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.

Statement on the appointment of Denyc Boles to the Oregon Senate


SALEM, Oregon — Statement from House Republican Leader Carl Wilson on the appointment of Denyc Boles to the Oregon State Senate:

“We congratulate our colleague Denyc Boles on her appointment to the State Senate, serving Senate District 10. She has been a strong voice for her constituents in Marion County and shown remarkable wisdom in serving in the Oregon House of Representatives. We appreciate her contributions to the caucus leadership and wish her well as she enters a new phase in serving the people of Oregon,” said House Republican Leader Carl Wilson (R-Grants Pass).

House District 10 includes parts of Marion and Polk counties. Boles succeeds the late Jackie Winters, who passed away in May.  Boles was appointed to the Oregon House of Representatives in 2014 and House District 19 voters subsequently returned her to the Capitol in 2016 and 2018.

Did Oregonians Vote for That?


By Rep. E Werner Reschke and Rep. Carl Wilson

As the legislature enters the final week of the 2019 session, Senate Republicans have left the State Capitol in protest of many things. Their absence means many policy & budget bills remain unpassed. However, a continuing resolution, passed and signed before Senate Republicans left, will keep state government humming along for at least the next 3 months.

At the center of the Senate Republican protest is House Bill 2020, a Cap & Trade mechanism on carbon emissions. Republicans in both chambers have argued this bill will decimate Oregonians who live outside of Portland. Under HB 2020 gasoline prices are expected to jump 22¢/gallon to begin with and go up significantly from there. Heating by natural gas is also expected to take a major leap in price, causing average working families significant stress on their personal finances. All of this to lower Oregon’s carbon emissions to a level deemed acceptable by the extreme environmental intelligentsia.

HB 2020 was really the straw that broke the camel’s back. But there is a far more fundamental reason for the Senate Republican absence from the State Capitol and that has to do with the strong-arming Democrat leadership who have a super majority in both House and Senate as well as control the Governor’s office. This absolute control on the legislative process has meant that Democrat leadership could do whatever they want, and indeed they have. Republican Members have argued all session long they have been shut out from any meaningful input on almost every single policy shift from historic norms — many put in place by the citizen initiative process. It is this unwillingness of Democrats to allow Oregonians a direct voice on Cap and Trade, but also the new sales taxes found in HB 3427, overturning Measure 88 (granting undocumented people driver’s cards) and special deals for special interests in tax exemption status — all major policy changes, being passed by Democrat super majorities without Republican support, and more importantly, without a vote from the people. It is this blatant disregard for Oregon’s working families that is at the heart of the Senate Republican walk out.

If you asked the average Democrat in Oregon if this is the agenda they approved when they voted in 2018 I bet they would say “no.” Many Democrats are realizing their local party in Oregon now reflects Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez far more than Barbara Roberts. Oregonians have a built-in pioneering spirit, which values both entrepreneurism and the environment. But when the pendulum swings too far in one direction, Oregon voters usually snap it back. I believe we can safeguard our environment without having to kill our natural resource economy and dramatically raise the cost of living for everyone else. Oregonians did not vote for Salem to usurp more control and create a more intrusive role in daily lives of Oregonian, but rather for State Government to be more accountable and transparent to the voters.

So far those in the super majority aren’t hearing that message.

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E. Werner Reschke, of Klamath Falls, represents House District 56 and Carl Wilson, of Grants Pass, represents House District 3 and is the House Republican Leader.

June 24, 2019 Daily Clips


Oregon GOP state senators again fail to show up for legislative session amid climate bill protest


The Oregon state senate quickly adjourned Sunday because the Republican senators who staged a walkout last week over a climate bill didn’t show up to the session, according to the state legislature’s website. Senate President Peter Courtney, a Democrat, adjourned the session without a quorum until Monday at 10 a.m. PTD after the state’s 11 GOP senators failed to appear, CNN affiliate KOIN reports. “Again, I ask the senators that are not here to please if you would come to the building, and we have budgets we need to pass that are for all of Oregon,” Courtney said before adjourning. The Republicans walked out of a session on Thursday over disagreements on HB 2020, a cap and trade climate bill, that had passed the state House on Monday. They then failed to appear later Thursday for floor proceedings. Their absence left the legislative body two senators short of a quorum, blocking the chamber’s proceedings.

Oregon Republicans walk out on state Senate over climate change bill as governor threatens police roundup


Republican state senators in Oregon continued to engage in a high-stakes game of brinksmanship over the weekend with Democratic lawmakers, remaining away from the capitol and threatening a lawsuit over a $500-per-day fine from the Senate president. At the center of the debate is a climate change bill. Eleven Republican senators fled the Legislature — and in some cases, the state — to thwart the passage of a cap-and-trade proposal that would dramatically lower greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The minority GOP caucus wants the plan to be sent to voters instead of being instituted by lawmakers — but negotiations with Democrats collapsed, leading to a headline-grabbing walkout.

Oregon GOP militia tweet draws response from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, others


As Oregon Senate Republicans continued to boycott the Legislature Sunday in an attempt to block a vote on House Bill 2020, a climate change bill, things got testy on Twitter. The dust up started on Saturday evening when the official Twitter account of the Oregon GOP tweeted out a picture of protesters at the capitol with the caption, “Heavily armed militia lays siege to Oregon’s Capitol as Senate Democrats cower in fear.” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) offered a three-part response. “#1: These are people protesting peacefully – hence their POSTERS & not FIREARMS,” she tweeted. “#2: Why do you call some who threaten violent attack a ‘militia’ vs others ‘domestic terrorists?’🤔 #3: This a very dramatic way to deal with your Sunday Scaries.”

Oregon Senate Republicans are a no-show at Sunday floor session


Oregon Senate Republicans continued their boycott of the Legislature during a floor session Sunday. “We’re not gonna get a quorum,” Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, said, before gaveling out until 10 a.m. Monday. “We have 18,” Courtney said, referring to the Democrats assembled on the Senate floor, some wearing jeans and other casual clothes. “Everybody knows we need two more.” Democrats need a quorum of 20 members to conduct business. Republicans walked out of the Capitol last week to block a scheduled vote on a controversial climate change bill, House Bill 2020, which would put a cap on greenhouse gas emissions in the state.

Senate gavels in, gavels out Sunday as protesters gather after militia threats

Statesman Journal

The Oregon Senate was unable to reach a quorum during their brief floor session Sunday morning as Republican senators continued their unexcused absence from the Capitol. Democratic senators said Republicans have not returned their calls and even top lawmakers don’t know where negotiations stand to bring Republicans back into the building. “We don’t have any indication that they have plans to return at this point,” Senate Democratic Leader Ginny Burdick, D-Portland, said. “Tomorrow is an actual work day and they need to come back to work.”

‘They deserted Oregonians’: Protest calling for GOP senators to return to Salem planned for Tuesday


As a walkout by Oregon GOP senators in objection to a cap-and-trade bill continues in Salem, a protest calling for their return to the capitol is planned for Tuesday.  The “Rally to get Republican Senators back to work at the Oregon State Capitol” is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. “I’m pretty upset about it, I think that this is really hurting Oregonians,” said Reyna Lopez, the executive director for Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste, or PCUN, the Oregon’s Farmworker Union.

Logjam Continues at Oregon Capitol, But Militia Threat Fails to Materialize

Willamette Week

The Oregon Legislature remained at an uneasy standstill Sunday with Republicans blocking a carbon cap-and-trade bill, even as national observers sensationalized the impasse. Senate Republicans have refused to provide Democrats a quorum since Thursday, and have been hiding out of state to keep Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, from retrieving them. Republicans seek to halt the passage of House Bill 2020, which would place a cap on carbon emissions. Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem) cancelled a floor session Saturday after the Oregon State Police received a threat of right-wing militia actions at the Capitol. (An OSP captain confirmed the threat to Oregon Public Broadcasting on Friday night.) Those anti-government groups may have been emboldened by a Republican senator threatening to shoot and kill state troopers sent to fetch him.


Massive DHS data breach raises questions about Oregon’s cybersecurity protocols


A January data breach at the Department of Human Services exposed the confidential information of an eye-popping 645,000 Oregonians. Those people whose personal data was compromised were left with many questions. But the massive breach raised an even bigger question for everyone else: What are state officials doing to protect the information stored on government computers about virtually everyone in Oregon? State officials say they are working to address the problem, in particular with a new agency that provides data tracking and training, among other cybersecurity initiatives. Yet despite that work — and procedures in place within individual agencies — the security lapses continue.

U.S. Rep Earl Blumenauer Will Face a Democratic Primary Challenge in 2020

Willamette Week

Albert Lee and Charles Rand Barnett will challenge U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) in the 2020 Democratic primary for Oregon’s 3rd Congressional District, which stretches from Mount Hood to the West Hills of Portland. Lee, 44, is the dean of Portland Community College’s Business and Computing division and the secretary of the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon’s board of directors. He’s also affiliated with the city’s Independent Police Review, Jo Ann Hardesty’s campaign and Health Care for All Oregon, among others.

Oregon Legislature repeals tsunami zone building law

Statesman Journal

The Oregon Legislature has repealed a nearly 25-year-old law prohibiting new schools, hospitals, jails, and police and fire stations from being built in the state’s tsunami inundation zone. Coastal legislators, who pushed the bill, say the risks of a natural disaster must be weighed against an actual economic disaster already unfolding because of the statute. Without new emergency services buildings, coastal residents and businesses will not be able to get property insurance, Rep. David Gomberg, D-Otis said. Without new schools, property values will fall. “We regard this as having extreme and significant consequences,” Gomberg said.

Bill to allow easier access to cold, allergy medicines fails fourth year in a row

Statesman Journal

Rep. Bill Post, R-Keizer, has tried four times to bring back over-the-counter purchases of pseudoephedrine in Oregon, but each year the legislation has died. This year it made it through the House, the best showing so far. But not good enough. Post is advocating for a system that tracks sales of the popular decongestant, rather than requiring prescriptions. “It’s a bullet proof system,” said Post. “It works in 37 states. Why not here?”  But, after moving though the House 33-22, the bill reached significant privacy and safety concerns in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Oregon Republicans Stand With State Senators As Walkout Continues – Dems Gone Too Far, Abused Power

Salem, OR –  Today, the Oregon Republican Party issued a statement standing firmly behind the state’s GOP Senators who have walked out of the State Capitol building refusing to grant Democrat leaders the minimum necessary number of Senators needed to conduct business, thus preventing a vote on the disastrous Cap & Tax proposal, House Bill 2020.

“We applaud and fully support Oregon’s Republican Senators on their walkout in protest of this expensive, ineffective, job-killer that is House Bill 2020,” said Oregon Republican Party Chairman Bill Currier.  “The Democrat leadership in Salem have gone too far and abused their power by shutting down the deliberative, bipartisan amendment process and manipulating the state constitution’s emergency legislative powers.  They have effectively prevented those who will be hurt by this egregious taxing scheme from being heard and considered, while denying citizens their right to put the issue to a vote of the people.”

“Governor Kate Brown and her Democrat accomplices in legislative leadership could have worked toward bipartisan compromises, but they chose to alienate Republicans and call the State Police to hunt them down instead.  That doesn’t sound like the tolerant and inclusive Oregon we all know and love,” said Currier.

“Our state is rapidly becoming #UnaffordableOregon for working families as the cost of our bloated and mismanaged state government spirals out of control.  HB 2020 would kill jobs, devastate industries, and cost Oregon families $600 or more a year.  Kate Brown and the Democrat leaders know all of this, but they don’t seem to care.  Oregon Republicans will use every tool and resource at our disposal to speak for our abused and ignored citizens.”

“This walkout isn’t about climate change; it is about changing the political climate in the capitol building so we can have public policy that is beneficial to all of our citizens, not just the special interests set to feed at the trough of the Cap & Tax slush fund.”

Link to Online Posting:



TRUMP Victory in 2020 – GAME ON: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2019/06/18/trump-speech-in-orlando-n2548448

The LAUNCH: https://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2019/06/20

Not a single Democrat today could come anywhere near the enthusiasm that TRUMP has from his supporters…and this time they brought their friends: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/timothymeads/2019/06/19/you-gotta-check-out-the-crowd-at-trumps-rally-from-this-video-n2548564

“President Donald TRUMP raked in nearly $25 million in campaign contributions for his re-election effort in less than 24 hours, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) said Wednesday”. https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/19/trump-campaign-contributions-rnc-1369896

Meanwhile at Socialist-Democrat headquarters…The DNC Has Spent More Money Than It’s Raised This Year: https://news.yahoo.com/democrats-apos-2020-odds-against-080000889.html

Biden is the least of their worries: https://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2019/04/03

News you won’t hear on the Communist News Network (CNN): https://www.breitbart.com/border/2019/06/19/mexico-to-deploy-6500-national-guard-will-deport-2500-migrants-daily/

News you won’t hear on MSLSD (MSNBC): https://www.breitbart.com/economy/2019/06/19/million-individuals-drop-off-food-stamps-under-trump/

We never get tired of WINNING! https://www.gop.com/president-trump-is-winning-at-home-rsr/

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June 21, 2019 Daily Clips


Senate Republican walkout: What do they want?


Senate Republicans apparently feel no compunction to provide Democrats with a quorum so they can pass a piece of legislation Republicans contend will be disastrous for their constituents. The minority-party line is that the state’s complex and controversial carbon cap and trade scheme was developed largely without bipartisan compromise. The say it’s a gift to “Multnomah County progressives” who — once again — show no regard for the state’s rural residents or the economically vulnerable industries they continue to rely on.

Oregon governor sends out state police to find GOP lawmakers skipping climate vote

Fox News

Republican lawmakers in Oregon are in hot water after they refused to partake in a historic vote Thursday to implement a cap-and-trade program to help rein in industrial carbon emissions. Gov. Kate Brown authorized the state police to round up the 12 Republicans who walked out of the Capitol in protest of the bill and bring them back to the Senate floor for a vote. If passed the measure will make Oregon the second state in the country after California to implement such a program.

Oregon sends police to bring back Republicans who left state over climate bill


Oregon Democratic Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday authorized state police to locate Senate Republicans and bring them back to the state Capitol after some left the state to block the chamber’s proceedings. After more than eight hours of fruitless negotiations late into Wednesday night, Republican state senators in Oregon walked out of a session on Thursday over disagreements on HB 2020, a cap and trade climate bill. All 11 GOP senators failed to appear later Thursday for floor proceedings, leaving the legislative body two senators short of a quorum, according to Kate Kondayen, a spokeswoman for Brown. At least some of the senators have left the state, according to a statement from the Oregon Senate Republicans, and the wife of one of them says they are all in Idaho at an undisclosed location.

GOP lawmakers skipped town to avoid a climate change vote. Then the governor called the police.

Washington Post

Outside the Oregon State Capitol, small groups of protesters jockeyed for position. There were loggers who opposed the cap-and-trade bill up for a vote that morning. And there were young climate activists who said the legislation was vital to preserving the world they would soon inherit. But there were a few crucial components missing from the political drama unfolding in Salem on Thursday. Namely, the lawmakers. Inside the statehouse, the Senate chambers were conspicuously quiet. As the clerk called roll, a third of the room’s seats were empty. The Republicans, facing down a Democratic supermajority bent on passing bills to combat climate change, resorted to some last-ditch political arithmetic: no senators, no votes.

Governor sends police after GOP senators who fled Capitol

Associated Press

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown deployed the state police Thursday to try to round up Republican lawmakers who fled the Capitol to block a vote on a landmark economy-wide climate plan that would be the second of its kind in the nation. Minority Republicans want the cap-and-trade proposal, which is aimed at dramatically lowering the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, to be sent to voters instead of being instituted by lawmakers — but negotiations with Democrats collapsed, leading to the walkout, Kate Gillem, a spokeswoman for Senate Republicans said Thursday.

More Coverage:

Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney speech: Pleads for Republicans’ return to Capitol

Statesman Journal

Oregon governor sends police to find missing Republicans, bring them to Capitol


Oregon Republicans go missing to avoid climate change vote; governor sends police to find them

CBS News

Oregon governor sends police after GOP senators who fled Capitol to halt climate plan

LA Times

Republican lawmaker suggests he would shoot state troopers if sent to get him for climate vote

The Hill

Oregon’s Republican senators flee capitol to delay vote on emissions reduction plan

The Guardian

Gov. Brown authorizes Oregon State Police to round up walkout GOP senators



House OKs bill that would put tobacco, vaping tax up to voters

Statesman Journal

A contentious tobacco tax proposal narrowly cleared the two-thirds majority hurdle in the Oregon House before it heads to the Senate, and if successful there, to the ballot in November 2020.  The legislation would raise cigarette taxes from $1.33 per pack to $3.33, raise a 50 cent tax cap on cigars to $1 and establish Oregon’s first-ever tax on “gateway tobacco” products like e-cigarettes and vaping. With the recent surge of vaping in adolescents, House Bill 2270 aims to curb what looks like a whole new generation that could be addicted to nicotine. In the past year, use of e-cigarettes increased 78% in high schoolers and 48% in middle schoolers nationwide.

Oregon House Approves Paid Family Medical Leave

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Oregon lawmakers approved a bill on Thursday that would create a statewide family and medical leave insurance fund. The bill passed the House on a 43 to 15 vote. It now heads to the Senate, where the fate of all bills are uncertain amid an ongoing protest by Senate Republicans who have left the building. The paid-leave bill would allow Oregon workers up to 12 weeks away from work for family leave, medical leave or to address a domestic violence situation. Currently, most workers in Oregon are protected only under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, which allows for 12 weeks without pay.

Bill taking issue of non-unanimous jury law to voters passes in House

Statesman Journal

An effort to bring the state’s non-unanimous jury system to voters gained momentum Thursday as the Oregon House of Representatives passed House Joint Resolution 10. Oregon is the only state where not all 12 jurors need to find a defendant guilty in order to convict in rape, manslaughter, attempted murder and other criminal trials. The resolution passed unanimously in the House with three representatives excused and one absent. It now heads to the Senate. The resolution, along with House Bill 2615, aims to take this issue of non-unanimous juries to the voters by having them vote on the issue in the 2020 election.

Oregon House unanimously moves to scrap state’s nonunanimous jury system


The Oregon House on Thursday approved a measure that would ask voters to overturn the state’s decades-long practice of allowing split juries to convict felony defendants, an anomaly within the American criminal justice system that reform advocates have targeted as deeply flawed and racist. House Joint Resolution 10 sailed through the lower chamber, 56-0, in an unanimous vote by lawmakers. “I believe this is a stain on our criminal justice system,” said House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson (D-Portland), one of the bill’s chief sponsors. “When a defendant’s freedom is on the line, their guilt or innocence should not be subject to majority rule.”

Oregon House Passes Bill to End the Exclusive Use of Single-Family Zoning in Cities

Willamette Week

The Oregon House passed the bill to require cities to stop excluding duplexes and other housing types from neighborhoods now zoned for single-family homes. House Bill 2001 requires cities over 25,000 to allow duplexes, triplexes and quads in neighborhoods zoned for single-family housing. Cities of 10,000 or more must allow duplexes, under the bill. It’s the second piece of high-profile housing legislation championed by the Oregon Speaker of the House, Tina Kotek, who earlier this session passed a first-in-the-nation statewide cap on rent increases.

In A Break From The Past, Oregon Sheriffs Change Their Approach To Gun Laws

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Early this past June, Coos County Sheriff Craig Zanni was in his Coquille, Oregon, office fielding an email from a sovereign citizen. The sender was claiming that the Oregon state government doesn’t have grounds to operate because it can’t provide him with a copy of the 1859 state constitution. Sovereign citizens reject the legitimacy of the state and federal government. All of it: taxation, currency, the courts and, of course, gun laws. Zanni says a significant number of people in his southern Oregon county, population 69,000, hold similar views. Except for the rare exception, he says they’re not dangerous.


Intermodal funding decision delayed until July 18

Albany Democrat Herald

Sponsors of proposed intermodal transportation projects in Millersburg, Brooks and Nyssa have until 5 p.m. Friday, July 12, to lay their cards on the table and disclose as much financial data about potential costs and income as they can to members of the Oregon Transportation Commission. Members of the commission had expected to make a final decision Thursday afternoon about providing $26 million for a project in eastern Oregon and $25 million for either Millersburg or Brooks in the mid-valley.

Sheriff puts foot down on follow-up audit in fallout over Clackamas County detective’s misconduct


Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts says he’s done working with outside consultants who issued an unsparing report a year ago criticizing how his staff handled a detective’s misconduct investigating sex abuse cases. Roberts told county leaders he won’t allow OIR Group to do another review of the Sheriff’s Office policies and training even though the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners hired the firm in March for up to $37,500 to do a follow-up analysis.

Portland State Leaders Put Off Decision About Disarming Campus Officers

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Portland State University trustees say they will take the summer to review the university’s campus safety plan, pushing back a decision on whether to disarm campus police officers. Interim president Stephen Percy said in a meeting Thursday that students and faculty will have time to offer opinions on whether to disarm campus officers after they return to PSU in the fall. Percy says groups are discussing more than 100 recommendations laid out in an independent review of campus safety published earlier this year.

TRUMP 2020 Weekly Update – Volume 1

ELECTION 2020 Advice (pass it on) – You can safely IGNORE the FAKE NEWS POLLS for the next year and a half and save yourself a lot of anxiety.  With the exception of one or two polling companies, they ALL got it wrong in 2016.  They all had HiLIARy winning right up until the day before the election.  These are no longer scientific polls just like the fake news is no longer real news.  The polls are created by Liberal pollsters to create a narrative that TRUMP and the Republicans will lose and The Socialist-Democrats will win.  It’s all a BIG lie.  Don’t believe them!  Ignore the polls right up until the election and sleep easier at night. 😊  https://observer.com/2019/06/donald-trump-reelection-allan-lichtman-model/

Their only hope of winning is to impeach President TRUMP – spoiler alert – that will backfire on the Democrats bigly: https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/446136-professor-who-has-correctly-predicted-nine-presidential-elections-says

Remember when…Clinton was unstoppable. “These same geniuses all predicted that Hillary Clinton was unstoppable and inevitable,” said Chris Kofinis, a Democratic pollster. https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/448447-landslide-polls-spark-angst-these-geniuses-saw-clinton-as-unstoppable

100,000 TRUMP supporters are expected to show up at the Orlando TRUMP 2020 campaign kickoff rally today: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/timothymeads/2019/06/17/trump-supporters-campout-forty-hours-before-orlando-rally-n2548413

Democrat congressman, running for POTUS, gets 18 people to attend his “huge” anti-NRA rally: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bethbaumann/2019/06/17/only-thing-sadder-than-swalwells-gun-control-proposal-his-rally-numbers-outsi-n2548334


TRUMP orders ICE to begin the process of immediately removing the millions of illegal aliens who have recently found their way into the USA: http://news.trust.org/item/20190618011308-vmh1j

TRUMP’s threats against Mexico are working! https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2019/06/18/trumps-threats-against-mexico-are-workinground-two-n2548443


Nobody is THAT stupid…right? https://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2019/06/06

Impeachment?  That’s a great idea: https://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2019/06/16

Somebody is trying to divide and weaken America: https://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2018/08/03

Americans for Liberty PAC

Upholding the Constitution in the Tradition of our Founding Fathers

Executive Director Lanny Hildebrandt

1615 4th Street

La Grande, OR  97850

(541) 963-7930