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ORP: THE OREGON REPUBLICAN: February 19

The Oregon Republican
Friday, February 19th 2010

Chairman Tiernan: Why You Should Become a PCP

How can you make a difference? Have you considered becoming a Precinct Committee Person in your Precinct?  PCPs are the lifeblood of the Republican Party.  They’re the grassroots organizers who have the power to rebuild the party from the ground up, and to shape its policies and help determine which candidates are nominated.

You should become a PCP if:
•    If you want to have the power to truly influence the direction of your party
•    If you want to have a say in which candidates are nominated
•    If you’re tired of standing by complaining while the liberals run your state – and your country

PCPs elect the leaders of your local Republican Central Committees. PCPs also elect the delegates who go to the state and national Republican conventions where they establish the Party platform and select our presidential nominees. By becoming a PCP, you can help ensure that those delegates reflect your values and principles.

In addition to selecting party leaders and delegates, PCPs get directly involved in election campaigns, fundraisers, and other events, recruiting and organizing volunteers. If you have good organizational, motivational, interpersonal, or management skills, becoming a PCP is a great way to leverage your skills in service of your principles and ideals. (If you don’t already have these skills, becoming a PCP is a good way to develop them.)

PCPs also participate in voter registration drives, and are the face of the Republican Party in their precincts. Becoming a PCP is a wonderful way to get to know you neighbors and expand your circle of acquaintances. If you’ve ever considered running for office, becoming a PCP is a great way to get your foot in the door.

Click Here
to learn more about the responsibilities and opportunities of becoming a PCP in your precinct, and Click Here to download the form, and submit it to your County Clerk’s office by March 9th.

Don’t just sit on the sidelines this year – get involved!


CPAC brings Conservatives together
Friday February 19, 2010

The American Conservative Union three-day annual convention, CPAC 2010, started yesterday at the Mariott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.  This event brings together Conservatives from across the country. A constellation of conservative leaders are lined up for this year’s conference, including Mitt Romney, Scott Brown, Marco Rubio and Andrew Breitbart.

Click Here for more information including the CPAC agenda and breaking news contact
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Democrats play election-year politics with public safety
House Republicans Join Crime Victims, Law Enforcement in Calling for Repeal of 2009 Earned Time Law
Tuesday February 16, 2010

SALEM — House Republicans today joined Oregon’s crime victims and members of the law enforcement community in calling for the repeal of a 2009 law that has allowed violent criminals to seek- and in many cases win- early release from prison. They opposed the Democrats’ effort (SB 1007) to suspend these early releases until after the November elections have passed.

“The Legislature can’t ‘fix’ the damage that has been done to crime victims by the expansion of the earned time law,” said Rep. Andy Olson (R-Albany). “Suspending this expansion for the campaign season, rather than repealing this flawed policy, is yet another insult to these victims. It is also an insult to Oregon’s law enforcement community that has worked hard to put these criminals behind bars.”

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Senator Ted Ferrioli responds to annual session bill
From Senate Republican Office
Tuesday February 16, 2010

Salem, OR – Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) issued the following statement after the passage of SJR 41 in the Senate Rules Committee Monday morning:

“If the last two special sessions have been ‘trial runs’ for annual sessions, they have failed the test for the following reasons:

– Prohibition of minority reports in the House of Representatives in the first ‘trial run’
– Moved significant pieces of legislation without public hearings in both ‘trial runs’
– Limited public input by going to one hour hearing notices in week two of ‘trial run’
– Formed ‘work groups’ which excluded interested parties such as legislators serving in the minority
– Will limit not just time but the number of issues legislators will take up in the special session
– Institutionalizing a “hurry up” mentality, increasing the probability of unintended consequences
– Concentrating power not in the assembly, but in the majority party rulers
– Done nothing to increase transparency, accountability and inclusion

In summary, annual sessions appear to be nothing more than an opportunity to do great evil more often.”

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‘THE STRAW THAT BROKE THE CAMEL’S BACK’

(Click image, or click here to view video.)

During the February session, House Democrats have argued that Oregon is a great place to do business despite the passage of Measures 66 and 67. Rep. Scott Bruun (R-West Linn) and Rep. Kim Thatcher (R-Keizer) today examined the Democrats’ arguments, and shared more news about the state’s struggling economy. In this video, Rep. Bruun says that businesses are staying out of Oregon because it has the worst tax structure in the nation. Rep. Thatcher argues that lowering the cost of doing business is the best way to create jobs for Oregonians.

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Novel concept for new program accountability
By Capital Watch

Thursday February 18, 2010

Salem, OR – Senate Bill 1065, heard in the Senate Rules Committee Thursday morning, would create a new level of performance monitoring in government programs and agencies by simply forcing a six year sunset on every new program, tax or fee. The legislature would then be required to review the effectiveness of the program, tax or fee every six years before renewing the sunset.

“Without sunsets, it is easy for a bad program to exist for eternity, lost in the dust and cobwebs of government’s corners,” said Senator Jackie Winters (R-Salem), sponsor of the bill. “We need a way that ensures every program is being reviewed and examined on a regular basis, so inefficient programs can get the axe instead of quietly continuing to waste taxpayer dollars.”

Click Here to read more from The Oregon Catalyst


ORP Opinion Poll

According to our previous poll, close to 80% of responants agree that Balancing the budget with existing funds and getting out of Salem ASAP should be the top priority of the ‘Special Session’ of the Oregon legislature.

Check out this week’s ORP Poll:


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Tell us how Measures 66 & 67 have negatively impacted you or your business or employer

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Voters deserve to hear about the real stories of economic hardship and loss
caused by the tax and spend policies in Salem – in the middle of a severe recession.

If you or someone you know is being impacted, this is a story that needs to be told.

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