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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.




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.”




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.”



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.




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.”




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.




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.”


February 24, 2017 Daily Clips








Silverton mayor named to Oregon House vacancy

Portland Tribune

Silverton Mayor Rick Lewis will fill the vacant House District 18 seat, which extends into southern Clackamas County. Lewis was appointed Wednesday (Feb. 21) by commissioners from Clackamas and Marion counties, who met jointly in Mt. Angel. He took office Thursday and will complete the two-year term of Republican Vic Gilliam, who resigned Feb. 1 after winning re-election Nov. 8.


Rick Lewis takes house oath, resigns as mayor

Statesman Journal

Rick Lewis was sworn in as the State Representative for House District 18 Thursday after being appointed to fill the vacant seat on Wednesday. Prior to taking oath of office, Lewis resigned his post as mayor of Silverton, a position to which he was first elected in 2014 and reelected to in 2016. Lewis was not required by law to resign his city post. “The decision to step away from my role with the city was far and away the most difficult part of this process,” Lewis said. “I was hopeful that I might be able to continue serving as mayor while also serving as a member of the legislative assembly, but it became clear that there were some outstanding constitutional questions that could expose both the city and the legislature to some risks.”




Oregon House Debates Whether To Ban Anonymous Bills

Oregon Public Broadcasting

House Republican leader Mike McLane has proposed changing that in the interest of transparency. “We probably need to set aside the accusation that we’re trying to move bills without being transparent whose bills they are,” McLane testified while making his case to the House Rules Committee on Thursday. Some members of the rules committee argued not knowing who’s behind a bill allows them to make an unbiased decision. “Sometimes just knowing who introduced it will predispose you one way or another, towards it or against it,” said Democrat Barbara Smith Warner. Democrats hold the majority in the Oregon House, and would have to agree with the proposal for it to move forward.




Republican lawmakers introduce bill to ban late-term abortions in Oregon

The Oregonian

Republican lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation that would restrict access to late-term abortions in Oregon. In what would be a major reversal of current state law, House Bill 3017 would prevent doctors in Oregon from performing an abortion if the fetus is more than 20 weeks old, or about half-way through a typical pregnancy. Nineteen states already ban abortion past 20 weeks. None of those states is controlled by Democrats, whereas Democrats control the Oregon Legislature and governorship.




Oregon Lawmakers Consider ‘Predictive Scheduling’ Bill

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Oregon lawmakers are considering a measure that would give hourly employees more certainty in their work schedules. The measure would require employers to pay their employees for at least four hours if their shift is canceled or changed less than 24 hours in advance.


Bills take aim at irregular scheduling, on the rise in Oregon’s service industry

Statesman Journal

“Our findings were that all elements of irregular scheduling practices are prevalent here in Oregon,” King said at a Thursday news conference in support of two scheduling bills under consideration in the Oregon Legislature. Irregular scheduling  “…prevents people from obtaining adequate hours at work, it prevents them from taking a second job, and it prevents them from pursuing further education and training,” King said. Senate Bill 828 and House Bill 2193 are identical.


Oregon lawmakers consider boost to service industry worker rights

Mail Tribune

Oregon lawmakers are considering proposals that’d give baristas, bartenders, seasonal workers and others in the state’s service industry more control of their weekly schedules and guarantees of being paid despite scheduling issues. The proposed legislation is backed largely by workers’ rights groups and unions, which teamed up with the University of Oregon and Portland State University for a study on how workers’ lives, finances and families are impacted by irregular work schedules.




Oregon ‘move over’ law could be expanded

Statesman Journal

Oregon drivers are used to moving over or slowing down for emergency and roadside assistance vehicles. The Oregon Senate passed a bill Thursday that would expand the law to include any vehicle that is clearly stranded or disabled.




Bill would make Oregon deposit on cans, bottles worth 10 cents

Statesman Journal

Oregon’s longtime 5-cent deposit on bottles of beer and water and cans of soda paid at checkout will increase to 10 cents on that date, after several years of lagging redemption rates.

A bill sailing through the Legislature mandates that, starting April 1, every can and bottle can be redeemed for a dime, regardless of when it was purchased or the deposit listed on the label.




Oregon officials: Federal reversal on K-12 transgender bathrooms will have no local effect

The Register Guard

The Trump administration’s reversal of federal policy on transgender bathrooms in K-12 schools won’t have any effect in Oregon, where the state and local governments have established their own customized gender accommodations, officials said Thursday.




Bill seeks to boost Malheur County economy

The Daily Astorian

A new proposal, first read Thursday in the Oregon House and sponsored by Bentz and Oregon Speaker of the House Tina Kotek, D-Portland, is a gesture to rural Oregon. It was in the works before the snow hit, but has taken on new significance in the wake of the storms, Kotek said.

“We’re saying to (Malheur County) that we care and we want businesses to stay in Ontario,” Kotek said.




Oregon officials react to prospect of federal pot crackdown

East Oregonian

Oregon lawmakers have condemned a White House statement suggesting the U.S. Justice Department will enforce the federal prohibition on recreational marijuana in states that have legalized it. When Oregonians legalized recreational pot in 2014, they knew there was a risk of a federal crackdown with future presidential administrations, said Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick, D-Portland. “The approach we’re taking is to have effective regulations and to stamp out the black market to the extent that we can,” said Burdick, who is co-chairwoman of the Joint Committee on Marijuana Regulation. “We really want to have the kind of program that will, if they do decide to enforce, put us at the bottom of their list.”




Legislature 2017: CCOs could be required to become nonprofit

Portland Business Journal

Half of the 16 Coordinated Care Organizations, which deliver Medicaid services to about 1 million Oregonians, are nonprofit. A bill pending in the Legislature would require the other 50 percent to shift from for-profit entities to community-based nonprofits by 2023. There’s more. House Bill 2122 and its companion Senate Bill 273 encompass a host of other major changes, including requiring more transparency around the CCOs activities and meetings, and setting up a Community Escrow Fund to hold CCOs’ restricted reserves, which currently total $193 million.

“We want to move the reserves over to the state treasury and hold it in escrow and find ways for it to be used on behalf of the community,” said HB 2122 sponsor Rep. Mitch Greenlick, the Portland Democrat who chairs the House Health Care Committee.


Providers voice opposition to health care cuts

Mail Tribune

Members of the local medical community Thursday said cuts to the federal Affordable Care Act would leave patients uninsured, increase emergency room use and harm innovative efforts to address the roots of health problems and control costs.




Oregon Treasurer Tobias Read defends vote to sell Elliott State Forest

Statesman Journal

In an interview, Read said his decision wasn’t something he was happy about, but that he had a “legal responsibility to generate revenue for the state’s school children.”

“I’m a strong supporter of public lands and I don’t like the situation we’re in,” he said. “I’ve been asking for months for another plan — a detailed plan with actual dollars attached to it. Presently, I don’t see another viable path.”




Oregon moves to join travel ban lawsuit

The Register Guard

On Wednesday evening, Rosenblum filed a motion with a federal court asking to join Ferguson’s lawsuit, saying the court otherwise might craft a limited remedy that would not ­address the harm caused to Oregon.


Oregon joins Washington’s travel ban lawsuit, citing ‘harm’ to state, institutions

Portland Tribune

Oregon’s Department of Justice has filed court papers seeking to join Washington’s lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban on citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries. “The executive order has caused — and threatens to further cause — harm to Oregon and its residents, employers, agencies, educational institutions, health care system and economy. Moreover, the executive order forces Oregon to violate its own laws against discrimination, frustrating Oregon’s sovereign interest in providing a welcoming home to people from all over the world,” according to the justice department’s motion.




Enthusiastic crowd greets Wyden

Mail Tribune

An enthusiastic crowd of 2,400 greeted U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., like a soldier taking a break from battle — shaking his hand, giving him standing ovations and sending him back into the fray on multiple fronts against Republican President Donald Trump’s administration.




Editorial: Bill to mandate class size as contract issue is wrong solution to real problem: Editorial Agenda 2017

The Oregonian Editorial Board

Credit Rep. Margaret Doherty with showing the mettle that some of her fellow legislators won’t. Rather than mask her sponsorship of a proposal and introducing it as a “committee” bill, the Tigard Democrat is owning it – despite its having “fiasco” written all over it. It’s great that lawmakers view smaller classes – which requires hiring teachers – as a necessity. But as Chuck Bennett of the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators said pointedly to legislators, “You have not funded that.” The idea behind HB2651 isn’t outlandish in and of itself. Oregon ranks among the states with the highest average class size, according to figures from the National Education Association.


Editorial: ‘Protecting’ free speech

The Register Guard Editorial Board

State Sen. Kim Thatcher has what she says is “a plan to help protect free speech and ensure student safety on college campuses.” It involves expelling students. Thatcher, a Keizer Republican, deserves points for originality — sort of. The qualifier is needed because one suspects that Thatcher’s main goal is to yank Democrats’ chains, given that her bill has less chance of passing the Oregon Legislature than a resolution honoring President Trump.


Editorial: Let the public see public records

The Bend Bulletin Editorial Board

Oregon’s public records law has about 550 ways of saying to the public: You can’t see that. Oregon has 550 exemptions to its public records law. The federal Freedom of Information Act has only nine exemptions. Are Oregon’s 550 necessary? They should, at least, be reviewed.

State Rep. John Huffman, R-The Dalles, has introduced House Bill 2101, which would require a legislative committee to review the exemptions and affirm they are necessary. If they are not found necessary, they would be repealed automatically. New exemptions would also be repealed after six years unless the Legislature votes they should continue. “I think there’s a strong desire for the transparency and the need to clean up,” Huffman said, according to The Oregonian. “We are unique as a state with 550 some-odd exemptions. We might find out that, darn it, we need all of them. But I kind of doubt that.”


Editorial: Oregon Promise should reflect need

The Bend Bulletin Editorial Board

Lawmakers, if they decide to keep the Promise program alive, should end the practice of handing out money to students whose family income is well above the state’s 2015 median household income of $54,148. Instead, money should go to students based on need as well as on grades and the like.


Editorial: Richardson speaks up for Oregon elections

Associated Press

We have worried that Trump’s continued insistence about widespread voter fraud is an attempt to pave the way for tighter voter ID laws or other measures that could make it more difficult for certain segments of the population to cast ballots. But Oregon continues to roll in the opposite direction — this state has aggressively removed barriers to voting. It’s encouraging to see Richardson rolling in that direction as well.


Guest: Raise revenue to solve budget woes

Chuck Sheketoff is executive director of the Oregon Center for Public Policy

Common-sense options exist for raising revenue that will allow Oregon to protect and strengthen schools and key public services. Exercising those options ultimately comes to political will – and Oregonians demanding that lawmakers fix our revenue shortfall with revenue solutions.


Guest: State can balance budget without taxes

Eric Fruits is an Oregon-based economist and adjunct professor at Portland State University.

State tax revenues are approaching all-time highs. Nevertheless, the state must face the budget reality that Oregonians do not have the resources to support ever-expanding spending programs that outpace our ability to pay for them.


Guest: What PERS cuts would mean to me

Jennifer Gould is a registered nurse and a board certified lactation consultant

PERS costs do not happen in a vacuum. They need to be taken into consideration with the entire budget. When prescription drug costs are skyrocketing out of control, hospital profits are on the rise, and, as the Oregonian reported last week, Oregon corporations are paying only 80 percent of the public benefit they receive, should we be gutting retirement benefits for teachers, firefighters and nurses? It is time for Salem lawmakers to show some real leadership and balance the budget without breaking their contract with public workers.




Feds signal changes on recreational marijuana

The Bend Bulletin

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Thursday that he expects states to be subject to “greater enforcement” of federal laws against marijuana use, a move that could undercut the growing number of jurisdictions moving to legalize the drug for recreational purposes.


Trump administration takes aim at recreational marijuana

The Oregonian

Sean Spicer suggested Thursday that the Trump administration will enforce federal marijuana laws in states where recreational pot is legal. At a White House press briefing, a reporter asked the White House press secretary how the Trump administration will differ from the Obama administration when it comes to the “state/federal conflict” over recreational marijuana. “There’s two distinct issues here,” Spicer said, “medical marijuana and recreational marijuana.” Medical use, he said, is not in question. But recreational use, including in states like Oregon, faces a possible challenge.


Environmental and fishing groups sue to save NW salmon

The Associated Press

Environmental and fishing groups sued the federal government on Thursday as they seek cooler water for salmon in the Columbia River system. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Seattle against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the agency. “We need a plan to deal with climate change and rising water temperatures in the Columbia, or we may be telling our kids stories about salmon instead of teaching them to fish,” said Brett VandenHeuvel, executive director of Columbia Riverkeeper. The lawsuit was filed by Columbia Riverkeeper, Snake River Waterkeeper, Idaho Rivers United, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, and the Institute for Fisheries Resources.

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

Let’s elect a Republican governor in 2018!

Thank you.

Solomon Yue

Republican National Committeeman for Oregon

Vice Chairman and CEO

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


House Republican Office Daily Clips







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


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


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.




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.




EPA cutbacks and Oregon’s environment: What we know


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.




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.




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.




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


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.


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.




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.”




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?




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.

ORP Call for Transparency


Deadline Extended for OAR 165-005-0170

The deadline has been extended to Oct 23rd, 2015.

We have an opportunity to comment on the “Motor Voter” rules.  Please consider adding your comments and testimony, this could impact all future elections.

From: Summer S. Davis

The Elections Division is extending the deadline for comments on proposed OAR 165-005-0170 (Draft Oregon Motor Voter Registration Manual) to October 23, 2015.

Our office has received extensive comments and suggestions about the contents of the mailer that will go out to potential registrants under the Oregon Motor Voter (OMV) program. Attached please find a draft of the OMV Mailer and Letter. The Elections Division is especially interested in feedback on the attached draft documents. All comments received to date will also be considered.

Written comments can be delivered as follows:

emailed: [email protected]

faxed: 503-373-7414

delivered or mailed: 255 Capitol Street NE, Suite 501, Salem, OR  97310


To be considered, comments must be received by 5:00 PM on October 23, 2015. For more information, go to


If you would like to be removed from the Elections Division administrative rules interested parties list, please respond to this email.




Summer S. Davis

Initiative, Referendum, Referral Specialist

Oregon Secretary of State, Elections Division

255 Capitol Street NE Ste 501

Salem OR  97310


ORP Platform – 09/08/2015









Big news in the world of Republican Politics


Today there is some big news in the world of Republican politics.  We all know that the Oregon Republican Party is not the Washington D.C. establishment you hear about.  However, often Oregonians are upset with the ORP for what goes on with the elected leaders from other states and even those who are in charge at the national level.  We hear you! Many times your local Republican leaders are among those rallying the loudest for change at the national level as well as here in Oregon.  That is one of the reasons republicans across this state are working so hard to implement the new plan for Republican Victory in Oregon in 2016.  In Oregon, your Republican Party is working to change government at the local and national level.

We hear your concerns about not getting enough change while Obama is still President, and we hear the complaints about “establishment” not standing up strong enough for our Republican principles.  We want you to know that we aren’t the establishment and want conservative solutions just as much as you do! We know that you don’t want your candidates to be anything like the Democrats.  These are some of the reasons we are working with your local Republican leaders at all levels of Oregon politics to build a new strong Republican Party.

We are building an Oregon Republican Party that can win and save our state from the failed policies and corruption of the Democrats. However, with your help we can do that both in Oregon AND in D.C. as we elect more strong Republicans to Congress, the Senate, and to statewide offices in Oregon.  That is how we can do our part in Oregon to shape the leadership and direction in Washington D.C.

Your Oregon Republican Party continues to:

  • Call for an end to Obamacare as Americans see their Obamacare subsidies come to an end and insurance premiums skyrocket.
  • Call for an end to taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood.
  • Plan to make Oregon a Right to Work state and give many Oregonians back their $200-$300 per month that is taken away by union dues that go straight to Democrat campaigns.
  • Oppose the closing and waste of our forests and timberlands while our families in rural communities suffer.
  • Fight to improve our schools and educational opportunities through competition and school choice.
  • Fight to roll back the infringements on your First and Second Amendment rights.
  • Battle tax and fee increases coming from the Democrats’ insatiable appetite for your money.
  • Lead the charge to end the culture of corruption that has plagued our state from nearly 3 decades of Democrat power.
  • Take every opportunity to remove layer after layer of government red tape to give all Oregonians an opportunity to succeed.

We need your help, we need your input. The success of your Republican Party in saving this state depends on you and those like you.  Can you volunteer? Can you donate? Can you help us influence others to join us in this fight?   Click here to let us know or to take our survey. You can find out more about what you can do to help or find out when events will be by contacting your local republican leaders.  Click here to find out how to contact leaders in your area.

You can view our website or LIKE us on facebook, or follow us on twitter @Oregon_GOP.


Can you contribute $5, $10, $20 or more per month to fund an ongoing effort to counter the liberal progressive political machine? Or can you donate you time and contact your local county Republican Central Committee and get involved with your local Republicans?  Click here.  Please share and forward this e-mail to everyone you can!

Oregon Republican Party

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

Greek Dinner

Greek Dinner

Greek Dinner Dance and Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Dear Oregon Republican Party State Central Committee members,

Four quick updates:
1) Here’s the link for ORP Central Committee members, Oregon Republican PCPs, and their guests to register at the $80 discounted rate for the Greek Dinner Dance. We only have 140 tickets left out of 362. We do not want you to miss this fun event. Please order your ticket online now.

2) We hope you plan to attend a very special grassroots rally with Sheriff Joe Arpaio hosted by the ORP in support of your 2nd Amendment Rights, limited government, government transparency, less taxes, getting tough on crime, Official English and E-Verify on Saturday, June 27  from 3 – 5 pm on the steps of the Oregon State Capitol. Especially, we do not want you to miss the 2nd Door Prize Drawing – a pair of Maricopa County PINK inmate shorts signed by Sheriff Joe Arpaio and modeled by “inmate” Jeff Grossman (see attachment). ORP Central Committee members registered for the state meeting get one free door prize ticket.
3) We bring Sheriff Joe Arpaio to Oregon to help rebuild Oregon Republican Party in order to take back Oregon in 2016 by uniting and re-energizing our grassroots activists on winning issues like 2nd Amendment Rights, limited government, government transparency, less taxes, getting tough on crime, Official English and E-Verify. As a result, we have invited the following organizations to join the rally:
Oath Keepers of Oregon
Douglas County Tea Party

Oregon State Elks Association

Oregon Patriot

Veterans of Foreign Wars Oregon

American Legion in Oregon

ORP State Central Committee 
Oregon Right to Life
Oregon Family council 
Common Sense Oregon
Oregon Tea Party
Taxpayers Association of Oregon
Oregonians In Action
Oregon Firearms Federation
Crime Victims United of Oregon
Oregon Citizens lobby 
Oregon Sheriffs’ Association
4) The rally was also promoted by Sheriff Arpaio’s call-in appearance on the Gator’s Radio Experience show today in Salem. Co-host Denise Qinn Nanke stated, “it was a great interview – funny and interesting – and we were able to spend quite a bit of time talking about the rally on the 27th.” Thank you Denise for setting up this interview.
Thank you.
Solomon Yue
Republican National Committeeman for Oregon
Vice Chairman and CEO
Republicans Overseas, Inc.
Republicans Overseas Action, Inc.
Skype: solomon.yue1
twitter: @SolomonYue



Action Alert: BOLI HB2386 VOTE UPDATE


Republican Rapid Response Action Alert

HB 2386-9 Engrossed

FLOOR VOTE on HOUSE side of the Legislature 3/24/2015What is in this bill?
Currently, wage & hour disputes between empolyees and employers are handled with the involvement of the Circuit Court having jurisdiction. The Bureau of Labor and Industries ( BOLI) brings the complaint to the court.

HB 2386 expands the authority of the BOLI Commissioner to issue cease and desist orders on a business, potentially closing it’s doors AND the business would have no right or method to appeal the decision until after BOLI completed it’s investigation and issued it’s final order.
That final order may not be available for an entire year.

Another expansion of authority would be for BOLI to set the dollar amount for a “bond” to be paid by the employer within 10 days. The bill has NO limit on the amount of the bond and if the business thinks it’s excessive, guess who is 100% responsible to prove it. Not BOLI.
“Pay up or we shut you down Mr. Employer”.

Current Situation

The House Committee on Business and Labor “DO PASS” recommendation was a straight party line vote .  No Republican House member voted for this bill.

HB2386-9 is heading for a FLOOR VOTE on HOUSE side of the Legislature on Tuesday 3/24/2015
ACTION you can take now.          Deadline: Monday 3/23/2015 Email and Call Your Representative, no matter what their party may be.
You could use any of these points to support your opposition to HB 2386:

  • The substitution of the commissioner for the court grants an executive branch agency judicial authority.  If BOLI is already fulfilling the roles of investigation and prosecutor in any dispute, how is it fair to the employee and the employer if BOLI also serves as the judge?


  • If BOLI establishes a requirement for a bond that is excessive, the employer assumes 100% of the responsibility to prove that the amount is excessive. That is contrary to the principle of innocent until proven guilty.


  • BOLI “may commence an action in the circuit court”, which is great for BOLI, but the employers seems to be left at the mercy of an agency.  BOLI may take up to a year to issue it’s final orders, and by then the business may no longer exist.
  • Our American system of justice is based on fairness to all parties and the role of our courts is

how we achieve that in our society.
Find your Representative on the Oregon Legislature website

If you know your House District number already:
Your Representative’s phone number is: (503) 986 – 14 XX     XX is your District number.


  • In your County e-mail news blasts.
  • On your County Party facebook pages, twitter feeds and other social media tools.
  • With friends and colleagues in business organizations like Chambers of Commerce and Industry Associations.
  • With friends and family members who need to be aware of what is going on in Salem.

Join Us

The Oregon Republican Party invites you to join our efforts to support or oppose legislative action that is important to you and your family. We care about your concerns and are taking action to help solve problems. We are here for ALL Oregonians and hope that if you agree with our approaches to solving problems, that you would register as a Republican and support Republican candidates who share your values.

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Principles for American Renewal


RNC Announces “Principles for American Renewal”

Yesterday, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus delivered remarks on the GOP’s “Principles for American Renewal,” which outline the core ideas driving the Republican Party and policy makers. The principles unite Republicans as a party and demonstrate the commitment the party has for better leadership in America.


Reince Priebus made the following remarks during the unveiling:


“Republicans across the country have the ideas to get Americans back to work and to get our country back on the right track, and these eleven principles are a good tool to ensure our ideas become a reality. Election Day is only 33 days away, and it is important that the party, now more than ever, inform voters of the difference between the Obama agenda and responsible solutions for our country.”


Oregon Republican Party Chairman, Art Robinson agreed with Priebus, stating the following:


“These principles cover 11 key topics: jobs, spending, health care, our veterans, national security, education, poverty, values, energy, immigration and, most importantly, the Constitution. These are the things that most voters are concerned with, as opposed to the radical agenda that Barack Obama and the Democrats are trying to ram down our throats. The principles unify every local and state party across the country and signify a solid stand against President Obama’s declared mission to ‘fundamentally transform America’.


“The Democrats would like for voters to believe that Republicans are simply against everything; I am proud to say that we stand firmly opposed to Barack Obama’s ‘transformational’ policies which weaken our country at every level. These 11 principles highlight what we support-not just what we oppose-in this year’s election and for the future. They are a focal point from which our party will be able to solve our nation’s problems from the bottom-up. By sticking close to these principles and working diligently, we will implement solutions to get America back on the path to success.



“Democrat candidates in Oregon are saddled with Obama’s agenda, and they can’t hide from it. As Obama pointed out yesterday, his ‘policies are on the ballot’ in November. Every time a voter casts a vote for a Democrat, they are casting a vote for Obama’s policies. Voters in Oregon get it and have been leaving the Democratic Party in droves. We have opened the door for conservative Democrats to join the Republican Party, and many have come over. Therefore, voters can rightly conclude that any Democrat running in Oregon this year is not a conservative and has hitched their wagon to President Obama and his liberal agenda.


“Every voter has a chance to stand with the Republican Party in November by supporting our Principles for American Renewal. I believe that Oregon voters will get behind the Republican conservative problem solvers who will get Americans back to work and back on track.”


More information on the Principles for American Renewal click here



Top-Two Primary Executive Committee Statement


Official Call for March 29th State Central Committee ORP Meeting




















The meeting will include a day long program on March 28th by the Leadership Institute; a speech on March 29th by Matt Pinnell of the RNC; a program by the Leadership Institute on the afternoon of March 29th; speeches by many of our Republican candidates; a presentation on the LCS system to be used in the 2014 campaign; and other events concerning our 2014 campaign in addition to our usual reports and business.

Our movement is strong – check out our powerful lineup!

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Click here to download speaker lineup


Please check the updated registration page at the end of this email for more information and speakers and or website     




Don’t miss the most patriotic event in the northwest!web qr



The Gathering of the Eagles blends approximately 40 different organizations representing Tea Party, Conservative Republican, Independent and Freedom-Loving, God-Fearing Americans.

The 7th annual Gathering of the Eagles will take place

August 3 from Noon to 5:30 in Turner, Oregon

Be sure to come out for a wholesome event for the whole family -celebrating Freedom, Faith, Family and Patriotism.

Join us for a family-style BBQ, entertainment relevant guest speakers and lots of booths.

Children will enjoy our supervised play area with a bounce house and activities.

Visit over 30 booths representing several conservative-minded groups

Enjoy our famous barbecue lunch and ice-cream – a big hit for the whole family.

You will leave this celebration of freedom encouraged and inspired. 




7/2 updated mailer
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Adult Registration $45.00 Buy Now

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(Children under 12 are free but please register them so we can provide a name badge and have a proper head count) 


Booth Registration for profit $90.00  Buy Now 


Non-Profit, Tea Party and candidates running for office  – Registration NO COST. Individual ticket prices apply.         




 Register before July 15 and save!
Donate $10  Donate $25 Donate $50 Donate $75 Donate  $100 Donate $150 Donate $200            

Putting on this event is a true labor of love and passion.  Donations are always appreciated to help us continue to offer this event each year and to enable everyone to attend no matter what their financial situation.   If your booth fee was waived please consider donating!  Thank you! 

Gathering of the Eagles Mouth-Watering Lunch Menu


Adams Smokehouse Ribs American BBQ

MENU: Grilled Chicken (BBQ sauce on the side), Santa Maria Style Tri-Tip, Poquito Beans, Potato Salad (Dama’s mom’s sweet pickle version), Fruit Trays, Broccoli Salad, Corn Bread with honey and butter, Cobblers (Apple, Marion berry, peach). And we’ll have lots and lots of Umpqua Ice Cream in all your favorite flavors to keep you cool.


Your ORP–In Memory


The new Oregon Republican Party!
In memory of… 
 Joan Austin 

Joan Austin, co-founder with her husband, Ken, of A-dec, Inc. in Newberg, died Wednesday morning, June 5, 2013, in her sleep. She was 81.

A family-owned company, A-dec was started by the Austins in 1964 with a vision that revolutionized the world of dental equipment and grew the company to include a global network of customers and authorized dealers in more than 100 countries. 

The family seeded a state-of-the-art business school at Oregon State University with a $10 million donation and helped launch programs that focus on family-run businesses and entrepreneurship. The Austins also have made sizable contributions to drug and alcohol treatment centers, free dental care efforts and schools. An elementary school in Newberg bears her name.

Joan was a major donor to Republicans over the years, including purchasing all the furniture in the ORP Office.  She was a real Oregon success story and generous member of the community.  She will be greatly missed.


Help us TODAY!

Save the Date!

The state party convention will be in Bend, OR this summer, August 8-10th, at the Riverhouse Hotel. Please watch for more details or email[email protected].

Take Action
Legislative Action

Do you agree with theNational Popular Vote? Should all electoral votes follow the national vote? Gov. Kitzhaber just
received a $25,000 contribution from the
leader of the effort.
Read more here and contact your legislator.

The voter auto-registration bill HB 3521will require all people who interact at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), to become automatically registered to vote, including all 500,000-750,000 “eligible” people as far back as 2008-2009. This is not limited to the DMV! The Secretary of State will be able todefine which state agencies are involved! How can you help stop this bill? Click here.

Victory 2014 Dinner 

Have dinner with John Fund

On July 12th, Jackson, Josephine and Klamath Counties welcome John Fund, highly respected Washington political
analyst, to an evening
of fun and information
about the current Administration’s
scandals and the
effect they will have
on the 2014 elections.
Please join them for this important event.
Click here for more information!

Volunteer Opportunites

Oregon State Fair August 23-Sept 2

The ORP will have a booth at the state fair and needs help manning it for 11 days. Can you take one shift?
Please contact Terri if you would like to help.
[email protected]

Don’t forget about yourlocal county party! They need your help also. As the summer season kicks into full swing, there are many family friendly events to participate in. Please email[email protected] for more details.

A Note From Our Chair
Thank you for your interest in Oregon Republicans! We are working hard to lay the groundwork for winning elections in 2014. This takes time and cooperation from all the county party organizations, too. I hope that you will get involved with your local county groups and build the strength necessary to defeat the Democrats next November!
As you can see, we are planning events and raising money. I know you will be pleased to see the ORP out front and center, promoting the values we all share. We care about the issues that affect you! This is why we send you information about legislation that affects all of us. We have successfully stopped some dangerous bills this session, but it’s not over yet. You can make a difference by phoning and emailing your concerns to your legislators.
Please take time to read our information and forward it to your friends who may not be on our email list.

Thank you,
Suzanne Gallagher

Contact [email protected] if you would like to have Suzanne as a speaker at your event

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Call to Action!



Can’t make it to Salem?

Call and/or Email Today! 

Send testimony or a brief note 
of encouragement to vote NO.


Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, Co-Chair
[email protected]

Rep. Greg Smith, Co-Chair
[email protected]

Sen. Betsy Johnson
[email protected]

Sen. Doug Whitsett
[email protected]

Rep. David Gomberg
[email protected]

Rep. Nancy Nathanson
[email protected]

Tiffany Koss, Comm. Assistant
[email protected]

Universal Voter Registration
Slated for Hearing 

Action Needed Monday Morning!

This is very bad legislation!  The single most important political bill of this legislative session, HB 3521 A – Kate Brown’s Universal Voter Registration Bill, was added to the Agenda of the Ways and Means Subcommittee On General Government, Friday.

We know that this last minute scheduling is an attempt to pass the bill out of committee without public input. We cannot let that happen!

HB 3521 A will require all people who interact at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), who are not currently registered to vote in Oregon, to become automatically registered to vote, including all “eligible” people back as far as 2008-2009. And it’s not limited to the DMV – the Secretary of State will be able to define which state agencies are involved!

There are somewhere between 500,000 and 750,000 “eligible” adults in Oregon who are not currently registered to vote. Their wishes MUST be respected. It is a game changer for voter registration and politics in Oregon. 

This is not the time nor the place to discuss the merits of this bill. It is BAD legislation. Period. And we must stop it. If you’d like to read more about WHY this is bad, please take the time to read this article –
What can I do?

If you’d like to appear in Salem in support of our position against this bill, please feel free to attend, and submit written testimony. However, due to the extremely sensitive nature of this political hot potato, we ask that you not testify in person unless requested. We ask for your help with this extremely sensitive hearing, however it is important that legislators do not hear testimony submitted previously in the House Rules Committee hearings. Do sign in on the sign-up sheet, and indicate your position in opposition to this bill, but plan on turning your time over to one of the official representatives of the party for their testimony.

Ways and Means Subcommittee on General Government
Monday, June 3
8:30 am
Room H-174

Can’t make it to Salem on Monday morning?

Our lawmakers are under intense pressure to pass this bill  and we MUST let them know via phone calls, emails, and faxes that they will be held accountable for their vote – whatever they decide.
Please call and/or send an Email message to each member of the Committee listed on the left.  Copy your House and Senate members, too! Every touch with a legislator is equal to over 100 constituents. You can influence the outcome!

Sandy Raddue
Oregon GOP Election Integrity Committee Chair
[email protected]

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Memorial Day Message by Ronald Reagan – 1981

We all need to be reminded of the true meaning of Memorial Day.  I thought you might appreciate reading President Reagan’s Memorial Day Proclamation for May 25, 1981.

Over one hundred years ago, Memorial Day was established to commemorate those who died in the defense of our national ideals. Our ideals of freedom, justice, and equal rights for all have been challenged many times since then, and thousands of Americans have given their lives in many parts of the world to secure those same ideals and insure for their children a lasting peace. Their sacrifice demands that we, the living, continue to promote the cause of peace and the ideals for which they so valiantly gave of themselves.

Today, the United States stands as a beacon of liberty and democratic strength before the community of nations. We are resolved to stand firm against those who would destroy the freedoms we cherish. We are determined to achieve an enduring peace — a peace with liberty and with honor. This determination, this resolve, is the highest tribute we can pay to the many who have fallen in the service of our Nation.

In recognition of those Americans whom we honor today, the Congress, by joint resolution of May 11, 1950 (64 Stat. 158), has requested the President to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and a period during such day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer. Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby designate Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 1981, as a day of prayer for permanent peace, and I designate the hour beginning in each locality at 11 o’clock in the morning of that day as a time to unite in prayer. I urge the press, radio, television, and all other information media to cooperate in this observance. I also request the Governors of the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the appropriate officials of all local units of Government to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff during this Memorial Day on all buildings, grounds, and naval vessels throughout the United States and in all areas under its jurisdiction and control, and I request the people of the United States to display the flag at half-staff from their homes for the customary forenoon period.

God bless our veterans and their families. 



Oregon Republican Party

Greg Leo
Executive Director

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