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Daily Clips

 

HOUSE REPUBLICAN OFFICE

MAY 15, 2017 DAILY CLIPS

STATE GOVERNMENT & POLICY

 

BUDGET

 

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.”

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

 

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.”

 

HELMET BILL

 

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

KATU

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.”

 

LOCAL NEWS

 

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.”

 

OTHER STORIES

 

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.

 

OPINION

 

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.

 

 

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HOUSE REPUBLICAN OFFICE

MAY 10, 2017 DAILY CLIPS

STATE GOVERNMENT & POLICY

 

TRANSPORTATION

 

Transportation plan calls for $1.1B to reduce Portland-area traffic

The Oregonian

But Republicans warn that the myriad tax increases included in the plan will not be popular among voters, and say an overhaul of the low-carbon fuel standard is critical in gaining GOP support for the plan.

 

Because it includes tax hikes, the proposal will need a three-fifths approval in both chambers of the statehouse. That means Democrats will need to get at least two Republicans on their side. The last transportation package passed in 2009, funded partially by increased gas taxes. A proposal failed in 2015 when a bid to trade Oregon’s new clean fuels law for new carbon cuts fell apart at the end of session. This proposal is about 20 times larger than 2015’s.

 

TAXES

 

OPB Think Out Loud: Rep. Bentz Talks Taxes

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Democratic lawmakers have a plan to change the way businesses are taxed in Oregon. They say they need bold action to provide money for schools. Republicans say this is the return of Measure 97 —  another attempt at a sales tax. Yesterday, we got the Democratic perspective from Sen. Mark Hass, D-Beaverton. Today, we hear a response from Republican Rep. Cliff Bentz of Ontario.

 

Commissioner Chloe Eudaly and Portland Advocates Prepare to Launch a Climate-Change Tax on Corporations

Willamette Week

The key debate in the Oregon Legislature this year is whether to impose a tax on businesses, months after voters rejected a similar idea at the ballot box. But WW has learned that state lawmakers aren’t the only ones who want to hike business taxes.In Portland, City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly has joined forces with environmental and social-justice advocates on a potential 2018 ballot measure: a 1 percent city tax on the local gross receipts of businesses with national sales over $1 billion, if those businesses do at least $500,000 in annual sales in the city of Portland.

 

Ryan Deckert, a former Democratic lawmaker and now the president of the Oregon Business Association, expressed concern. “That just makes zero sense,” Deckert says. “This would be a total sideshow to a really important conversation that’s happening in the Capitol right now.”

 

Businesses outside Oregon would be taxed under commercial activity tax proposal

Portland Tribune

A proposed statewide tax on businesses’ sales would for the first time bring in revenue from out-of-state companies that sell goods in Oregon but have no physical address here, according to the Legislative Revenue Office. The .95 percent rate would apply to businesses with Oregon sales exceeding $5 million.

 

PRISONS & PUBLIC SAFETY

 

The Feds Persuaded Oregon to Scrap Its Exploitive Prison Phone Contract—Until the State Decided It Needed the Money

Willamette Week

The Department of Corrections budget is nearly $900 million a year, so the loss of the phone contract would be a relatively small hit. But it’s significant for the inmate welfare fund, which gets nearly 70 percent of its funding from phone commissions. The first draft of Gov. Kate Brown’s budget, released late last year, originally proposed to shift general fund dollars to replace about half the phone commissions. But Craig says that’s no longer in the works. Instead, state officials decided to extend the Telmate contract, which was set to expire June 30, 2017. Craig says her agency was preparing to put the contract out for bid in early March when responsibility for the contract shifted to the Department of Administrative Services.

 

Inmate who died in jail tried to get help 19 times over five hours

The Oregonian

For more than five hours, a Yamhill County Jail inmate writhed in pain on his mattress, clutched his side, walked 19 times to the door to press an intercom button for help and urinated blood in the toilet inside his cell, but no one came to help Jed Hawk Myers, according to jail records, video and police investigative reports.

 

ELLIOTT STATE FOREST

 

State Land Board votes 3-0 to keep Elliott State Forest publicly owned

Register Guard

Following the vote, Brown directed the ­Department of State Lands to come up with a plan for preserving public ownership of the Elliott while separating it from the school fund, either through land transfer or other options. Previously, Brown has called for spending $100 million in bonds to remove some of the forest from the school fund. She added that the plan must continue ­habitat conservation.

 

Oregon State Land Board: Elliott State Forest to stay public

The Associated Press

Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, another board member, said he regretted the sale didn’t go through in February but recognized the forest would inevitably stay in public hands even if he voted against it. He apologized to Lone Rock and to Michael Rondeau, chief executive officer of the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians. Brown told Rondeau tribes could still have a role in managing forests. The Department of State Lands was directed to “continue working with sovereign tribal governments to explore ownership or additional forest management opportunities.”

 

It’s unanimous: Elliott State Forest will remain publicly owned

The Oregonian

Under Brown’s proposal, decisions about the rest of the land would be entrusted to what’s called a habitat conservation plan, a blueprint that would dictate where logging could occur and where habitat for threatened species like the marbled murrelet and northern spotted owl would be protected. It would need federal approval, something that federal agencies withheld the last time Oregon tried to draft such a plan for the Elliott. Liz Dent, a state department of forestry official, said the expected timber harvest under Brown’s plan would be about 20 million board feet each year – roughly half as much as the state’s aggressive 2011 plan that led to the situation today.

 

EDUCATION & HIGHER EDUCATION

 

State may hold off on spending spree for college buildings

Statesman Journal

A graph of the growing debt so impressed House Speaker Tina Kotek, she warned school officials that rapid increases can’t continue. The proposed projects are nice, she said, but “we end up paying a long-term debt that I don’t think we can afford,” she said. The lawmakers also wanted to see that the colleges and universities are taking care of the buildings they’ve got. Rep. John Huffman, R-The Dalles, said that session after session the deferred maintenance on college campuses have mounted — and yet the state keeps adding new construction. “I know that new buildings sparkle and glitter, but, at some point, I want to make sure we’re getting control of our deferred maintenance,” he said.

 

OTHER STORIES

 

Senate takes up Deschutes bridge ban

Bend Bulletin

Sen. Tim Knopp, R-Bend, said the bridge just south of the city limits in the Deschutes National Forest would have to be built without condemnation of private property and only after an environmental impact study is done to ensure no negative impact. A bill currently before the Senate would ban bridges in the that location. “I will support a bridge on Forest Service property,” Knopp said. “I will likely seek an amendment to the bill to do that.”

 

Oregon may allow drivers to choose nonbinary, rather than male or female, for licenses

The Oregonian

Officials will host a public hearing on the proposed change Wednesday in Portland. If approved, Oregonians could change their licenses and identification cards beginning this summer. Instead of “F” or “M,” their licenses would display “X” under sex. “Some people don’t identify as male or female,” said Amy Herzfeld-Copple, the co-executive director of Basic Rights Oregon. “We’re excited by the DMV proposal because it’s an important step in recognizing what we already know to be true. Gender is a spectrum.”

 

LOCAL/REGIONAL NEWS

 

With a Week to Go Before Election Day, Portland Public Schools Can’t Stop Hitting Itself

Willamette Week

The School Board is asking voters to trust the district’s ability to execute a risky, complex, multiyear construction program. Officials handled a previous bond effectively, but poor management decisions about personnel and policy, and a continuing aversion to transparency, threaten to undermine voters’ confidence.

 

Tunnel collapses at Hanford nuclear waste site in Washington state

Washington Post

Hundreds of workers at the Department of Energy’s Hanford nuclear site in Washington state had to “take cover” Tuesday morning after the collapse of 20-foot-long portion of a tunnel used to store contaminated radioactive materials. The Energy Department said it activated its emergency operations protocol after reports of a “cave-in” at the 200 East Area in Hanford, a sprawling complex about 200 miles from Seattle where the government has been working to clean up radioactive materials left over from the country’s nuclear weapons program.

 

OPINION

 

Editorial: A big transportation plan

Register Guard

Taken together, the committee’s recommendations would raise an additional $1 billion a year by the time they were fully phased in, allowing a substantial increase in the $2 billion a year the state, cities and counties currently spend on transportation. According to a 2014 study by the Portland Business Alliance, a failure to relieve congestion on Oregon highways will cost the average Oregon household $788 a year by 2040 due to higher prices and lost competitiveness related to transportation delays. There will be arguments over many details of the committee’s plan. There should be little debate, however, over the need for a response on the scale the committee has proposed.

 

Editorial: Some good and bad in state transportation plan

Bend Bulletin

Perhaps the worst proposal in the package is for a new statewide payroll tax for public transportation. It would be one-tenth of 1 percent, so a person making $50,000 a year would pay about $50 a year. Not every community in Oregon has a public transit system. It’s not at all fair to tax all Oregonians to pay for something they may not have. If a local community has a system, the voters there should decide for themselves how much they want to tax themselves to pay for it.

 

Guest: Oregon’s transportation crossroads: Creating options for the future

John D. Miller of Salem is president of the Salem-based Wildwood/Mahonia family of companies.

How we power our vehicles also needs to change. Transportation is the biggest source of climate pollution in Oregon. Alternative fuels, like the biodiesel produced right here in Salem from used cooking oil and waste grease, and electric cars and buses, are key to reducing that pollution. This conversion to clean fuels also creates jobs. For example, building electric vehicle infrastructure supports local electricians and other contractors. Lawmakers have a historic opportunity before them: To fund a modern transportation system that will provide tangible benefits for today’s communities while creating an environmentally sustainable system for generations to come.

 

Guest: Reducing Oregon’s diesel emissions should be a priority

Alan Sprott is the Vice President of Environmental Affairs for Vigor, which operates shipyards and manufacturing facilities throughout Oregon, Washington, and Alaska.    

Oregon now has an opportunity to begin implementing DEQ’s strategy to reduce diesel soot. Senate Bill 1008 would create a program to phase out or retrofit older diesel engines for cleaner engines used on roads, create an inventory of off-road diesel equipment, and create a fund from public improvement projects to repower or retrofit diesel powered equipment. The program also uses money from the Volkswagen Diesel Settlement to provide grants for reducing diesel emissions. These steps hit the core of DEQ’s strategy to reduce emissions by accelerating the replacement of older engines, and providing financial support for clean diesel projects.

 

OREGONIANS IN CONGRESS

 

Wyden renews call for special prosecutor after Comey firing

Portland Tribune

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden said Tuesday that it was “outrageous” for President Donald Trump to fire FBI Director James Comey in the middle of an investigation into Russian links with people close to the president. “At this point, no one in Trump’s chain of command can be trusted to carry out an impartial investigation,” Wyden said in a statement, adding, “The president would do well to remember that in America, the truth always comes out.”

 

Kate Brown Tries To Rewrite History

Wilsonville, OR – After years of highly public struggles with Obamacare, failed Oregon governor Kate Brown is trying to rewrite history regarding the state’s problems with the failed healthcare law as it heads for potential repeal in Congress.

In an interview on MSNBC, Brown praised the failed law, calling it “cost-effective.” But it appears Kate Brown hasn’t paid much attention to the headlines on Obamacare in Oregon for the last few years. Last July, Oregon’s Health Exchange Co-Op, known as Cover Oregon, was forced to close due to poor finances following catastrophic technical and service failures, producing embarrassing national headlines:

The Washington Examiner reported:

“Oregon’s insurance regulator closed the co-op late Friday due to poor finances, meaning that 15 of the original 23 co-ops have collapsed. The closures have cost taxpayers more than $1.5 billion in startup and solvency loans.

Oregon’s Health CO-OP was put in receivership on Friday and regulators gave its 20,600 policyholders until the end of the month to find a new plan…

The co-op lost $18.4 million last year, mostly because of high claims from policyholders.

What also didn’t help was Obamacare’s risk-adjustment program, which transfers funds from insurers with healthy enrollees to insurers with the sickest claims.”

Oregon’s Obamacare implosion was even the subject of an investigation by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which released a report detailing the systemic issues with Oregon’s Obamacare system:

“In letters to Attorneys General Lynch and Rosenblum, Chairman Chaffetz wrote, ‘The documents and testimony show Oregon State officials misused $305 million of federal funds and improperly coordinated with former Governor John Kitzhaber’s campaign advisers. Official decisions were made primarily for political purposes. Cover Oregon was established as an independent organization by the legislature, and was not intended to be a wholly controlled subsidiary of the Governor’s political apparatus. Evidence obtained by the Committee shows, however, close coordination between Governor Kitzhaber, his official staff, his campaign advisers, and the supposedly independent Cover Oregon. The evidence we have uncovered implicates violations of state laws that restrict political activity by public employees.’”

U.S. News reported:

“Here, in brief, is what the committee found:

State law clearly established Cover Oregon as an independent entity. The governor and his political advisers’ involvement in Cover Oregon was inconsistent with Oregon law.
Campaign funds were used to assist the governor in his official capacity while handling Cover Oregon.
Cover Oregon became closely tied with all campaign activities, from polling to meetings.
The governor’s political operatives – none had technological experience – micromanaged many of the decisions that needed to be made regarding Cover Oregon.
Junking Cover Oregon and moving to HealthCare.gov was viewed as a way to “let the steam out of so much of the attacks.
“The Cover Oregon board was told the cost of moving to HealthCare.gov was $4-6 million. A slide showing moving the Medicaid system would cost $36 million was deleted.
After the governor complained about the “free independent expenditure campaign” his political opponent was receiving because of Cover Oregon, his political advisers drafted letters asking the attorney general to sue. The letter was sent days later.
In sum, the committee says, “Cover Oregon failed for two main reasons: The state acted as their own system integrator (like HealthCare.gov), and the state tried to revamp its entire healthcare system, not just build an exchange.”

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“Now, Kate Brown has her staff engaging in political activity while no one is working to get to the bottom of what happened to the $305 million Cover Oregon funds that were lost,” stated Chair Currier. “These funds would come in very handy right now as Brown claims to be doing everything she can to close the sizable $1.8 billion deficit.”

“As Kate Brown continues to bury her head in the sand with regards to Oregon’s disastrous results with its Obamacare experiment, Oregonians learned firsthand just how calamitous it proved for their healthcare,” noted Currier. “If Kate Brown is unwilling to accept the reality that millions of Oregonians face with the disastrous Democrat healthcare law, she has no business serving another term as governor in 2018.”

Link to Online Posting:

https://oregon.gop/oregon-dem-gov-kate-brown-rewrites-obamacare-history-2017-05-09

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HOUSE REPUBLICAN OFFICE

MAY 7, 2017 DAILY CLIPS

STATE GOVERNMENT & POLICY

 

Happening at the Capitol this week: business taxes, marionberry pie

Statesman Journal

The Oregon Legislature is slowly getting to the meat of budget matters this week with approval of some minor agency budgets by the Joint Ways and Means Committee and a third public meeting of the Joint Tax Reform Committee — while a flurry of odds-and-ends bills move through House and Senate chambers.

 

HOUSING

 

Rent control on the table in Legislature amid housing crunch

Register Guard

Landlords around the state told lawmakers that the momentum of the new bill has made them nervous. Some of the landlords said they have held off on making new property purchases, waiting first to see if rent control becomes a reality. Neighborhood Partner­ships­, a Portland-based nonprofit organization, is among the groups fighting for legislation allowing rent control in Ore­gon. “What we are hearing from all around the state is that tenants are experiencing these unbelievably large rent increases and it is pushing them out of the homes that they live in,” Neighborhood Partnerships­ Deputy Director Alison McIntosh said. “They’re basically being economically evicted from the homes that they’ve had, and that doesn’t help us create healthy, stable communities.”

 

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES

 

Clyde Saiki will step out as state human services director

Portland Tribune

Clyde Saiki says he is retiring after two tumultuous years as director of the Department of Human Services, which has the largest agency workforce, and a total of 30 years in state government. “In his three decades of service to the State of Oregon, Clyde has demonstrated exemplary leadership at every agency,” Brown said in a statement. “I would like to thank him for his contributions to DHS and for his continued leadership through the summer to ensure a smooth transition when Fariborz takes the helm on Sept. 1.”

 

DHS director Clyde Saiki will retire; governor names his replacement

The Oregonian

Oregon political leaders said Saiki, 60, has made a positive impact during his short time leading the the department. Rep. Duane Stark, R-Grants Pass, who sits on the House Human Services Committee, said he appreciates Saiki’s work to put the department back on track. “It’s far from being where it needs to be, but I’m personally sad to see him go,” Stark said. “He’ll be greatly missed.”

HEALTH CARE

 

Greenlick Fights to Defend CCO Reforms in House Rules Committee

The Lund Report

The House Health Chairman now hopes to pass a compromise arrangement brokered by House Speaker Tina Kotek that would allow the Oregon Health Authority to set the rules to protect the state’s Medicaid reserves from Wall Street poaching and make sure those tax dollars are spent on community health.

 

OTHER STORIES

 

Patti Smith’s life defined by adventure, assisting others

Mountain Outlook

While she was working, Patti continued to be heavily involved in the community. She was a member of the Columbia Grange, and served four terms in the Oregon House of Representatives from 2001 to 2009. During her eight years representing District 52, she strived to be a voice for the people and acknowledge her constituents’ and colleagues’ needs, serving as assistant Speaker of the House for part of her term. “My sister would always surprise people who called her legislative office because she’d be the one to answer the phone,” Cartisser said. “That was just the kind of person she was.”

 

OPINION

 

Editorial: Brown is late, limited in budget ideas

The Oregonian

If Oregonians had hoped Gov. Kate Brown could deliver a grand plan this legislative session that would help lift the state budget out of its deep deficit and define a path toward sustained financial stability, they’re likely as disappointed as we are.Brown should translate her nuanced executive orders to share the larger visions that may stand behind them. Addressing Oregon’s unfunded liability and scrutinizing the cost of public employee pay and health care are solid steps in the right direction. Instead of walking a careful line to the 2018 gubernatorial election, the governor should help her constituents understand why it’s necessary to control what pensions are paid to future public employees. And it wouldn’t hurt to communicate why she must do a better job tracking what Oregon can afford to pay state workers in salary and health care in years to come.

 

Editorial: Tax plan more detailed than spending cuts

Mail Tribune

Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, told the Democratic leaders he wanted them to promise the new revenue wouldn’t go for teachers’ salary increases, health benefits or PERS payments. The tax plan, he said, was “laser-focused,” while the proposed spending cuts were “quite fuzzy.”

We agree. And voters will want the same guarantees.

 

Editorial: Law is not necessary

Baker City Herald

But we disagree that a law — and in particular the constitutionally shaky bill that the Oregon Senate approved this week — is likely to accomplish, in any meaningful way, this noble objective. Senate Bill 719 passed by a 17-11 vote and is now under consideration in the House.  Besides its potential conflicts with the Second Amendment, our main concern with the bill is that it focuses solely on the means by which a person might harm himself or others, but has nothing to do with the person’s motivations. And we’re not convinced that those motivations can be addressed through legislation. Not every societal problem can be fixed with a law.

 

Editorial: Marion County, Salem would benefit greatly from sobering centers

Statesman Journal

We support an effort being sponsored by Rep. Duane Stark, a Republican from Grants Pass and co-sponsored by Rep. Knute Buehler, a Republican from Bend.Stark said he knows of a few other states piloting programs. but Oregon has a chance to lead on this issue. The Senate should vote ‘yes’ when the bill comes before it. As Buehler pointed out, more innovative ideas like this are needed “that emphasize compassion and rehabilitation rather than incarceration and punishment.”

 

Opinion: It’s not Trump or Republicans; Portland has a riot problem

Bill Currier is the chairman of the Oregon Republican Party.

It’s time to face it: First and foremost, Portland has a “riot” problem, not a Trump problem or a Republican problem. The strategy of appeasing rioters at the expense of the law-abiding citizens and business owners has entirely failed, and the people have had enough of it. Violent protests aren’t protests. They are riots. It is now time for the “Riot Games” to end. Local authorities must do more than catch and release these rioters. As a start, they must charge, prosecute, convict and incarcerate them. But just putting these rioters in jail isn’t enough.

 

Opinion: Rent control won’t solve the problem

Jim St. Clair is a real estate broker in Eugene

House Bill 2004 is trying to fix the wrong problem. As noted by several state representatives, this bill won’t build any new housing units. Other bills are under consideration that are intended to encourage new housing projects, but they won’t have much of an effect when Oregon cities start wiping out the local real estate returns. Removing the ban on rent controls is a dangerous approach to the state’s housing crisis.

 

OREGONIANS IN CONGRESS

 

Wyden: Resist GOP health care overhaul

Portland Tribune

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden’s 818th town hall meeting was almost an hour old Saturday night before he got to Topic A before the Senate. “My view is that the House bill would slam Oregon with a tsunami of suffering that would plunge thousands of Oregonians into debt and anguish,” Wyden told hundreds cheering him on at Liberty High School in Hillsboro. “I want you to know I will do everything in my power, night and day, to derail that House bill. That’s what Oregonians have been asking me to do.”

 

“Revolving Door”

Oregon Dem Governor Kate Brown Perpetuates “Revolving Door”

Between Lawmakers And Lobbyists With New Hire

Wilsonville, OR – Oregon Republican Party released a statement today regarding “failed” Democrat Oregon governor Kate Brown’s decision to hire a former lawmaker as a lobbyist on her behalf has drawn increasing fire for perpetuating the state’s “revolving door” between lobbyists and legislators. A new editorial from the Bend Bulletin blasts the double standard that Brown used to hire her newest lobbyist while calling to fix the law that allowed her to do so:

 

“A former Oregon legislator who wants to lobby lawmakers in the statehouse must wait out one legislative session, a so-called “cooling off” period.

But if that same former legislator goes to work for the government — say, in the governor’s office — lobbying can commence right away, no cooling off needed.

 

Why the double standard? 

 

That’s the question raised by recent rulings surrounding former Rep. Peter Buckley’s new job as Gov. Kate Brown’s budget adviser. Buckley, an Ashland Democrat, left the Legislature in January. By March, he had his new part-time post, focusing on long-term approaches to the state’s budget woes…  

 

What’s so different about lobbying former colleagues to adopt the position of some government agency or office, versus lobbying them for a private company or organization? In both cases the former legislator is paid — whether by salary or contract — to try to influence lawmakers to advance one interest or position over another.

 

Ironically, after getting the opinion she expected, the governor says she doesn’t intend to have Buckley do any lobbying this session, which is now half over. But now she and other government agencies have a green light to engage in the very “revolving door” between Legislature and lobbyists that the law appeared designed to prevent.

If the law really says that’s OK, it’s time to fix the law.”

 

“Kate Brown’s decision to hire Buckley may have been cleared by an commission she herself appointed, but it only further legitimizes the revolving door between lobbying interests and Oregon’s government that she continues to use for her own gain,” stated Oregon GOP Chair Currier. “Despite coming to office with promises to bring transparency and accountability to Oregon’s government, Kate Brown continues to do the exact opposite in office.”

Ethan Barton of Daily Caller article on Gov. Brown’s Pay-To-Play corruption

Dear Oregon Republican Party State Central Committee members,

Chairman Currier, Vice Chairman Barreto, and Rep. Post asked me to bring national conservative media attention to Gov. Brown’s pay-to-play corruption and refusal for ethics reform. I reached out to Ethan Barton of Daily Caller. This is his first article on the subject.

Brown also took a last-minute donation from the president of an Oregon company that’s received more than $1 billion in taxpayer-funded state contracts, and 10 of those worth $444 million are up for renewal during the governor’s four-year term, TheDCNF previously reported.

Please post it on your FB

http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/17/oregon-governor-wins-big-during-taxpayer-funded-casino-trip/
and retweet.

https://twitter.com/SolomonYue/status/833000073009131521

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“#Korruptkate @oregongovbrown #pay2play: taxpayers paid casino stay, 1st walked w/ $5K, get $55K 4 #orpol favor later https://t.co/zGPXAw3o6V”

Let’s elect a Republican governor in 2018!

Thank you.

Solomon Yue

Republican National Committeeman for Oregon

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Republicans Overseas, Inc. and Republicans Overseas Action, Inc.

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The Oregon Trail Of Political Patronage

 

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown And AG Ellen Rosenblum Blaze The Oregon Trail Of Political Patronage

 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/adamandrzejewski/2017/02/13/blazing-the-oregon-trail-of-pinstripe-patronage-gov-kate-brown-attorney-general-ellen-rosenblum/#1ade4adc2318
As the state contemplates an income tax hike, Oregon’s elites line their pockets with taxpayer money.
In 2016, as politicians across America were fleeing voter wrath, Oregon’s governor and attorney general were blazing an unlikely trail – accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations from businesses with state contracts.
Since 1940, at the federal level, individuals and entities negotiating or working under federal contracts are prohibited from giving political cash to candidates, parties or committees. In Oregon, however, this political patronage is perfectly legal, at least for now.
Our analysis at American Transparency (OpenTheBooks.com) found 207 state contractors gave $805,876 in campaign cash to Governor Kate Brown ($518,203) and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum ($287,673) since 2012. These businesses hold lifetime state contracts worth at least $2.6 billion. State contractor donations to the governor and attorney general represent 57 percent of current cash on hand in their campaign committees.
We found the data by looking at a universe of companies or their affiliated employees funding Brown or Rosenblum’s campaigns since 2012. We then matched those company names with the contract database provided by the State of Oregon. It’s a trail of conflicts of interest paved with campaign cash and contractor payments.

We found 41 law firms holding state contracts with a lifetime value of nearly $50 million who gave political donations to Rosenblum ($196,093 in donations) and Brown ($89,958 in donations) since 2012. Oregon outsources legal work to these firms despite Rosenblum’s Department of Justice employing up to 1,228 staffers at an annual taxpayer cost of $74 million. Why put state employees to work when you can outsource it to potential donors? By comparison, the Attorneys General of Illinois and New York have 875 and 1,685 employees respectively.
State campaign disclosures show that firms themselves, or their affiliated partners, principals, and employees gave the following:

  • Markowitz Herbold PC – $25,084 in campaign donations to the governor and AG. Separately, the firm received new and amended state contracts valued at $13 million from 2013-2015.
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP – $16,331 in campaign donations to the governor and AG. Separately, the firm held state contracts worth a lifetime value of $2.995 million.
  • Stoll, Stoll, Berne, Lokting & Shalchter PC – $15,617 in campaign donations to the governor and AG. Separately, the firm held contracts worth a lifetime value of $2.71 million.
  • Tonkon Torp LLP – $6,560 in campaign donations to the governor and AG. Separately, the firm held contracts worth a lifetime value of $2 million.
  • Ball Janik LLP – $4,600 in campaign donations to the governor and AG.  Separately, the firm held state contracts worth $1.11 million over their lifetime that were initiated, modified, or amended during 2011-2015.

Before publishing, we pressed the five law firms for confirmation, comment and context. While three responded, only Ball Janik confirmed their contracts.
We also found major U.S. corporations who reaped Oregon state contracts worth millions of dollars in lifetime value while each business, or affiliated employees, gave campaign cash to the governor or AG since 2012. Some of these businesses include Alaskan Air (contracts worth $25 million); AT&T ($32.4 million); Hewlett Packard ($38.5 million); Microsoft ($15.6 million); Pitney Bowes ($9.8 million); Verizon ($57.2 million); FedEx ($82 million); CH2M Hill ($129.9 million); and PacificSource Health ($82.4 million).

A few more examples:

  • Portland General Electric (PGE), a $1.9 billion annual revenue Fortune 1000 public utility distributing electricity to 44 percent of the Oregon population contributed $31,000 to Gov. Kate Brown and $7,000 to AG Rosenblum’s political committees since 2012. According to state disclosures, PGE held state contracts worth $254,258 in lifetime value.
  • Pharmaceutical companies, Eli Lilly & Co. ($11,000) and Pfizer ($15,000) gave a total of $26,000 to Brown.
  • Professional Credit Service has a state contract for debt collection with a lifetime value of $10 million. Joseph Hawes, CEO, gave $24,500 to Brown during a period when the firm’s contract was amended and extended.

Oregon is home to Native American groups who hold state contracts worth $36.7 million in lifetime value. These groups are also significant political donors with campaign donations of $140,000 since 2012. Brown received $123,000 while Rosenblum received $17,000.
Six Native American groups who contributed are Cow Creek Band of Umpqua ($85,000); Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde ($25,000); Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians ($11,500); Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation ($8,500); Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation ($6,000); and Confederated Tribes of Coquille ($4,000).

Even in Illinois, where the number one manufactured product is corruption, it is illegal for state vendors with contracts over $50,000 to give campaign donations to statewide office holders. The 2011 Illinois law barred this “pay to play” practice in which contractors give campaign donations to powerful statewide office holders.
At a time when Oregon is considering an income tax hike, elected officials should consider revamping public integrity laws to match the federal statute – or at least Illinois ethics. Voters might appreciate an effort to pioneer reform rather than blazing a trail of political patronage costing taxpayers millions.

 

 

Adam Andrzejewski (say: And-G-F-Ski) is the CEO of OpenTheBooks.com – the mission is to post ‘Every Dime, Online, In Real Time’ of all public spending at every level of Federal, State and Local government across America.

 

 

Methodology/Disclaimer:
Upper-bound contractual payment limits are not actual billings or state payments. To the extent that the information contains government errors, our report will reproduce those errors. No quid pro quo or illegal activity by any elected official, company or individual referenced in this editorial is implied or intended. All state contract information referenced was produced via the Oregon Open Records law by the State of Oregon. Kate Brown was elected Oregon Secretary of State (top auditor) in 2008 and assumed to Governor in February 2015. Ellen Rosenblum was appointed Attorney General in June 2012 and twice won reelection

House Republican Office Daily Clips

 

HOUSE REPUBLICAN OFFICE

FEBRUARY 1, 2017 DAILY CLIPS

 

STATE GOVERNMENT

 

14 things to know about the Oregon Legislature

The Oregonian

Oregon’s 79th Legislative Assembly convenes today. Here’s what you need to know about this year’s session, by the numbers.

 

Oregon Legislative Session To Kick Off Amid Budget Questions

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Republicans serve in the minority in both chambers but Democrats would need a handful of GOP votes in order to pass a tax increase. Ferrioli and most others in his party say any tax hike would need to be paired with cost-cutting measures, including to the state’s public pension system. At a preview ahead of the legislative session, a reporter asked House Republican leader Mike McLane if he could give a detailed list of cuts he’d like to make.

 

“Well sure I could,” McLane responded. “But you’d have to endure a 45 minute presentation with slides.” But McLane said there’s a general principle he’d follow if he were in charge.

“One of the ways you have to do it is to just not accept the premise that everything you did last year has to be done this year,” he said.

 

United Streetcar is About to Get Its Tax Break Cancelled. Here Are Five Other Tax Giveaways That Oregon Could Scrap.

Willamette Week

Small-business pass-through income

$120 million

In the so-called “Grand Bargain” of 2013, Democrats won Republican votes for pension cuts (which Republicans desperately wanted) by granting tax cuts to the owners of small businesses that employ at least one person. “You don’t have to do anything for the tax break,” Wiser says. “You don’t have to hire anybody. You just have to be an owner.” But Republicans who fought hard for small business say a deal’s a deal. “It’s been a little over three years since [House Speaker] Tina Kotek and [Senate President] Peter Courtney agreed to the Grand Bargain,” says Rep. Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte). “I would sure hope that their word has a longer shelf life than that.

 

Oregon far short of greenhouse gas emissions goals, report says

The Oregonian

Oregon is not reducing carbon dioxide emissions fast enough to meet its goals for 2020 and beyond, a new report finds. In fact, it’s not even close. Those are the findings of a biennial report the Oregon Global Warming Commission will deliver to state lawmakers this week, and they come despite ambitious legislation passed to cut emissions from the electricity and transportation sectors.

 

Oregon Promise’s future not guaranteed heading into legislative session

The Oregonian

Even such higher education advocates as state Sen. Mark Hass, D-Beaverton, and the community colleges’ lobbying organization, are unsure of the program’s future. “There’s no doubt that under the current scenario, all programs, virtually, would take a serious hit,” said Hass, who is working on a plan to raise more revenue for the state. “My hope, though, is that (the $10 million earmarked by Devlin and Nathanson) was sort of a line in the sand.”

 

Corporate Lobbyists Turned Oregon’s Iconic Bottle Bill Into a Sweet Payday For Their Clients

Willamette Week

On April 1, the deposit for returnable cans and bottles in Oregon will increase for the first time in history. Now, when you buy a bottle of Black Butte Porter or a can of LaCroix, you’ll pay a dime instead of a nickel. That’s because of a bill the Oregon Legislature passed six years ago.

 

PERS reform hearings start Oregon legislative session

The Statesman Journal

The Oregon Legislature will get right to work on what could be one of the most contentious issues of the 2017 session – trying to reduce costs associated with PERS, the Public Employees Retirement System. The Senate Committee on Workforce will hold hearings on the issue beginning Wednesday, the first day of the session.

 

Legislature told to target transportation to get Oregon on course to meet failing emissions goals

Portland Business Journal

A state commission is pointing to a potential 2017 transportation funding package in the Legislature as a key tool for getting Oregon on track to meeting its carbon emissions goals. In a draft report to the Legislature set to be issued today — the day the 2017 legislative session opens in Salem — the Oregon Global Warming Commission writes that a “key takeaway” is that “rising transportation emissions are driving increases in statewide emissions.The Commission recommends that the 2017 Legislature, in addressing Oregon’s overall transportation and transportation funding needs, use the occasion to devise and adopt measures that will bring transportation GHG emissions under control and aligned with Oregon’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals,” the report says.

 

Oregon legislators from Lane County area focus on pet projects and peeves in upcoming Salem session

The Register-Guard

In a first big batch of bills introduced before the session, Lane County lawmakers have submitted notable proposals to limit hospital costs, bolster women’s health care coverage, offer electric-vehicle incentives, install traffic cameras at red lights, and increase state taxes on timber.

 

Shell company legislation awaits Oregon lawmakers

KGW

Oregon lawmakers could hear as many as four bills related to anonymous company abuse during the legislative session that starts Wednesday. Former Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins pre-session filed three of the bills and credited the Business Journal’s reporting last year when announcing her intent to develop legislation. The bills would address the problems illustrated in an October 2015 Business Journal investigation that connected an Aloha house to a California “corporation mill” and a global web of fraud.

 

Grants Pass State Representative Speaks at Statewide Launch of Every Child Program

KAJO

Representative Stark said he was proud to see Every Child and DHS find a way to inspire community support that’s working. He said they have found a new way to tap into the hearts of community members to remind them of their love and duty to care for children and they’re doing it at success rate never seen before.

 

Oregon governor creates Trump resistance team

The Oregonian

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is trying to amass a group of volunteers to resist the Trump administration while promoting her. In an email her campaign sent to supporters Tuesday, Brown said Donald Trump’s first actions as president “have attacked our values as Americans and as Oregonians.” “Now, more than ever, we must bring communities together to resist in a divided nation,” the message continues.

 

State Representative Sal Esquivel is proposing a sales tax to replace property tax

KOBI Medford

Oregonians have said it time and time again that they don’t want a sales tax. Voters have turned down various versions 9 times in the last 90 years. But Representative Sal Esquivel is hoping Oregon voters will change their minds. Esquivel wants to impose a 4.5% sales tax on non-essential items to replace property taxes on the first $500,000 dollars of owner-occupied homes.

 

Gov. Brown names new economic policy advisor

The Oregonian

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday announced the latest addition to her office: Jason Lewis-Berry, a former official at the U.S. Department of State, will advise the governor on economic and jobs policy.

 

OREGONIANS IN CONGRESS

 

Oregon’s Greg Walden, with new White House clout, meets with Trump, Pence to tackle prescription drug costs

The Oregonian

Trump declared “in no uncertain terms” that the government must find a way to reduce drug prices, Walden said in an interview with The Oregonian/OregonLive. But Trump also praised the drug company executives in attendance for providing important medications to U.S. consumers, Walden said. Walden said the meeting was a “very positive discussion” and that Trump was “pretty emphatic” that pharmaceutical companies must reduce the price of their drugs and work to keep their domestic labor force.  “We have to get prices down,” Walden said. “That should be news to consumers’ ears.”

 

Oregon’s Greg Walden supports Trump ban on refugee immigration, but criticizes its rollout

The Oregonian

Greg Walden, Oregon’s lone Republican congressman, approves of the motive behind president Donald J. Trump’s executive order curtailing immigration and refugee programs, but criticized its rollout as less than stellar. In an interview with The Oregonian/OregonLive, Walden said he supports protecting the nation from foreign threats, including immigrants or refugees who would seek to do harm.

 

ENVIRONMENT

 

EPA cutbacks and Oregon’s environment: What we know

KGW

As the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality works to rebound from a tumultuous 2016, the agency now faces an uncertain future in light of the Trump administration’s planned cutbacks at the federal Environmental Protection Agency. DEQ officials say questions surround the agency’s access to research, communications and budget, impacting its ability to monitor environmental health hazards in Oregon.

 

HOUSING

 

Landlords warns of unintended consequences of required renter relocation assistance

Portland Tribune

Landlord lobbyist John DiLorenzo says there will be unintended consequences of the City Council requires landlord to pay the relocation costs of tenants subject to no-caused evictions.

 

Proposed tenant protections could draw lawsuit, limit affordable housing supply

The Oregonian

If the rule takes effect, Portland landlords will have to go through the just-cause eviction process if they want a tenant out and don’t want to help pay moving costs. Eudaly’s policy will require landlords to pay that money for all no-cause evictions, said her policy director, Jamey Duhamel.

 

OPINION

 

Editorial: It’s time for the Legislature to get to work

Democrat Herald Editorial Board

The first half of the session will be dominated by what legislators sometimes call “dogs and cats” — hundreds of bills that might address an important issue, but don’t necessarily fit into the Legislature’s major storylines. So we can expect discussions on topics as disparate as affordable housing, gun control, marijuana legalization, a carbon cap-and-invest program to combat greenhouse gas emissions, requirements for some businesses to enact so-called “predictive scheduling” for their employees and many others. Judging by some of the partisan tussling that already has occurred, this session might also include an unusual amount of feuding between Democrats and Republicans.

 

Editorial: Renters relocation assistance measure is short-sighted

The Oregonian Editorial Board

The measure is big-hearted in that it seeks to offset an economic cruelty. Tenants of the 18-unit Normandy Apartments in Northeast Portland, for example, this year face rent increases of 100 percent, Eudaly told The Oregonian/OregonLive Editorial Board, and some 40 children are among the residents. Yet provisions of the measure are honed to ensure landlords can continue to charge whatever they want. Only in those instances in which a rent hike hits 10 percent or more will a tenant choosing to move out be paid relocation expenses indexed to apartment size: $2,900 for the studio tenant, $3,300 for one-bedroom dwellers, $4,200 for two-bedroom occupants, $4,500 for those leasing a three-bedroom unit. If several families were to move from the Normandy in the coming months, under the terms of Eudaly’s measure they would, as a group, be paid a hefty sum.

 

Editorial: Will we pay the price of sanctuary?

Democrat Herald Editorial Board

How much federal money might be at risk locally if the Trump administration follows through? It’s hard to say: It’s not clear which grants might be affected. There is no clear definition of what is meant by a “sanctuary city” or “sanctuary state.” It’s not clear whether the president needs congressional approval. It’s not even clear whether the action is legal, although it seems to be a sure bet that litigation awaits.

 

Editorial: Sen. Jeff Merkley becomes Sen. Filibuster

The Bend Bulletin Editorial Board

When his party controlled the Senate, Oregon Democrat Jeff Merkley was a leading opponent of the filibuster, which Republicans, then in the minority, were using to block various presidential nominations. Now that Republicans control both the presidency and the Senate, however, Merkley has refashioned himself as Sen. Filibuster. He says he will use the tool to block any Donald Trump nominee to the Supreme Court who is not Merrick Garland. Turnabout, it seems, is fair play.

 

Guest: Oregon’s decision compromises salmon and integrity

Washington State Representative Liz Pike, (R-18)

With broken promises from our sister state to the south, it will be difficult to embrace any future bi-state co-management strategies with Oregon. We are now faced with immediate enforcement challenges for both Washington and Oregon as they navigate an imaginary line between our two states on the Columbia River. Perhaps the silver lining will be more Washington fishing licenses sold to Oregon recreational anglers.

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Trump Nominates Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

The New York Times

President Trump on Tuesday nominated Judge Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, elevating a conservative in the mold of Justice Antonin Scalia to succeed the late jurist and touching off a brutal, partisan showdown at the start of his presidency over the ideological bent of the nation’s highest court.

 

Senate Dems Ramp Up Opposition to Trump Nominees

RealClearPolitics

Congressional Democrats have launched into full hardball mode. Fueled by a newly energized liberal base, lawmakers are ratcheting up their opposition to President Trump and embracing obstructionist tactics they once decried by delaying votes on remaining Cabinet nominees, boycotting committee votes, and debating a filibuster for Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court.

 

Amid Political Rancor, ACA Sign-Up Deadline Arrives

The Wall Street Journal

Democrats’ move to stall—at least temporarily—Mr. Price’s confirmation to head that agency also throws a wrench into efforts by Republicans to speed along the ACA repeal. Mr. Trump has signaled through an executive order signed on Inauguration Day that as health secretary, Mr. Price could play a significant role in striking the law on his own if Congress failed to act.

 

Ryan calls immigration order rollout ‘regrettable,’ defends Trump

Fox News

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday that the “confusion” surrounding the rollout of President Trump’s immigration executive order was “regrettable,” though he defended the national security goals of the sweeping measure signed late last week.

 

January 12, 2017 Daily Clips

House Republican Office
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STATE GOVERNMENT

Gov. Kate Brown Declares State Of Emergency
OPB
“As snow continues to accumulate and local authorities respond to provide core services and clear roadways, all available state resources will be made available to ensure the safety of communities throughout Oregon,” Brown said in the release.

The declaration allows the deployment of Oregon State Police and the Oregon National Guard to support to communities needing assistance.

Gov. Kate Brown declares state of emergency in Oregon due to snow
Oregonian
Gov. Kate Brown has declared a state of emergency in Oregon due to severe winter storm conditions. Rep. Mike McLane, R-Powell Butte, whose legislative district includes Juniper Acres, said he has been in close contact with state and county officials to monitor the situation. McLane urged residents to exercise caution and look out for friends and neighbors.

“With more snow in the forecast and freezing temperatures expected to continue, Oregonians should not hesitate to contact emergency personnel if they or someone they know is in distress,” McLane said.

Rep. Cliff Bentz and Sen. Ted Ferrioli, R-John Day, on Wednesday requested that the governor send resources to the county, where parts of Interstate 84 and Highway 20 are closed due to bad weather. Bentz said in a press release that Brown has ordered her staff to coordinate with local authorities and the office of Idaho Gov. Butch Otter.

Explosives considered for removing dangerous ice floe in far-eastern Oregon
Oregonian
Officials in Oregon’s far-east Malheur County are asking the National Guard to consider using explosives to blast away a mile-long ice floe blocking parts of the Snake River, according to an emergency proclamation obtained by The Oregonian/OregonLive. That kind of operation has never been done by the Oregon National Guard before, said Cory Grogan, spokesman for the state Office of Emergency Management.

“If we get a flood event we’re in real trouble,” said Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario. “This is not a joke. This is bad.”

Crook County emergency request granted by the state — for a price
Bend Bulletin
State officials rejected Crook County’s emergency request for money and manpower to help dig stranded people out of snowed-in rural neighborhoods after concluding Wednesday that the county hadn’t used all of its resources. But the state did offer help for an estimated $55 an hour, plus equipment costs.

Port of Portland Director Bill Wyatt to Retire, Presenting Gov. Kate Brown with a Dilemma
Willamette Week
Wyatt’s departure raises a couple of intriguing questions. First, there’s his own future. Oregon’s two statewide business organizations, Associated Oregon Industries and the Oregon Business Association, have agreed to merge and will be looking for an executive director who can increase their combined effectiveness. Wyatt has long been mentioned as a potential candidate. Second, his departure presents a dilemma and a test for Gov. Kate Brown. The governor appoints the nine-member port commission, which then hires the executive director. Brown’s dilemma is this: Does she steer the job to Robinhold, Wyatt’s deputy, or does she put in her own person?

Critic Suggest Legislators Take Action to Avoid Conflicts of Interest
The Lund Report
Legislators can avoid future conflicts of interest that led to the recent resignations of Kristin Leonard and Abby Tibbs, according to a vocal critic. Les Ruark is encouraging Sen. Richard Devlin and Rep. Nancy Nathanson — two prominent Democrats who co-chair the Ways and Means Committee — to pursue a budget note that controls how state agencies can use loaned executives.

Hundreds expected at rally against Trump’s immigration proposals
Portland Tribune
A pro-immigrant rally set for Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Oregon Capitol could draw several hundred demonstrators opposed to President-elect Donald Trump’s positions on immigration.
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader and several state lawmakers are scheduled to participate in the rally from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the steps of the Capitol.

Gomberg takes oath of office; small business, housing priorities
Tillamook Headlight Herald
This session will be dominated by large issues like the budget, funding improvements to our roads and bridges, and helping our struggling education system,” said Gomberg. He added he will also be on concerns that directly affect this part of Oregon. “I’ve prepared almost a dozen bills to cut red-tape and provide support for our small businesses,” he said. “And I’m already working to reverse planned cuts to Oregon Project Independence, a program that keeps seniors safe and secure in their own homes. I’m fighting to preserve the funding increase Oregon voters committed to Veterans through Measure 96. And I’m working on plans to create more affordable housing.”

Rescue dogs, border collies nominated for Oregon state dog
Statesman Journal
“The beauty of this resolution is it covers all breeds,” he said. “More importantly, it represents the community’s commitment to working with rescue animals and giving them forever homes.” Gomberg worked with the Oregon Humane Society and the Humane Society of the United States in the past and readily agreed to sponsor the resolution. But most convincing of all were the two rescued Samoyed dogs and four rescued cats that greet him every day at home, he added.

Bedrooms for burrowing owls
High Country News
After the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declined to run the refuge, the Columbia Development Authority, a consortium of public and private business organizations, offered to take over. It also proposed a much larger solar farm — 2,000 acres that could generate $1 million worth of electricity annually. “We want to find a balance to protect habitat and economic development,” says Oregon State Rep. Greg Smith, executive director of the authority.

OREGONIANS IN CONGRESS

Bonamici reintroduces tsunami bill
Daily Astorian
The legislation would strengthen tsunami detection and warning systems, improve response and resiliency and better protect communities vulnerable to a tsunami.

“Many Oregonians, including students from Seaside High School in coastal Oregon, have told me that there won’t be enough time to make it to safety when there’s a tsunami,” Bonamici, D-Oregon, said in a release. “I applaud Seaside residents for passing a bond recently to rebuild schools on higher ground to reduce the dangers of tsunami, and state and local governments are working hard to prepare and educate the public. But the federal government can do more to help keep coastal communities safe through improved warning systems. This bill is one part of the solution. Preparing for tsunami is a life-or-death matter for residents of coastal Oregon and other coastal communities.”

HOUSING

Eviction Wars
Portland Mercury
And no-cause eviction policy is why a political, lobbying, and public relations battle is brewing at the capitol, with landlord groups warning their members that “powerful,” “radical,” and “confrontational” tenant groups “have the ear” of politicians like House Speaker Tina Kotek and Gov. Kate Brown (Kotek has introduced bills that so-called “radical” groups like Portland Tenants Unitedsupport). It’s also why tenant groups are so concerned that landlords are consolidating and raising money to “buy off” other politicians so they can keep raking in profits from poor and middle-class renters.

Inclusionary housing policy has skeptics
Portland Tribune
Although every state but Texas has long allowed local inclusionary housing or zoning policies, some developers said Portland’s policy is much broader than those in other cities, which have exemptions intended to accommodate different kinds of projects at various locations.

MARIJUANA

Medical pot grows denied
Mail Tribune
Pot growers are crying foul because Jackson County so far is refusing to grandfather in existing medical marijuana grows on rural-residential land.
A spring 2016 change to state law made medical marijuana grows illegal on rural-residential land in the county. Recreational marijuana grows were already illegal on the land zoned for country living.

JOBS AND ECONOMY

State’s largest orchard sells to Washington fruit grower
East Oregonian
Earl Brown & Sons, Oregon’s largest grower and packer of fresh apples, has sold to another family-owned fruit enterprise in Wenatchee, Washington. Brown said the transition with Foreman Fruit has been smooth, and will ensure that Earl Brown & Sons has the resources to stay competitive. “You have to be a certain size anymore to compete with all the regulations that come down on smaller companies,” he said.

NATIONAL NEWS

How BuzzFeed crossed the line in publishing salacious ‘dossier’ on Trump
The Washington Post
Where does transparency meet irresponsibility? Right at the line that BuzzFeed’s editor Ben Smith approached Tuesday and decided to step over in the name of serving citizens’ best interests.With caveats and explanations aplenty, Smith published a 35-page “dossier” — actually just a bunch of scurrilous allegations dressed up as an intelligence report meant to damage Donald Trump.

U.S. Senate approves measure launching Obamacare repeal process
Reuters
The U.S. Senate on Thursday took a first concrete step toward dismantling Obamacare, voting to instruct key committees to draft legislation repealing President Barack Obama’s signature health insurance program. The resolution, passed in the early hours of Thursday in a 51-48 vote, now goes to the House of Representatives, which is expected to vote on it this week. Scrapping Obamacare is a top priority for Republican President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican majorities in both chambers.

OPINION

Editorial: It’s time for public records reform
Daily Astorian Editorial Board
Following Kitzhaber’s resignation, there was a welter of requests for communications that occurred behind the wall of the governor’s suite. Our newspaper group made requests regarding the gestation of the gillnet decision. The essence of why access to public records matter is this: Citizens pay for this government and it’s not the property of those who come and go in its leadership.

Editorial: Gov. Kate Brown and Legislature neglect PERS
Bend Bulletin Editorial Board
Brown did mention PERS in her speech. “We must address the ongoing PERS liability in a way that keeps our promises to retirees and does not put us back on an endless hamster wheel of litigation,” she said. The only solution she offered, though, was a hope the state could get better returns on state investments by doing more of the work by state employees. The plan might save the state $1 billion over 20 years, if all goes well. It’s a big if.

Editorial: On pay raises for Oregon legislators
East Oregonian Editorial Board
We understand where Knopp and Buehler are coming from; the timing of this particular raise, as small as it is, is unfortunate at best. But there’s a larger issue here: Considering what we ask from them and the complexity of the issues that they must grapple with, you can make a strong case that we don’t pay our legislators nearly enough — especially if we want to attract younger legislators who must also juggle families and other jobs. This probably isn’t the session to address this issue. But that doesn’t mean the problem is going away.

Editorial: Poor fixes for affordable housing problem
Bend Bulletin Editorial Board
The affordable housing crunch exists pretty much statewide. Yet a statewide problem does not necessarily need a statewide solution, no matter what Democrats in Salem seem to think. From the governor on down, they’ve proposed a series of so-called fixes to the housing crunch that would, in fact, serve only to make it worse.

Editorial: Some advice for lawmakers as the 2017 session draws closer
Beaverton Valley Times
We can make this another year in which we debate gutting social services or education, or we can make this a year in which we try to stop the bleeding and boost revenue. We urge the latter path.

Blue America

Portland has become an embarrassment. We need to fix Oregon.

 

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SWEET VICTORY! Mainstream Media Meltdown

Thanks to President-Elect Donald J. TRUMP – IT IS A NEW DAY IN  AMERICA!  We now have REAL hope and we WILL have positive change.  In a total repudiation of OBAMA and his failed policies, we forgotten men and women, we the (deplorable) people of the USA have taken our country back!

 

Republicans hold the US Senate: http://townhall.com/election/2016/senate

 

Republicans retain the US House of Representatives: http://townhall.com/election/2016/house

 

Republicans now hold two thirds of the Governorships: http://townhall.com/election/2016/governor

 

Republicans win the White House – The FINAL Electoral College margin of victory: TRUMP 306 – CLINTON 232 http://townhall.com/election/

 

TRUMP, not CLINTON, will shape the Supreme Court!

 

NOW…for the fun part!

 

Here was Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball prediction  (the “expert” that FOX News has been having on the Megyn Kelly show: http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/our-final-2016-picks/

 

Here was the final prediction from the delusional Los Angeles Times newspaper: http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/trailguide/la-na-trailguide-updates-here-s-our-final-electoral-map-of-the-1478473458-htmlstory.html

 

TRUMP won and the Liberal media lost their minds: http://www.mrctv.org/blog/trump-wins-and-liberal-media-lost-their-minds

 

The more the media attempted to discredit the Republican nominee, the more they discredited themselves: http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2016/11/09/media-mood-shifts-from-fun-to-funereal-during-fourth-estates-longest-night/

 

The OBAMA “legacy” ends in utter defeat – He campaigned non-stop for CLINTON and ended the campaign in Pennsylvania (where TRUMP pulled off a stunning victory): http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/obama-lights-torch-hillary-clinton-carry-day-campaign/story?id=43358269

 

“Change you can believe in” is coming: https://obamaslastday012017.com/

 

GOD BLESS AMERICA!

 

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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:

https://pjmedia.com/trending/2016/11/06/is-oregons-democrat-secretary-of-state-trying-to-suppress-the-republican-vote/?singlepage=true

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/11/06/oregon-democrats-media-spread-false-story-that-state-gop-robocall-told-voters-their-votes-wont-count/

https://oregon.gop/orp-chair-statement-reactivating-inactive-republicans-2016-11-04

https://oregon.gop/orp-chair-reacts-to-sec-of-state-discouraging-republican-voters-2016-11-04

We’re on our way!

Winning Oregon Together,

Bill Currier, Chairman

Oregon Republican Party

Statewide Races

ELECTIONS

 

STATEWIDE RACES

 

Bud Pierce looking for upset in governor’s race against Kate Brown

The Oregonian

If Pierce wins Nov. 8, he’d make history as the first Republican elected governor since Vic Atiyeh in 1982. He’d also be the first political outsider to claim the state’s job since Charles A. Sprague, a noted editorialist and newspaper publisher, won election in 1939. Pierce still insists that’s possible, touting himself as an old-school Oregon moderate who leans right on financial policy but isn’t obsessed with social issues.

 

Measure 96 needed to help get services to veterans, backers say

The Oregonian

“The reality is, many of our veterans have already earned their benefits,” said Rep. Julie Parrish, R-West Linn, a co-sponsor with Rep. Paul Evans, D-Salem. “We’re talking about taking care of the 350,000 Oregon vets who span five generations of war conflicts and peace time services. It’s hard to imagine any one measure that’s as important as this one.”

 

Measure 97 FAQ: How the tax would work, who would pay, where the money goes

The Oregonian

It’s a complex, unusual initiative. Here are some answers to the questions we frequently hear about the tax.

 

Donald Trump supporters rally at Capitol

Statesman Journal

Thirty residents from throughout the Willamette Valley wore “Make America Great Again” red hats and took U.S. flags in hand Saturday for the Salem “March for America” national rally to support a Donald Trump presidency and fight corruption.

 

LEGISLATIVE RACES

 

Moro’s attack ads against DeBoer draw fire

Mail Tribune

Attack ads against Senate Republican candidate Alan DeBoer by his Democratic opponent, Tonia Moro, have drawn stinging criticism from her supporters who were hoping Moro would continue the legacy of the late Sen. Alan Bates.

 

Gov. Kate Brown, Paul Evans rallies for gun legislation with Moms Demand Action

Statesman Journal

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, an organization created in 2012 to push gun reform to legislators, state and federal institutions, companies, and educational institutions, hosted the rally as a precursor to a canvassing effort for Evans, a representative the organization refers to as a “gun sense champion.”

 

GOVERNMENT & POLICY

 

Portland Could Pass Law Requiring Landlords to Pay Moving Costs After a “No Cause” Eviction

Willamette Week

Portland Mayor-elect Ted Wheeler’s campaign promise to restrict no-cause  evictions of tenants faces roadblocks, including legal opinions issued this month by attorneys for the Oregon Legislature. But the city could legally pass a law to bill landlords for tenants’ moving costs stemming from evictions without cause on month-to-month leases.

 

Insurance guide 2017: Consumers face fewer choices, higher prices

The Oregonian

About 230,000 Oregonians are likely to buy their own insurance for next year, if this year’s enrollment holds, but they will have fewer choices and higher premiums compared with 2016. Only four carriers are offering statewide coverage in 2017, versus seven this year, and premiums are jumping 10 to 30 percent.

 

It’s Hard To Know How Good Oregon’s Child Care Centers Are

Oregon Public Broadcasting

There’s a big gap between how good Americans think their child care is and what experts think. Only 13 percent of Oregon’s child care programs even participate in a rating system. A new poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard found 88 percent of parents said their child care was “very good” or “excellent.” But experts say less than 10 percent of child care is “very high” quality —  and that the vast majority is just “fair.”

 

Old Salem State Hospital building to become affordable housing

Portland Tribune

One of the historical buildings at Oregon State Hospital’s mostly vacant north campus could soon become affordable housing. The Housing Authority of Salem has reached a conditional sales agreement with the state to buy Yaquina Hall and convert it into up to 50 apartments.

 

Groups reach agreement in spotted frog lawsuit

Bend Bulletin

The proposed settlement, “reluctantly” agreed to by the at least one of the districts, stems from a pair of lawsuits filed by two environmental groups last December and January seeking to protect the Oregon spotted frog, which lives in the area.

 

What Happens To Your Ballot Before It’s Counted?

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Oregonians are returning their ballots at a faster pace so far than either of the past two presidential elections. But what happens to all those ballots before they get counted?

 

OPINION

 

Editorial: Parrish proven, engaged, committed candidate

West Linn Tidings

Parrish already has grown into this position. She earned our endorsement for the first time in 2014, after we opted for different candidates in the previous two elections. Now, she has again proven she will represent the citizens of West Linn and the overall district well, and deserves to go back to Salem for another term.

 

Editorial: Rental disputes don’t require government agency

Bend Bulletin

But the answer isn’t a government-financed agency. Just as in other areas of life — disputes about any service or product — renters need to read the contract, know and defend their rights, and seek help from legal aid or in small claims court if they can’t get satisfaction. If too many tenants aren’t up to the task, nonprofits may find a role, but governments should stay out.

 

The unsatisfying outcome to the Malheur refuge occupation: Editorial

The Oregonian Editorial Board

The lesson throughout, however, is plain: Civil disobedience carries with it the willingness to scale protest actions against applicable laws, face criminal prosecution for violating them and to accept consequences. The Bundy crew got very lucky in Oregon. May they not in Nevada. And may those whom they inspire nationwide consult the Constitution that was so misapplied in Harney County.

 

Guest: Illegal immigrants hurt Oregon workers

Richard F. LaMountain, OFIR

Clearly, a plethora of cheap illegal labor harms Oregon’s lowest-skilled U.S. citizens. Rather than champion illegal immigrants, Kotek and Dembrow should introduce bills in the 2017 legislative session mandating that state employers use the federal E-Verify system to vet new hires for proof of legal U.S. presence. This would help shrink Oregon’s illegal-immigrant population and, in doing so, re-employ jobless Americans — the people to whom elected state officials are responsible.

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Public Trust in Government

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Biggest Scam Ever

Global Warming is corporatism and crony capitalism at its worst. At $1.5 trillion annually, it is one of the biggest scams in history. Just follow the money. The big corporations love the onerous, useless and expensive regulations because they can afford it and it buys them effective barriers against smaller companies and they like anything that leads to a monopoly. Plus, a few well placed donations buys them any exclusive exemptions they may want. The faux scientists love it too as they can get funding and prestige for anything that promotes global warming. Bought and paid for. What’s not to love? And the politicians love it too. Not only do they get the big donations but they get to scoop up the “feels good to save the planet” votes of the scam victims. Yup, everyone wins except the poor and the middle class who bear the costs.

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Harney County Resolution

RESOLUTION OF THE PEOPLE OF HARNEY COUNTY
ON THE STATUS OF HARNEY COUNTY LANDS
MANAGED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

Whereas; Harney County is a rural county within the State of Oregon within which about 73% (4,800,000 out of
6,500,000 acres) is managed by the Federal Government. And;

Whereas ; Harney County is blessed with an abundance of grazing and forest lands which are capable of providing
valuable resources to its people, County and State government. And;

Whereas; Harney County at one time was one of the wealthiest per capita Counties in Oregon when its resources
were being developed and used to their sustainable capacity. And;

Whereas; Harney County is now near the bottom of per capita income in Oregon due to the diminished use of its
natural resources and mismanagement of its public lands. And;

Whereas; The Federal Government and the State of Oregon have failed to manage these public lands in the County
in a manner that is protective and beneficial to the residents of Harney County. And;

Whereas; The people of Harney County, due to the County’s rural and natural resource land character, are unable to
sustain an economic base within the county that will provide its residents and families with ongoing sources of jobs
and services without the sustained contribution to its economy from those endemic natural resources. And;

Whereas; The Federal agencies are constrained and at the mercy of small but vocal groups of radical
environmentalists who use the myriad of laws regulating Federally managed lands, which creates for them
impenetrable obstacles to the development and sustained use of the resources within the County. And;

Whereas; The ownership/control of those lands within the sovereign State of Oregon are held in a defacto manner by
the Federal government, which holding is in violation of the Constitution of the United States, (US Constitution,
Article 1, Section 8, clause 17) as well as being to the detriment of the best interest of the State of Oregon and the
County of Harney residents. And;

Whereas; Within the County of Harney resides the personnel, talent and skilled workforce to locally better manage
those public lands and develop and market those public land resources in order to better sustain the local and State
economies while providing a healthier, safer environment on those public lands now under Federal management.
And;

Whereas; Because The County Sheriff, duly elected by the people, is the rightful premier law enforcement officer in
Harney County and the first and last line of protection from abuses both from private and public offenders of our
laws and Constitution, and said Constitution is the premier law of the land. And;

Whereas; The local management of public land within Harney County will create a simpler, more efficient, more
manageable, more productive and more functional use of those lands. Therefore;

Be it Resolved; We the undersigned residents of Harney County do hereby support the development of a plan to
provide the expedient, systematic and harmonious transfer of all currently managed Federal lands within Harney
County to the jurisdiction of the people of Harney County.

Greg Barreto Letter to Kate Brown

Representative Greg Barreto Submits Letter To Governor Kate Brown Regarding Syrian Refugees In Oregon

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Salem, OR – State Representative Greg Barreto (R-Cove) submitted the following letter to Governor Kate Brown regarding Syrian refugees in Oregon:

November 20, 2015

Dear Governor Brown,

Because of your position and the responsibility it carries, the decisions you are often faced with are a difficult and delicate balancing act.  Nevertheless, they are decisions that must be made after careful thought, wise counsel and sometimes anguish.  That being said, I would appeal to you along with many of my constituents, that you reconsider your stated position on Syrian refugees coming to Oregon.  We are all extremely opposed to your position and are very concerned for the safety and security of the people in our state.  I think we all agree that many of these refugees are in need of help and safe haven to protect them from the ill treatment from which they are fleeing and I, without a doubt, think most of us are very compassionate and desire to be good Samaritans.  But compassion does not trump prudence and common sense when calculating the risk.  We should in no way discount the responsibility we assumed to protect our citizens and that should be the driving force behind our decisions.  There are other means by which to help these displaced refugees without putting Oregon at risk of experiencing situations such as Paris and similar attacks in other parts of the world.

Currently, there are no failsafe vetting processes that have been generated.  There are no databases to work against and Syria does not have the government records necessary to verify that each individual is actually who they say they are.  We have no way to determine if one or more are on a mission to deceive and destroy.  ISIS does not operate by conventional means but is constantly searching for any and all creative methods of penetrating our defenses and taking us out.  We are dealing with an organization that thrives on shrewd means of deception to carry out their terrorist activity against those they hate.  The refugee program is to them simply another vehicle they are using to continue their agenda of terror.  To see this is not difficult, to find a solution is.

Until we come up with a secure vetting system we should focus on finding other solutions to procure sanctuary for these displaced people.

I urge you to please reevaluate your current position on this issue and take more time to assess all options.  Demand a secure and foolproof vetting process before we even consider proceeding and make the safety of our citizens your number one priority.

Thank you Governor for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Greg Barreto
State Representative HD-58

Motor Voter Public Input Meeting

From  Sandy Raddue, ORP Election Integrity chair:

I’ve been in this position about 3 years now, and we’ve seen some really questionable changes in our election laws during that time in Salem!

The new Automatic Voter Registration law, AKA Motor Voter, is going to take effect in Oregon in Jan. 2016. The Secretary of State is seeking review and comment on the DRAFT OMV Administrative Rule manual. We have an opportunity over the next 3 weeks to impact this implementation.

I’m hoping you’ll be able to either attend one of the meetings across the state, or submit written testimony to the State Elections Dept.

… There are 3 areas of greatest concern. Those are:

  1. The Elections office has decided to include electronic updating of voter registration information for those who already have a drivers license or ID card – this was NOT in the original scope of the bill.
  1. 17 year old registered “pre-voters” will have contact information made public. I recently found out that this is CURRENTLY the policy (!!!) – this seems like a great time to fix this part of the voter registration law, since Oregoninas were assured assured that minor’s information WOULD BE PROTECTED from being made public. They need to hear from us about this.
  1. Many Oregonians expressed concern over data security, especially based on the history of Oregon and their poor record of handling secure data.

This is NOT adequately addressed in this manual, and in fact, the 2014 task force put together to review DMV Customer Service made specific, URGENT recommendations for updating the DMV computer system, which was originally implemented 40 years ago!

Meeting times can be found at http://www.electionoregon.com

What You Weren’t Told About The Minimum Wage

Facts are stubborn things.