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ORP Daily News Briefing – 7.8.2009

Dear Chair:

We are in the news and on the air with our message to the Governor to let
the tax repeal signature gathering to begin.  Pass along the word to other
Oregonians -- tell them to call the Governor's office and get the word out!

Onward!

Greg Leo
ORP Communications

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Starting today, as Oregonians are still reeling from the massive tax increases passed by the Democratic-controlled Legislature, the Oregon Republican Party is airing a new radio ad encouraging concerned citizens to call Governor Kulongoski and demand that he sign the income and business tax increase bills and allow the referendum process to begin.

By delaying signing these bills into law, Governor Kulongoski is reducing the time that citizens have to gather the necessary signatures to refer these bills to the ballot.  Under the Oregon Constitution, citizens have 90 days from the time the Legislature adjourns to gather signatures to refer measures to the ballot.  However, if Governor Kulongoski continues to delay and not sign the bills, Oregonians could be left with as few as 50 days to gather the signatures.

“This issue is too important to allow the Governor to play politics with the system and make a mockery of our referendum process.  Governor Kulongoski has already said that he will ‘campaign aggressively’ in the campaign on these tax increases and he owes it to the people of Oregon to allow them the chance to do the same,” said Oregon Republican Party Chairman Bob Tiernan.

The script of the ad is below:

OREGON REPUBLICAN PARTY RADIO AD:

DO THE RIGHT THING GOVERNOR…SIGN THE BILLS!

Sign the bills Governor and give the people their rights! … This is Oregon, NOT Honduras!

First the Democrats raise your taxes by two billion dollars and now the Governor is trying to PREVENT you from voting on two of the most important tax bills passed by the 2009 Oregon Legislature…the “JOB KILLING” income and business tax increases.

The Oregon Constitution guarantees the people the RIGHT to collect signatures and refer bills passed by the legislature…especially bills like these job killing tax increases that will hurt all Oregonians.

However, the Governor is intentionally delaying the signature collection process by not signing the bills…making it very difficult to collect the necessary signatures in the required 90 day period.

Call the Governor NOW…at 503-378-3111…and tell him: Governor – Stop trying to take away our right to vote!  Sign the bills and let the people VOTE!

Paid for by the Oregon Republican Party.

You can listen to the ad at:  www.orgop.org

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