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The most important distinction is that a Republic is a system of laws that guarantee, in our case, the “inalienable rights” set forth in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. As a Republic these laws protect the rights of the minority even if the majority disagree. In other words, no mob rule allowed. It is important to understand this principle so it can be applied and protected.
There are 10 minimum wage bills that will be up for hearings and public testimony on Monday, April 13th.
They are 6 Senate bills (SB 610, SB 327, SB 130, SB 332, SB 597, SB 682) that will be heard in the Senate Workforce Committee 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. This will be invited testimony only.
Summary of minimum wage bills: 7 of the bills raise minimum wage from a low of $10.75/hr by 2016 to a high of $15.00/hr by 2018. 3 of the bills repeal the current state pre-emption statute regarding minimum wage and would grant statutory authority to local governments to set minimum wage.
These bills hurt those people they are intended to help the most and are well intentioned bad policy. Many young people and others with special challenges have a very difficult time getting into the job market already. Here is a reminder why by the great Milton Friedman. It should be obvious to lawmakers that we need more job opportunities, not less, unfortunately, SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE.
The evening of Monday, April 13th will be a joint House & Senate Committee public hearing – probably 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. This is the time to arrive in person and provide your testimony.
IF YOU CANNOT APPEAR IN PERSON PLEASE PROVIDE WRITTEN TESTIMONY SHARING HOW AN INCREASE IN MINIMUM WAGE WILL AFFECT YOU AND YOUR EMPLOYEES. SEND YOUR WRITTEN TESTIMONY TO EACH COMMITTEE MEMBER OR TO THE COMMITTEE ADMINISTRATOR REQUESTING YOUR TESTIMONY BE DISTRIBUTED TO EACH COMMITTEE MEMBER.
SENATE WORKFORCE COMMITTEE MEMBERS & CONTACT:
|Chair||Senator Michael Dembrow|
|Member||Senator Sara Gelser|
|Member||Senator Tim Knopp|
|Member||Senate Democratic Leader Diane Rosenbaum|
|Vice-Chair||Senator Kim Thatcher|
|Committee Administrator||Matthew Germer||503-986-1509|
|Committee Assistant||Carrie Ward||503-986-1510|
HOUSE BUSINESS & LABOR COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND CONTACT:
|Member||Representative Greg Barreto|
|Vice-Chair||Representative Brent Barton|
|Member||Representative Margaret Doherty|
|Member||Representative Sal Esquivel|
|Member||Representative Paul Evans|
|Member||Representative Shemia Fagan|
|Member||Representative Dallas Heard|
|Chair||Representative Paul Holvey|
|Vice-Chair||Representative Bill Kennemer|
|Member||Representative Rob Nosse|
|Member||Representative Jim Weidner|
|Committee Administrator||Jan Nordlund||503-986-1557|
|Committee Assistant||Matthew Puckett||503-986-1520|
It’s too painful to watch the current State of the Union address but here are 112 broken promises from past SOTU’s. No one should feel guilty about passing on Obama’s SOTU speech. The president’s track record provides ample justification for not listening to anything he says.
Al Gore, 2007: “Some of the models suggest that there is a 75 percent chance that the entire north polar ice cap during some of the summer months will be completely ice-free within the next five to seven years,” [Dec. 10, 2007 “Earth has a fever” speech]
Observed results: At day 360 in 2014, Polar Ice Cap Increased 43 Percent, setting a record
Finally, Dr Roy Spencer…
STEP 1: THROW BUMS OUT
Obama did set a record. It will be his legacy. He helped the Democrat party sustain the most midterm election defeats for a president over two terms: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/12/07/Obama-Sets-Record-As-Two-Term-President-With-Most-Midterm-Losses-For-Party
The most recent defeat for the Democrats cements the historic GOP gains in the US House and the US Senate: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/12/06/Mary-Landrieu-Defeat-GOP-Makes-Historic-Gains-in-House-and-Senate
Half of the senators who voted for Obama care are no longer in the US Senate: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/article/2555721
STEP 2: REPEAL OBAMACARE
Now even Senator Dirty Harry is blaming Obama care for historic Democrat losses in the recent congressional election: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/12/10/Harry-Reid-Blames-Obamacare-for-Midterm-Losses-We-Never-Recovered
Who was Liberal economist Jonathan Gruber talking about…really? Oh, yeah…that would be the Democrats who voted for Obama care: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/barbara-hollingsworth/rep-gohmert-gop-chill-out-gruber-wasnt-talking-about-us
Most Americans still want Obama care repealed: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2014/12/11/poll-58-percent-want-obamacare-repealed-n1930484
STEP 3: STOP ILLEGAL AMNESTY
The majority of Americans oppose both the policy and procedure of the Obama amnesty: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/conncarroll/2014/12/11/yet-another-poll-shows-americans-oppose-both-the-policy-and-procedure-of-obamas-amensty-n1930600
Seven more states join the lawsuit against the Obama amnesty executive order: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/conncarroll/2014/12/10/seven-more-states-join-suit-against-obamas-amnesty-bringing-total-to-24-n1930029
The Obama amnesty is just another leftist power play: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/sarahjeanseman/2014/12/08/americans-lean-in-favor-of-nixing-obama-immigration-plan-n1928982
STEP 4: BALANCE THE BUDGET
Obama sets another record. Some economic recovery! 46 million people have been on food stamps for 36 months in a row: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/12/09/Unbroken-46-Million-on-Food-Stamps-for-36-Months-In-a-Row
It doesn’t matter how high your income is…if you spend more than you make. Our elected officials miss an historic opportunity to balance the budget as the federal government rakes in a record amount of tax revenue: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/404155000000-taxes-set-record-first-2-months-fy15-deficit-still-179b
The Tea-Party reacts to the Obama-Boehner omnibus passage with defiance: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/12/11/Tea-Party-Reacts-to-CR-Omnibus-Budget-Bill-Passage-With-Defiance-Vows-to-Remember-Yes-Votes-in-2016
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The President is preparing to do exactly what he said he would never do. Are we surprised anymore?
As former Senate Majority leader, Harry Reid refused to allow the Senate to vote on more than 300 bills that had passed the House of Representatives–all the while blaming “gridlock” on the Republicans.
[A safe approach is to automatically vote of NO on all ballot measures unless a very compelling case for YES can be made. When in doubt, vote NO. – Jay]
|86||Education||Amends Oregon Constitution to create fund for Oregonians pursuing post-secondary education; authorizes debt to finance||No||Better left to private sector; another unfunded government program|
|87||Judiciary||Allows judges to be hired by the National Guard and public universities; allows school employees to serve in the legislature||-||No financial impact; non-controversial|
|88||Immigration||Upholds four-year driver licenses for those who cannot prove legal presence in the United States||No||Encourages illegal immigration; does not improve road safety|
|89||Civil Rights||Guarantees equal rights regardless of sex||-||Oregon already has constitutional protection for all persons|
|90||Elections||Creates an open, top-two primary election system||No||Reduces voter choice; reduces voter participation; eliminates minor parties|
|91||Marijuana||Legalizes recreational marijuana; tasks Oregon Liquor Control Commission with regulation of its sale||No||Legitimizes dangerous drug use; costs more than revenue generated|
|92||Business Regulation||Mandates labeling of certain foodstuffs that contain genetically modified organisms||No||Costly to Oregon growers; does not provide useful information to consumers|
Based on his consistent and proven voting record on Second Amendment issues in the U.S. House of Representatives, Representative Walden has earned an “A” rating from NRA-PVF for this election. An “A” rating is reserved for a solidly pro-gun legislator who has supported NRA positions on key votes.
Representative Walden is a cosponsor of H.R. 2959, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2013. This bill would ensure that law-abiding Americans with a valid concealed handgun permit would be able to carry their concealed firearm in any other state that does not prohibit concealed carry. He voted for a similar bill in 2011.
Representative Walden voted for H.R. 3590, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act of 2013, a bill that would positively impact sportsmen throughout Oregon and the country. Specifically, the SHARE Act would protect traditional hunting ammunition and fishing tackle, open additional land access for hunting and fishing, and allow firearms to be legally carried on land managed by the Army Corps of Engineers.
In addition, Representative Walden voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress on both criminal and civil charges for the flawed and tragic Fast and Furious scandal.
Furthermore, Greg Walden opposes the Obama-Bloomberg agenda of banning guns, ammunition, magazines, and creating a so-called “universal” background check system that would criminalize the private transfer of firearms between life-long friends and many family members.
That’s why it’s important for you and every freedom-loving voter in Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District to vote for Greg Walden for U.S. House of Representatives on or before Tuesday, November 4th!
For more information on voting, please call (503) 986-1518 or click here.
PS: Don’t forget to vote Monica Wehby for U.S. Senate!