including high technology, wood products and agriculture. This is already happening. It’s possible that Oregon’s economy has become diverse enough to somewhat cushion the next downturn — and it’s certain that encouraging continued progress toward the emergence of such an economy should be a central goal of public policy.

Opinion: 21,000 reasons to give rent-stabilization policies a chance
Kayse Jama, executive director of Unite Oregon. Rev. Joseph Santos-Lyons, executive director of APANO.
It’s no secret that communities across Oregon are experiencing severe housing shortages and extreme rent increases. Last year, over 21,000 kids in Oregon’s school districts experienced homelessness. That means 21,000 kids worried about where they and their parents would sleep at night, rather than focusing on school. This year, Oregon legislators will have an opportunity to lift the statewide prohibition on rent stabilization, a step that would help keep families in their homes and set children up for success.

POST ELECTION ANALYSIS

We hear a cacophony of blaring and bleating from the media and the Hillary gaggle that she won the popular vote and therefore she should be president, 60,839,497 to 60,265,847.  47.8% to 47.3% with the remaining 4.9% going to the other candidates.
But here are the facts:

Trump won the popular vote in 31 states to her 19 and DC.
62% to her 38%.
Trump led in the total popular vote for all states except California.
Hillary won California 5,860,714 to Trump’s 3,151,821.
That’s 61.6% to 33.1% exclusive of the other candidates.
Thus California gave Hillary the popular vote for all states as claimed by the Democrats and their media stooges.
But deduct her California vote from her national vote leaving her with 54,978,783, and deduct Trump’s California vote from his national total, leaving him with 57,113.976, he wins in a landslide in the other 49 states, 51.3% to her 48.7%.

So, in effect, Hillary was elected president of California and Trump was elected president of the rest of the country by a substantial margin.

This exemplifies the wisdom of the Electoral College, to prevent the vote of any one populace state from overriding the vote of the others.

Trump’s Campaign Manager, Kellyanne Conway, whose expertise is polling, saw this early on and devised her strategy of:
“6 pathways to the White House”.

This meant ignoring California with its huge Democrat majority and going after the states  that would give him the necessary electoral votes to win, FL, NC, MI, PA, OH, and WI.
Could this mean the end of the Democrat Party ?
When the afternoon of January 20, 2017 arrives, the Republican Party will have :
1)  The Presidency.
2)  A majority of the House of Representatives.
3)  A majority of the Senate.
4)  Almost two-thirds of all the governorships.
5)  Total control of the statehouses in almost two-thirds of all the states.
6)  And in the near future, Republicans will be able to add :
A majority of the Supreme Court.

The above has NEVER happened before in American history.
Think about that and let it sink in for a moment…
And it’s all because of one reason :
Barack Obama’s forcing his extreme far-left agenda on an unwilling country by executive orders, left wing judges, and obsequious bureaucrats.

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STATE GOVERNMENT

Gov. Kate Brown Declares State Of Emergency
OPB
“As snow continues to accumulate and local authorities respond to provide core services and clear roadways, all available state resources will be made available to ensure the safety of communities throughout Oregon,” Brown said in the release.

The declaration allows the deployment of Oregon State Police and the Oregon National Guard to support to communities needing assistance.

Gov. Kate Brown declares state of emergency in Oregon due to snow
Oregonian
Gov. Kate Brown has declared a state of emergency in Oregon due to severe winter storm conditions. Rep. Mike McLane, R-Powell Butte, whose legislative district includes Juniper Acres, said he has been in close contact with state and county officials to monitor the situation. McLane urged residents to exercise caution and look out for friends and neighbors.

“With more snow in the forecast and freezing temperatures expected to continue, Oregonians should not hesitate to contact emergency personnel if they or someone they know is in distress,” McLane said.

Rep. Cliff Bentz and Sen. Ted Ferrioli, R-John Day, on Wednesday requested that the governor send resources to the county, where parts of Interstate 84 and Highway 20 are closed due to bad weather. Bentz said in a press release that Brown has ordered her staff to coordinate with local authorities and the office of Idaho Gov. Butch Otter.

Explosives considered for removing dangerous ice floe in far-eastern Oregon
Oregonian
Officials in Oregon’s far-east Malheur County are asking the National Guard to consider using explosives to blast away a mile-long ice floe blocking parts of the Snake River, according to an emergency proclamation obtained by The Oregonian/OregonLive. That kind of operation has never been done by the Oregon National Guard before, said Cory Grogan, spokesman for the state Office of Emergency Management.

“If we get a flood event we’re in real trouble,” said Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario. “This is not a joke. This is bad.”

Crook County emergency request granted by the state — for a price
Bend Bulletin
State officials rejected Crook County’s emergency request for money and manpower to help dig stranded people out of snowed-in rural neighborhoods after concluding Wednesday that the county hadn’t used all of its resources. But the state did offer help for an estimated $55 an hour, plus equipment costs.

Port of Portland Director Bill Wyatt to Retire, Presenting Gov. Kate Brown with a Dilemma
Willamette Week
Wyatt’s departure raises a couple of intriguing questions. First, there’s his own future. Oregon’s two statewide business organizations, Associated Oregon Industries and the Oregon Business Association, have agreed to merge and will be looking for an executive director who can increase their combined effectiveness. Wyatt has long been mentioned as a potential candidate. Second, his departure presents a dilemma and a test for Gov. Kate Brown. The governor appoints the nine-member port commission, which then hires the executive director. Brown’s dilemma is this: Does she steer the job to Robinhold, Wyatt’s deputy, or does she put in her own person?

Critic Suggest Legislators Take Action to Avoid Conflicts of Interest
The Lund Report
Legislators can avoid future conflicts of interest that led to the recent resignations of Kristin Leonard and Abby Tibbs, according to a vocal critic. Les Ruark is encouraging Sen. Richard Devlin and Rep. Nancy Nathanson — two prominent Democrats who co-chair the Ways and Means Committee — to pursue a budget note that controls how state agencies can use loaned executives.

Hundreds expected at rally against Trump’s immigration proposals
Portland Tribune
A pro-immigrant rally set for Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Oregon Capitol could draw several hundred demonstrators opposed to President-elect Donald Trump’s positions on immigration.
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader and several state lawmakers are scheduled to participate in the rally from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the steps of the Capitol.

Gomberg takes oath of office; small business, housing priorities
Tillamook Headlight Herald
This session will be dominated by large issues like the budget, funding improvements to our roads and bridges, and helping our struggling education system,” said Gomberg. He added he will also be on concerns that directly affect this part of Oregon. “I’ve prepared almost a dozen bills to cut red-tape and provide support for our small businesses,” he said. “And I’m already working to reverse planned cuts to Oregon Project Independence, a program that keeps seniors safe and secure in their own homes. I’m fighting to preserve the funding increase Oregon voters committed to Veterans through Measure 96. And I’m working on plans to create more affordable housing.”

Rescue dogs, border collies nominated for Oregon state dog
Statesman Journal
“The beauty of this resolution is it covers all breeds,” he said. “More importantly, it represents the community’s commitment to working with rescue animals and giving them forever homes.” Gomberg worked with the Oregon Humane Society and the Humane Society of the United States in the past and readily agreed to sponsor the resolution. But most convincing of all were the two rescued Samoyed dogs and four rescued cats that greet him every day at home, he added.

Bedrooms for burrowing owls
High Country News
After the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declined to run the refuge, the Columbia Development Authority, a consortium of public and private business organizations, offered to take over. It also proposed a much larger solar farm — 2,000 acres that could generate $1 million worth of electricity annually. “We want to find a balance to protect habitat and economic development,” says Oregon State Rep. Greg Smith, executive director of the authority.

OREGONIANS IN CONGRESS

Bonamici reintroduces tsunami bill
Daily Astorian
The legislation would strengthen tsunami detection and warning systems, improve response and resiliency and better protect communities vulnerable to a tsunami.

“Many Oregonians, including students from Seaside High School in coastal Oregon, have told me that there won’t be enough time to make it to safety when there’s a tsunami,” Bonamici, D-Oregon, said in a release. “I applaud Seaside residents for passing a bond recently to rebuild schools on higher ground to reduce the dangers of tsunami, and state and local governments are working hard to prepare and educate the public. But the federal government can do more to help keep coastal communities safe through improved warning systems. This bill is one part of the solution. Preparing for tsunami is a life-or-death matter for residents of coastal Oregon and other coastal communities.”

HOUSING

Eviction Wars
Portland Mercury
And no-cause eviction policy is why a political, lobbying, and public relations battle is brewing at the capitol, with landlord groups warning their members that “powerful,” “radical,” and “confrontational” tenant groups “have the ear” of politicians like House Speaker Tina Kotek and Gov. Kate Brown (Kotek has introduced bills that so-called “radical” groups like Portland Tenants Unitedsupport). It’s also why tenant groups are so concerned that landlords are consolidating and raising money to “buy off” other politicians so they can keep raking in profits from poor and middle-class renters.

Inclusionary housing policy has skeptics
Portland Tribune
Although every state but Texas has long allowed local inclusionary housing or zoning policies, some developers said Portland’s policy is much broader than those in other cities, which have exemptions intended to accommodate different kinds of projects at various locations.

MARIJUANA

Medical pot grows denied
Mail Tribune
Pot growers are crying foul because Jackson County so far is refusing to grandfather in existing medical marijuana grows on rural-residential land.
A spring 2016 change to state law made medical marijuana grows illegal on rural-residential land in the county. Recreational marijuana grows were already illegal on the land zoned for country living.

JOBS AND ECONOMY

State’s largest orchard sells to Washington fruit grower
East Oregonian
Earl Brown & Sons, Oregon’s largest grower and packer of fresh apples, has sold to another family-owned fruit enterprise in Wenatchee, Washington. Brown said the transition with Foreman Fruit has been smooth, and will ensure that Earl Brown & Sons has the resources to stay competitive. “You have to be a certain size anymore to compete with all the regulations that come down on smaller companies,” he said.

NATIONAL NEWS

How BuzzFeed crossed the line in publishing salacious ‘dossier’ on Trump
The Washington Post
Where does transparency meet irresponsibility? Right at the line that BuzzFeed’s editor Ben Smith approached Tuesday and decided to step over in the name of serving citizens’ best interests.With caveats and explanations aplenty, Smith published a 35-page “dossier” — actually just a bunch of scurrilous allegations dressed up as an intelligence report meant to damage Donald Trump.

U.S. Senate approves measure launching Obamacare repeal process
Reuters
The U.S. Senate on Thursday took a first concrete step toward dismantling Obamacare, voting to instruct key committees to draft legislation repealing President Barack Obama’s signature health insurance program. The resolution, passed in the early hours of Thursday in a 51-48 vote, now goes to the House of Representatives, which is expected to vote on it this week. Scrapping Obamacare is a top priority for Republican President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican majorities in both chambers.

OPINION

Editorial: It’s time for public records reform
Daily Astorian Editorial Board
Following Kitzhaber’s resignation, there was a welter of requests for communications that occurred behind the wall of the governor’s suite. Our newspaper group made requests regarding the gestation of the gillnet decision. The essence of why access to public records matter is this: Citizens pay for this government and it’s not the property of those who come and go in its leadership.

Editorial: Gov. Kate Brown and Legislature neglect PERS
Bend Bulletin Editorial Board
Brown did mention PERS in her speech. “We must address the ongoing PERS liability in a way that keeps our promises to retirees and does not put us back on an endless hamster wheel of litigation,” she said. The only solution she offered, though, was a hope the state could get better returns on state investments by doing more of the work by state employees. The plan might save the state $1 billion over 20 years, if all goes well. It’s a big if.

Editorial: On pay raises for Oregon legislators
East Oregonian Editorial Board
We understand where Knopp and Buehler are coming from; the timing of this particular raise, as small as it is, is unfortunate at best. But there’s a larger issue here: Considering what we ask from them and the complexity of the issues that they must grapple with, you can make a strong case that we don’t pay our legislators nearly enough — especially if we want to attract younger legislators who must also juggle families and other jobs. This probably isn’t the session to address this issue. But that doesn’t mean the problem is going away.

Editorial: Poor fixes for affordable housing problem
Bend Bulletin Editorial Board
The affordable housing crunch exists pretty much statewide. Yet a statewide problem does not necessarily need a statewide solution, no matter what Democrats in Salem seem to think. From the governor on down, they’ve proposed a series of so-called fixes to the housing crunch that would, in fact, serve only to make it worse.

Editorial: Some advice for lawmakers as the 2017 session draws closer
Beaverton Valley Times
We can make this another year in which we debate gutting social services or education, or we can make this a year in which we try to stop the bleeding and boost revenue. We urge the latter path.