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Will Gov. Brown’s Plans For A Sale Of State Assets Reap Big Dollars For Oregon?

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Gov. Kate Brown has an ambitious plan to raise $5 billion by selling off a wide range of public assets, from surplus property to possibly even some state agencies. This kind of thing has been happening in the U.S. for a long time where the current politicians decide they need cash now and figure out how to get it,” said Robert Barone, a Reno-based economist and investment fund adviser who has written on the topic. “But then it’s mortgaging the future because the building they sold to the private sector now requires that the taxpayers through taxes pay the private sector for rents in that building.”




Oregon took months to fix lead problems at juvenile prisons

The Oregonian

Full-scale testing of youth prisons in February and March came nearly six months after the state finished lead inspections on 40 other buildings where state employees lived or worked, including the governor’s mansion and the Oregon Capitol. A spokesman for the Oregon Youth Authority blamed unforeseen contracting problems for testing delays. “We have tried to be very conscientious and focus on the health of our youth and staff,” Benjamin Chambers said. “We didn’t want it to take this long.”




Mother’s death on a rafting trip inspires ‘helmet bill’ in Oregon


Senate Bill 643 is her answer. The bill would require any outfitter and guide to offer helmets to passengers on waters rated Class III or above. Rapids are ranked on a class scale of 1 to 6, with 6 being the most challenging. Zach Collier already offers helmets to his passengers, but he says it wouldn’t make sense to force them to wear one. “Sometimes it’s unsafe. If it’s super warm, it can create heat injuries.”




Portland voters to decide on $790 million spending package to fix school lead

Associated Press

The $790 million spending package that would raise taxes to address the crisis has generated intense interest in an otherwise sleepy election as residents revisit lingering questions about how administrators in the 49,000-student district handled the discovery of lead levels that surpassed federal standards in the water at dozens of schools.


Prineville passes on resolution to welcome everyone, citizen or not

Bend Bulletin

A request that Prineville city councilors declare the city open to anyone, regardless of immigration status or gender identity, raised doubts last week about whether a majority of Prineville residents would approve. “We know our community pretty well, and we know there are some people here — I bet at least 60 percent of our citizens — who would say that if people want to come to the U.S., then they should take the route of legal entry, not illegal entry,” Roppe said. “We’re here to represent the majority of our citizens.”




In Trump era, record numbers of Oregonians running for office

The Oregonian

“There is incredibly heightened interest among the populace in how our government functions at the federal level,” he said. That may well have spurred Oregonians to act locally, he said.




Editorial: Tackling opioids

Register Guard

If the state task force Brown is forming is serious about dealing with this epidemic, there are worse places look than Lane County, where a number of physicians and health care organizations have been looking at ways to reduce opioid abuse and better treat pain. These range from alternative treatments such as weight loss, exercise and meditation on up to creation of chronic pain centers offering a multi-pronged approach for the most complex cases. The interest now being shown by state and federal officials is encouraging news. If they follow through with their commitments, the result will be better pain management, reduced drug abuse and healthier communities.


Guest: Simplified tax can mend broken system

Nancy Nathanson and Phil Barnhart, both Eugene Democrats, represent District 13 and District 11, respectively, in the Oregon House of Representatives.

We think there’s a different way we can approach this. Along with House Speaker Tina Kotek, we’ve presented a bold yet prudent proposal that will finally allow us to make significant, strategic investments in our schools. Under this proposal, we could fund kindergarten-through-12th-grade schools at a level that would allow school districts to finally add back school days, reduce class sizes, and add back programs that improve graduation rates. The proposal calls for $200 million in strategic initiatives, like teacher mentoring, hiring school nurses, improving graduation rates and supporting better school nutrition. We can build workforce and career training programs that prepare students to work in emerging industries.

We can make the promise of an affordable college education real again, and we can build the kind of future for our state that we all want.


Guest: Oregon desperately needs revenue reform

Tass Morrison serves on the North Santiam School Board and the Oregon School Boards Association Board.

Our state elected officials face no greater issue today than finding a sustainable system for paying for government services. Indeed, it is the only work that counts now.   I urge them, and anyone who cares about our children’s future, to bring the issue of revenue reform into focus – immediately. We need to couple that work with containing costs on PERS and health care, and chart a course for the foreseeable future that provides today’s generation with the same educational opportunities that we enjoyed in our youth.



A Message from Bill Courier, ORP

Good evening,

Wow, we are getting national attention with our GOTV effort and seem to have really struck a nerve with the Democrat Party.  I wanted to update each of you on the ongoing media hype regarding our GOTV calls and inactive voter surge.  On Friday and throughout the weekend a series of automated calls were made to thousands of Republicans who were already registered but have been placed on the inactive list by the Secretary of State.

The voice message was simple and direct: ““Voter registration records have been reviewed in your county and there is a possibility that you or someone in your household may have had their voter registration marked inactive. If you have not received your ballot yet, this may be the reason. The Oregon Republican Party wants you to be able to vote in next Tuesday’s election. In the 2010 election, Republican Chris Dudley lost his race for governor by just over 1 percent. Last May, another Republican race ended in a tie vote, and was literally decided by a dice roll. Don’t let our state’s future be determined by a roll of the dice. You may be the deciding vote. Contact your county elections office immediately. By going directly to the elections office, you can reactivate your registration, pick up your ballot, and vote on the spot.”  (Some early calls used a slightly different script)

Incredibly, Secretary of State Jean Atkins has tried to spin this as voter suppression, with the liberal media echoing her false narrative.  But Oregon voters know better!  They are thanking the ORP for alerting them of their status and providing information on how to get their ballots to vote!

Our plan is working and people are engaging.  County elections clerks are reporting a burst in phone calls and increase in ballot pickups as a result of being notified that they were on the inactive voters list.  These calls never told callers their vote wouldn’t count or that they were not registered.  This was a complete fabrication on the part of the Secretary of State and the Democrat Party. 

We need your help.  If any of you recorded the KOIN 6 news broadcast where the Secretary of State asked people to “just ignore the calls” please let me know.  That IS voter suppression and it needs to be addressed.  Kevin Hoar and I were watching when the video was pulled down and the narrative was changed.   It really is important to get a copy of the original video if anyone has it recorded.

Today is a very exciting day for Oregon Republicans!  We have great candidates for our statewide offices, our federal offices, House seats, Senate seats, county commissioners, mayors, city councilor, and on down the ballot.   Many have worked very hard on the Defeat97 campaign.  The ORP has sent out over 200,000 mail pieces for candidates, thus saving them thousands of dollars.

Each and every one of you has had a part in our successes and we can’t thank you enough.  The time has come to start turning this state around and we couldn’t do it without your support. 

If you want to read the articles regarding the overreaching and inflammatory rhetoric about our GOTV automated call, please click on these links:

We’re on our way!

Winning Oregon Together,

Bill Currier, Chairman

Oregon Republican Party

Top-Two Primary Executive Committee Statement


Protect Oregon Driver Licenses Referendum


There is one ballot measure in November that will really bring out Republican voters.  Protect Oregon Driver Licenses (PODL) was successful in gathering over 77,000 signatures on their citizens veto referendum to overturn the bill which required the DMV to issue driver cards to illegal aliens.   We need to urge voters to vote NO on this measure in November.

PODL would like to mail every Republican County Party information packed brochures and other materials for their members to pass out at local events this summer.  The Oregon Republican Party has endorsed the referendum to overturn the driver card bill and the Republican Party platform has a plank in opposition to giving Oregon driver cards to illegal aliens.

Two of the Chief Petitioners and endorsers of the referendum are Representative Sal Esquivel (R- Medford) and Representative Kim Thatcher (R-Keizer).  Also, Senator Tim Knopp and Senator Jeff Kruse have endorsed the referendum campaign.  The Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association (Sheriffs of Oregon PAC) has also given their endorsement to the referendum campaign.  The ORP platform is clear on illegal immigration.  Needless to say, voters who turn out for this measure are likely to vote for Republicans up and down the ticket.

If you would like materials such as buttons, pencils, informational brochures about the referendum, etc. to distribute at your events this summer, or if you would like PODL volunteers to help staff your booth, please contact Cynthia Kendoll at [email protected] or by phone at (503) 581-6485 and Protect Oregon Driver Licenses will send them out to you.

If you would like to invite a speaker to attend one of your meetings to talk about the referendum, what’s happening on the border or any other immigration related topic please contact Cynthia!

Thank you so very much!


Mike Nearman

Chair, Polk County Republican Party

Non-Partisan Commissioner Forum -TONIGHT

 Non-Partisan Commissioner Forum -TONIGHT

The forum to be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday
at Stella Mayfield Auditorium at
Elgin Elementary School.
One topic of discussion is the ballot initiative to make county commissioner positions nonpartisan. 

We need to have both views presented.
Those behind the the ballot measure have been invited so WE ARE INVITING YOU!

Did you know that in the event of a mid-term vacancy of a commissioner with non-partisan system, the decision for a replacement is made by the other two commissioners or even the Governor should there be two resignations.

Why would I want to risk losing local control of our elections?

Please attend if you can!

Call if you have any questions.  541-910-4352
Doug Osburn- Union County Chair

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Our mailing address is:


62819 Lower Cove Rd

Cove, OR 97824




Rebuild America Tour- Oct 29th- Riverside Park

I am so excited for La Grande to host the “Rebuild America Tour” on
Monday, October 29th @ 12:30pm! Please join us!

La Grande’s “Rebuild America – Defeat Obama” rally – is part of a
5-week “Rebuild America – Defeat Obama” tour, that will travel all
across this great nation holding rallies and running TV ads in the
most critical swing states in this election. Their campaign
will take place in states that account for 294 Electoral Votes, more
than enough for the Romney-Ryan ticket to win! They have
speakers and patriotic singers for an uplifting, hand clapping at
times, 🙂 love of our country, Patriotic Event. It’s like 4th of July
at every rally!

Please join us as we unite together to honor this great nation,
celebrating the conservative values America was founded upon!

The details on the date/time/location of our rally are as follows:

Monday, October 29th @ 12:30PM – 1:30PM
Riverside Park Pavilion
3501 Spruce Street
La Grande, OR

Two important things to bring:

1) A picture no larger than 3.5″ x 5″ of something you built; They’ll
collect these photos from people all across America on the tour, then
construct them in to a giant sign at the end of the tour and post
across from Obama’s campaign headquarters in a statement that says,
“Yes we DID build it!” (Making sure all the media is there when they
unveil it!)

2) An American flag or homemade sign or Romney/Ryan sign!

You can learn more about the “Rebuild America – Defeat Obama” Tour at
their website:

And also at their Facebook Event page for the “Rebuild America –
Defeat Obama” Tour:
If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact
And look forward to seeing you along with other great patriots very


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You are receiving this because you are an active Republican and you love your country!
Our mailing address is:

Union County Republican Central Committee

62819 Lower Cove Rd

Cove, OR 97824

Oregon GOP Makes Recommendations

Make a Difference With Freedom Phones


Want to make a difference in the state and national discourse
but are unsure how?

Have we got a couple of opportunities for you.

National Freedom Phones!

Americans for Prosperity has launched a grassroots effort to identify hundreds of thousands of citizens across this country on where they stand on the issues and promote the values of limited government and free enterprise.  It is truly a grassroots effort that takes the commitment from volunteers at a local level.  The program is designed to give economic freedom loving individuals the opportunity to make a difference and put our country back on a course to limited government and free markets.

AFP is looking for volunteers to commit to being a part of our grassroots program and help us put our nation back on a path to economic freedom and limited government. This grassroots effort relies on the hard work of our team and volunteers across America.

Will you be one of them?  Contact Karla Kay Edwards at 503.537.8108 in Oregon to participate.

Help support Measure 84 end the Oregon Death Tax on social media!

We need to spread the word about the “Yes on 84” campaign to End the Oregon Death (Estate) Tax. Studies have found that the best form of advertisement is word of mouth – or in this case word of social media. Please go to and like the page, then go to (EndORDeathTax) on Twitter and follow them.

These 2 quick, easy actions will allow a huge amount of people to learn more about the Oregon Death Tax being an unfair, double tax, and the harmful effects it has on Oregon families, businesses and farms. The “Yes on 84” campaign is also going to be using focused advertisements on these sites. Please visit the two sites above to help eliminate the Oregon Death Tax and don’t forget to vote “Yes on 84” on November 6, 2012.


Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. AFP educates and engages citizens to support restraining state and federal government growth and returning government to its constitutional limits. AFP is more than 2 million activists strong, with activists in all 50 states. AFP has 34 state chapters and affiliates.  For more information, visit

AFP: Help Repeal the Oregon Death Tax


Take action now!

Help us eliminate the Oregon death tax by clicking here then print, sign and mail in the petition today! To all of you that have already signed a petition, thank you! The Oregon death tax is very harmful to family-owned businesses, farms, ranches, and our economic freedom.

You can link to to read about the issue. At this website, you can also follow the links to download the single-page, single-signature petition, which you can sign and place in the mail.  All you need is your signature and a stamp. Please forward this email to your family and friends and encourage them to share this email, as well as go to the website to sign the petition.

Karla Kay Edwards
Oregon State Director
Americans for Prosperity


Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. AFP educates and engages citizens to support restraining state and federal government growth and returning government to its constitutional limits. AFP is more than 1.9 million activists strong, with activists in all 50 states. AFP has 35 state chapters and affiliates. More than 85,000 Americans in all 50 states have made a financial contribution to AFP or AFP Foundation. Americans for Prosperity does not support or oppose candidates for public office.
For more information, visit

AFP: End Death Taxes in Oregon Now!


We all know that the Oregon estate tax is harmful to the Oregon economy and property owners including ranchers, farmers, and family owned businesses.

Since 2001, 29 states have repealed their death taxes. Even California no longer has a death tax. Oregon voters will support ending this tax because they recognize it is an unfair double tax. It is especially burdensome because it is imposed right after a family member has died – a time when families are facing tremendous difficulty.

We have the opportunity to repeal the Oregon death tax by citizen initiative. You can download your e-petition at Just click “download the petition”, print the petition, sign it, and mail it in.

The Death Tax Phase-Out Initiative would phase out the existing Oregon estate tax, reducing the tax in 25% increments over the course of three years. As of January 1, 2016, the tax is zero.

In addition, the initiative forbids any new tax on any property transfer among living family members. It also phases out the capital gains tax on property sales within a family.

I encourage your support with this initiative. Volunteer petition circulation packets are also available. If you would like to circulate petitions, or contribute to the cause, please send an email to [email protected].

Thank you for your help with this important initiative.


Karla Kay Edwards
Oregon State Director
Americans for Prosperity


Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. AFP educates and engages citizens to support restraining state and federal government growth and returning government to its constitutional limits. AFP is more than 1.9 million activists strong, with activists in all 50 states. AFP has 35 state chapters and affiliates. More than 85,000 Americans in all 50 states have made a financial contribution to AFP or AFP Foundation. Americans for Prosperity does not support or oppose candidates for public office.
For more information, visit


The Oregon Republican
Friday, January 29th


The Oregon Republican Party would like to thank everyone for their time, passion and dedication in our fight against these permanent job-killing taxes.  Although we did not succeed in defeating these tax measures, it was a fight worth fighting. We fought on behalf of hundreds of thousands of Oregonians who believe we can’t tax our way out of a recession and in the need to limit out-of-control government spending.

Now, more than ever, we need a change of direction in Salem and Washington, D.C.  Please join us in staying energized for the 2010 election cycle which promises to be successful for the Republican Party!

We look forward to working with you in 2010 to elect Republicans across Oregon!

In Our View: C’mon Over!
Oregon voters deliver two more reasons for businesses to move to Clark County
Thursday January 28, 2010

Whatever government revenue might be generated by the passage of Measures 66 and 67 in Oregon on Tuesday, make no mistake that one result is simple and straightforward. It has allowed those who make decisions with taxpayer dollars to skate. Rather than solving the problem of paying too much out to everything — including salaries and benefits to Oregon state workers — legislators simply asked for, and received, more.

We hope Washington state is not next, but we suspect that all states — including ours — are in the reaching-deeper-into-our-pockets mood instead of getting their expenses under control.

Continue Reading “C’on Over!” in the Vancouver Columbian

Taxpayer Ambush in Oregon
The public unions win in Portland

Editorial Board
Thursday January 28, 2010

It’s not often that citizens vote for higher taxes, but 54% of Oregonians have done precisely that. In a rolling month-long referendum by mail that ended Tuesday, they approved some $700 million in tax hikes on business and wealthy residents. The highest income tax rate in the state moves to 11% from 9%, which will give Oregon close to the highest rate in the nation. (New York City residents pay 12.6%.) This ballot outcome runs contrary to the current public mood about spending and taxes, so it’s worth exploring how it happened.

First, a deluge of money. Local and national public employee unions bankrolled the “yes” campaign, with a $6.5 million blitz in TV and radio ads. That was $2 million more than the business community and taxpayer advocates raised. The cash helped the tax increase roll up a 71% margin in the liberal precincts in and around Portland, even as it lost in most of the rest of the state.The union message was also as clever as it was disingenuous: All of these taxes will be paid by someone else, such as Wall Street bankers, out-of-state credit card companies, CEOs. Only the richest 2.5% will pay a little more in taxes, the unions also claimed.

Continue reading “Taxpayer Ambush in Oregon” and other articles on the ORP website

House Republicans offer agenda for Special Session
Focus on jobs, health care, government accountability in February

Wednesday January 27, 2010

SALEM—House Republicans will introduce legislation in February to put Oregonians back to work, make health care more affordable, and increase accountability in state government. House Republican Leader Bruce Hanna (R-Roseburg) said the Legislature must refocus on the state’s struggling economy after a divisive special election. “The referenda and special election show that many Oregonians are frustrated with the state’s direction,” Rep. Hanna said. “With the Legislature convening on Monday, it’s time for us to focus on what matters most- putting Oregonians back to work.”

To create jobs, House Republicans will re-introduce the Main Street Incentive plan to encourage businesses and homeowners to immediately invest in their properties through a tax credit. Other measures include providing a job creation tax credit to businesses that create new jobs, and helping small businesses retain employees by allowing them to defer state taxes until the economy improves.

Continue reading “House Republicans offer agenda for Special Session” on The Oregon Catalyst