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Oregon Is Sitting On $3.3 Billion In Bad Debt

Statesman Journal

Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, said the Legislature must find a way to prod the agency into better performance. “This cannot drift longer,” she said during a recent meeting of the joint committee that oversees the department’s budget. “What’s systemically wrong here? Something is not right.” Gov. Kate Brown said she’s counting on Revenue to do “the best possible job” to collect the $3.3 billion in delinquent debt that the state carries on its books.




Oregon Senators Demand to Know Why FEMA Denied Federal Funds to Help With Snowstorm Damages

Willamette Week

Last week, FEMA rejected Brown’s request for a federal disaster declaration, meaning that Oregon lawmakers and residents weren’t able to seek federal aid to recover from the more than $17 million in damages from January’s severe winter weather, which, according to the letter, come from damaged power lines, landslides, mudslides, agricultural losses, an increased need for emergency services, as well an enormous economic blow. In a letter sent to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today, Oregon senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) join Rep. Greg Walden (R- Ore.) in pushing the agency for more transparency when it comes to granting federal disaster declarations.




Straight Talk with OR. State Rep Mike McLane and Barbara Smith Warner Part 1


Straight Talk with Oregon State Representatives Mike McLane and Barbara Smith Warner about the state’s budget deficit.




Clackamas County sees rise in homeless count

Portland Tribune

Although the county and community groups have stepped up efforts to reach people in need of shelter and services, “this should be a call to action for everyone in our community,” says Brenda Durbin, the county’s director of social services.  Oregon City Commissioner Nancy Ide was among those who took part in the actual count. “Homeless people are not statistics,” she said. “They are people like you and me, with lives and families, children and backgrounds and futures. They want to receive and give love. They have fears and feelings — and most just want to be acknowledged.”9




Editorial: A few small steps

Register Guard

Rosenblum’s bill, SB 481, is like the punchline to a number of bad jokes about lawyers: a good first step. It would require public agencies to acknowledge a public records request within five business days and produce the records or deny the request within 10. But it includes what looks like a very large loophole. The bill allows agencies to ignore the 10-day deadline if “compliance would be impracticable” for various reasons. Another bill, House Bill 2455, would have put some teeth in public records reform by limiting how much agencies could charge for records — a significant stumbling block for many — and by fining agencies that didn’t cough up the records. Sadly, HB 2455, which was introduced by Reps. Julie Parrish, R-West Linn, and Mike Nearman, R-Independence, appears to be deader than a doornail. Oregon is inching toward transparency when it come to opening public records to the public. But it’s not there yet.


Editorial: Richardson’s wild pitch on records

Albany Democrat-Herald

The public records advocate will require as much independence as possible. Having that position report to just one state official could turn out to be a significant impediment to that independence. For that reason alone, Richardson’s proposal is seriously flawed. The Legislature needs to move ahead with Brown’s Senate Bill 106. Richardson also proposed using the secretary of state’s office to expand education about how the public records law works. That expansion would be welcome, and that’s where Richardson should focus his efforts, instead of hobbling the state’s nascent efforts to create an independent public records advocate.


Editorial:Foot Bridge on the Deschutes Rep Whisnant Correct in Bringing to Forefront

Cascade Business News

Representative Whisnant did the right thing in bringing this to the public forefront — previously few people in Central Oregon had heard about the bridge proposal. Although it was passed unanimously by the House, now that there has been public testimony on both sides of the issue, will it even make it out of committee?


Guests column: Tell lawmakers your thoughts on new health bill

Rick Tietz is an emergency room doctor at St. Charles. He lives in Bend

If you’re worried about the details, don’t be: Neither the representatives who voted for this bill nor our president concern themselves with these things. Yes, the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association and AARP are all against this health care bill. After all, these groups composed of doctors, hospitals and seniors know much less about health care than our wise legislators. If you, like the majority of Americans, are concerned, then let your representatives know what you think. I certainly will.




Michael Flynn To Take The 5th, Refuses To Turn Over Documents To Senate Panel

Oregon Public Broadcasting

“We will be responding to the Senate Intelligence committee today,” a source close to Flynn tells NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly. “We expect to say the General will not providing the requested documents. He is entitled to decline under the 5th Amendment.”


Michael Flynn to invoke 5th Amendment, AP source says

The Associated Press

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will invoke his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination as he notifies a Senate panel that he won’t hand over documents in the probe into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.



Socialist Dieting

From Benjamin Franklin

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.


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)


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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)

January 20, 2017 Daily Clips

House Republican Office
January 20, 2017 Daily Clips


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.


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
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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Another Huge Obama Failure

Donald Trump will never be President?

This is why I never watch network television or listen to celebrities on serious issues. This video is fun to watch though.

President Trump Cabinet Picks

  • Chief of Staff: Reince Priebus 
  • Senior Counselor to the President: Steve Bannon
  • National Security Adviser: Michael Flynn
  • Attorney General: Jeff Sessions
  • C.I.A. Director: Mike Pompeo
  • U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations: Nikki Haley
  • Education Secretary: Betsy DeVos
  • Deputy National Security Adviser: Kathleen McFarland
  • White House Counsel: Don McGhan
  • Health and Human Services Secretary: Tom Price
  • Transportation Secretary: Elaine Chao
  • Treasury Secretary: Steven Mnuchin
  • Defense Secretary: James Mattis
  • Commerce Secretary: Wilbur Ross
  • Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: Ben Carson
  • Homeland Security Secretary: John F. Kelly
  • Labor Secretary: Andy Puzder
  • Environmental Protection Agency: Scott Pruitt
  • Small Business Administration: Linda McMahon
  • Energy Secretary: Rick Perry
  • Secretary of State: Rex Tillerson
  • Interior Secretary: Ryan Zinke
  • Agriculture Secretary: TBD [Butch Otter, Sid Miller, Sam Brownback, Dave Heineman]
  • Veterans Affairs Secretary: TBD [Jeff Miller, Pete Hegseth]

From ALP

Hooray!  Dr. Ben Carson joins the TRUMP cabinet:


We are going to put Mexico on a payment plan:


Laughing at Liberals:


The Republican circular firing squad is now the Democrat circular firing squad:


Clueless! Words of wisdom from the new Democrat Minority Leader – ‘I DON’T THINK THAT PEOPLE WANT A NEW DIRECTION’:


Congressional Democrats devastated:


Go get him TRUMP! The new California Attorney General is itching for a fight:


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Jeff Sessions: Attorney General

What a great pick he is. Here is Senator Sessions in his famous The Masters Of The Universe address to the Senate

Quotes of the Day

Trump’s remarkable victory is their victory. It is a victory for democracy, for the common men and women of America.

The factory workers, the veterans, the cops, the kitchen help, people who plow the fields, make the trains run, pick up the trash and keep the country together and keep it moving — they are all now winners. As one, these cogs of our daily life rose up in a peaceful revolution, their only weapons the ballot box and their faith in the future. Michael Goodwin


Barack Obama has been a disaster for the Democratic Party. When he took office in 2009, Democrats had large majorities in the House and Senate, 29 governorships, and 27 state legislatures. Now it has neither chamber, and only 18 governorships and 12 state legislatures. There was a Republican landslide for the Kentucky state senate, where the GOP took a majority for the first time in 91 years. Steven Hayward

Tensions Building Up in Europe

.. but don’t expect our news media to report on important issues right now. They don’t care.


And 8 years later…


Clinton documentary at the Granada

Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party is now playing at the Granada 3 Theatre in La Grande this Saturday


Watch the trailer here:


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Weapons Ban


Hillary Promises to Raise Taxes on the Middle Class

Terror Attacks




Yes, George W Bush Kept Us Safe

imageLiberals are desperate to deny it, but facts are facts. After 911 we went 2,688 days on his watch without another attack on our soil. Now we’re lucky to go a month or two without an attack. I really miss President Bush. Read the whole thing.





A Sign of Citizenship, by Kevin D Williams

The bearing of arms is a sign of citizenship, which is to say, of being a full participant in government who acts through it, as opposed to subjectship, the state of being a passive being who does not act through government but who is acted upon. In that sense, it is like the ability to vote or to be eligible for service in government. Frederick Douglass understood this linkage perfectly, inasmuch as these ideas were much better understood in those more literate days. “A man’s rights rest in three boxes,” he said. “The ballot box, jury box, and the cartridge box. Let no man be kept from the ballot box because of his color. Let no woman be kept from the ballot box because of her sex.” The militias contemplated by the Second Amendment were armed citizen volunteers who could act to use the force of arms to keep the peace in an emergency; they are entitled to act in the peacekeeping role generally reserved for the state because, being the citizens of a republic, they are the state, the very seat of its sovereignty.

Read the whole thing…

Past vs Present – Why ordinary Americans feel out of touch with today’s politician/kings

harry-s-truman-retirementHarry & Bess

Harry Truman was a different kind of President. He probably made as many, or more important decisions regarding our nation’s history as any of the other 42 Presidents preceding him. However, a measure of his greatness may rest on what he did after he left the White House.

The only asset he had when he died was the house he lived in, which was in Independence Missouri. His wife had inherited the house from her mother and father and other than their years in the White House, they lived their entire lives there.

When he retired from office in 1952 his income was a U.S. Army pension reported to have been $13,507.72 a year. Congress, noting that he was paying for his stamps and personally licking them, granted him an ‘allowance’ and, later, a retroactive pension of $25,000 per year.

After President Eisenhower was inaugurated, Harry and Bess drove home to Missouri by themselves. There was no Secret Service following them.

When offered corporate positions at large salaries, he declined, stating, “You don’t want me. You want the office of the President, and that doesn’t belong to me. It belongs to the American people and it’s not for sale.”

Even later, on May 6, 1971, when Congress was preparing to award him the Medal of Honor on his 87th birthday, he refused to accept it, writing, “I don’t consider that I have done anything which should be the reason for any award, Congressional or otherwise.”

As president he paid for all of his own travel expenses and food.

Modern politicians have found a new level of success in cashing in on the Presidency, resulting in untold wealth. Today, many in Congress also have found a way to become quite wealthy while enjoying the fruits of their offices. Political offices are now for sale.

Good old Harry Truman was correct when he observed, “My choices in life were either to be a piano player in a whore house or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference!

I say dig him up and clone him!