Even under the never-ending brutal, lying, cheating and stealing…party of open borders, crime and drugs…withering attack from the lunatic Left, disastrous and destructive Democrats, mass-hysteria Fake-News Media, hate-filled Hollywood actors and Liberal university kooks…not to mention the Socialists, anarchists and foreign powers out to get us…TRUMP and the (deplorable, gun-toting and religion-clinging) normal Conservative red-blooded Americans are still…Making America Great Again!

The Stock Market continues the long bull run. The DOW breaks 27,000 for the first time ever:

And, the S&P 500 hits 3,000 for the first time ever:

Stocks close at record highs before 4th of July:

The DOW logged its best June in 80 years:

Capitalism versus Socialism:

Jobs report crushes expectations:

Record 157,005,000 employed in the USA:

Strong job growth is back:

The TRUMP list of accomplishments keeps growing…and growing…and growing:

TRUMP 2020 re-election campaign blasts off:

Republicans raise massive $105 million in the second quarter:

The Fake-News Media predicts a “tiny crowd” for the TRUMP July 4th speech…wrong yet again:

TRUMP is rolling in cash for 2020 election battle with the Democrats:

p.s. I have always loved the Betsy Ross flag!

Who does Colin Kaepernick think he is?

TRUMP 2020! Pass it on!

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TRUMP calls DEMS the “party of open borders, drugs and crime”

Every DEMOCRAT candidate for POTUS has a plan to save U.S. that WON”T WORK!

2020 DEMOCRAT’s Most Insanely Scary Proposals:

The LEFTISTS ruin everything they touch:

What do the worst run cities have in common?

How to solve the homeless crisis on the LEFT coast in PORTLANDIA…dump giant rocks on them:

In the state of CALIFORNICATION…the DEMS have brought back diseases that were eradicated decades ago:

SAN FRAN is becoming a giant slum:

Nobody is that stupid!


The party of NO common sense:

What is the murder rate in CHICAGO these days…I don’t even want to go there.

Decades of DEMOCRAT rule ruined some of our finest cities:

America’s first Third-World State by Victor Davis Hanson:  The full version:

TRUMP/PENCE in 2020!

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July 8, 2019 Daily Clips


Oregon House Dems Elect Barbara Smith Warner as New Majority Leader

Willamette Week

The Democrats in the Oregon House of Representatives have elected a new majority leader: Rep. Barbara Smith Warner (D-Portland). The previous majority leader, Rep. Jennifer Williamson (D-Portland), announced last week that she was stepping down, though she did not give a specific reason for doing so. Her name has been rumored for some time as a contender for statewide office. Tina Kotek (D-Portland) continues to serve as speaker of the House, the head of the caucus. Smith Warner served as the co-chair of the joint Student Success Committee that laid the groundwork for the passage of the landmark funding bill for education.

Capitol Roundup: Legislature’s odds and ends at adjournment

The Bend Bulletin 

With the Legislature gone until winter, Salem returns to its summer populace — the governor, state agencies and tourists. But the effects of the chaotic 2019 session continue to echo through the Capitol. Catching up on the end times: The governor has 30 days from the end of the session on June 30 to sign or veto policy bills. The governor’s office reports that through June 27, Gov. Kate Brown had signed 524 bills. Dozens more are backed up from the end of the session. The Legislature introduced an estimated 2,768 bills and resolutions in the 2019 session. The governor has the power to veto entire policy bills, which would require an override vote of two-thirds of the Senate and House in separate votes. Since Democrats hold a 38-22 advantage in the House and 18-12 majority in the Senate, the Legislature and the governor were in sync on most issues, making vetoes unlikely.

‘Christmas tree bill’ pumps funds to local projects

Mail Tribune 

Christmas has come to Oregon’s legislators. In one of the final steps of the 2019 Legislature, lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a massive bill to deliver about $1.32 billion to projects across the state, from Clackamas to Harney counties. One of the least controversial bills to pass this session, it was released less than a week before lawmakers went home for the year. “It’s Christmas in July,” said Rep. Cedric Hayden, R-Roseburg. Hayden was referring to the bill’s colloquial term: the “Christmas Tree bill. “ It’s a biennial tradition.

It could be years before markets respond to elimination of exclusive single-family zoning

Statesman Journal 

Oregon is getting national attention for becoming the first state to pass legislation that eliminates exclusive single-family zoning in much of the state. But it could be many years before the landmark legislation has a major effect — if it ever does. Housing experts on both sides of the fight over House Bill 2001 say market forces and the reaction of developers will play an important role in determining how much multifamily housing gets built in urban neighborhoods that have traditionally been largely reserved for detached single-family housing. “I think it’s probably more symbolically important than practically important at this point,” said Jenny Schuetz, who studies metropolitan policy issues at the Brookings Institute, a Washington, D.C., think tank. “It takes probably a couple of years before the market really shows how it is going to respond.”

The 2020 Presidential Race Hits Portland This Week, With Visits From Two Democratic Primary Candidates

Willamette Week

The 2020 Democratic presidential primary starts in earnest this week in Portland, with one private fundraiser and one public rally. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee will be holding a private event July 8 alongside U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) to talk about fighting climate change. Andrew Yang will hold a rally in Pioneer Courthouse Square on July 13. Neither candidate is expected to win the Democratic Party nomination, but they consider blue stronghold Portland important enough for an early stop as they try to build momentum.

Oregon expands voluntary pay-by-the mile instead of by-the-gallon road-usage program

Statesman Journal 

Electric vehicle owners face a decision in 2020: Which of two options should they choose when registering their vehicle? The answer depends on how much they will drive in Oregon. The Oregon Department of Transportation has expanded its road usage charge program called OReGO. The voluntary program charges motorists based on how many miles they cruise along Oregon’s roads and highways instead of through fuel taxes. It’s intended to equalize what participants pay the state based on their actual road usage, not through fuel consumption, which can vary based on the vehicle’s efficiency.  Owners of any vehicle can enroll in OReGO if it gets 20 miles a gallon or better. That’s the “break-even point” where fuel taxes cost the same as OReGO.

State legislators talk about Salem session on Tuesday

The Register-Guard 

Eugene-Springfield area state legislators will discuss the 2019 Oregon legislative session at a July 9 town hall in Eugene. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of legislators and to hear about key bills considered by the legislature this year. “This is a great opportunity for the community to hear about the groundbreaking legislation we passed this year, as well as about the ways local legislators worked together to advance the priorities of our community,” said Rep. Julie Fahey. The following elected state officials are confirmed to attend: Sen. James I. Manning Jr., Sen. Lee Beyer, Rep. Paul Holvey, Rep. Nancy Nathanson, Rep. John Lively, and Rep. Fahey.


Oregon caseworkers accused of sex in presence of foster child: 1 has resigned, 1 no longer being paid


A pair of Oregon child welfare workers accused of having sex in the presence of a foster child they were supposed to care for during an overnight hotel stay are no longer being paid by the state, and one has resigned. Mark Walsh, a child welfare supervisor in the Department of Human Services’ Dallas office, quit on June 28, effective immediately, according to department spokesman Jake Sunderland. Kate Guy, a paralegal in the same office, was switched to unpaid administrative leave when her paid leave expired on June 26, Sunderland said.

After a year of close calls, last-minute bailouts, Special Olympics of Oregon survives financial crisis


On a cool Friday night in early June, more than 100 intellectually disabled soccer players gathered at Portland’s Providence Park for the Summer Soccer Invitational. It was a pivotal moment for Special Olympics of Oregon. A year ago, the non-profit had fallen into financial chaos. It was too broke to stage competitions. Lenders and vendors, some that hadn’t been paid in a year, were clamoring for their money. Insolvency and bankruptcy loomed over the organization like the blade of a guillotine.

State vs. City: Confusion over bag ban sets in at Bend grocery stores

The Bend Bulletin 

Going into Albertsons on Friday afternoon, Barbara Seaman thought she had a pretty good handle on Bend’s plastic bag ban law. But when she left, Seaman came out with groceries, a paper bag she wasn’t expecting to pay 10 cents for, and a sense of confusion. Which bag ban was the law of the land? The one that began July 1 in Bend, or a statewide ban approved by the Oregon Legislature and scheduled to begin Jan. 1? Compounding the confusion: The city of Bend established a grace period for stores and consumers that would last until Jan. 1.

July 7, 2019 Weekend Clips


Oregon Sen. Brian Boquist faces hearing for comments made during walkout by Senate Republicans

Statesman Journal

An Oregon state senator who once worked in the world’s hotspots as a contractor and soldier now finds himself under fire over threats he made during a Republican revolt over climate legislation. Sen. Brian Boquist, a veteran who served in Iraq, warned Senate President Peter Courtney that if he sent the State Police to force him to return during the walkout by the minority Republicans, “hell is coming to visit you personally.” Courtney later asked Gov. Kate Brown, a fellow Democrat, to order the state police to bring the Republicans back so the Senate could reach a quorum. When Brown did so, the senators fled the state. Boquist said he would resist any attempt to be forced to return to the state Capitol and advised state police, in front of a TV news camera, to “send bachelors and come heavily armed.”

Oregon Dems preserve nation’s only non-unanimous juries, wait on Supreme Court decision


Legislative action that would have asked Oregon voters to end non-unanimous juries in Oregon quietly died in the Oregon Senate last week because top lawmakers weren’t confident they could muster a successful ballot campaign. There was widespread support among lawyers and lawmakers to end Oregon’s standing as the only state in the country that allows for criminal convictions for crimes short of first-degree murder by non-unanimous juries. House Joint Resolution 10 called on voters to remove that provision from the Oregon Constitution and would have appeared on the November 2020 ballot. The resolution, championed by House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson, D-Portland, passed unanimously in the House in mid-June. It remained in the line-up for a Senate vote until the second-to-last day of the session. That day, Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, referred it to the Senate rules committee, effectively killing it.

House Bill directs $1.43 million to Oregon FFA, eliminates joining fees

Statesman Journal

The Oregon FFA, an agricultural education and leadership organization, will receive funding from the state this biennium for the first time in eight years. The East Oregonian reports that a measure approved by the Legislature appropriates $1.43 million to the Oregon Department of Education for FFA to provide financing for enrollment, leadership development and the coordination of 24 state-level competitions. The funding will help make fees for joining the FFA obsolete. JD Cant, co-chair for Advocacy with the Oregon Agriculture Teacher’s Association, said the fees have imposed a barrier for students taking agriculture classes who can’t afford the $20 to join the FFA.There are almost 7,000 students already enrolled in the Oregon FFA. Cant said the funding could help as many as 5,000 additional students.

4 changes coming to K-12 schools after the 2019 legislative session

The Register Guard 

Area schools can count on extra funding for as well as advances to high-profile issues such as mental health resources, district accountability and keeping class sizes low, thanks to bills approved by the state Legislature. The 2019 legislative session may have been marked by delays, political standoffs and a flurry of votes on the last day, but in the end, lawmakers approved a total of $9 billion for K-12 schools this year, up by about 10% from the last legislative session’s $8.2 billion. The increased funding is projected to have major impact and brings some significant changes to Oregon’s K-12 schools.

Merkley fields questions in Boardman

East Oregonian 

Concern for children in America’s classrooms, homes and border security permeated discussion at a town hall with Sen. Jeff Merkley in Boardman on Saturday. The senator advocated for more education funding, more early childhood education opportunities and changes in the way the country handles minors crossing the southern border in response to several questions from a crowd of about two dozen people at the SAGE Center. Doctors and lawyers with access to child detention centers at the border have described young children packed into facilities without access to clean clothes, soap, toothbrushes, sleeping mats and other items. One town hall attendee described the government’s treatment of unaccompanied minors and those taken from their parents as an “abomination” and asked Merkley what Congress and everyday citizens can do.


Report: Multnomah County GOP chair will represent Joey Gibson in $1 million lawsuit


Joey Gibson may be facing a $1 million civil lawsuit, but the right-wing activist will be represented in court by the chair of the Multnomah County Republican Party. James Buchal, head of the Multnomah County GOP, agreed to represent Gibson in a suit that stems from a May 1 confrontation in Portland, the Willamette Week first reported Friday. Gibson, founder of right-wing group Patriot Prayer, and more than two dozen others were named as defendants in a lawsuit filed by Abram Goldman-Armstrong, owner of Portland-based Cider Riot, in May. Goldman-Armstrong said the group showed up at his northeast Portland cider bar following May Day demonstrations and fought with customers, causing mayhem and physical injury to at least one person. The claims include negligence, trespass and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Lawsuit Claims Josephine County Sheriff’s Office Fosters Harassing Culture

Oregon Public Broadcasting 

The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office has a culture of “sexual banter and innuendo” and discriminates against female employees, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court this week by a current female sheriff’s deputy. The lawsuit outlines specific examples of sexual harassment toward the female employee, including threats of violence, lewd text messages by a male supervisor and being repeatedly propositioned for sex by multiple male coworkers. The lawsuit also claims sweeping discrimination toward women who work at the southeast Oregon law enforcement agency. Deputy Teresa O’Brien, who filed the lawsuit, has worked for the sheriff’s office since 1995, when she began as a reserve deputy.

Timber sale taps into anxiety over logging on the coast

Daily Astorian 

It could be several years before trees are cut on state land off U.S. Highway 101 between Arcadia Beach and Hug Point, but a proposed timber sale has already tapped into broader concerns about water quality, habitat conservation and tourism on the coast. The Norriston Heights timber sale would result in a modified clearcut of more than 70 acres on the east side of the highway. The state expects to net just under $1 million — $938,550 — for the sale. Two-thirds of the revenue will go to rural fire protection in Cannon Beach, public transit through Seaside and the Seaside School District, according to Jason Cox, a spokesman for the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Bend Bulletin Must Terminate Employees Before Paper’s Sale, Documents State

Oregon Public Broadcasting 

A new court filing outlining the sale of Central Oregon’s only daily newspaper shows that all employees of the Bend Bulletin and other publications must be terminated before Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers takes control. The Rhode Island company plans to buy Western Communications’ Central Oregon publications for more than $2 million. As a part of the sale agreement, Western Communications must terminate all employees at the Bend Bulletin, the Redmond Spokesman Weekly and other publications including Go! Weekly entertainment tabloid and Bend Homes monthly.

July 3, 2019 Daily Clips


Oregon House leader who oversaw Democratic wave to leave post


Jennifer Williamson, the Democratic majority leader of the Oregon House for the past four years, announced on Tuesday that she would not seek reelection to that posting, hinting at the same time that she may seek statewide office. Williamson announced the move on Twitter after informing her caucus members, saying she was proud of their “big progressive victories” over her four years in the position. “We’ve made our communities safer, invested in our kids, put more money in the pockets of working people and fought hard to protect our environment,” she said. Williamson added that she hoped to serve “the entire state of Oregon” in another capacity.

Logging community Timber Unity gets White House invite

Salem Reporter

Two members of a quickly rising political activist community of loggers have been invited to the White House for an afternoon talk on environmental policy by President Donald Trump. Timber Unity, a group comprised mostly of loggers but also truckers, farmers and other Oregonians opposed to a carbon-regulating program being proposed by Oregon lawmakers, posted the invitation on their Facebook page Tuesday night. Within an hour the post had been shared more than 1,000 times. The Facebook page for the group first posted June 21, and already has more than 47,000 members. It was the chief organizer of a large rally at the Capitol on Thursday, protesting House Bill 2020 which died at the end of the legislative session.

Political theater overshadows policy; some fear Oregon’s drift toward D.C. politics

Statesman Journal 

After the final gavels dropped Sunday on the Oregon Legislature, Democratic lawmakers left the Capitol having secured most of their top policy priorities — with one notable exception — delivering on the mandate they received when voters handed them a supermajority in November. But those victories were overshadowed by what it took to get there. Bookended by concerns about safety in the Capitol and packed in the middle with partisan squabbling that exploded into a pair of Senate Republican walkouts, 2019 was one of the most contentious sessions in recent history. There is concern among legislative leaders it could get worse.

Oregon coast will be ‘toast’ when Big One hits; politicians will make devastation even worse: The New Yorker


Kathryn Schulz is at it again: scaring the you-know-what out of Oregonians. You surely remember the last time The New Yorker staffer wrote about the Beaver State: The Pulitzer Prize-winning 2015 article “The Really Big One.” The piece laid out in shocking detail what will happen to Oregon when the inevitable massive Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake hits. The key quote from one of her expert sources: “Our operating assumption is that everything west of Interstate 5 will be toast.” Well, now comes Schulz’s sequel: this week’s “Oregon’s Tsunami Risk: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.” The new article was prompted by passage of HB 3309, an Oregon law that once again allows constructing “new public facilities” in the state’s tsunami-inundation zone. 

Potential Southern Oregon health careers college receives $10 million boost from state


Just before adjourning this week, Oregon lawmakers approved a hefty $10 million for a potential new private college dedicated to teaching mental health professionals and other healthcare workers in Roseburg. The goal is to create jobs and train healthcare professionals in rural Oregon, a region with an acute need for such professionals, said Wayne Patterson, executive director of the Umpqua Economic Development Partnership.

Oregon lawmakers expand Farm-to-School Program

East Oregonian

Oregon’s Farm-to-School and School Garden Network is poised to expand after state lawmakers approved a bill tripling the program’s budget. House Bill 2579 passed June 29 as Senate Republicans returned to work from a nine-day walkout in opposition to a controversial carbon pricing scheme known as cap and trade. The senators rushed to vote on numerous bills over two days in order for the Legislature to adjourn by June 30. That included HB 2579, which cleared both the House and Senate unanimously.


Conservative writer Andy Ngo details attack at Portland protest


A clash with demonstrators Saturday left conservative writer Andy Ngo with a brain hemorrhage, he wrote in an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. Ngo — who described himself as a gay journalist of color — said he could have up to six months of memory loss from the hemorrhage, after he was beaten at an event for antifa, a left-leaning militant group. He said he also suffered a ripped earlobe. He described being punched and kicked by about a dozen people dressed all in black, which he said was typical clothing for members of antifa.

McConnell urges Nike to reverse cancellation of Betsy Ross shoes


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is urging Nike to reverse its decision to cancel production of shoes featuring the Betsy Ross flag and has promised that if the company does so, he will make the first order. McConnell weighed in on the controversy over the Fourth-of-July-themed shoes at an event celebrating hemp in Lexington, Kentucky. “If we’re in a political environment where the American flag has become controversial to Americans, I think we’ve got a problem,” McConnell told reporters, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. 

Corvallis protesters join call to ‘close the camps’

Albany Democrat Herald

Close to 100 people gathered outside the Benton County Courthouse in downtown Corvallis over the lunch hour Tuesday to protest the treatment of migrant children being held in federal detention camps along the U.S.-Mexican border. The protesters briefly blocked traffic on Northwest Fourth Street and added fuel to rumors of immigration raids in the mid-valley that could not be substantiated. The local demonstration was one of numerous protests around the country organized by a coalition of progressive groups to call attention to conditions in the camps, which have been described by activists and Democrats in Congress as inhumane, unsanitary and unsafe.

Smaller sensors provide real-time air quality data in Lane County

The Register Guard

Recent smoky summers in the southern Willamette Valley due to wildfires have increased public interest in more specific air quality information. Eugene, Springfield and other Lane County residents want to quickly check the air where they live and work and in areas their children play. So, the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency has invested in a growing network of small air sensors. “We want more information,” said LRAPA spokeswoman Jo Niehaus, “and it’s the accessibility of the information.”

2019 Session Defined by Overreach


Democrat Supermajority Punishes Working Families

SALEM, Oregon – The 2019 legislative session was an indictment against one party rule. Instead of working with Republicans to pass legislation that would benefit Oregonians throughout the state, the Democrat supermajority decided to make life harder for Oregon’s workers and their families. Oregon is now more unaffordable as a result of what occurred these past months in the Legislature.

“Oregon is on the wrong track,” House Republican Leader Carl Wilson declared. “Governor Brown and the supermajority have made it clear they have every intention of rewarding their campaign donors and tightening their grip on power. They have no intention of looking out for the working people of this state who want nothing more than to feed their families, keep a roof over their heads, and ensure a better future for their children.” 

Despite having record tax revenue, the supermajority colluded with corporations and well-connected special interests to ram through a $2.8 billion hidden sales tax that will be paid by low-income Oregonians and families living paycheck to paycheck.  House Democrats then voted to implement Cap and Trade, which would’ve devasted communities, forced businesses to relocate, and ended thousands of jobs across Oregon.

“The failure of Cap and Trade was a turning point. The thousands of workers that came to the Capitol this past week sent a clear message to the supermajority that enough is enough,” Rep. Wilson added. “House Republicans stand with working families, even if the Democrat supermajority won’t. We provided common sense solutions that would’ve made it easier for people to get ahead, but the supermajority refused to consider such legislation. When Republicans regain the majority, we will advance an agenda that supports working families and makes Oregon a more affordable place to work and live.”

June 28, 2019 Daily Clips


Oregon Senate Republicans will return to work on Saturday, leader says


Oregon Senate Republicans plan to return to the state Capitol and resume voting on bills Saturday morning, caucus leader Herman Baertschiger Jr. said on Friday. Baertschiger, of Grants Pass, said lawmakers have an obligation to pass budget bills, and he believes lawmakers can complete that work by the midnight Sunday deadline for lawmakers to adjourn. Democrats have a slate of other policy bills they also want to pass, and Baertschiger would not say whether Republicans would waive procedural rules to allow votes on that legislation in the waning hours of the legislative session.

Oregon Senate Republicans Will Return To Work Saturday

Oregon Public Broadcasting 

Senate Republicans will return to work Saturday following a nine-day walkout, setting the stage for a weekend where lawmakers sprint toward adjournment. As expected, Senate Minority Leader Herman Baertschiger Jr., R-Grants Pass, announced in a press conference Friday morning his members would be in the building at 9 a.m. Saturday. That comes after Democratic leaders offered assurances a sweeping climate change bill, House Bill 2020, will not pass this session.

Senate Republicans Say They Will Come Back to Work Saturday at 9 AM

Willamette Week

Oregon Senate Republican leader Herman Baertschiger, Jr. told reporters this morning his caucus will come back to work. “I anticipate Senate Republicans will be on the floor tomorrow morning at 9 o’clock,” Baertschiger said. The Senate Republicans walked out on June 20 for the second time this session in order to deny the quorum necessary for passing bills.

GOP senators return to Capitol Saturday after 9-day walkout over carbon bill

Statesman Journal 

Oregon’s Republican senators will return to the Capitol Saturday morning, the Senate Republican Leader announced Friday, ending a walkout that lasted more than a week and garnered national attention. “Denying a quorum is something that should never be used until we get to a point when we no longer will talk,” Senate Republican Leader Herman Baertschiger Jr., R-Grants Pass, said Friday morning. “It’s tough.”


How a Fight Over Climate Change Led to an Escape, Secret Cabins and a Hunt

The New York Times

One by one, Oregon’s 11 Senate Republicans fled their state with little more than spare underwear and their passports. They disappeared into Idaho cabins and motels with canned goods and at least one burner phone. They parked borrowed cars outside hideaways to throw off anyone on their trails. State Representative Shelly Boshart Davis, a first-term Republican, said the walkout “truly was more than just cap-and-trade.” Ms. Boshart Davis, a grass seed and hazelnut farmer, noted that threat of the climate bill had led thousands of people to join a Facebook group in opposition. “This grass-roots has been activated,” she said. “These hardworking everyday Oregonians all of a sudden are saying: ‘Wait a second, our livelihoods are at stake.’”

Oregon truckers make themselves heard against climate bill in Salem


Hundreds of truckers rolled into the streets around the Oregon Capitol on Thursday morning to protest the climate bill that has divided the Oregon Legislature largely along party lines. The workers, mostly from rural Oregon, shared their concerns about how the legislation designed to cut carbon emissions could hurt their livelihoods and encouraged Republican senators to continue the walkout that has halted work in the state Senate since June 19.

Local beer, coffee companies pull any support from Oregon’s controversial climate bill


Deschutes Brewery announced Wednesday afternoon it had canceled its membership in a climate-related business group and pulled any support of Oregon’s controversial carbon-reduction proposal, House Bill 2020. With the announcement, the Bend-based craft brewer joined several other local companies, including Dutch Bros. Coffee of Grants Pass, which left the business group over the past week and announced they were neutral on the cap-and-trade bill.

Log trucks arriving in Salem for demonstration creating traffic backups

Statesman Journal 

Hundreds of loggers rallied on the Capitol steps Thursday against a greenhouse gas emissions cap-and-trade bill and in support of 11 absconded Republican senators who continued their walkout protest for the eighth consecutive day. It was one of the largest rallies of the 2019 legislative session, complete with flags, signs and songs and made all the more overwhelming by the blaring of horns from the constant stream of semi-trucks, pickups and farm equipment that drove past the Capitol on Court Street.

Does Oregon Republican Walkout Mean The End For Peter Courtney’s Tenure?

Oregon Public Broadcasting 

The longest serving Senate president in Oregon history greeted a half-empty legislative chamber on the first day of the Republican walkout last week. Senate President Peter Courtney’s shoulders hunched as he stood over the dais, his head hung in a defeated position. Courtney, D-Salem, is known for his oratory skills, but his voice seemed small and weak, exhausted and demoralized as he announced that he wanted Oregon State Police to track down the missing Republicans and bring them back to work. “This is the saddest day of my legislative life,” he said. “ … Pure and simple, my heart is broken.”


Oregon gets 12th Republican state senator today


Salem Republican Denyc Boles, currently a member of the Oregon House, will be sworn in as the state’s 12 Republican state senator at an early afternoon ceremony in Redmond, the Senate Republicans’ office announced. The swearing-in will take place in Redmond rather than Salem so that Boles’ son Michael, who is volunteering in Central Oregon for the summer, can attend, the office said. Boles was appointed by the Marion and Polk county commissions to replace Sen. Jackie Winters, who died of cancer in late May.

Oregon’s Minimum Wage Will Rise July 1st, But Think Tank Says It Still Falls Short of Livable

Willamette Week

Starting next month, Oregon’s minimum wage workers will see their hourly rate increase by 50 cents. But the Oregon Center for Public Policy says the raise is still insufficient for workers trying to scrape by in a competitive housing market, especially in the Portland metro area. “While we should celebrate the wage raise for Oregon’s lowest-paid workers, we should also recognize that the minimum wage doesn’t come close to providing economic security,” said Audrey Mechling, a policy fellow at the OCPP. “The Oregon Legislature should pull every lever at its disposal to increase the take-home pay of workers.”

Dueling demonstrations set for Saturday in downtown Portland


Dueling demonstrators are set to assemble Saturday in Portland, signaling the city’s first potential clash of the summer between right- and left-wing factions. Online postings indicate two right-wing demonstrations are scheduled for Saturday: one involving the Proud Boys, a fraternal organization known for street fighting, and another organized by conservative activist Haley Adams and the “HimToo Movement.” Counterprotesters are planning to gather in opposition.

June 27, 2019 Daily Clips


‘No deal’: Oregon GOP walkout reaches Day 8


Late Wednesday night, 11 Republican senators from Oregon said they aren’t returning to work because they don’t believe the cap-and-trade energy conservation bill that prompted them to flee the state is actually dead, as top Democratic leaders have suggested. “Despite the rumors, there has been no deal,” Senate Republicans said in a prepared statement. It’s been more than a week since GOP senators fled the state to avoid a vote on HB 2020, also known as the cap-and-trade bill, which would reduce fossil fuel emissions through a cap on carbon.

New fallout over Oregon’s cap-and-trade conflict: Complaints and boycotts


The conflict over controversial cap-and-trade legislation in Salem is spilling into new territory. A child welfare worker says the GOP senators that walked out of the Legislature to prevent a vote on cap-and-trade may have violated campaign finance and ethics rules. “We are requesting a prompt and thorough investigation into campaign finance and ethics violations committed by Republican state senators,” Andrea Kennedy-Smith said. In a statement released Wednesday, Miller asked his employees and contractors to reconsider doing business with nearly 100 businesses that signed on to support the cap-and-trade legislation. Miller named small and large companies, including Nike, Adidas, New Seasons, Lyft, Uber, the Portland Trail Blazers, the Portland Timbers, and Deschutes Brewing.

These are the Democrats who didn’t support Oregon’s climate bill. Who gave them money?


Oregon’s Senate Democrats needed support from 16 of their 18 members to pass House Bill 2020, which would cap the state’s carbon emissions. It became clear on Tuesday they’d come up short. Sen. Betsy Johnson has been open about her opposition to the proposed cap-and-trade legislation, while Sen. Arnie Roblan also expressed doubts. Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson had successfully pushed for some changes in the bill, and supporters were under the impression she planned to vote “yes.” Yet three well-placed Capitol sources affiliated with Democrats confirmed on Tuesday that Monnes Anderson was the third hold-out.

With four days left in Oregon’s legislative session, will Senate Republicans return today? Unlikely


Oregon lawmakers have just four days left in the legislative session to pass budgets and bills on issues ranging from sexual misconduct in schools to foster care reform. But despite high-level negotiations between absent Senate Republicans and top Democrats Wednesday, no Republicans were present to help provide a quorum when Senate President Peter Courtney called the roll for the 9:30 a.m. Senate floor session this morning, and it appeared doubtful any would appear. Republicans walked out a week ago to block a vote on climate change legislation. Courtney noted Thursday morning that all 18 Democrats were present, “the same 18 that have been here all week,” and recessed his chamber until 3 p.m.

Senate Standoff Reaches Seventh Day With No Deal — And A Complaint

Oregon Public Broadcasting 

More than a day after leading Democrats gave up hope of passing a divisive climate-change bill this session, Senate Republicans still refused to return to the Capitol on Wednesday. In the most relaxed day in the statehouse since GOP senators walked off the job last week, no news of an agreement to get the legislative session back on track emerged. Lawmakers and staff openly speculated on whether the 11 Republicans would return in time to complete business before the session’s mandatory June 30 adjournment, and what might convince them to do so. Republicans initially walked out to prevent a vote on House Bill 2020, which aims to fight climate change by capping carbon emissions in Oregon and charging polluters. Senate President Peter Courtney announced Tuesday that the bill didn’t have the votes to pass — essentially declaring it dead.

Ethics Complaint Alleges Funding Republicans Senators’ Walkout Violate Oregon Ethics or Campaign Law

Willamette Week

Andrea Kennedy-Smith, a child welfare worker from McMinnville, filed a complaint against the GOP senators with the Oregon Ethics Commission and the Oregon Secretary of State on June 26. She says the Senate absences and subsequent fundraising activities violate Oregon ethics and campaign finance laws — and she wants the state to investigate. It’s been a eventful week.


Head Of Oregon’s Embattled Child Welfare Division Retires — Effective Immediately

Oregon Public Broadcasting 

The head of Oregon’s embattled child welfare agency is retiring — effectively immediately and with an apparent push from the governor. Marilyn Jones led the Department of Human Services’ Child Welfare Division and was responsible for overseeing foster children and other at-risk kids. A longtime state worker, she took over the office in September 2017 with a mandate to fix the agency after a series of scandals and mistakes. But Jones’ tenure was marked by more trouble. That included reports that children sent to facilities out of state never received visits from Oregon caseworkers and that a facility in Montana drugged and physically restrained a 9-year-old Oregon girl. Oregon has been sending children to several facilities that other states have stopped using because of abuse reports. A national advocacy group sued Oregon in April.

Harney County to environmental groups: Leave pardoned ranchers alone


Harney County is coming to the defense of the Hammonds, the father-and-son ranchers pardoned last year by President Trump and now fighting to maintain a 10-year permit to graze cattle on federal land outside Burns. The county’s attorney, a commissioner, the sheriff and some residents argue much is at stake for southeastern Oregon’s high desert expanse, still reeling from the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016.


Misplaced decimal point means Oregon county’s 911 system could be out millions


Columbia County’s 911 agency has learned the hard way that an errant decimal point can make an enormous difference. The Columbia 9-1-1 Communications District — the agency that fields emergency calls in the 52,000-person county — asked voters in May to approve an operations levy taxing property owners “.29 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value.” The agency meant to ask for “29 cents” per $1,000.

The Oregon agency that studies earthquakes could be abolished after going over budget


The state agency in charge of earthquake study and preparation, as well as monitoring mining efforts in Oregon, could be shut down after going over budget for the second time in four years. The Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, widely known as DOGAMI, will lose three staff members and the Governor’s office is considering whether the agency should continue to exist in its current form given its financial woes.

North Clackamas School District Breaks Ground On High School Named After Black Oregon Justice

Oregon Public Broadcasting 

North Clackamas School officials broke ground Wednesday for the district’s newest high school — the end of a contentious and historic process. Adrienne C. Nelson High School is named for the associate justice of the Oregon Supreme Court. Last year, she became the first African American to serve on either the state Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court.  The decision to name the high school after the justice was controversial. “I am totally overwhelmed and humbled by the support and quite frankly by the conversation that happened to bring us to this day … this was a process,” Nelson said at the groundbreaking ceremony.

June 25, 2019 Daily Clips


Runaway Oregon Republican says lawmakers won’t return to state until ‘expensive’ carbon tax bill scrapped

Fox News

One of the runaway Oregon Republican senators said they won’t return to the state until the “inefficient, complicated, and expensive” carbon tax is scrapped and a bipartisan solution is found. Oregon State Senator Tim Knopp appeared on “Fox and Friends” Tuesday morning from an undisclosed location as he and other 11 Republicans remain in hiding to block the looming climate change legislation – all while the state police was authorized by Democratic Gov. Kate Brown to round them up. He said that the Republican walkout was warranted given the damage the legislation would inflict upon the people of Oregon, but stressed that they too want to combat climate change.

Sheriff investigating threats against Oregon Republican chairman as walkout enters day five

Washington Post 

The Benton County Sheriff is investigating threats made against Oregon Republican Party chairman Bill Currier, adding to the tension surrounding the standoff between the Democratic governor and runaway Republicans in the state Senate. Mr. Currier and Becky Currier, his wife, received a total of three messages Sunday morning on their cellphones from what sounded like the same unidentified man threatening their family, according to audio recordings provided to The Washington Times. “Bill, what if something bad happens to your family? What if somebody shoots them or something bad happens? I think you should be worried,” said one message.

Where Are Oregon’s Senate Republicans? Check Idaho

The Wall Street Journal 

Four days after fleeing his home in Oregon, State Senator Cliff Bentz is still figuring out how to be a fugitive. He has changed hotels twice (partly to keep down costs) and bought a burner cellphone (he’s sure the authorities can track his regular phone). But on Sunday, he still hadn’t set the burner up and was making calls on his usual cell. “I don’t think any of us have really been—I hate to say on the lam, but…” Mr. Bentz said. “It’s probably incorrect to be talking to you on this phone. They don’t give classes on this.” Sen. Bentz and the 10 other Republicans in the Oregon Senate decamped the capital last week in an effort to block a landmark climate bill. Without at least two GOP members present, the Senate—despite the Democratic supermajority—doesn’t have a quorum and can’t pass the bill, which would create a statewide cap-and-trade system to limit carbon emissions.

Related Story: Missing Oregon Senators Are Hiding Out in Idaho With Burner Phones

Willamette Week 

Fate Of Climate Bill In Question As Oregon Senate Standoff Continues

Oregon Public Broadcasting 

The fate of a sweeping climate change proposal that prompted Senate Republicans to abandon the statehouse appeared in doubt Monday, as both sides continued negotiations to end the standoff. Throughout the day, rumors circulated in the Capitol that House Bill 2020 was in jeopardy — because of shakiness in the Democratic ranks, the need to get Republicans back in the building, or both. Staffers, lawmakers and lobbyists all said that the bill could be offered up as a sacrifice in order for the Legislature to adjourn by the constitutionally mandated date of June 30. At the same time, leading Democrats were tight-lipped about the state of talks, and Senate Republican Leader Herman Baertschiger Jr., R-Grants Pass, issued a statement to announce there was no deal.

Oregon Senate Republicans’ walkout over climate vote: the 8 things you need to know to understand the standoff


Last week, Republicans in Oregon’s Senate fled the state in order to block a vote on a high-profile climate change bill that would cap greenhouse gas emissions. Oregon polluters who would pay under the plan include most industrial businesses, natural gas utilities and suppliers of diesel and gasoline, meaning drivers would eventually pay a lot more at the gas pump. Those are some of the concerns Republicans cited for their walk-out. Senate Democrats and Gov. Kate Brown promptly sent state troopers to try to retrieve the missing lawmakers.

Gov. Kate Brown: No way I will negotiate with Senate Republicans while they’re outside Oregon


Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Monday she won’t negotiate with Republicans who walked out to thwart landmark climate legislation, at least not until they return to the Capitol. All eleven Republican senators didn’t show up to work for a fifth day Monday, denying Democrats the number of lawmakers needed to vote on a potential statewide cap and trade plan. Brown, a Democrat, deployed the Oregon State Police last week to seek and retrieve Republicans, but many fled the state and remain outside the police’s jurisdiction. Senate Minority Leader Herman Baertschiger said in a statement he has yet to reach a deal with Democrats and that Republicans “intend to remain out of state.” Democrats have an 18 to 11 majority but need 20 members to conduct business under state law.

Oregon Senate reconvenes, but with Republicans absent about 100 bills at risk

Statesman Journal 

As Oregon Senate Republicans for the fourth time ignored a scheduled Senate floor session Monday, staff and lawmakers in both chambers are taking a serious look at the bills that would die if they don’t return. Senate Democrats have circulated a list of about 100 bills headed for the trash pile, including budget bills for a number of state agencies, top priority bills for the governor and Democratic legislative leadership, and even Republican-sponsored bills designed to assist rural Oregonians.  The 11 Republican senators fled Salem in protest of a greenhouse gas emissions cap-and-trade bill, which they say would harm Oregonians, especially those in industries such as logging.


Oregon House approves cell phone fee


The Oregon House of Representatives passed two bills Monday to create a new cell phone fee and fund internet service in rural parts of the state. But the bills would provide no more than $5 million for the effort – half what supporters sought. Legislative forecasters say that would be a one-time infusion for Oregon broadband, rather than ongoing funding. And unless Republican senators return from their walkout the legislation will die when the current session ends next week.

Union Pacific plant operator allowed thousands of gallons of oil to spill into Willamette River, feds say


Federal lawyers are prosecuting a wastewater plant operator for Union Pacific Railroad, alleging he allowed thousands of gallons of oil to seep from an overflowing tank into the Willamette River in January 2018. Robert LaRue Webb II is accused of negligently discharging oil from a storage tank at Union Pacific’s Albina Yard in North Portland into the river, causing a visible dark film on the water, according to a court filing in U.S. District Court in Portland. Webb faces one count of unlawful discharge of oil into the river, a violation of the Clean Water Act. “Union Pacific has cooperated fully with the government in connection with its investigation of this incident and will continue to do so,” Tim McMahan, a Union Pacific spokesman, said Monday.

Ron Wyden: If Trump admin won’t release report on Jamal Khashoggi slaying, then I will


U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden said Monday that if intelligence officials would not release a report on the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi then he would invoke a Senate rule forcing its publication. In a speech on the Senate floor, the Democrat said the administration of President Donald Trump had sought to downplay Khashoggi’s killing, including the president himself, who has wavered on placing blame for the journalist’s death on the Saudi crown prince. Khashoggi was an American resident and Washington Post columnist when he was killed and dismembered at a Saudi embassy in Turkey. The death of Khashoggi, who had written critically about the Saudi government, sparked an international backlash and unanimous rebuke from the U.S. Senate, but Trump has resisted reprimanding his Saudi allies.

A Wealthy Manhattan Couple Helped Spread Anti-Vaxx Fears Across the U.S. and in Oregon

Willamette Week

One wealthy couple has financed a large portion of the anti-vaccine rhetoric in the U.S. Their influence reaches from Manhattan to Salem, Ore. The chief executive of the Selz Foundation, Del Bigtree, used the financial support of a wealthy Manhattan couple to spread anti-vaccine propaganda in Oregon, speaking at a rally in Salem opposing a bill that would have banned non-medical vaccine exemptions. The Washington Post reported last week that wealthy hedge fund manager Bernard Selz and his wife Lisa Selz began funding anti-vaccine groups about seven years ago. Bigtree, who runs the couple’s philanthropic foundation, got his start as a daytime television producer and has called the measles a “trivial childhood illness.”

Oregon cyclists push for yielding, not stopping at stop signs; legislators agree

Statesman Journal 

Oregon could allow cyclists to yield at stop signs and flashing red lights, rather than requiring a complete stop, in a well-backed bill that heads next to the House for its final vote. The proposal, known widely as the “Idaho Stop,” was named after the state that first allowed cyclists to roll through stop signs back in 1982. The law belonged uniquely to Idaho for 35 years before Delaware passed its own version, nicknamed the “Delaware Yield,” in 2017. Arkansas followed suit this past April. Senate Bill 998, which passed out of committee Monday, would make Oregon the fourth state to do away with a cycling law that many find unnecessary and even dangerous.

Jump in wildfires means smoke’s health impact will spread


Climate change in the Western U.S. means more intense and frequent wildfires churning out waves of smoke that scientists say will sweep across the continent to affect tens of millions of people and cause a spike in premature deaths. That emerging reality is prompting people in cities and rural areas alike to gird themselves for another summer of sooty skies along the West Coast and in the Rocky Mountains — the regions widely expected to suffer most from blazes tied to dryer, warmer conditions.