What is truth?

Roman Governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate, asks the Savior Jesus Christ; “What is truth”? https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/bible-videos/videos/jesus-is-condemned-before-pilate?lang=eng

True for You but Not for Me: https://www.prageru.com/video/true-for-you-but-not-for-me/

The Dismantling of Reality: https://townhall.com/columnists/dennisprager/2019/08/13/meanwhile-this-is-what-lgbtq-organizations-are-doing-to-society-n2551561

Democrat POTUS frontrunner, Joe Biden, claims there at least three genders…but cannot name them: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/08/09/joe-biden-claims-there-are-at-least-three-genders-cannot-name-them/

Biden tells Iowans: “We choose truth over facts” here: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/truth-over-facts-biden-fumbles-during-iowa-speech and here: https://freebeacon.com/politics/biden-we-choose-truth-over-facts/

This is what Biden really meant: https://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2019/08/11

Is President TRUMP a racist?…the Charlottesville Fake-News Media lie: https://www.prageru.com/video/the-charlottesville-lie/

The white supremacy hoax: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2019/08/07/tucker-like-the-russia-hoax-the-narrative-about-white-supremacy-in-america-is-a-lie-n2551317

The only black Republican in the US Senate states that “President TRUMP made promises to the voters and he’s keeping his promises.” https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/08/14/tim-scott-no-doubt-trump-not-a-racist/

Chicken Little was a Democrat: https://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2019/08/14

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Say NO to the Left and Socialism!

Take a stand – Say NO to Socialism at: https://www.gop.com/

Why the Right is right: https://www.prageru.com/video/why-the-right-is-right/

America is drowning in lies, about President TRUMP, promulgated by the fake-news media mob: https://townhall.com/columnists/dennisprager/2019/08/06/america-is-drowning-in-the-lefts-lies-about-trump-n2551237

The “insane bunch of sell-outs” running to be the Democrat nominee for POTUS want to put an end to Anglo-America.  No…TRUMP isn’t a racist, The Republicans are not racists and the 63 million Americans who voted for TRUMP are not racists.  The Democrats have dumbed down to a single issue…lying and demonizing their opposition…by calling them racists:  https://townhall.com/columnists/ilanamercer/2019/08/07/democratic-dystopia-end-angloamerica-welcome-the-world-evict-the-unborn-n2551320

Even a CNN (Communist News Network) political analyst admits the Leftist news media organizations are lying about TRUMP: https://www.prageru.com/video/the-charlottesville-lie/

I worked hard to get an college education (MBA), start a local small business (CPA), and labored in the American workforce, providing a valuable service to the community…even creating a few jobs (25-30) along the way (by hiring college students and training them to enter the workforce as accountants).  I have been at this for 40 years, all the while paying my fair share of Medicare tax.  Finally, I have been able to sign up for Medicare (turned 65). I have been a registered Republican voter since the age of 18.  Now the Democrat nominees for POTUS want to give Medicare to EVERYONE (including illegal immigrants).  Some of these people haven’t worked one day in the USA.  Who will pay for that?  Oh yeah…ME and YOU of course! https://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2019/08/04

The truth hurts sometimes.  The Democrats are so sensitive when it comes to their inner-city failures (which are many…take Baltimore for example): https://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2019/08/03

Socialism can’t exist without Capitalism.  You eventually run out of other people’s money.  The Leftists must have Conservatives to rob from and plunder or they couldn’t exist: https://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2019/08/02

TRUMP’s growing list of accomplishments: http://www.magapill.com/

VOTE TRUMP in 2020! https://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2019/07/21

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MAGA…Baby!

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: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/11/stock-market-fed-chief-signals-a-rate-cut.html

And, the S&P 500 hits 3,000 for the first time ever: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/10/stock-market-fed-chair-powells-testimony-in-focus-on-wall-street.html

Stocks close at record highs before 4th of July: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/timothymeads/2019/07/03/maga-stocks-close-at-record-highs-as-markets-close-early-for-fourth-of-the-ju-n2549490

The DOW logged its best June in 80 years: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-dow-is-now-on-pace-for-its-best-june-return-in-80-years-but-the-fed-could-change-that-in-a-heartbeat-2019-06-18

Capitalism versus Socialism: https://www.prageru.com/video/capitalism-vs-socialism/

Jobs report crushes expectations: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/timothymeads/2019/07/05/jobs-report-crushes-expectationsheres-how-trump-says-it-would-be-even-better-n2549580

Record 157,005,000 employed in the USA: https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/susan-jones/157005000-employed-june-19th-record-trump-era

Strong job growth is back: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/05/jobs-report-june-2019.html

The TRUMP list of accomplishments keeps growing…and growing…and growing: http://www.magapill.com/

TRUMP 2020 re-election campaign blasts off: https://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2019/06/20

Republicans raise massive $105 million in the second quarter: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/02/trump-campaign-gop-raise-105-million-in-second-quarter.html

The Fake-News Media predicts a “tiny crowd” for the TRUMP July 4th speech…wrong yet again: https://summit.news/2019/07/05/media-predictions-of-tiny-crowd-for-trump-july-4-speech-proven-spectacularly-wrong/

TRUMP is rolling in cash for 2020 election battle with the Democrats: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2019/07/02/president-trumps-war-chest-grows-destroying-democrats-fundraising-numbers-n2549350

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

Who does Colin Kaepernick think he is? https://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2019/07/04

TRUMP 2020! Pass it on!

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DISASTEROUS Democrats

TRUMP calls DEMS the “party of open borders, drugs and crime” https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/435944-trump-calls-dems-party-of-open-borders-drugs-and-crime-after-veto

Every DEMOCRAT candidate for POTUS has a plan to save U.S. that WON”T WORK! https://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2019/04/03

2020 DEMOCRAT’s Most Insanely Scary Proposals: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/07/02/nolte-2020-democrat-candidates-21-most-insanely-scary-proposals/

The LEFTISTS ruin everything they touch: https://www.prageru.com/video/the-left-ruins-everything/

What do the worst run cities have in common? https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/worst-run-states-big-spending-democrats/

How to solve the homeless crisis on the LEFT coast in PORTLANDIA…dump giant rocks on them: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/timothymeads/2019/06/20/kick-rocks-portland-officials-pay-1-million-for-boulders-to-deter-homeless-campers-n2548652

In the state of CALIFORNICATION…the DEMS have brought back diseases that were eradicated decades ago: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2019/06/25/bubonic-plague-in-los-angeles-is-california-on-the-verge-of-becoming-our-first-thirdworld-state-n2548969

SAN FRAN is becoming a giant slum: http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/conditions-on-the-streets-of-san-francisco-are-comparable-to-the-slums-of-mumbai-delhi-mexico-city-jarkarta-and-manila

Nobody is that stupid! https://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2019/06/06

KAMALA for POTUS! https://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2019/06/30

The party of NO common sense: https://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2019/06/29

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: https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/how-decades-of-democratic-rule-ruined-some-of-our-finest-cities/

America’s first Third-World State by Victor Davis Hanson: https://www.breitbart.com/radio/2019/06/28/victor-davis-hanson-democrats-california-credo-for-america-is-a-road-warrior-vision/  The full version: http://victorhanson.com/wordpress/california-the-road-warrior-is-here/

TRUMP/PENCE in 2020!

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July 8, 2019 Daily Clips

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

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.

LOCAL

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

Oregonlive

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

Oregonlive

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

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

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

Oregonlive

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.

LOCAL

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

Oregonlive

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

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS 

Oregon House leader who oversaw Democratic wave to leave post

Oregonlive

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

Oregonlive

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

Oregonlive

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.

LOCAL

Conservative writer Andy Ngo details attack at Portland protest

Oregonlive

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

Oregonlive

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

OREGON HOUSE REPUBLICAN OFFICE

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.”