Support the “Two Greg’s”

At last weekend’s Miner Jubilee in Baker City the Baker County Republicans had a float.

Congressman Walden’s opponent, Jamie McLeod-Skinner backers were aggressive and rude to those supporting Greg Walden.

They had 35 people in the parade and need to double those numbers!

 

Rep. Barreto will join forces with Congressman Walden for this event.

 

Would you please join us at the parade and support the “Two Greg’s”!  I would like to dwarf their numbers and show strong support for our Republican candidates. Sen. Hansell is out of state and  won’t be able to make it.

 

Please share with your friends and encourage them to come to Wallowa County on Saturday, July 28th, line up is  between 8:30 & 9:30am on parade day, you must check in & pick up your number at the corner of 3rd & Lake Streets (Methodist Church).  There you will be directed to your line-up area.

  The parade begins promptly at 10:00am from the intersection of 4th & Main Street.

 

All are welcome and the more the better, invite your friends!

 

Thanks so much,

 

Chris Barreto

Campaign Manager for Greg Barreto for HD58

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS TO A PRIVATE GOP SHOWING of Dinesh D’Souza’s Death of a Nation Film

Please encourage your fellow Republicans for one of the upcoming PRIVATE ADVANCED SHOWINGS of Dinesh D’Souza’s Death of a Nation Film before it is released across the nation in August.  Here are the details:

 

DINESH D’SOUZA’s “DEATH OF A NATION”

Can We Save America A Second Time?

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SALEM

Oregon GOP with the Marion CO GOP

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 1st 2018
6:30 PM
Regal Cinemas Santiam 11

Ticket Price: $15 per person

CLICK HERE to reserve your tickets ASAP as seating is very limited

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BEAVERTON

Washington County GOP

MONDAY JULY 30th 2018
6:30 PM
Century 1
6 Cedar Hills Theater

Ticket Price: $18 per person

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets – only available here

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MEDFORD

Jackson Co GOP

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 1st 2018
7:00 PM

Cinemark Tinseltown USA

Ticket Price: $15 per person

CLICK HERE to reserve your tickets – 1st Come 1st Serve

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BEND

Central Oregon Federated Republican Women’s Club

MONDAY JULY 30th 2018
6:30 PM

OLD MILL REGAL THEATER

Ticket Price: $15 per person

CLICK HERE to reserve your tickets – Limited Tickets Left

 

Inspired by the turbulent events of post-2016 presidential election America, Dinesh D’Souza’s Death of a Nation reveals an eerie similarity between the situations faced by President Trump now and the situations faced by President Lincoln in 1860. The film demonstrates how Trump can use the example of Lincoln to shut down the Democratic plantation once and for all. To learn more about the film, visit: https://www.deathofanationmovie.com/

 

“LINCOLN UNITED HIS PARTY AND SAVED AMERICA FROM THE DEMOCRATS FOR THE FIRST TIME. CAN TRUMP – AND WE – COME TOGETHER AND SAVE AMERICA FOR THE SECOND TIME?”

– DINESH D’SOUZA

 

SALEM: CLICK HERE to reserve your tickets ASAP as seating is very limited

 

BEAVERTON: CLICK HERE to purchase tickets – only available here

 

MEDFORD: CLICK HERE to reserve your tickets – 1st Come 1st Serve

 

BEND: CLICK HERE to reserve your tickets – Limited Tickets Left

 

Patriotically yours,

 

Oregon Republican Party

Special Events Promotion

Email: events.committee@oregon.gop

Farm Bill Improves Forest Management

Last year was a record fire year nationally. In Oregon, over 714,000 acres burned while our communities choked on smoke. The outlook for this year is bleak, with forecast for another above normal fire season across most of the West. Enough is enough. We have to do more to manage our forests; we can’t stand by and let them burn all summer.

Earlier this year I worked with my colleagues to pass the most substantial forest management reforms in over a decade. I’ve met with Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, and U.S. Forest Service Chief Vickie Christiansen to discuss better forest management and the challenges we face this fire year. I welcome their commitment to utilize the new tools we passed into law. These new tools are important steps in the right direction, but there is still more work to be done to improve the management of our forests and put people back to work in the woods.

That’s why I worked with my colleagues to secure additional needed forest policy reforms in the 2018 Farm Bill, which recently passed the House with my support. These reforms will streamline forest management projects that create jobs and help prevent the catastrophic fires we see each year. Specifically, this legislation would cut through the red tape and obstructionist litigation by giving forest managers tools to swiftly implement timber projects that reduce fuel loads, protect municipal water sources or address insect and disease in tree stands. This legislation also will help hold the agencies accountable by requiring an annual report to Congress on wildfire prevention efforts, including how many acres are treated and how much timber they produce.

When fires do strike, it’s important that the agencies act promptly, rather than taking a “let it burn” approach to fighting these fires as we saw last year on the Chetco Bar Fire. Representative Peter DeFazio and I have asked the Government Accountability Office to look into how that fire was fought, and I look forward to the results of that investigation. Once the fires are out, we should get in, clean up and replant — just like what happens on private, state, and county forest lands across Oregon. This legislation would help ensure that happens.

I look forward to this bill moving swiftly to the president’s desk for signing, so we can continue to improve the management of our federal forests. With this summer’s fire season already under way, I will work with the administration and my colleagues in Congress to ensure the tools we have are being used, and these fires are being fought as directly and rapidly as possible.

If you’d like to know more about the work that’s getting done, I encourage you to sign up for my eNewsletters so you can stay up to date on more work at home and in Washington D.C. by going to my website here.

Best regards,

Greg Walden
U.S. Representative
Oregon’s Second District

Gov Brown Falsely Attacks Buehler With Union Cash To Distract From Her Failed Record

Oregon GOP Says Kate Brown Will Never Improve, But Oregon Can By Replacing Her

Wilsonville, OR – Kate Brown can’t defend her failed record on taxes, education, and healthcare, so she’s enlisted her big government union allies to distract and falsely attack Knute Buehler.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that a new attack ad from a union-funded group called “Defend Oregon’s Values” is attacking Knute Buehler in a TV ad:

“It turns out that the group is coordinating with the campaign of Gov. Kate Brown.  The committee’s online filing with the state Elections Division says the group is a ‘candidate-controlled committee’ working on behalf of Brown.”

“The attack ad blatantly mischaracterizes Dr. Buehler’s position on the issues,” stated Oregon GOP spokesman Kevin Hoar.  “Buehler has been a strong proponent of improving healthcare access and lowering costs, and yesterday came out with an ambitious health care plan to fix the waste and mismanagement in Oregon’s health care system, which has been rampant on Kate Brown’s watch.  Also, Buehler opposed Kate Brown’s massive health ​care tax hike.”

“Kate Brown has had a rough couple of weeks as she evades accountability for one case of gross mismanagement and poor leadership after another,” added Hoar.  “Governor Brown’s TV ad is just another weak attempt by her and her insider allies to distract from her failed record.”

“Kate Brown is never going to improve, but Oregon can – by replacing her with Knute Buehler this November.”

The Oregon Republican Party is the state’s arm of the Republican National Committee. Its Chairman and officers are dedicated to promoting Republican principles within the state of Oregon and to improving the lives and livelihoods of Oregon’s working families through economic freedom and equal protection under the law.

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Oregon GOP Chair Condemns Portland Art Gallery Trump Beheading Display

Challenges Democratic Party of Oregon to Do The Same

Wilsonville, OR – The Oregon Republican Party released the following statement reacting to media reports regarding the display in the window of a Portland-area art gallery of President Trump being beheaded using a knife. (uncensored version of photo available here)

“Whether this vile graphic is a credible threat against the President of the United States is for the Secret Service and other authorities to decide. But there is no doubt that this is NOT simply artistic expression. Rather, it is the obvious promotion of politically motivated violence, this time against an elected official,” added Currier.

“Imagine if this so-called art were depicting our previous president?  Would that have been acceptable?”, stated Oregon Republican Party Chairman Bill Currier.  “Wasn’t it just over a year ago that Congressional softball players were shot with a similar murderous mindset?  We think Portland has seen enough political violence.”

On August 22nd of 2017, the Oregon Republican Party issued a statement condemning white nationalists, racism, and all forms of political violence.  The statement was intended to be a joint statement with the Democratic Party of Oregon (DPO), but the DPO backed out of the statement when the Oregon GOP included a condemnation of all “hate-filled” groups that “perpetuate violence instead of meaningful dialogue” and voiced support for “free speech and peaceful assembly.”

“There is no first amendment protection for encouraging bloodshed,” added Currier.  “Along with all civilized Oregonians, we condemn this incitement of violence, and call upon our Democrat counterparts, if they care about this issue, to do the same.”

The Oregon Republican Party is the state’s arm of the Republican National Committee. Its Chairman and officers are dedicated to promoting Republican principles within the state of Oregon and to improving the lives and livelihoods of Oregon’s working families through economic freedom and equal protection under the law.

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Daily Clips

INITIATIVES & ELECTIONS

 

Three Former Oregon Secretaries of State Call On Dennis Richardson To Investigate Signature Fraud Allegations

Willamette Week

“Even though, the Secretary of State’s office has said they’ve completed verification of Initiative Petition 31, the Oregon Constitution allows until August 5th for the Secretary of State to review whether or not a measure should be certified for the ballot,” said the statement issued by the three former SOSs. “We strongly urge the Secretary to use all the rules and laws at his disposal to take the time to fully investigate the civil allegations against IP 31 before putting this measure in front of voters.”

Voters could see up to four initiatives on ballot

East Oregonian

Of the 45 initiatives proposed for the Nov. 6 general election, only four remain in play.

Two of those are the subject of two separate signature-gathering fraud investigations by the Oregon Department of Justice.

 

Republicans see hope for keeping Bend House seat

The Bend Bulletin

Preston Mann, a spokesman for Promote Oregon Leadership PAC, the campaign arm of the House Republicans, said a perception that Bend is a very blue city is overblown. Since 2012, Bend’s been represented in the state Legislature by moderate Republicans Buehler and Jason Conger, Mann said, and it makes sense for Bend voters to elect a “fiscally responsible, socially inclusive” Republican like Helt, who frequently cites her support for LGBTQ rights, abortion rights and gun reform. “I think we’re as committed to HD 54 as we’ve ever been,” Mann said.

PROTESTS

 

Proud Boys ‘a threat’ to democracy, Portland group says

Portland Tribune

“Democratic institutions really need to understand the serious threat posed by the Proud Boys,” Western States staffer Lindsay Schubiner told the Tribune. “We really see them as a dangerous group that provokes violence tied to their racist views.” Western States has been advocating for Mykel Mosley, a 17-year-old African American teenager they say was wrongfully arrested after he was allegedly assaulted by several prominent Proud Boys on May 11 near the Vancouver Mall. The incident, captured on cellphone video, started after Mosley apparently shouted an obscenity to several Proud Boys driving by in a truck displaying a Donald Trump flag. The Proud Boys — identified by Western States as Tusitala “Tiny” Toese, Russell Schultz and Donovon Flippo — seem to have leaped from the truck and chased Mosley down. “We are not your average victimized Trump supporters we fight back and we know how to throw our hand,” Toese wrote on social media after the incident.

 

Patriot Prayer Is Recruiting Out-Of-Town Far-Right Activists—and Alex Jones—to Protest In Portland On August 4

Willamette Week

The far-right protest group Patriot Prayer has embraced a recruitment strategy to bring out-of-town belligerents to Portland for another so-called campaign event planned for Aug. 4. On the Facebook event advertising a “Gibson for Senate Freedom March,” people from as far as Arizona, Nevada, Southern California and even the East Coast have voiced a desire to attend the event. Alex Jones, the radio host who runs the conspiracy website Infowars, told Gibson he “might even come” to the Aug. 4 event during an interview on his radio program.

 

A Bill in Congress That Carries a 15-Year Prison Sentence For Masked Antifa Protesters? It Probably Won’t Get A Vote, Let Alone Pass

Willamette Week

The month-old bill, which would impose a 15-year prison sentence on any masked protester who “injures, oppresses, threatens, or intimidates any person,” got some media attention this week after alt-right social-media personality Mike Cernovich tweeted encouraging his followers to call their representatives about the legislation. That sparked lots of outrage and viral posts. But the bill itself appears to be going nowhere.

BUSINESS & LABOR

 

Survey of economists: US sales and employment likely to grow

The Register-Guard

Most U.S. business economists expect corporate sales to grow over the next three months and hiring and pay to rise with them. “Labor market conditions are tight, with skilled labor shortages driving firms to raise pay, increase training, and consider additional automation,” Sara Rutledge, chair of the NABE’s Business Conditions Survey, said in a statement.

 

A signature Oregon industry avoids Trump tariffs, but it’s still bracing for a hit

Portland Business Journal

The list of tariffs was released Tuesday. “There’s no footwear on the list,” said Matt Priest, CEO of the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America. “We’re OK with that. But I think we’re heading down a road that’s going to impact American disposable income. Anytime you take disposable income away from people it’s a challenge.” The footwear industry is a cornerstone of Oregon’s economy, thanks to the corporate homes of Nike Inc., Columbia Sportswear Co., Adidas’ North American headquarters, and various venders, suppliers and small businesses.

Priest said his organization continues sifting through the list.

 

TOLLS & TRANSPORTATION

4 Tweaks To Sell Southwest Washington Commuters On Portland Tolls

Oregon Public Broadcasting

The proposal faces stiff opposition north of the Columbia River. In Clark County, roughly half of the population commutes to Oregon for work. Notably, U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Butler has vowed to oppose any proposal that unfairly targets Vancouver commuters. In Oregon, reception has been more mixed. The Portland City Council has embraced congestion pricing and urged the state Transportation Commission to consider tolling on all of I-205 and I-5 throughout the metro area.

 

ODOT Robot: Robo flagger slows traffic at work site

Herald and News

Rather than a human holding a sign allowing traffic into the lane, a gate arm prevents entry until an employee pushes a button to lift the gate when safe. The device itself has been around for about 10 years, but it only started being used in the region about a year ago. “When you run through this work zone, you’re endangering people’s lives. We could have traffic coming at you, so there can be severe accidents people and equipment getting damaged,” he said. “We just don’t want that. We’re trying to make it as safe as we can for us and the traveling public.”

The crew tried to time the gates for a maximum of a 20-minute wait, but one of the operators, Jon Martin, explained that the wait time was closer to eight minutes between switches. He also revealed that, there is about five seconds between the time he pushed the button and the time it took the gate arm to raise.

EDUCATION

 

Mayor pushes for ‘bigger vision’ around need for new schools

Portland Tribune

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler — who admits his position plays a “bit role” in education policy arena — says he sees one solution as charging developers fees for building new schools. “We need a bigger vision around education infrastructure,” he said. A new school system development charge (SDC) would be a significant shift in both statewide policy and the level of cooperation between city government and local school districts. “If I were a candidate for governor — which I’m not — I would really hone in on that as an opportunity that I think would both be popular and interesting,” Wheeler said. “Understanding, I do not control education. I do not control educational resources. But it’s just noteworthy to me that we don’t connect development to changing needs around school infrastructure.”

 

As Portland Gentrifies, Vancouver School District Deals With Higher Poverty

Willamette Week

Over the past decade, the percentage of students in Portland Public Schools receiving free or reduced price lunch has ticked down, from 43.3 percent in 2001-2 to 37.1 percent in 2017-18. That’s a significant drop—14 percent. In Vancouver, Wash, the Seattle Times reports today, free and reduced lunch eligibility, a common measure of poverty, went the other way—rising from 38 percent to 2002 to 48 percent last year. That 10 percentage point increase equals a 26 percent increase.

 

AP Analysis: Billionaires fuel powerful state charter groups

The Associated Press

The Microsoft co-founder gave millions of dollars to see a charter school law approved despite multiple failed ballot referendums. And his private foundation not only helped create the Washington State Charter Schools Association, but has at times contributed what amounts to an entire year’s worth of revenues for the 5-year-old charter advocacy group. All told, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given about $25 million to the charter group that is credited with keeping the charter schools open after the state struck down the law, and then lobbying legislators to revive the privately run, publicly funded schools.

MENTAL HEALTH

 

Therapist helps patients heal by using role-playing games

The Bend Bulletin

When a kid’s lessons in empathy-building or mental flexibility come to him as a wizard guiding his team through an abandoned castle, for example, Stubbs finds that he can understand and absorb more effectively than he would in individual therapy or other group situations. One reason is that the game allows for kids to consider their decisions through the lenses of their characters instead of their own. “You can stay in the context of the game and address the problems via those characters,” Stubbs said.

 

INSURANCE

 

Cuts to funds that help people find insurance shouldn’t affect Oregon

The Bend Bulletin

The Trump administration’s move to cut funding for people who help consumers buy individual health insurance plans should not affect Oregon, state officials said, as the state funds its own enrollment assistant program. The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace provides grants to community groups and local insurance agents — often called navigators — to help people enroll in health coverage and access subsidies available under the Affordable Care Act. Additionally, community groups that receive funding to enroll people in the Oregon Health Plan are also cross-trained in marketplace enrollment assistance, and insurance agents can get training directly from HealthCare.gov.

 

AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCES

 

Finding a balance for the Basin’s water is key

Herald and News

The judge may rule straight from the bench and, if the injunction is granted, it means all irrigation water that comes from the lake will essentially be shut off to farmers. Or, he may ask for additional filings and things will remain pretty much as is, until he rules. Either way, it’s a difficult time for the Basin. For the tribes, who believe they have no other option but to file for the fish protection, the issue is pitting neighbor against neighbor. For the irrigators, a shutoff mid-summer, after the crops are in, would be a financial disaster. And, it is likely that shutoff could carry into next year. We hope the judge can strike a balance to satisfy both sides, but it’s a longshot.

 

Central Oregon reservoirs a cause for concern

The Bend Bulletin

Barely 18 months after Central Oregon’s first above-average snowpack in years, its large reservoirs are once again running drier than normal as the heart of irrigation season approaches. With stream flows largely below-average across the region and more hot, dry weather in the forecast, there could be problems on the horizon for some of Central Oregon’s irrigation districts and the farmers they serve. “Unfortunately, we rely on Mother Nature, and she doesn’t always tell us what she’s gonna do,” said Mike Britton, general manager for North Unit Irrigation District.

 

Cannabis Harvest Restrictions Aim To Starve Oregon’s Black Market

Oregon Public Broadcasting

The harvest doesn’t arrive until September, but a large over-supply of cannabis last year seriously depressed prices. And state regulators worry all that excess cannabis is flowing into the black market. If that market grows too big, it could prompt a federal government crackdown.

So the OLCC has drafted new rules to better monitor the harvest. The rules would require outdoor growers give the state advance notice before harvesting and several possible harvest dates. The goal is to keep growers focused only on the amount of cannabis that can be sold on the legal, regulated market; a rogue grower, the thinking goes, will be less likely to divert crops to the black market if they know regulators could turn-up at any time. But the idea of more monitoring is getting significant pushback from growers.

WILDFIRES

 

Fire danger level raised to high for all of rural Lane County

The Register-Guard

Hot weather adds to the challenges of fighting fires, said Link Smith, Western Lane District forester for the Department of Forestry in Veneta. “Fighting fires in extreme heat is especially taxing on those who are trained to protect our land from fire,” he said. “We are asking that the public remain mindful of this as they conduct activities during the coming days.” Firefighters already have responded to nearly 400 Oregon wildfires this year, according to the Department of Forestry.

 

70 wildfires ignited by lightning in Southern Oregon, evacuations ordered

Statesman Journal

A lightning storm ignited between 50 and 70 wildfires in southwest Oregon on Sunday.

Two of the largest fires brought major concern, including the evacuation of around 30 homes near Jacksonville, officials said. “With triple digit temperatures in the forecast, we’re expecting new fires all week,” said Melissa Cano, public information officer for the Oregon Department of Forestry. “We’re also going to stay busy on the large fires that are already going.”

 

LOCAL

 

Correctional officers walk fine line as custodians, protectors and rehabilitators

East Oregonian

Barnhart is the all-seeing eye, the maestro, the detective of the unit. He must keep his flock of 80 inmates safe from each other. Ideally, he will help inspire them to find their better selves. “My job sometimes feels like part psychologist, part circus ringleader, part football coach making sure your players don’t beat each other up,” he said. He walks the unit periodically, doing “tier checks.” He tunes out normal noises such as the sound of flushing toilets. He’s known most of the inmates here for several years. He knows about their families, who their friends are and what they are going through. “We’ve seen a shift in culture and direction and leadership of the department,” he said. “The focus is on rehabilitation. The focus has differed based on the leadership we’ve had. Right now we’re in a really good place.”

 

Fighting opioids in Southern Oregon

Mail Tribune Editorial Board

It’s tempting to see addiction as a personal failure on the part of the addicted individual — the result of “making bad choices.” That makes it easier to dismiss addiction as the result of weakness of will or character. But that ignores the reality that opioid addiction affects people from all walks of life. Many become addicted after suffering serious injuries in an automobile accident or contracting a life-threatening disease. They become dependent on the pain-killers prescribed to help them recover, and when they can no longer obtain prescriptions to feed their addiction, they turn to black-market pills or heroin.

 

Fines under Oregon’s self-serve law are rare

East Oregonian

In Umatilla County — population 76,985 — it is still illegal to pump your own gas any time of day. But the county is an island in a sea of counties where pumping your own gas is allowed, including the four counties it touches in Oregon and everything north of the Washington border. Observation at local gas stations suggests some drivers and stations are taking a more lax attitude toward the law as a result.

OTHER

 

Rising Seas Could Cause Problems For Internet Infrastructure

Oregon Public Broadcasting

“It is actually the wires and the hardware that make the Internet run,” explains Ramakrishnan Durairajan, a computer scientist at the University of Oregon and an author of the research. The analysis estimates that under the most severe model for sea level rise, more than 4,000 miles of fiber-optic cable along U.S. coastlines will be underwater by the early 2030s.

OPINION

 

Other editors say: Playing chess with voter initiatives

Herald and News

Three of Oregon’s most influential political actors — Gov. Kate Brown, Nike Corp. and Our Oregon, which represents public employee unions — played political chess in advance of last week’s deadline for initiative petitions. Our Oregon was on its way toward placing an initiative on the ballot that would have required disclosure of tax and other information by publicly held companies, including Nike. In a deal brokered by Brown, Our Oregon agreed to shelve that proposal in exchange for Nike’s agreement to oppose two other measures — one that would require a legislative supermajority to reduce or eliminate state tax breaks, and a second that would prohibit sales taxes on groceries. Nike’s opposition comes with a $100,000 donation to a committee formed to fight the two initiatives. Political horse-trading is nothing new, but it’s rare to see such a clear example of the practice played out in public. Nike opposes forced disclosure of its finances. Our Oregon opposes limiting the Legislature’s options for scaling back tax breaks or raising business taxes. So they made a deal.

 

Guest column: Overreaction to unproven accusations about Nathan Boddie

The Bend Bulletin

I suppose it is not that surprising for Oregon Democrats to shoot themselves in the foot with just one state House seat away from a supermajority that would ensure the success of a progressive agenda. It appears these groups, much like the Democratic state leadership including Gov. Kate Brown, are more beholden to the irrationality of the #MeToo movement than to the desires of their supporters and voters. Certainly, there must be consequences for those who violate others sexually or otherwise. And certainly, there must be a concerted stance against such conduct to promote a societal shift in favor of shaming those who feel such behavior is acceptable.

I do not advocate for any exceptions. In this particular situation, however, the Democrats’ premature leap to summary judgment and execution of Dr. Boddie may well lead to the ultimately unjustified death of a formidable progressive campaign to replace Rep. (Knute) Buehler.

 

Editorial: Stop cheating Oregon on testing

The Bulletin Editorial Board

In 2015, Brown signed a bill that made it easier for parents to opt students out of Smarter Balanced tests. It is one of the most permissive laws in the nation. The state teachers union was delighted. It can check “cripple tools to hold teachers accountable” off its bucket list. Weakening statewide testing weakens the ability to track how well teachers teach. But teachers, parents and policymakers do need tools to evaluate the effectiveness of schools. The tools need to be available to make comparisons between schools and between states. There’s a “connection between high levels of student participation in assessment and system accountability — ensuring the success of every student.” And do you know who said that? That was our saboteur-in-chief Gov. Brown.

 

Editorial: Land-use process broken

The Bulletin Editorial Board

Land-use planning decisions should not be allowed to drag out for years or decades, even if one neighbor doesn’t like what another is doing, or an outside group decides to get involved. The Deschutes County Commission recognizes that fact and seems ready to approve the lake project, with conditions. Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that will end the fight. No landowners should have to spend years to resolve these matters.

 

Really? None of the 1,500 kids in my school leans conservative?: Guest opinion

Oregonian/OregonLive

The ideological monotony within my school is painfully obvious. I’m now entering my fourth year in high school, but have yet to meet a single student willing to openly declare himself a Republican. Is it really possible that, out of the 1,500 kids in my school, not a single one even leans conservative? No, it’s not. Instead, a number of students have told me privately that peer pressure and their fear of incurring the wrath of today’s blasphemy-hunting political scolds has led them to keep silent.

It’s Time for Governor Brown to Stand Up To Unions

This week, we called on Governor Brown to start putting Oregon kids ahead of the government employee unions who fund her campaign generously.

But we’re not done yet. Today, a new television ad went live adding more fuel to the fire as Oregonians demand Governor Brown step up and fix our government employee pension system that is draining money from our classrooms.

“Government employee pensions are draining money from our classrooms,” Oregon education activist Kim Sordyl explains in the ad. “But Governor Brown refuses to require government employees to contribute to their pension costs.”

Despite larger school budgets than ever before, Oregon school districts are forced to cut programs and increase class sizes as they are forced to pay more and more for pensions. The Oregon state budget has more money than ever before—we should not be cutting schools.

Why is Governor Brown refusing to require government employees to contribute to their own pensions, just like other Oregon families? Maybe it’s because their unions have given her campaign over $1 million to remain the only government employees in America who don’t contribute to their own pensions.

If you stand with us in the fight to reform PERS, then share our new ad with family and friends, and visit OregonAccountabilityProject.com to quickly send a message to your elected officials that it’s time to put kids ahead of politics and fix PERS.

And would you consider a contribution of $100, $50, or event $25 to Priority Oregon to help us hold Governor Brown and other elected officials’ feet to the fire? Any contribution helps us spread our message to every corner of the state until our leaders finally do something about out-of-control government pensions.

With you for Oregon,

Priority Oregon

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Greg Walden applauds pardon of Dwight and Steven Hammond

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today released the following statement applauding the pardon of Dwight and Steven Hammond:

“Today is a win for justice, and an acknowledgement of our unique way of life in the high desert, rural West. I applaud President Trump for thoroughly reviewing the facts of this case, rightly determining the Hammonds were treated unfairly, and taking action to correct this injustice.

“For far too long, Dwight and Steven Hammond have been serving a mandatory minimum sentence that was established for terrorists. This is something that would ‘shock the conscience,’ according to Federal Judge Michael Hogan, who presided over the case and used his discretion in sentencing which later was reversed.  As ranchers across eastern Oregon frequently tell me, the Hammonds didn’t deserve a five year sentence for using fire as a management tool, something the federal government does all the time.

“Moving forward, I’m encouraging the House Judiciary Committee to act on my legislation to prevent this situation from happening to other ranchers. H.R. 983 would ensure farmers and ranchers are not prosecuted as terrorists for using fire for range-management purposes.

“For now, though, I am pleased that Dwight and Steven Hammond will return to their families and ranches in Harney County. I look forward to welcoming them back home to eastern Oregon.”

HAMMONDS ARE PARDONED!

We are excited to announce that the Hammonds have been officially pardoned!

 

Thank you Congressman Walden for your tireless work on making this possible.

 

Congratulations to the Hammond family, what a great week !

 

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/statement-press-secretary-regarding-executive-clemency-dwight-steven-hammond/

 

https://walden.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/greg-walden-applauds-pardon-dwight-and-steven-hammond

 

Letters to the editor in support and thanks to President Trump and Congressman Walden would be very much appreciated.

The left is going to go crazy over this and we need to have an outpouring of support!

What a sweet reunion this will be for the Hammond family and LONG overdue.

 

Winning  Oregon  together,

 

Chris Barreto

Vice Chair of the Oregon Republican Party

541 910-5247

Vice.chair@oregon.gop

 

Oregon GOP Chair Applauds Nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to US Supreme Court

Congratulates President Trump For Yet Another Stellar SCOTUS Selection

“Judge Brett Kavanaugh is great choice to serve on the Supreme Court and is another great nomination by President Trump.  Today is a great day for American jurisprudence and fidelity to our great Constitution,” added Currier.

“Judge Kavanaugh fervently believes that a judge must interpret the law, not make the law, thus respecting the separation of powers so wisely defined by The Framers,” stated Oregon Republican Party Chairman Bill Currier.  “If confirmed, he pledges to serve with an open mind, while striving to faithfully apply the Constitution of the United States, as written.”

“Sadly, Democrats have already rejected the President’s nominee and directed their leftist front groups to organized protests – before anyone was even nominated,” added Currier.  “We hope Democrat Senators will give a fair hearing to Judge Cavanaugh, but, in the case of Oregon’s Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, recent history shows that they’ve left the political and legal mainstream for the angry, frenzied far left – which relies on vicious media smear campaigns and vitriolic personal attacks, instead of principled dialogue and debate.”

“Despite all this, we are optimistic that strong bipartisan support will confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the highest court in the land.”

The Oregon Republican Party is the state’s arm of the Republican National Committee. Its Chairman and officers are dedicated to promoting Republican principles within the state of Oregon and to improving the lives and livelihoods of Oregon’s working families through economic freedom and equal protection under the law.

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