Oregon GOP Calls For Ethics Investigation Into Kate Brown After Undercover Video

Chairman Bill Currier Says Kate Brown Must Not Be Allowed To “Pull A Kitzhaber”

Wilsonville, OR – The Oregon Republican Party’s call for an ethics investigation into Governor Kate Brown, following the release of undercover footage that raised questions into potentially illegal campaign activity, is gaining national attention.

“Kate Brown needs to address the public and answer whether she violated ethics laws by using public funds for campaign purposes, as alleged by her former campaign manager,” said Oregon Republican Party Chair Bill Currier.  “Voters should hear directly from Brown, and Oregonians deserve an independent investigation into these troubling allegations.”

Check out some of the coverage of Kate Brown’s growing ethics scandal:

AP: Oregon GOP ask for ethics investigation into Kate Brown’s campaign

The Oregon Republican Party has filed a complaint with the state’s ethics commission, asking for an investigation into whether Democratic Gov. Kate Brown used public funds for campaign purposes after a video from a conservative activist surfaced.

Washington Times: Oregon GOP files ethics complaint against Gov. Kate Brown after Project Veritas sting

The complaint cited a Project Veritas sting in which former Brown campaign manager Michael Kolenc alleged he was fired in 2016 because Ms. Brown’s chief-of-staff wanted to run the political operation, a violation of state law.

 

Ms. Brown has also packed campaign fundraisers into her government-paid trips for official business, such as a two-day trip in May in which she gave a commencement address in Boulder, Colorado, and hit 10 campaign events at a cost to the state of $8,277, according to a Forbes investigation.

OPB: Oregon Republicans Ask For Ethics Investigation Into Brown Campaign

Kolenc was caught on tape telling Project Veritas’ staffer that Brown’s then-chief of staff Kristen Leonard wanted to “be in charge of everything” and was violating the law by being involved in both Brown’s official capacity and her campaign side. State law prohibits public employees from being involved in the campaign side “while on the job during working hours.”

Forbes: Is Oregon Governor Kate Brown Asking Taxpayers To Fund Her Re-Election Campaign?

According to Oregon law, public funds cannot be used for a political purpose. Yet, data we’ve compiled at OpenTheBooks.com shows a troubling pattern of Governor Kate Brown mixing taxpayer-funded travel with campaign fundraising events.

This pattern could allegedly violate state law or the governor’s own ethics policy, which states, “employees are expressly prohibited from using any work time or any state resources to conduct political activities.”

“The more Kate Brown preaches about her record on ethics, the more her actions show that she doesn’t believe ethics laws apply to her,” added Chair Currier.  “Kate Brown mustn’t be allowed to ‘Pull a Kitzhaber’ and dupe voters by dodging scrutiny for her troubling ethics until after election day.”

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.

Link to Online Posting:
https://oregon.gop/icymi-orp-calls-for-ethics-investigation-into-kate-brown-2018-10-12

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 Releases Digital Ad In Governor’s Race: “Shady Kate Brown”

Follows Filing Of Ethics Complaint Against Governor Yesterday

Wilsonville, OR – The Oregon Republican Party (ORP) released a digital ad today highlighting undercover video from Kate Brown’s former campaign manager exposing alleged “corruption” and “shady” dealings by her administration and campaign.  Recent reports featured in Forbes Magazine and allegations made by her former campaign manager in the video published by Project Veritas Action claim that the governor violated ethics laws by using public funds for campaign purposes.

Watch the ad here: https://youtu.be/9q6K62TmK94

“We’ve already had one governor who resigned under a cloud of ethics scandals, and these allegations against Kate Brown are incredibly concerning,” said Oregon Republican Party Chair Bill Currier.  “Did Kate Brown know her taxpayer-funded Governor’s Office Staff were running her campaign, which is illegal?  Did she direct them to do so, which is also illegal?”

“The Oregon Republican Party is committed to shining a light on Kate Brown’s shady dealings, and voters deserve a full investigation into these troubling allegations.”

Yesterday, the Oregon Republican Party filed a complaint with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission (OGEC) over Governor Kate Brown’s use of public funds for campaign purposes.  The complaint asks for the commission to review Kate Brown’s solicitation of contributions from government contractors and possible influence peddling.

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.

Link to Online Posting:
https://oregon.gop/orp-releases-digital-ad-shady-kate-after-ethics-complaint-2018-10-11

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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THE LIST

Trump’s List: 289 accomplishments in just 20 months

THE LIST

Economic Growth

  • 4.2 percent growth in the second quarter of 2018.
  • For the first time in more than a decade, growth is projected to exceed 3 percent over the calendar year.

Jobs

  • 4 million new jobs have been created since the election, and more than 3.5 million since Trump took office.
  • More Americans are employed now than ever before in our history.
  • Jobless claims at lowest level in nearly five decades.
  • The economy has achieved the longest positive job-growth streak on record.
  • Job openings are at an all-time high and outnumber job seekers for the first time on record.
  • Unemployment claims at 50 year low
  • African-American, Hispanic, and Asian-American unemployment rates have all recently reached record lows.

–African-American unemployment hit a record low of 5.9 percent in May 2018.
–Hispanic unemployment at 4.5 percent.
–Asian-American unemployment at record low of 2 percent.

  • Women’s unemployment recently at lowest rate in nearly 65 years.

–Female unemployment dropped to 3.6 percent in May 2018, the lowest since October 1953.

  • Youth unemployment recently reached its lowest level in more than 50 years.

–July 2018’s youth unemployment rate of 9.2 percent was the lowest since July 1966.

  • Veterans’ unemployment recently hit its lowest level in nearly two decades.

–July 2018’s veterans’ unemployment rate of 3.0 percent matched the lowest rate since May 2001.

  • Unemployment rate for Americans without a high school diploma recently reached a record low.
  • Rate for disabled Americans recently hit a record low.
  • Blue-collar jobs recently grew at the fastest rate in more than three decades.
  • Poll found that 85 percent of blue-collar workers believe their lives are headed “in the right direction.”

–68 percent reported receiving a pay increase in the past year.

  • Last year, job satisfaction among American workers hit its highest level since 2005.
  • Nearly two-thirds of Americans rate now as a good time to find a quality job.

–Optimism about the availability of good jobs has grown by 25 percent.

  • Added more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs since the election.

–Manufacturing employment is growing at its fastest pace in more than two decades.

  • 100,000 new jobs supporting the production & transport of oil & natural gas.

American Income

  • Median household income rose to $61,372 in 2017, a post-recession high.
  • Wages up in August by their fastest rate since June 2009.
  • Paychecks rose by 3.3 percent between 2016 and 2017, the most in a decade.
  • Council of Economic Advisers found that real wage compensation has grown by 1.4 percent over the past year.
  • Some 3.9 million Americans off food stamps since the election.
  • Median income for Hispanic-Americans rose by 3.7 percent and surpassed $50,000 for the first time ever in history.

–Home-ownership among Hispanics is at the highest rate in nearly a decade.

  • Poverty rates for African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans have reached their lowest levels ever recorded.

American Optimism

  • Small business optimism has hit historic highs.

–NFIB’s small business optimism index broke a 35 year-old record in August. –SurveyMonkey/CNBC’s small business confidence survey for Q3 of 2018 matched its all-time high.

  • Manufacturers are more confident than ever.

–95 percent of U.S. manufacturers are optimistic about the future, the highest ever.

  • Consumer confidence is at an 18-year high.
  • 12 percent of Americans rate the economy as the most significant problem facing our country, the lowest level on record.
  • Confidence in the economy is near a two-decade high, with 51 percent rating the economy as good or excellent.

American Business

  • Investment is flooding back into the United States due to the tax cuts.

–Over $450 billion dollars has already poured back into the U.S., including more than $300 billion in the first quarter of 2018.

  • Retail sales have surged. Commerce Department figures from August show that retail sales increased 0.5 percent in July 2018, an increase of 6.4 percent from July 2017.
  • ISM’s index of manufacturing scored its highest reading in 14 years.
  • Worker productivity is the highest it has been in more than three years.
  • Steel and aluminum producers are re-opening.
  • Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and NASDAQ have all notched record highs.

–Dow hit record highs 70 times in 2017 alone, the most ever recorded in one year.
Deregulation

  • Achieved massive deregulation at a rapid pace, completing 22 deregulatory actions to every one regulatory action during his first year in office.
  • Signed legislation to roll back costly and harmful provisions of Dodd-Frank, providing relief to credit unions, and community and regional banks.
  • Federal agencies achieved more than $8 billion in lifetime net regulatory cost savings.
  • Rolled back Obama’s burdensome Waters of the U.S. rule.
  • Used the Congressional Review Act to repeal regulations more times than in history.

Tax Cuts

  • Biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history by signing the Tax Cuts and Jobs act into law.

–Provided more than $5.5 trillion in gross tax cuts, nearly 60 percent of which will go to families.
–Increased the exemption for the death tax to help save Family Farms & Small Business.
–Nearly doubled the standard deduction for individuals and families.
–Enabled vast majority of American families will be able to file their taxes on a single page by claiming the standard deduction.
–Doubled the child tax credit to help lessen the financial burden of raising a family.
–Lowered America’s corporate tax rate from the highest in the developed world to allow American businesses to compete and win.
–Small businesses can now deduct 20 percent of their business income.
–Cut dozens of special interest tax breaks and closed loopholes for the wealthy.

  • 9 in 10 American workers are expected see an increase in their paychecks thanks to the tax cuts, according to the Treasury Department.
  • More than 6 million of American workers have received wage increases, bonuses, and increased benefits thanks to tax cuts.
  • Over 100 utility companies have lowered electric, gas, or water rates thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
  • Ernst & Young found 89 percent of companies planned to increase worker compensation thanks to the Trump tax cuts.
  • Established opportunity zones to spur investment in left behind communities.

Worker Development

  • Established a National Council for the American Worker to develop a national strategy for training and retraining America’s workers for high-demand industries.
  • Employers have signed Trump’s “Pledge to America’s Workers,” committing to train or retrain more than 4.2 million workers and students.
  • Signed the first Perkins CTE reauthorization since 2006, authorizing more than $1 billion for states each year to fund vocational and career education programs.
  • Executive order expanding apprenticeship opportunities for students and workers.

Domestic Infrastructure

  • Proposed infrastructure plan would utilize $200 billion in Federal funds to spur at least $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investment across the country.
  • Executive order expediting environmental reviews and approvals for high priority infrastructure projects.
  • Federal agencies have signed the One Federal Decision Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) streamlining the federal permitting process for infrastructure projects.
  • Rural prosperity task force and signed an executive order to help expand broadband access in rural areas.

Health Care

  • Signed an executive order to help minimize the financial burden felt by American households Signed legislation to improve the National Suicide Hotline.
  • Signed the most comprehensive childhood cancer legislation ever into law, which will advance childhood cancer research and improve treatments.
  • Signed Right-to-Try legislation, expanding health care options for terminally ill patients.
  • Enacted changes to the Medicare 340B program, saving seniors an estimated $320 million on drugs in 2018 alone.
  • FDA set a new record for generic drug approvals in 2017, saving consumers nearly $9 billion.
  • Released a blueprint to drive down drug prices for American patients, leading multiple major drug companies to announce they will freeze or reverse price increases.
  • Expanded short-term, limited-duration health plans.
  • Let more employers to form Association Health Plans, enabling more small businesses to join together and affordably provide health insurance to their employees.
  • Cut Obamacare’s burdensome individual mandate penalty.
  • Signed legislation repealing Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board, also known as the “death panels.”
  • USDA invested more than $1 billion in rural health care in 2017, improving access to health care for 2.5 million people in rural communities across 41 states
  • Proposed Title X rule to help ensure taxpayers do not fund the abortion industry in violation of the law.
  • Reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy to keep foreign aid from supporting the global abortion industry.
  • HHS formed a new division over protecting the rights of conscience and religious freedom.
  • Overturned Obama administration’s midnight regulation prohibiting states from defunding certain abortion facilities.
  • Signed executive order to help ensure that religious organizations are not forced to choose between violating their religious beliefs by complying with Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate or shutting their doors.

Combating Opioids

  • Chaired meeting the 73rd General Session of the United Nations discussing the worldwide drug problem with international leaders.
  • Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand, introducing new measures to keep dangerous drugs out of our communities.
  • $6 billion in new funding to fight the opioid epidemic.
  • DEA conducted a surge in April 2018 that arrested 28 medical professions and revoked 147 registrations for prescribing too many opioids.
  • Brought the “Prescribed to Death” memorial to President’s Park near the White House, helping raise awareness about the human toll of the opioid crisis.
  • Helped reduce high-dose opioid prescriptions by 16 percent in 2017.
  • Opioid Summit on the administration-wide efforts to combat the opioid crisis.
  • Launched a national public awareness campaign about the dangers of opioid addiction.
  • Created a Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis which recommended a number of pathways to tackle the opioid crisis.
  • Led two National Prescription Drug Take Back Days in 2017 and 2018, collecting a record number of expired and unneeded prescription drugs each time.
  • $485 million targeted grants in FY 2017 to help areas hit hardest by the opioid crisis.
  • Signed INTERDICT Act, strengthening efforts to detect and intercept synthetic opioids before they reach our communities.
  • DOJ secured its first-ever indictments against Chinese fentanyl manufacturers.
  • Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement (J-CODE) team, aimed at disrupting online illicit opioid sales.
  • Declared the opioid crisis a Nationwide Public Health Emergency in October 2017.

Law and order

  • More U.S. Circuit Court judges confirmed in the first year in office than ever.
  • Confirmed more than two dozen U. S. Circuit Court judges.
  • Followed through on the promise to nominate judges to the Supreme Court who will adhere to the Constitution.

–Nominated and confirmed Justice Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

  • Signed an executive order directing the Attorney General to develop a strategy to more effectively prosecute people who commit crimes against law enforcement officers.
  • Launched an evaluation of grant programs to make sure they prioritize the protection and safety of law enforcement officers.
  • Established a task force to reduce crime and restore public safety in communities across Signed an executive order to focus more federal resources on dismantling transnational criminal organizations such as drug cartels.
  • Signed an executive order to focus more federal resources on dismantling transnational criminal organizations such as drug cartels.
  • Violent crime decreased in 2017 according to FBI statistics.
  • $137 million in grants through the COPS Hiring Program to preserve jobs, increase community policing capacities, and support crime prevention efforts.
  • Enhanced and updated the Project Safe Neighborhoods to help reduce violent crime.
  • Signed legislation making it easier to target websites that enable sex trafficking and strengthened penalties for people who promote or facilitate prostitution.
  • Created an interagency task force working around the clock to prosecute traffickers, protect victims, and prevent human trafficking.
  • Conducted Operation Cross Country XI to combat human trafficking, rescuing 84 children and arresting 120 human traffickers.
  • Encouraged federal prosecutors to use the death penalty when possible in the fight against the trafficking of deadly drugs.
  • New rule effectively banning bump stock sales in the United States.

Border Security and Immigration

  • Secured $1.6 billion for border wall construction in the March 2018 omnibus bill.
  • Construction of a 14-mile section of border wall began near San Diego.
  • Worked to protect American communities from the threat posed by the vile MS-13 gang.

–ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations division arrested 796 MS-13 members and associates in FY 2017, an 83 percent increase from the prior year. –Justice worked with partners in Central America to secure criminal charges against more than 4,000 MS-13 members.
–Border Patrol agents arrested 228 illegal aliens affiliated with MS-13 in FY 2017.

  • Fighting to stop the scourge of illegal drugs at our border.

–ICE HSI seized more than 980,000 pounds of narcotics in FY 2017, including 2,370 pounds of fentanyl and 6,967 pounds of heroin. –ICE HSI dedicated nearly 630,000 investigative hours towards halting the illegal import of fentanyl.
–ICE HSI made 11,691 narcotics-related arrests in FY 2017.
–Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand introduced new measures to keep dangerous drugs out the United States.
–Signed the INTERDICT Act into law, enhancing efforts to detect and intercept synthetic opioids.
–DOJ secured its first-ever indictments against Chinese fentanyl manufacturers.
–DOJ launched their Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement (J-CODE) team, aimed at disrupting online illicit opioid sales.

  • Released an immigration framework that includes the resources required to secure our borders and close legal loopholes, and repeatedly called on Congress to fix our broken immigration laws.
  • Authorized the deployment of the National Guard to help secure the border.
  • Enhanced vetting of individuals entering the U.S. from countries that don’t meet security standards, helping to ensure individuals who pose a threat to our country are identified before they enter.

–These procedures were upheld in a June 2018 Supreme Court hearing.

  • ICE removed over 226,000 illegal aliens from the United States in 2017.

–ICE rescued or identified over 500 human trafficking victims and over 900 child exploitation victims in 2017 alone.

  • In 2017, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested more than 127,000 aliens with criminal convictions or charges, responsible for:

–Over 76,000 with dangerous drug offenses. –More than 48,000 with assault offenses.
–More than 11,000 with weapons offenses.
–More than 5,000 with sexual assault offenses.
–More than 2,000 with kidnapping offenses.
–Over 1,800 with homicide offenses.

  • Created the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office in order to support the victims and families affected by illegal alien crime.
  • More than doubled the number of counties participating in the 287(g) program, which allows jails to detain criminal aliens until they are transferred to ICE custody.

TRADE

  • Negotiating and renegotiating better trade deals, achieving free, fair, and reciprocal trade for the United States.

–Agreed to work with the European Union towards zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsides. –Deal with the European Union to increase U.S. energy exports to Europe.
–Litigated multiple WTO disputes targeting unfair trade practices and upholding our right to enact fair trade laws.
–Finalized a revised trade agreement with South Korea, which includes provisions to increase American automobile exports.
–Negotiated an historic U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement to replace NAFTA.
–Agreement to begin trade negotiations for a U.S.-Japan trade agreement.
–Secured $250 billion in new trade and investment deals in China and $12 billion in Vietnam.
–Established a Trade and Investment Working Group with the United Kingdom, laying the groundwork for post-Brexit trade.

  • Enacted steel and aluminum tariffs to protect our vital steel and aluminum producers and strengthen our national security.
  • Conducted 82 anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations in 2017 alone.
  • Confronting China’s unfair trade practices after years of Washington looking the other way.

–25 percent tariff on $50 billion of goods imported from China and later imposed an additional 10% tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods. –Conducted an investigation into Chinese forced technology transfers, unfair licensing practices, and intellectual property theft.
–Imposed safeguard tariffs to protect domestic washing machines and solar products manufacturers hurt by China’s trade policies.

  • Withdrew from the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
  • Secured access to new markets for America’s farmers.

–Recent deal with Mexico included new improvements enabling food and agriculture to trade more fairly. –Recent agreement with the E.U. will reduce barriers and increase trade of American soybeans to Europe.
–Won a WTO dispute regarding Indonesia’s unfair restriction of U.S. agricultural exports.
–Defended American Tuna fisherman and packagers before the WTO
–Opened up Argentina to American pork experts for the first time in a quarter-century
–American beef exports have returned to china for the first time in more than a decade.

  • OK’d up to $12 billion in aid for farmers affected by unfair trade retaliation.

Energy

  • Presidential Memorandum to clear roadblocks to construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
  • Presidential Memorandum declaring that the Dakota Access Pipeline serves the national interest and initiating the process to complete construction.
  • Opened up the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge to energy exploration.
  • Coal exports up over 60 percent in 2017.
  • Rolled back the “stream protection rule” to prevent it from harming America’s coal industry.
  • Cancelled Obama’s anti-coal Clean Power Plan and proposed the Affordable Clean Energy Rule as a replacement.
  • Withdrew from the job-killing Paris climate agreement, which would have cost the U.S. nearly $3 trillion and led to 6.5 million fewer industrial sector jobs by 2040.
  • U.S. oil production has achieved its highest level in American history
  • United States is now the largest crude oil producer in the world.
  • U.S. has become a net natural gas exporter for the first time in six decades.
  • Action to expedite the identification and extraction of critical minerals that are vital to the nation’s security and economic prosperity.
  • Took action to reform National Ambient Air Quality Standards, benefitting American manufacturers.
  • Rescinded Obama’s hydraulic fracturing rule, which was expected to cost the industry $32 million per year.
  • Proposed an expansion of offshore drilling as part of an all-of-the above energy strategy.

–Held a lease sale for offshore oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico in August 2018.

  • Got EU to increase its imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States.
  • Issued permits for the New Burgos Pipeline that will cross the U.S.-Mexico border.

Foreign Policy

  • Moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
  • Withdrew from Iran deal and immediately began the process of re-imposing sanctions that had been lifted or waived.

–Treasury has issued sanctions targeting Iranian activities and entities, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force. –Since enacting sanctions, Iran’s crude exports have fallen off, the value of Iran’s currency has plummeted, and international companies have pulled out of the country.
–All nuclear-related sanctions will be back in full force by early November 2018.

  • Historic summit with North Korean President Kim Jong-Un, bringing beginnings of peace and denuclearization to the Korean Peninsula.

–The two leaders have exchanged letters and high-level officials from both sides have met resulting in tremendous progress. –North Korea has halted nuclear and missile tests.
–Negotiated the return of the remains of missing-in-action soldiers from the Korean War.

  • Imposed strong sanctions on Venezuelan dictator Nicholas Maduro and his inner circle.
  • Executive order preventing those in the U.S. from carrying out certain transactions with the Venezuelan regime, including prohibiting the purchase of the regime’s debt.
  • Responded to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime.

–Rolled out sanctions targeting individuals and entities tied to Syria’s chemical weapons program. –Directed strikes in April 2017 against a Syrian airfield used in a chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians.
–Joined allies in launching airstrikes in April 2018 against targets associated with Syria’s chemical weapons use.

  • New Cuba policy that enhanced compliance with U.S. law and held the Cuban regime accountable for political oppression and human rights abuses.

–Treasury and State are working to channel economic activity away from the Cuban regime, particularly the military.

  • Changed the rules of engagement, empowering commanders to take the fight to ISIS.

–ISIS has lost virtually all of its territory, more than half of which has been lost under Trump. –ISIS’ self-proclaimed capital city, Raqqah, was liberated in October 2017.
–All Iraqi territory had been liberated from ISIS.

  • More than a dozen American hostages have been freed from captivity all of the world.
  • Action to combat Russia’s malign activities, including their efforts to undermine the sanctity of United States elections.

–Expelled dozens of Russian intelligence officers from the United States and ordered the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle, WA. –Banned the use of Kaspersky Labs software on government computers, due to the company’s ties to Russian intelligence.
–Imposed sanctions against five Russian entities and three individuals for enabling Russia’s military and intelligence units to increase Russia’s offensive cyber capabilities.
–Sanctions against seven Russian oligarchs, and 12 companies they own or control, who profit from Russia’s destabilizing activities.
–Sanctioned 100 targets in response to Russia’s occupation of Crimea and aggression in Eastern Ukraine.
–Enhanced support for Ukraine’s Armed Forces to help Ukraine better defend itself.

  • Helped win U.S. bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
  • Helped win U.S.-Mexico-Canada’s united bid for 2026 World Cup.

Defense

  • Executive order keeping the detention facilities at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay open.
  • $700 billion in military funding for FY 2018 and $716 billion for FY 2019.
  • Largest military pay raise in nearly a decade.
  • Ordered a Nuclear Posture Review to ensure America’s nuclear forces are up to date and serve as a credible deterrent.
  • Released America’s first fully articulated cyber strategy in 15 years.
  • New strategy on national biodefense, which better prepares the nation to defend against biological threats.
  • Administration has announced that it will use whatever means necessary to protect American citizens and servicemen from unjust prosecution by the International Criminal Court.
  • Released an America first National Security Strategy.
  • Put in motion the launch of a Space Force as a new branch of the military and relaunched the National Space Council.
  • Encouraged North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies to increase defense spending to their agree-upon levels.

–In 2017 alone, there was an increase of more than 4.8 percent in defense spending amongst NATO allies. –Every member state has increased defense spending.
–Eight NATO allies will reach the 2 percent benchmark by the end of 2018 and 15 allies are on trade to do so by 2024.
–NATO allies spent over $42 billion dollars more on defense since 2016.

  • Executive order to help military spouses find employment as their families deploy domestically and abroad.

Veterans affairs

  • Signed the VA Accountability Act and expanded VA telehealth services, walk-in-clinics, and same-day urgent primary and mental health care.

–Delivered more appeals decisions – 81,000 – to veterans in a single year than ever before.

  • Strengthened protections for individuals who come forward and identify programs occurring within the VA.
  • Signed legislation that provided $86.5 billion in funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the largest dollar amount in history for the VA.
  • VA MISSION Act, enacting sweeping reform to the VA system that:

–Consolidated and strengthened VA community care programs. –Funding for the Veterans Choice program.
–Expanded eligibility for the Family Caregivers Program.
–Gave veterans more access to walk-in care.
–Strengthened the VA’s ability to recruit and retain quality healthcare professionals.
–Enabled the VA to modernize its assets and infrastructure.

  • Signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act in 2017, which authorized $2.1 billion in addition funds for the Veterans Choice Program.
  • Worked to shift veterans’ electronic medical records to the same system used by the Department of Defense, a decades old priority.
  • Issued an executive order requiring the Secretaries of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs to submit a joint plan to provide veterans access to access to mental health treatment as they transition to civilian life.
  • Increased transparency and accountability at the VA by launching an online “Access and Quality Tool,” providing veterans with access to wait time and quality of care data.
  • Signed legislation to modernize the claims and appeal process at the VA.
  • Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, providing enhanced educational benefits to veterans, service members, and their family members.

–Lifted a 15-year limit on veterans’ access to their educational benefits.

  • Created a White House VA Hotline to help veterans and principally staffed it with veterans and direct family members of veterans.
  • VA employees are being held accountable for poor performance, with more than 4,000 VA employees removed, demoted, and suspended so far.
  • Signed the Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act, increasing the number of VA employees that can assist justice-involved veterans.

Ten Questions Kate Brown Should Answer Tonight

 
Oregon GOP Says Voters Deserve Answers From Governor Before Election

Wilsonville, OR – Kate Brown’s tenure as governor has been a failure on so many issues, and Brown has repeatedly refused to hold press conferences and answer questions about basic aspects of her four-year record.  And voters deserve to know where Kate Brown stands on the critical issues facing Oregon before they vote.

Here are the ten questions Brown should answer at the final gubernatorial debate tonight:

  1. ETHICS AND TRANSPARENCY:  Media reports that Kate Brown’s Governor Office Staff have been directing campaign resources, firing staff, covering up campaign activity on the Governor’s calendar, and hiding campaign and personal expenses charged to state credit cards – all at taxpayer expense were recently corroborated by a former campaign manager of hers.  Was she aware that this was happening at the time and why did let this happen after vowing to clean up the ethics mess left by her predecessor, ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber?
  2. MEDICARE SCANDAL: Numerous reports have detailed over $100 million in overpayments by the Oregon Health Authority. It’s clear that Kate Brown has squandered our taxpayer dollars.  Why was Brown so slow to get to the bottom of this?  Has Brown recovered the money, and will she apologize for the scandal?
  3. MISMANAGEMENT: Numerous key Kate Brown appointees to critical leading roles in her administration have proven incompetent, abusive, or corrupt – leading her to fire or retire them.  A former member of your own campaign staff corroborates reports that Brown is a “really awful manager of people, operations and structures.”  Why has this happened and why should Oregonians believe things will be different during a new term as Governor?
  4. DISASTER PREPAREDNESS: In 2015 as Secretary of State Kate Brown published an audit critical of Oregon’s disaster preparedness.  After nearly four years as Governor, the Brown Administration’s Emergency Mgmt. Dept has failed yet another Secretary of State audit.  Why did Kate Brown allow this to happen and why should we believe she’ll do better during her next term if re-elected, especially if the Big One hits?
  5. HOMELESSNESS AND PUBLIC SAFETY: Both have gotten increasingly worse under Kate Brown. Why should we trust her ability to solve the homelessness crisis, given her failed record so far?
  6. FOSTER CARE: Does Kate Brown really believe that she’s had a successful record helping foster care kids, as she claimed at the first debate, given the multiple reports of negligence, hunger and even deaths at foster care homes?
  7. PERS: Why won’t Kate Brown do anything to end the out-of-control costs that is the real cause of Oregon’s public pension crisis?
  8. EDUCATION: In October 2017, after another report of Oregon’s high school graduations rates being among the worst in the nation, Kate Brown fired Salam Noor to Deputy Superintendent for Public Instruction saying Noor failed to execute Brown’s “vision” and she vowed to make education her “top priority.”  What vision of Kate Brown’s did he fail at, and why should Oregonians believe she can now suddenly produce vastly improved results?
  9. SPENDING: Last Thursday, Kate Brown couldn’t name one thing she would cut from the state budget.  Why not?  Should voters assume that Kate Brown believes that all spending is necessary no matter what?
  10. TAXES: With the growth in spending that Kate Brown wants without budget cuts, she’s going to have to raise taxes.  Exactly which taxes will she hike if elected to a new term as Governor?

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.

Link to Online Posting:
https://oregon.gop/ten-questions-kate-brown-should-answer-2018-10-09

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Former Kate Brown Campaign Manager Corroborates Violations By Governor’s Office

Oregon GOP Demands Answers and Warns of Another Sudden Governor Resignation Post Election

Wilsonville, OR – Today an undercover video surfaced of former Kate Brown Campaign Manager Michael Kolenc corroborating media reports that in Kate Brown’s Governor’s Office Staff have been directing campaign staff and resources, covering up campaign activity on the Governor’s calendar, and hiding campaign and personal expenses charged to state credit cards – all at taxpayer expense.  Kolenc described the activity as “shady…low-level graft, low-level corruption” and that it was “100% going on….and it happens all the time.”

 

In the undercover video, Brown’s former campaign manager further described Governor Brown as a “really awful manager of people, operations and structures,” “doesn’t hire good managers,” and expressed the opinion that Brown was a “fish out of water” that wasn’t up to the job from the beginning.

“These statements suggest a very serious pattern of ethics violations and unlawful conduct in office,” stated Oregon GOP Chair Bill Currier. “It is against the law for the Governor’s staff to be spending time directing Kate Brown’s campaign at taxpayer expense.  Intentionally hiding these violations from the public is also of great concern.  Kate Brown needs to immediately answer whether she knew about any illegal activity that benefitted her political career.”

In 2014 serious ethical questions swirled around now ex-Governor John Kitzhaber, but the reports largely escaped scrutiny until after he’d won re-election, leading to his resignation in disgrace in February 2015, just three weeks after his 4th inauguration.  His replacement, then Secretary of State Kate Brown, said upon becoming Governor “it was clear transparency was not a priority in the prior administration” and told Salem lawmakers she had “changed that [her] first day on the job and every day since.”

“Well, it seems like deja vu.  Oregon has already suffered the embarrassment of a Governor facing very serious ethical misconduct questions actively avoid scrutiny just before the votes were cast, then get re-elected and resign” stated Oregon GOP Chair Bill Currier.

“Given that Oregon is the only state in the nation in which the legislature cannot impeach and remove a Governor, Kate Brown must give voters clear and truthful answers to these questions NOW, before voting begins in 10 days.”

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.

Link to Online Posting:
https://oregon.gop/kate-brown-violations-corroborated-by-fmr-campaign-mgr-2018-10-08

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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October 8, 2018 Daily Clips

SUPREME COURT

 

Kavanaugh confirmed, quickly sworn in; major Trump victory

The Associated Press

Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice Saturday night after the bitterly polarized U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed him. The Senate vote delivered an election-season triumph to President Donald Trump that could swing the court rightward for a generation after a battle that rubbed raw the country’s cultural, gender and political divides. Kavanaugh was quickly sworn in at the court building, across the street from the Capitol, even as protesters chanted outside.

 

Kavanaugh impartiality to be tested in blue state lawsuits

The Associated Press

Questions about Kavanaugh’s ability to remain impartial and give a fair hearing to such cases escalated after his defiant statement Sept. 27 to the Senate Judiciary Committee. He railed against the sexual assault accusations as being orchestrated by Democrats, saying: “This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election, fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record, revenge on behalf of the Clintons and millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups.” Since then, he wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that “an independent and impartial judiciary is essential” and that he will “keep an open mind in every case.” Lawsuits between the states and the Trump administration could test that.

 

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

 

Mark Johnson hired as CL Port lobbyist

Hood River News

Johnson will carry out the Port’s active lobbying program during the 2019 Oregon legislative session, according to a press release from the Port. Johnson formerly served as a state representative and member of Hood River County School District Board. As Government Affairs Manager, Johnson will lead Port efforts to influence legislation to benefit the Port and the community of Cascade Locks. “He will also provide valuable input on the creation of a communications strategy to assist the Port in accomplishing its goals and objectives,” stated Port manager Paul Koch. “The Port Commission is pleased to have acquired the services of Mark Johnson’s and to be able to take full advantage of his background and experience in Salem,” said Koch.

 

Oregon county group misused funds, mismanaged budget, investigation finds

Oregonian/OregonLive

The Association of Oregon Counties misappropriated as much as $900,000 meant for county road programs to cover mounting losses in its general operations, an investigative audit has found. Under state law, the money the association misused over five years should have been spent on road programs, the accounting firm Moss Adams said in an August report. The transfers amounted to unauthorized loans, and the firm concluded that money needed to be paid back with interest. Now the association is pitching a payment plan to its 35-member counties — some of them cash-strapped in their own right — that could involve a special assessment to the counties and, ultimately, taxpayers. It is not clear how that sum would be divided among counties. But the total bill is likely to be about $1 million, association managers said.

 

Will new court decisions bring ‘nanny state’ into Oregon’s outdoors?

Statesman Journal

On August 19, 2012, Benjamin McCormick walked onto a dock at Lake Billy Chinook, leaped into the air, and dove head-first into the water. Two feet below the surface, McCormick’s head slammed into a boulder, fracturing his skull, rupturing his spine and forever changing his life. A healthy 23-year-old from Redmond at the time of the accident, he’s been confined to a wheelchair ever since. McCormick sued the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, which manages a state park at the lake, for more than $43 million. He claimed the agency created conditions leading to the accident and failed to provide adequate warning of rocks below the water’s surface. Initially, the case was dismissed based on the principle of recreational immunity — that you can’t sue the state for most injuries sustained while recreating outdoors. But a series of decisions from the Oregon Court of Appeals, most recently in August, has thrown this concept into doubt, dealing a sweeping blow to the state’s concept of recreational immunity, say officials.

 

Want to eat roadkill in Oregon? Here’s 9 rules you have to follow first

Statesman Journal

If you want to scoop a dead animal off the highway and bring it home for dinner, you’ll be allowed to do that in Oregon beginning January 1, 2019. But there are some rules to follow when removing a road-killed deer or elk from the pavement to pass legal muster under a 2017 law that legalized salvage. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will be asked to adopt the rules during a meeting Oct. 12 in Klamath Falls. “It’s important to note that people are eating this at their own risk,” ODFW spokeswoman Michelle Dennehy said. “It’s up to each person to decide whether the meat is appropriate to eat.”

 

CAMPAIGNS & INITIATIVES

 

TV ads grab most money pouring into expensive governor’s race

Portland Tribune

An analysis of campaign finance reports shows typical spending, with the bulk of money going to advertising and marketing firms, political consultants, television and radio buys, data analytics and software. Buehler’s campaign has spent big on advertising — which can include anything from materials for campaign signs or branded gadgets to television ads. And a lot of the larger expenditures went out East. So far in 2018, Buehler has spent $4,266,909 on broadcast advertising through Strategic Media Services of Arlington, Va. FP1 Digital, a public affairs firm in Alexandria, Va., has received $627,315. The campaign spent $623,371 on Red Maverick Media, a Harrisburg, Pa., political consulting firm. Brown has spread money around more evenly, and as of Oct. 4 still had $3.5 million on hand, compared to Buehler’s $2 million. Her largest payments have gone to Washington, D.C., with $2,396,188 going to buy airtime through Buying Time LLC and $416,880 going to digital marketing firm Rising Tide Interactive LLC.

 

Laurene Powell Jobs and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg Among Kate Brown’s Latest Contributors

Willamette Week

Money continues to pour into what is already the most expensive governor’s race in Oregon history, with a month still to go before the Nov. 6 election day. In the past week alone, incumbent Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, reported raising $1.2 million. Among the big checks: $250,000 from the Democratic Governors’ Association and $100,000 each from the Oregon Education Association, the statewide teachers’ union, and from Working for a Working America, a Washington, D.C. labor organization. Brown also got checks from a couple of big names in Silicon Valley: $20,000 from Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs (she’s now given Brown a total $65,000) and $5,000 from Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.

 

Knute Buehler says he isn’t taking anti-environment money. He’s gotten more than $850,000

Oregonian/OregonLive

As a state representative, Buehler has earned a lifetime failing grade from the Oregon League of Conservation Voters. Though he says climate change is real, he opposes the state’s cap-and-trade legislation to address it. On his campaign website, Buehler says it’s not true that he has “sided with big corporations and received $100,000s from anti-environment groups and voted against clean energy and instead for dirty coal.” He doesn’t cite the source of the claim. Part of Buehler’s assertion is correct. It is not true that he voted for coal. He broke with his Republican colleagues and supported a 2016 bill to end Oregon’s reliance on coal-fired electricity. But another part of Buehler’s claim – that he has not taken major donations from anti-environment groups — is false, an analysis of campaign finance disclosures by The Oregonian/OregonLive shows.

 

Measure 102 would allow bonds to fund privately-built affordable housing

The Bend Bulletin

So far, the measure seems to be receiving bipartisan and widespread support. Both major-party governor candidates, Democrat Kate Brown and Republican Knute Buehler, said they were in favor of Measure 102.On the state voter’s pamphlet, the arguments in favor for Measure 102 were written by groups as varied as union groups (Oregon Education Association, Oregon AFL-CIO, IBEW Local 48), business organizations (Oregon State Chamber of Commerce, Oregon Home Builders Association, Portland Business Alliance), The League of Women Voters of Oregon, AARP Oregon, the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association, Kaiser Permanente, and even the Portland Timbers and Thorns soccer teams. State Sen. Alan Olsen (R-Canby) filed the sole argument against Measure 102 in the voter’s pamphlet. He warns that those who vote for a housing bond won’t know at that time the financial details of the bond and that “affordable housing” isn’t defined in the measure. “That definition is left up to the borrowing agency, hence, each different jurisdiction can have their own definition of ‘affordable,’” he wrote.

 

HOUSING

 

Dark clouds gather over the US housing market

Portland Business Journal

Nationwide, sales and building permits are down. Several once soaring markets, including New York City, the San Francisco area, and Denver, have been softening. Construction activity has been slowing, too, which is a concern given the disproportionate role that home building plays in US economic growth. The problem is, ironically, the growth of the housing market itself, which has been bifurcated and has outpaced the ability of most consumers to pay for shelter. The top cities rise because they are where the jobs are (job creation is also incredibly bifurcated). Yet house prices in those cities have risen much faster than wages themselves. That has, in turn, made it harder and harder for middle-class people to live in such places. “If I were Denver, I would be hoping that Amazon didn’t set up shop in my town,” says one investor.

 

BUSINESS

 

Laid-off Toys R Us workers find powerful ally in public pensions

Portland Business Journal

Pension officials managing the retirement benefits of government workers have long shunned investments that their constituents find unpalatable, often broad categories like guns and fossil fuels. But lately, some pensions have been aggressively confronting Wall Street firms and companies over specific social concerns. In June, Minnesota’s state pension fund halted further investments in KKR over concerns about how the Toys R Us workers had been treated. The fund lifted the suspension last month after KKR agreed to contribute millions to a hardship fund for the workers. So far, the fund is said to have raised $20 million.

 

HEALTHCARE

 

Don’t be misled by false Medicare, Social Security ads

Oregonian/OregonLive

Online and otherwise, there’s a lot of information out there, and sometimes it’s difficult to tell what sources are credible. With millions of people relying on Social Security, scammers target audiences who are looking for program and benefit information. People are often misled by advertisers who use the terms “Medicare” or “Social Security.” Often, these companies offer Social Security services for a fee, even though the same services are available directly from Social Security free of charge.

 

TRANSPORTATION

 

Bullet train from Portland to Vancouver, B.C.? Oregon, Washington, Canada talking

Oregonian/OregonLive

Imagine stepping on a train in Portland at noon and stepping off about two hours later in Vancouver, British Columbia. Passengers would whiz past Seattle in less than an hour. Oregon, Washington and British Columbia governments are hoping to take that far-flung vision and turn it into a reality by 2035. High-level transportation officials from each will meet Tuesday for a second discussion this year about what a so-called ultra-high-speed rail line connecting the three cities would look like. The rail discussion is in its infancy, but the governments hope to work with private companies to set the groundwork for bullet trains in what they are calling the “Cascadia megaregion.”

 

CLIMATE

 

Grim Forecast From UN On Global Climate Change

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Some of the world’s top climate scientists have concluded that global warming is likely to reach dangerous levels unless new technologies are developed to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says pledges from the world’s governments to reduce greenhouse gases, made in Paris in 2015, aren’t enough to keep global warming from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees F) above pre-industrial temperatures. But even with a 1.5-degree C increase, the world can expect serious changes to weather, sea levels, agriculture and natural ecosystems, according to a report issued Monday following an IPCC meeting in South Korea. “Limiting warming to 1.5 C is possible within the laws of chemistry and physics,” says Jim Skea of Imperial College London, one of the authors of the report, “but doing so would require unprecedented changes.”

 

OPINION

 

Editorial endorsement: Vote ‘yes’ on Measure 102’s constitutional amendment measure

Oregonian Editorial Board

Unlike the other statewide measures on the November ballot, Measure 102 is well-constructed, targeted, noncontroversial and aims to solve a pressing problem: how to stretch tax dollars earmarked for affordable housing to serve as many Oregonians as possible. Voters should endorse this common-sense fix to the constitution and vote “yes” on Measure 102.

 

Editorial endorsements: The November 2018 general election

Oregonian Editorial Board

Ballots for the general election will be soon be mailed to voters starting Oct. 17. Over the next few weeks, The Oregonian/OregonLive Editorial Board will publish its endorsements in more than a dozen local, regional and state races to help voters make their decisions.

 

Why you should vote ‘yes’ on Measure 105

The Register-Guard

The latest Portland State University population study concludes that Oregon is adding the population of a Salem-sized city every 2 years. Have you driven on Interstate 5 recently? Tried to find affordable housing? Seen the crowding in Oregon’s classrooms? Farmland being gobbled up by development? The “tent towns” in Portland that have turned parts of that city into what has been described as a “cesspool?” Nationwide, 55 percent of population growth between 1965 and 2015 was due to immigration. That number is projected to be as high as 88 percent by 2065. In Oregon, in-migrants (both domestic and foreign) currently account for 86 percent of population growth. Should Oregon, through its sanctuary policy, be putting out the welcome mat for people who shouldn’t even be here and providing them with public services when we can’t afford adequate services for some of our own citizens?

 

Candidate consistently inconsistent on women’s rights

Statesman Journal

We strongly support Gov. Kate Brown because she is steadfast in her commitment to reproductive freedom. Under her leadership, she signed the nation’s most progressive reproductive health policy, and helped make Oregon the easiest place in the nation to get birth control. Oregonians must do everything in our power to reject efforts to turn the clock back on women’s rights by voting no on Rep. Knute Buehler and no on Ballot Measure 106, the backdoor ban on abortion. This is our time to act and say “no.” We will not stand to see our children and grandchildren have fewer rights than we do today.

 

Let’s keep Caddy McKeown working for District 9

Coos Bay World Link

Caddy now had enough experience and seniority to be chose to head important committees, and to influence decisions important to all of us on the south coast. Improvements on Highway 38, and speeding up replacement of the Scottsburg Bridge are examples of this. Caddy is doing her best to bring back jobs to the hard workers of our area who have been put out of work due to economic changes. Please join me in voting for Caddy McKeown, our “Good Gal” in the House of Representatives!

 

Rep. Nearman’s refusal to talk to constituents, the press is concerning

Statesman Journal

Nearman won’t hold Town Halls in the Dallas area, won’t talk to the press, and depends on social media to get his message out. What can we conclude about his representation? In contrast, candidate Danny Jaffer pledges to hold monthly Town Halls at locations around District 23 every month except when he is in session.

 

Guest column: Oregon’s affordable housing policy is insane

Jack Zika

By any reasonable definition, Central Oregon is suffering from an affordable housing crisis. Even with plenty of jobs and rising wages locally, housing is eating up a large and growing share of Central Oregonians’ income. Many families, even those with good job prospects, are being priced out of the region. Prices have gone up because there is more demand for housing than supply. What government can do, and morally should do, is to avoid adding to the challenges caused by real estate market swings. Unfortunately, Oregon has chosen to do exactly the opposite with its land use policies. Those policies, which have the net effect of restricting development of new housing, cause the supply side of Oregon’s real estate market to act as though it’s mired in quicksand — slow to respond to increases in demand, with higher prices the result. Amid a torrent of concerns from cities and citizens about the upward pressure the cumbersome UGB expansion process applies to housing prices, the Legislature recently and reluctantly approved a pilot program that allows for a quick UGB expansion to add affordable housing. The Legislature should expand the pilot program to let any number of cities who present a good plan for adding affordable housing to do so with a quick and easy UGB expansion. Legislation to do just that will be the first bill I introduce in the 2019 legislative session.

 

Opinion: Changing how the criminal justice system responds to people with mental illness

Oregonian/OregonLive

In more than 40 years as a defense lawyer and trial court judge — including two years as Multnomah County’s Chief Criminal Judge — I’ve seen firsthand how easy it is for someone in a mental health crisis to end up in jail. I’ve also seen how hard it is for them, once in custody, to get the services they need. Our failure to provide meaningful help to people experiencing mental illness remains one of the justice system’s most pressing challenges. We have made progress in recent years by establishing and supporting important services such as mental health court and diversion programs. But there is no simple solution. As Mental Illness Awareness Week arrives again, it’s a reminder we still have more work to do.

 

Editorial: Marine Board should be up front about fee

The Bulletin Editorial Board

Put your canoe in a lake up in the Cascades, and the staff of Oregon Marine Board wants to charge you a new fee. It’s just one of many proposals for new fees and rules the Oregon Marine Board is scheduled to discuss at an open house at Eagle Crest on Oct. 16. The fee is so inadequately explained and justified in the documents provided for the public, it should be rejected. What is clear is Marine Board staff want more money. The proposal is to charge a fee on all nonmotorized boats 10-feet long and over except motorboats and sailboats with valid registration. The proposed fee is $5 for a week, $17 annually or $30 biennially. With that money, Marine Board staff want to create a “waterway access account.” Some of the money raised by the new fee would go to create and improve access to waterways, to safety education courses and to buy boats for underserved communities. Some of the money raised will also continue an existing program to fight invasive species. Those are all good causes. But the public needs details. In the public documents for the meeting, there are no details about the need. Zero. There are no financial projections. Zip. There are no estimates of any increased costs that the Marine Board faces. Zilch. There is no explanation of how much of money in the “waterway access account” will go to each purpose and how much will go to fight invasive species. The Marine Board also doesn’t make it clear what money for motorized boat or sailboat registrations will go into this account.

 

Pray, Vote, Stand Prayer Guide: Week Three

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Pray, Vote, Stand Prayer Guide | Week three: Prayer for the Marketplace

Sunday, October 7

Integrity: Pray first for Christian-owned businesses to operate with integrity and honesty in the marketplace. Pray also that other companies and corporations large and small would honestly conduct business.

Scripture: Prov. 13:11; Prov. 16:11; Lev. 19:35-36

Monday, October 8

Source: Pray that Christian business owners would recognize, understand, and acknowledge the source of their power to succeed.

Scripture: Deut. 8:18; John 19:11

Tuesday, October 9

Kingdom purposes: Pray that believers would see their businesses as gifts from the Lord to be used by the Lord for His purposes.

Scripture: Prov. 3:9; Acts 18

Wednesday, October 10

Boldness: Pray for Christian business owners to be bold and courageous; conducting business in a way that both acknowledges and honors the Lord. Pray that they would also be bold in evangelizing in the marketplace.

Scripture: Acts 16:11-40

Thursday, October 11

Protection: Pray that the Lord will protect Christian business owners who operate according to kingdom principles and boldly acknowledge God in how they conduct their business.

Scripture: Acts 18

Friday, October 12

Faithful and prosperous workforce: Pray that kingdom-centered businesses would attract and develop faithful employees that will cause their companies and employees to prosper.

Scripture: Ps. 112; Luke 16:1-13

Saturday, October 13

Responsible: Pray that the policies and practices of businesses/corporations would be moral and beneficial to the well-being of society. For those businesses that choose to use their influence and resources to undermine morality, pray that those resources would be entrusted to those who will honor God.

Scripture: Prov. 13:22; Eccl. 2:26

If you haven’t already, please join believers across the country in taking the pledge to: 1) Pray 2) Vote and 3) Stand.

Standing (Eph. 6:13),

Tony Perkins
President

Family Research Council
801 G Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
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October 5, 2018 Daily Clips

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

 

Oregon Lawmakers Plan Reforms to Stop Crushing People With Court Fees and Driver’s License Suspensions for Parking and Traffic Tickets

Willamette Week

Oregon legislators are likely to consider a number of criminal justice reforms next year, including several bills that take aim at policies that disproportionately impact low-income Oregonians. Rep. Jeff Barker (D-Aloha) tells WW he expects to see a number of controversial issues come before him as chair of the House Judiciary Committee. He expects a bill to eliminate split jury verdicts, which allow a person to be convicted or acquitted of any felony other than murder with just 10 votes. Oregon is one of just two states—the other is Louisiana—which do not require unanimous jury decisions. A number of other bills Barker says he anticipates involve the costs of the state’s justice system. “We’re catching poor people in a spiral they can’t get out of,” says Barker, a former Portland police officer who says he personally saw how court fees and fines can disrupt people’s lives. “I’ve seen what happens to people who get caught in those cycles.” One possible bill would waive fees for hearings on parking tickets for low-income Oregonians, who currently have to post bond on the tickets before being able to challenge them in court. Another would ban driver’s license suspensions for unpaid traffic violations, which Barker says disproportionately impacts economically vulnerable people who rely heavily on their vehicles to get to work and may not be able to afford the fines. Barker says he also plans to introduce a bill to increase pay for public defenders.

 

In response to grim stats, OHA requests $13M for youth suicide prevention

Portland Business Journal

Nearly 17 percent of eighth graders and 18 percent of 11th graders reported they had seriously considered suicide in the past year, according to the 2017 Oregon Healthy Teens Survey. At the same time, 25 percent of students do not know how they can access mental health resources through their school, and many schools have none, according to the Oregon Health Authority. “This suicide prevention request is part of OHA’s larger request and an early step in the state budgeting process,” OHA spokeswoman Saerom England said. “We look forward to assisting the governor’s office as they consider this and other agencies’ requests and determine what is best for Oregon.”

 

CCOs to Oregon Health Authority: Keep Medicaid local

Portland Business Journal

The CCOs have provided care to 1 million Oregonians on Medicaid, coordinating their physical, mental and dental needs, since they were created in 2012. Even if they take on more responsibilities, one major aspect of CCO 1.0 that leaders of the coordinated care organizations want to retain in CCO 2.0 is to remain locally based. “If there’s a secret sauce to the transformation in 1.0, it was that local control,” said Josh Balloch, vice president of government affairs for AllCare Health, a CCO with 50,000 members in Jackson, Josephine and Curry counties. “That’s vital to the long-term success. You can’t export or import health care. It has to be done locally.”

 

Kitzhaber on what’s worked and what hasn’t in Oregon’s Medicaid experiment

Portland Business Journal

We need to remember the original vision, which was to figure out how to expand access and manage costs without eroding quality and patient satisfaction. What worked was a global budget that grows at a fixed rate, putting the delivery system at risk for quality and outcomes. It’s a transitional model that has to continue to evolve to be relevant. It’s important to remember as we go to 2.0, it needs definition, that we don’t undermine the ability to deliver health care to 25 percent of the population.

 

CAMPAIGNS & INITIATIVES

 

Brown, Buehler trade shots at each other’s records in second debate

Statesman Journal

Sporting a more confrontational tone on a wide range of subjects, Democratic Gov. Kate Brown and Republican Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, ramped up attacks on each other’s records during their second debate Thursday night in Medford. On top Oregon issues, including public pension reform, homelessness, education funding, infrastructure investment and wild-land management, the candidates frequently pivoted to pointing out an inability to fix problems or inconsistencies between campaign statements and voting records.

 

Independent candidate for governor stymied in debate effort

East Oregonian

Starnes, a cabinet maker from Brownsville, entered the race at the last minute on a platform focused on reforming campaign finance to curb large donations. He has imposed his own limit on donations for his race – no more than $100 from any one donor. Despite having almost no campaign money at the time, he nonetheless won the Independent nomination over the better-known names and better-financed campaigns of incumbent Democratic Gov. Kate Brown and GOP candidate Rep. Knute Buehler, who both campaigned for the nomination. Starnes was invited to the first debate Tuesday at Portland’s Roosevelt High School. He made the stage after the Independent Party threatened legal action. Earlier that week, however, Starnes learned that he would not be invited to Thursday’s debate by KOBI in Medford and a debate next Tuesday in Portland hosted by KGW and The Oregonian. In an email to Starnes earlier this week, Bob Wise, vice president of KOBI, wrote that “a debate at a television station is a news event, thus equal access is not required from all candidates.”

 

Supermajority possible in Salem-area Senate race, Winters vs Patterson

Statesman Journal

First-time candidate Deb Patterson is hoping to unseat four-term Republican Jackie Winters in a race that could tip the Oregon Senate to a Democratic supermajority. Democrats are one seat away from claiming supermajorities in both the House and Senate in November, which would allow them to raise taxes without Republican support. Winters, who ran unopposed in the primary, was first elected to the House in 1998, and then to the Senate in 2002. Winters emphasized that she is known for working across party lines to build consensus. “That’s been one of my hallmarks all the years I’ve been in state government,” she said. Winters’ emphasis during her long legislative career, and one she said will continue, has been on budgeting. “All my work has been trying to make certain you’re doing a good job of managing people’s dollars,” she said. Her specific goals for the next legislative session include providing more money to help domestic violence survivors; continuing to lower prison costs by diverting some offenders into treatment; and continuing to fund career and technical education for high school students. And she will continue to work to draw business and jobs to the Salem area, Winters said. Patterson is a credible challenger, with decades as an advocate in both health care and education. “My most important goal is working toward affordable, accessible, quality healthcare for everyone,” she said. “We still have 6.2 percent of Oregonians who don’t have any health insurance at all.”

 

Measure 104 Becomes Debate Over What Is A Tax In Oregon

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Oregon voters will decide this November whether to make it more difficult for the state Legislature to raise taxes and fees. To both supporters and opponents, it’s a battle over how power is wielded in the state Capitol. If you’re raising taxes, said business lobbyist Shaun Jillions, “you should have a broad consensus of legislators doing that, regardless of their party affiliation.” But Gov. Kate Brown says Measure 104 — which would expand the kinds of revenue measures that require a three-fifths vote for approval — is really a power grab by interests upset with Democrats who run the state. “They want to make things extremely difficult for the majorities down in Salem,” said Brown, arguing that Measure 104 raises the prospect of an extended gridlock over passing the state’s budget.

 

Multnomah County Legal Opinion Raises Specter of Complex Impacts from Measure 103

Willamette Week

An attorney for Multnomah County has weighed into the fight over an Oregon ballot measure that would enshrine a ban on “grocery” taxes in the state constitution. There’s little doubt that Measure 103 would prohibit the soda tax that has been contemplated by the county for years. But the legal opinion says the measure would have wider impacts. According to the county attorney, the measure would cut into Multnomah County’s ability to collect existing taxes—and 40 percent of the taxes received by the county’s general fund could be affected. That’s because there’s ongoing debate about the extent to which fuel and other taxes would be subjected to the exceptions. The county attorney says it’s all but impossible to come up with a dollar figure for the impact on the county.

 

La Bell hit with legal challenges on two fronts

The Bend Bulletin

Amanda La Bell is the target of a complaint filed with the Oregon Department of Justice against The Rebecca Foundation, the nonprofit national diaper bank run by La Bell. Volunteers said Wednesday they sent thousands of dollars, including grant checks from Walmart, to La Bell. La Bell said the organization has no money. Edmunson said the Department of Justice’s Charitable Activities Section is responsible for screening reports involving fraudulent activities in nonprofits, and investigating if necessary. Additional conduct, such as embezzlement, might be reported to local law enforcement. “Larger matters might be subject to investigation by federal authorities,” Edmunson said.

 

Current and Former Oregon Lawmakers File Ballot Initiative to Block Further PERS Debt

Willamette Week

A trio of sponsors—state Rep. Julie Parrish (R-West Linn), former Rep. Mark Johnson (R-Hood River) and Kim Sordyl, a Portland lawyer and education activist—want to put a measure on the 2020 ballot that would prohibit Oregon government bodies from borrowing money to pay their obligations to the Public Employee Retirement System. Their initiative seeks to block a common practice: local governments and school districts borrow money to meet pension obligations. The governments’ hope is that investment returns will exceed the cost of interest that they pay, creating a positive return on investment that they can use to accelerate paying down their PERS obligations.

 

SUPREME COURT NOMINATION

 

Kavanaugh Passes Critical Senate Hurdle

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court cleared a key procedural hurdle in the Senate on Friday, 51-49. A final vote on his confirmation is expected as soon as Saturday. One Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, voted with Republicans to end debate and move the nomination forward. One Republican, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, voted with Democrats against ending debate. Still, the fate of Kavanaugh’s nomination remains unclear. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, voted to end debate, but said she will announce her final position on whether confirm Kavanaugh Friday afternoon. Other senators could switch their votes as well. In a speech leading up to the vote, Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said “the resistance is located right here on Capitol Hill’” and urged his colleagues to “say no to mob rule” by voting to confirm Kavanaugh.

 

Buehler: Withdraw Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination

Portland Tribune

State Rep. Knute Buehler, GOP candidate for governor, on Thursday, Oct. 4, called on President Trump to replace Brett Kavanaugh as nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. “At this point I strongly believe President Trump should withdraw the nomination and put someone forward that can gain bipartisan support. This is a time to heal a deeply divided nation and this is a wonderful opportunity to do so,” Buehler said. “I hope President Trump proceeds in that direction.”

 

Video: Portlanders Stage Die-In In Front of Multnomah County Courthouse to Protest Brett Kavanaugh

Willamette Week

Video footage from WW’s news parter KATU shows the protesters, with red handprints painted over their mouths, lying in the street in front of the federal building this morning. One woman stood on an egg crate and read aloud the Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony. Demonstrators, the Oregonian reported, spelled out the words “Stop Him” with their bodies and lay on the street for 36 minutes to mark the number of years since Kavanaugh’s alleged sexually assault of Ford.

 

CHILDCARE

 

State knew children were drugged at Oregon day care where baby died

Oregonian/OregonLive

Eighteen months before a baby boy died at an illegally operated Hood River day care, Oregon child safety officials knew the women who ran it had drugged, ignored and threatened to hit other children placed in their care. Workers at Mama Shell’s Day Care gave children “little white pills” of melatonin so they would sleep during nap times, according to court documents obtained Thursday by The Oregonian/Oregonlive. State child care regulators were so concerned that they revoked the day care’s license in 2017. But Rochelle Jones, her wife, Debra Jones, and her wife’s sister, Donna Pilcher, soon opened the business back up, this time with a different name: Mama Bear’s, according to a search warrant affidavit. Police discovered 10 children in the women’s care the day the Cyrus Macioroski died there on May 15 of this year at age 4 months. He was the youngest child in their care.

 

ENVIRONMENT

 

To Save Orcas, Removing Snake River Dams May Not Be The Answer, Feds Say

Oregon Public Broadcasting

As the Northwest’s killer whales have gained worldwide attention, more calls are being made to bolster the population of salmon they eat. One big way to do that, supporters say, is by removing the four Lower Snake River dams, which make it harder for salmon to survive. But the federal government isn’t so sure that’s the answer. “Geographically and timing, they are not the key limiting resource or prey for the southern resident killer whales,” said Kristen Jule, a fish and wildlife policy analyst with Bonneville Power Administration.

 

Public Lands Grazing Helps Ranchers, Sage Grouse, Study Says

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Grazing restrictions on public lands may have unintended consequences for greater sage grouse, according to a recent study. The imperiled birds depend on habitat on both public and private lands, and much of that habitat can be lost when ranching operations go under. “We found that as the restrictions to public lands increased, (private) landowners have historically made decisions to alter their land use. Then there’s trigger points where they may sell those lands to higher intensity uses that would be bad for sage grouse,” said David Naugle, study co-author and professor at the University of Montana.

 

U.S. military insects could weaponize viruses to protect crops; scientists say the bugs might kill us all

Oregonian/OregonLive

We could be on the verge of a “new class of biological weapon,” scientists warn. They’re talking about insects. The U.S. military is studying whether it can load bugs with genetically engineered viruses that would make modifications to crops, protecting the plants from sudden natural blights or other perils. The insects would, for example, insert drought-resistant genes into crops in the field. The objective: make the nation’s food supply safe from all manner of potential threats from nature or foreign adversaries. The so-called Insect Allies program, launched in 2017 by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), sounds all well and good — except that such plans conceivably could go awry, seeing as insects aren’t known for being easy to control. That’s why a group of scientists is raising the warning. They argue, reports The New York Times, “that the endeavor is not so different from designing biological weapons — banned under international law since 1975 — that could swarm and destroy acres of crops.”

 

BUSINESS & LABOR

 

Southern Oregon vineyards face losses as smoke fears kill contracts

The Register-Guard

Some Oregon lawmakers and winery owners scrambled Thursday to help a dozen vineyard owners who face the prospect of tons of grapes withering on the vine after a California company abruptly canceled contracts to buy the grapes worth millions of dollars over fears they are tainted by wildfire smoke. The cancellation of the contracts “is perhaps the most devastating issue facing the Oregon wine industry in our history,” said Christine Collier Clair, winery director of Willamette Valley Vineyards in Turner.

 

US Unemployment Rate Drops To 3.7 Percent, Lowest In Nearly 50 Years

Oregon Public Broadcasting

The U.S. jobless rate last month dropped to 3.7 percent in September — the lowest since 1969, though the economy added a lower-than-expected 134,000 jobs, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said. The jobless rate fell from August’s 3.9 percent. Wage growth slowed last month, with average hourly earnings up 2.8 percent from a year earlier. Private economists had forecast that economy would pick up 180,000 jobs in September. The report reinforced the view of Federal Reserve policymakers, who cited a strong job market when they announced they were increasing a benchmark interest rate — the third hike in a year. The labor market, the Fed said, “has continued to strengthen and … economic activity has been rising at a strong rate. Job gains have been strong, on average, in recent months, and the unemployment rate has stayed low.” The Fed is forecasting the economy will grow 3.1 percent this year — that’s up from the 2.8 percent it projected in June.

 

LOCAL

 

Port of Morrow gets statewide business benefit

East Oregonian

Port Director Ryan Neal said the port had to identify a site that met some requirements before they could apply for the program. The site had to be vacant, slated for industrial use, and had to provide a minimum of 25 jobs. The East Beach Industrial Site, which the port has identified for development, is about 982 acres, and could provide about 800 jobs, Neal said. He said the site improvements have to be completed by 2023. According to the program, rural sites must also pay employees wages higher than the county or state average, whichever is lower. The Port of Morrow was the second site in the state to receive the RSIS designation, after the Port of Portland’s Troutdale-Reynolds Industrial Park. The Port of Morrow is the first to qualify for the program since Business Oregon changed the application process last year.

 

It’s snowing on Mount Hood!

Oregonian/OregonLive

Finally, our poor naked mountain is getting dressed for the winter. That’s right: It’s snowing on Mount Hood. After a record-breakingly hot summer — a month’s worth of days over 90 degrees — Friday’s rain in the valley and snow in the mountains might be all we need for a state holiday.

 

OPINION

 

Vote no on Measure 102

The Register-Guard

The idea behind Measure 102 is a good one: Oregon should allow cities to pursue public-private partnerships for desperately needed affordable housing. Unfortunately, the Legislature wrote a flawed constitutional amendment to accomplish that end. Oregonians should reject it so that lawmakers can come back with a better version next year. The authors of the Constitution recognized the risks of entangling local government with private industry. If taxpayers are footing the bill, taxpayers should retain ownership of the final product or receive a substantial public good, not just pad private sector profits with public subsidies. The constitutional clause also is a barrier to corruption that prevents public officials from diverting tax dollars to their cronies in the private sector. Those were very real dangers in 1857, and they remain dangers today. If Oregon is to create an exception for affordable housing, it must provide adequate safeguards to ensure it is not abused. Measure 102 failed to include those safeguards.

 

Editorial: PERS pain increases as election nears

The Bulletin Editorial Board

As if to remind Oregonians why the upcoming election matters so much, the board that oversees the state’s public pension system will meet Friday to adopt employer-contribution rates for the next two years. Prepare to hear cries of “ouch” from government offices and school districts across the state. Because the PERS investment fund, even when booming, doesn’t generate nearly enough money to support the system fully, the PERS board periodically adjusts the percentage of payroll individual agencies and districts must contribute to make up the difference. If fixing, or even mitigating, Oregon’s ongoing PERS crisis were simple or politically easy, it would have been done years ago. Because it is neither, concerned taxpayers should look to support candidates who are serious about addressing the problem. Electing them is no guarantee of success, as just about any reform to the system will face legal challenges. But electing PERS do-nothings will guarantee the continuation of the status quo.

 

Editorial: Community standards should prevail

The Bulletin Editorial Board

Two of Central Oregon’s smallest cities, Sisters and Culver, are asking voters to reconsider their ordinances governing marijuana. In Sisters, “yes” votes would both allow the sale of weed and impose a 3 percent tax on sales, while in Culver a “yes” vote would maintain a current ban on the drug. Voters in such diverse communities may well come up with different answers to the marijuana question. Sisters voted to legalize marijuana in 2014; Culver residents did not, and sentiments may not have changed in either. That’s OK. Local communities should be able to decide their own fates on such matters rather than being forced to accept an outcome dictated by those who live elsewhere.

 

Guest column: Vote No on 106

The Bend Bulletin

The proponents frame a woman’s decision to have an abortion as a “choice.” That’s a clever appropriation of the word “choice,” but in fact, most women who “choose” abortion do so because they already have children to care for, cannot afford more, need to work, finish their education, etc. Ending an unintended and unwanted pregnancy is not a choice for them, but often a necessity. The proponents, claiming to be acting for the benefit of women, trot out the usual unscientific drivel that abortion has long term ill effects on women. None of this has ever been shown to be true, but, especially in this political climate, “truth isn’t truth” and their end justifies their means. Let’s be honest. These folks just don’t like abortion. Guess what? Nobody does! But history shows you don’t stop abortion by making it illegal. You just make it more dangerous. My opinion on this is informed by the summer of 1970 which I spent as a third year medical student at the Philadelphia General Hospital, on OB-GYN, helping care for a ward full of women, most of color and all low income, suffering from the effects of back alley abortions. Some of these women died. Such a scene is unthinkable today. But is it? If we truly want to prevent abortions and save money, we should make contraception free and easily available to women and men, demand real sex education in our schools and help people not get pregnant unless they really want to have a child. That’s the “choice” we should be talking about.

 

Constituents tired of hateful, expensive political ads filling space

Statesman Journal

What a waste of their supporters’ money. Anyone (else) for a new law restricting the amount of money a candidate can spend on these ads, or better yet, banning them completely? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had a third-party candidate who, of all things, would be an honest, kind man or woman who wouldn’t be afraid of telling the truth, practicing the Golden Rule, and following the Constitution and the principles upon which our nation was founded? Someone who really cared about our wonderful people and meeting our needs instead of his or her own agenda? Is there such a person to be found in this day and age? If so, would you please stand up and be counted.