November 12, 2018 Daily Clips

TOP STORY

 

Grim search for more fire victims, 31 dead across California

The Associated Press

As wildfires raged at both ends of California, officials released another grim statistic: Six more dead in a swath of Northern California wiped out by fire, raising the death toll there to 29. It matched California’s record for deaths in a single fire and brought the statewide total to 31 as authorities stepped up searches for bodies and missing people. Another 228 remain unaccounted for. Two people were killed in a wildfire in Southern California.

 

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

 

Oregon Sues Trump Administration Over Withheld Federal Dollars

Oregon Public Broadcasting

“Oregon voters sent a clear message to the Trump administration this week: Oregonians support our sanctuary laws,” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, one of the plaintiffs, said in a statement. “The Trump administration’s attempts to withhold public safety dollars from our state is unjust, dangerous, and unconstitutional … . We will not stand for this administration’s attempts to strong-arm our state by withholding critical public safety dollars.”

 

Kate Brown, Ellen Rosenblum sue Donald Trump over sanctuary status laws

Oregonian/OregonLive

Gov. Kate Brown and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum have filed suit against President Trump in an attempt to void two federal laws requiring states to aid immigration authorities. The suit, filed Friday in federal court in Eugene, claims those laws violate the 10th Amendment, which separates state and federal powers, by demanding states enforce federal immigration regulations. “State and local law enforcement agencies are not required to expend their limited resources on enforcing immigration policies that are a federal responsibility,” the suit says.

 

Kate Brown’s Chance To Make Her Mark On Oregon

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Brown now has a full term ahead of her for the first time since she became governor. She not only doesn’t have to run for re-election in four years, she can’t under state law. All she has to worry about now is what’s right in front of her. “This election was truly about Oregon’s future,” the governor said once she took the stage. Many Democrats expect this is when Brown will make her stamp on the state. “I’ve obviously been on the campaign trail for 20 years, and as a governor pretty much straight for the last three years,” Brown said post-election. “It’s a relief, totally, to not have that constant campaigning hanging over our heads.” In the next four years, she’s expected to help shepherd a litany of progressive causes including: strengthening the state’s gun laws, advocating for a cap-and-trade proposal to fight climate change, championing campaign finance reform and finding sustainable funding for the state’s public school system. In other words, Brown is expected to “own” being governor.

 

Ambitious goals, new worries come with Oregon Democratic supermajorities

Statesman Journal

Republicans are resigned to the belief that Democrats will use their newfound supermajorities to push through new policies and pay for them with additional taxes and fees. Last session, Democrats were one seat shy of a supermajority in both chambers, meaning they couldn’t pass new taxes without at least one Republican. “It is about to get a lot more expensive to live in our state,” House Republicans spokesman Preston Mann said in a statement. Their best shot to avoid these undesirable outcomes, Mann said, is Courtney and centrist Democrats in the Senate. “Senate President Peter Courtney and moderate Senate Democrats like Betsy Johnson may be the only hope Oregonians have when looking for some semblance of restraint from their state government,” Mann said.

 

Women to hold record number of seats in Oregon Legislature

Capital Bureau

A record 37 Oregon women will serve as state legislators in 2019. Come January, once new lawmakers are sworn in, women will hold 28 out of 60 seats in the House. Women also picked up one seat in the Senate, bringing their numbers in that chamber to nine out of 30. House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson, a Democrat from Portland, said she thought that six more women in the House could affect what policies the Legislature takes up. “Women just bring different life experiences than men to the building,” Williamson said. “So we talk about things like childcare and health care and paid family leave and issues that disproportionately impact women.” With more women in office, Oregonians will also see greater diversity of leadership styles among those women, Williamson said.

 

Oregon lawmaker worries some mailed votes may arrive late

The Associated Press

Sen. Brian Boquist wrote to Elections Director Steve Trout on Friday, saying he’d like to know how many late ballots arrive at county clerks’ offices after the 8 p.m. Tuesday deadline. Boquist said that after vote-by-mail was adopted in 1998, completed ballots mailed in his hometown of Dallas, Oregon, were sorted at the local post office and were usually delivered to the county clerk’s office to be counted the next day. Now, it can take several days, since the mail is sent to postal facilities in Portland to be sorted, causing some ballots to arrive in county clerks’ offices after the deadline. “This disenfranchises the voters,” Boquist said, adding that ballots mailed from Portland — a heavily Democratic area — have less risk of arriving late in the mail. Boquist suggested Oregon might have to move to a system where ballots postmarked before the deadline are valid, like tax returns. Deb Royal, spokeswoman for top election official Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, said voters have been strongly urged to mail ballots early or use drop boxes. It would be up to the Legislature to change the rules, she said.

 

Wallan says ‘uphill battle’ lies ahead

Mail Tribune

“It’s going to be a real challenge to not be irrelevant,” she said. “We’ll be less than irrelevant. It will be disappointing for people here who expect their legislators to go to Salem and do something for them.” The biggest potential disappointment will be to pass legislation to deal with wildfire smoke, she said. Wallan said she’s not sure how the Democrats will deal with the smoke issue. “It remains to be seen,” she said. In Salem she will work to cut wildfire smoke, cut regulations and curtail land-use restrictions that inflate housing costs. Wallan said other priorities include dealing with Public Employees Retirement System crisis so more money can be devoted to schools.

 

Power play: Nike takes a big role in Oregon tax policy

Oregonian/OregonLive

With the election over, Oregon lawmakers and Gov. Kate Brown are turning their attention to the 2019 legislative session a little more than two months away. Raising billions of dollars in taxes to pour into improving schools is at the top of legislative Democrats’ to-do list and there’s one company in particular they see offering help: Nike. The state’s largest company played a central role in the election and is now poised to have significant impact shaping tax policy in 2019. Big companies go to great lengths to minimize their tax bills. By supporting Democrats’ drive for revenue, Nike is in the catbird seat to push for tax policies that would be less of a financial hit to the company’s bottom line.

 

With the Election Past, Redistricting is Next. Kevin Mannix Has a Ballot Measure For That.

Willamette Week

The secretary of state’s elections division announced on Friday afternoon that Mannix has turned in the sponsorship signatures for a proposed 2020 ballot measure that would amend the procedure laid out in the Oregon constitution for re-drawing legislative and congressional districts. His ballot initiative would empower an 11-member panel, rather than the Legislature, to handle re-districting. The members of the panel would be appointed by the county commissioners in each of Oregon’s 36 counties. And that’s the reason Mannix’s measure faces long odds: Multnomah County, with about 807,000 residents or just under a fifth of the state’s population, for  instance, would get the same say as the combination of Coos and Douglas counties, which have fewer than 200,000 residents. In effect, Mannix’s proposal would give disproportionate weight to Oregon’s rural counties, which have neither the population or the economic impact of the state’s larger counties. Mannix says his focus is on eliminating partisan gerrymandering by concentrating redistricting on “maximally compact districts based on established census tracts.” “The whole point of having commissioners from all over the state, who are nonpartisan, and who cannot gerrymander, is to completely clean up the redistricting system while engaging support from people all over the state,” Mannix said in a email. “We are all Oregonians.”

 

BUSINESS

 

US fast-food chains struggle as poorer consumers tighten belts

Portland Business Journal

Numbers visiting US fast-food outlets in September dropped 2.6 per cent from a year ago, according to restaurant industry data provider MillerPulse, a steeper decline than the 0.8 per cent year-on-year drop recorded the previous month. Industry executives and consultants cited a series of factors, including consumer demand for healthier alternatives to burgers and pizzas and lower construction activity, which means fewer building workers are picking up fast food on lunch breaks. Todd Penegor, chief executive of the Wendy’s burger chain, said last week that poorer customers were failing to benefit as much as the better off from the strong US economy. About 40 per cent of so-called quick-service restaurants’ customers earn $45,000 or less, said Mr Penegor as he presented his company’s third-quarter earnings. Wendy’s like-for-like sales in North America ticked down 0.2 per cent in the three months to September.  “We are seeing the lowest unemployment levels in a long time, high consumer confidence . . . but as you look at that income growth, it skewed significantly to higher-income households,” he said. “On the low end, you start looking at folks with rent and healthcare costs starting to rise that are really eating into some of the headway that they are making.”

 

Hotels see panic buttons as a #MeToo solution for workers. Guest bans? Not so fast.

Portland Business Journal

After a yearlong cascade of stories about the sexual harassment of hotel workers, questions about how to address the problem remain largely unanswered. The most popular solution, one that hotel executives and labor activists can agree on, is small enough to fit in a pocket. It is known as a panic button, a small gadget that housekeepers can use to swiftly call for help. The technology takes different forms, including GPS devices that track employees as they walk through the building, buttons that emit an audible alarm and smartphone apps.

 

AGRICULTURE

 

Soybean markets roiled by trade wars; U.S. farmers fight back

Oregonian/OregonLive

Caught smack in the middle of the U.S.-China trade war, America’s soybean farmers are taking a huge gamble. Rather than selling the crop right away as they pull it out of the ground — as they do almost every harvest season to pay the bills — they are instead stashing it in silos, containers, bins, bags, whatever they can get their hands on to keep it safe and dry.

The hope is that over the next few months, trade tensions will ease, and China, the top market for the oilseed, will start buying from American farmers again, lifting depressed prices in the process. A bushel of soybeans fetched just $8.87 on Friday. Eight months ago, before trade tensions led to tariffs, it was about $2 more. The risks are great. While futures trading indicates higher prices next year, that could change depending on trade negotiations and rising supplies. Moreover, the crop could go bad on them. Soybeans are not corn. They don’t store nearly as well. If not kept super dry, they can take on moisture fast. Rot quickly follows, making them worthless — and gross. Still, Humphreys is going to put as much of his harvest in silos as he possibly can because he likes to time his sales to the market. “It gives you a certain amount of control,” he said.

 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

 

Can A Woman’s Rising Social Status Bring Down Rates Of Domestic Violence?

Oregon Public Broadcasting

A study accepted for publication this month by the Review of Economics and Statistics found that, in Bangladesh, improving the economic status of women can decrease domestic violence if the women also took part in an educational program that helped elevate their social standing in the community. Women who received both economic assistance and education for two years reported a 26 percent decrease in domestic violence — even several months after the program stopped. But here’s the surprising part: Violence against women was never mentioned in the training. In fact, the project, run by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), started out as a study on nutrition. Did women who were given food (or cash to buy food) improve their household’s health when they were also educated on healthy diets? The researchers suggest that perhaps the women in that part of the study developed stronger social ties, an improved status in the community and more confidence – and thus have a greater ability to negotiate improvements in a violent home situation or are more willing to walk out.

 

GUN VIOLENCE

 

Deaths From Gun Violence: How The US Compares With The Rest Of The World

Oregon Public Broadcasting

As in previous years, the University of Washington’s latest data indicates that this level of gun violence in a well-off country is a particularly American phenomenon. When you consider countries with the top indicators of socioeconomic success — income per person and average education level, for instance — the United States is bested by just 18 nations, including Denmark, the Netherlands, Canada and Japan. Those countries all also enjoy low rates of gun violence. But the U.S. has the 28th highest rate in the world: 4.43 deaths due to gun violence per 100,000 people in 2017. That was nine times as high as the rate in Canada, which had 0.47 deaths per 100,000 people — and 29 times higher than in Denmark, which had 0.15 deaths per 100,000. “It is a little surprising that a country like ours should have this level of gun violence,” Ali Mokdad, a professor of global health and epidemiology at the IHME told NPR in an interview last year. “If you compare us to other well-off countries, we really stand out.”

 

HIGHER EDUCATION

 

Enrollment Continues To Decline At Oregon Colleges, Universities

Oregon Public Broadcasting

According to numbers from Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission, the only public university where enrollment went up this fall is Oregon State University. OSU’s student body grew mainly thanks to increases at its Cascades branch campus in Bend and from its online courses. OSU’s “Ecampus” grew by 7.9 percent from a year ago and OSU-Cascades grew by 4.6 percent. Oregon university officials point out that the number of high school graduates in the state has declined in recent years, and they say more of those graduates are opting for community college. But overall enrollment at Oregon’s community colleges is also declining, according to the HECC’s numbers. Eleven of the state’s 17 community colleges shrank this fall, including the largest in the state, Portland Community College, which shrank by more than 4 percent, according to HECC.

 

OPIOIDS

 

Oregon issues new opioid guidelines for patients with short-term pain

The Register-Guard

Hedberg said the majority of people who end up using opioids in the long-term are people who started with a prescription to treat mild to moderate acute pain, such as a broken arm. The problem is the longer a person is on an opioid, the harder it is to come off the medication, she said. According to a 2017 report from the Centers for Disease Control, the probability a patient would need opioids on a long-term basis increased after being on the drugs for more than three days. The report also states patients who were given their first 30-day supply of the drug were more than 30 percent likely to still be on the drug a year later. That’s why the new guidelines suggest limiting the amount of opioid pills a patient is given for a broken bone or sprained ankle to about three to seven days worth, at the lowest dose possible, depending on how severe a patient’s pain is and how long it will take the injury to heal, Hedberg said.

 

LOCAL

 

City Council considers plastic straw ban on Wednesday

Portland Tribune

The worldwide environmental campaign to ban single-use plastic straws arrives at the Portland City Council on Wednesday. City leaders will consider a new ordinance placing restrictions on those straws, as well as condiments packaged in plastic. Portland, city commissioners are slated to vote on a proposal advance by Mayor Ted Wheeler that would make plastic straws available only upon request by customers. City officials decided that was essential because some people with disabilities may require a straw to drink a beverage. In addition, food and beverage establishments, as well as institutional cafeterias, would have to ask customers if they want to receive plastic utensils and condiments packaged in plastic with their orders.

 

OPINION

 

Editorial: Oregon continues to fail foster children

The Bulletin Editorial Board

A state audit found in January that Oregon’s child welfare system was so disorganized and inconsistent that it was putting some of the state’s most vulnerable children at risk. Millions were misspent. Lawsuits forced the state to pay out other millions for failure to protect children. And the audit said the agency’s response to problems was slow, indecisive and inadequate. Since that audit, the Department of Human Services began in March to issue monthly reports to Gov. Kate Brown showing what progress it has made. There has been some encouraging news. But Oregonians have no reason to be satisfied. The state audit jolted DHS and the Legislature. DHS has a new director of the foster care system. The Legislature authorized more caseworkers to address inadequate staffing. That has helped, but DHS modeling shows its staffing is still inadequate. One of the most discouraging statistics in the October report is the number of children who were victims again of abuse and neglect within 12 months of an initial incident. That statistic has climbed slightly from nearly 11 percent at the end of 2017 to nearly 12 percent in the second quarter of 2018. Legislators and Gov. Brown have been working hard between legislative sessions on big plans to introduce bills in the 2019 session to put in place a carbon tax and spend the millions in new revenue. Where are their big plans to care for the foster children the state is failing?

 

Editorial: Avoid free speech limits

The Bulletin Editorial Board

This election season in Oregon has been an expensive one, with the race for governor setting new spending records. It’s no wonder then, that the idea of limits on campaign spending looks attractive. Yet setting limits without violating both federal and state Supreme Court rulings that political contributions are, in fact, speech, is difficult, as it should be. Moreover, determined contributors always find a way to make large gifts that do not violate election laws. Rather than attempting to rewrite the state constitution or adopting a public financing scheme, lawmakers should look once again at tightening rules governing campaign donations. Quick reporting of contributions, and making that reporting public equally quick, is the sort of reform that honors free speech as well as the public’s right to know who’s financing elections.

 

Editorial: The legacy Gov. Kate Brown must leave

The Oregonian Editorial Board

As Gov. Kate Brown herself acknowledged, her upcoming term in office will be her last. That fact was noted by some of her endorsers as a reason to re-elect Brown, despite her otherwise unimpressive record. The “political freedom” of not having to win over voters again, they argued, could help Brown show the courage and leadership she has failed to demonstrate so far. It’s a cynical argument, but Oregonians should cross their fingers it’s a valid one. It is their best hope that Brown will stop trying to score populist points and instead find the gumption to tackle the entrenched problems swallowing up the state.

 

Democrats need to start including Latino voices – or lose their votes

Statesman Journal

“We don’t have leaders in place that are making our votes important. Here in Chicago, at my polling place, there was no Spanish translator,” said Susan Rivera, a freelance writer at WGN-TV. “I had to help a Mexican couple in their 80s, two elderly Puerto Rican women [and] an 18-year-old new citizen vote. The 18-year-old I helped stood out the most … she had basic, fundamental questions about voting. Who is reaching out to Latinos ahead of elections?” Not only did campaigns underinvest in helping new Latino voters cast ballots, there were reports from all over the country that organizations providing interpreters for languages like Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Hindi and Bengali weren’t allowed to translate for the people they showed up to assist.

 

November 6, 2018 Daily Clips

ELECTION DAY

 

Hey voters: It’s time to drop off your ballots

Portland Tribune

Secretary of State Dennis Richardson said Tuesday that ballot drop boxes and official sites are available to voters in Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Columbia, Marion and Yamhill counties. Ballots must be turned in by 8 p.m., Nov. 6. “Please encourage your family, friends, and neighbors to turn in their ballots,” said Richardson said. Results for every race in the state will be posted on the secretary of state’s website, www.results.oregonvotes.gov, beginning at 8 p.m.

 

Counties take precautions as ballot security tightens

Portland Tribune

State and county officials say they have buttressed the state’s voting systems against intruders. “I am confident that Oregon’s voting system is as safe as it can be from malicious outside entities,” Steve Trout, state elections director, said in a prepared statement. “That being said, we continue to evaluate and improve our security processes to ensure our systems are secure.”

 

Candidate for Oregon state representative gets racist note in the mail

KATU

In the lead-up to election day, a candidate in Oregon received a letter with a racist note written on the bottom. Justin Hwang is the Republican candidate for state representative in District 49. He says he has been canvassing for months. When he sees a “no soliciting” sign on someone’s door Hwang says he sends them a letter. Friday morning, Hwang says someone returned one of those letters to him with a handwritten note on the bottom. It read, “You will never get my vote Chink. Go to your country and run for office.” “I’m not mad at the person. Hopefully I can just meet the person who sent me the letter and hopefully I can change their mind,” said Hwang. “We’re from many different places, but I want to let him know that we are all one.”

 

Democratic Party of Oregon Mailers Use Shame to Motivate Infrequent Voters

Willamette Week

Voters slow to turn in their ballots for the Nov. 6 general election may have gotten a little jolt in their mailboxes recently—for some, an unwelcome flashback to days of seeing an evaluation of your performance determined by grades on a report card. Mail pieces from the Democratic Party of Oregon come with a big red banner announcing “Voter Report Card.” “Who you vote for is private, but whether or not you vote is public information,” the mailer says. “We are sending this voter report card to show how often you vote and to help you keep track of how you’re doing.” If that sounds a little paternalistic and even borders on shaming those who haven’t yet filled out their ballots, the DPO makes no apologies.

 

“Your Instagram Protest Photos Aren’t Doing Shit,” Says Oregon Get-Out-the-Vote Campaign

Willamette Week

An Oregon voter-turnout nonprofit is sassing young voters with an obscenity-laced pep talk that derides online activism. The Bus Project—a nonprofit that seeks to register young voters and get them engaged in the political process—this weekend released a new ad campaign telling young voters: “Guess what, your protest photos on Instagram aren’t doing shit.” “We all get that rich people are screwing us over, the planet is literally melting and the rent is too damn high,” Samantha Gladu, The Bus Project’s executive director says in the online video. “But if you don’t vote next week, you’ll be marching and protesting and deleting apps over the next worst thing that’s ever happened.”

 

Oregon Governor Candidates Make Final Plea — Aimed At White Suburban Women

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Nationally, women who fall into this segment of the population are expected to be among the most enthusiastic cohort of voters; many pundits expect them to register their disapproval of President Donald Trump at the ballot box. Closer to home, where GOP gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler is locked in a tight battle with Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, a similar dynamic is at play. In order to become the first Republican governor in the state in more than 30 years, women in Washington and Clackamas counties, in particular, will be key to either pushing Buehler over the finish line or ensuring his Democratic rival is re-elected. It could be a tough sell for a Republican in a state with a Democratic-voting edge in a year in which women have been galvanized by President Trump, bombarded by a dizzying number of sexual misconduct stories in the news and have witnessed a record number of women running for political office.

 

Governor candidates racing right up to the end

The Bend Bulletin

“We’re hearing a lot of excitement, a real desire for a change that will bring a less partisan leadership to state government,” Buehler said. “It’s going to take a herculean effort to start to turn things around in Oregon.”

 

Oregon’s Gubernatorial Campaign Fundraising Continues Torrid Pace

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Final disclosure reports filed before Tuesday’s election show that the two major candidates for Oregon governor are continuing their torrid fundraising. Democratic incumbent Gov. Kate Brown raised more than $17 million. Republican challenger Knute Buehler raised $18.5 million. So far, the two have doubled the previous record for an Oregon governor’s race, set in 2010. The reports cover money raised and spent up to eight days before the election. In that period, Buehler received several business-related donations of up to $10,000. Brown received $100,000 from the Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon. Abortion rights advocates have staunchly backed her re-election campaign.

 

Some Oregon County Ballot Measures Give Sweeping Authority To Sheriffs

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Voters in 10 Oregon counties will decide on Second Amendment Preservation Ordinances this Election Day. The ordinances state that county residents have the right to own semi-automatic weapons and high capacity magazines, and the right to own firearms without any registration requirement. The ordinances also call on county sheriffs to decide whether state and federal gun laws are constitutional, and prohibit the use of county resources to enforce any laws deemed unconstitutional.

 

IMMIGRATION

 

Oregon Militia Members Say They’re Traveling to the Border to Confront the Migrant Caravan

Willamette Week

As President Donald Trump stokes fears about a migrant caravan heading to the  United States, right-wing militia groups claim they are traveling south to defend the border. A Washington Post report today says the militia members include Oregonians. Shannon McGauley, a bail bondsman from outside Dallas, Tex., told the Post that he is organizing an armed militia group of at least 100 people to guard the border from the caravan. “I can’t put a number on it,” McGauley told the Post. “My phone’s been ringing nonstop for the last seven days. You got other militias, and husbands and wives, people coming from Oregon, Indiana. We’ve even got two from Canada.” It’s not clear how many Oregonians, if any, are in fact joining McGauly’s group. But on Oct. 26, an Oregon woman named Monica Marin told the Associated Press she had raised $4,000 to help militias buy supplies. “I see young, fighting-age men who do not look like they’re starving. They look like they’re ready to fight,” Marin said. At the same time, she said: “We’re trained. We’re not hotheads. We’re not out there to shoot people.”

 

SCHOOL SAFETY

 

Radioactive, carcinogenic, explosive chemicals found in Oregon classrooms

Statesman Journal

Decades-old, disintegrating and dangerous chemicals lurk in the back of cupboards and shelves in high schools throughout Oregon. A state program aims to get them out. For a decade, the Department of Environmental Quality has hired an environmental consultant to examine every bottle and can in science and art classrooms, and paid a hazardous waste disposal company to remove those deemed dangerous. Last week alone, a visit to Sweet Home High School resulted in the removal of fully half the containers in the science lab storeroom, the consultant, Dave Waddell, said. And a visit to North Marion High School ended in an Oregon State Police bomb squad being called to safely remove and destroy two dangerous chemicals.

 

LOCAL

 

Facebook could lay fiber broadband along Central Oregon highways

The Bend Bulletin

Oregon transportation officials will try to negotiate an agreement with Facebook that would allow the company to use highway right of way for a 100-mile fiber broadband line serving its Prineville data center. In exchange for the unprecedented step of allowing a private enterprise to use the right of way, the Oregon Department of Transportation could gain access to broadband that would benefit Central Oregon in the future. State and local officials envision using the internet connectivity to transmit more real-time information to drivers or to enable use of autonomous vehicles.

 

OPINION

 

Opinion: Kate Brown, Knute Buehler ignore main factor behind Portland’s homelessness epidemic

Oregonian/OregonLive

By framing Portland’s homelessness epidemic as a critical lack of affordable housing, I believe that Gov. Kate Brown and Rep. Knute Buehler have ignored the main driving factor behind the city’s increasing homelessness epidemic. I believe that rampant, untreated addiction is the driving force for the city’s ongoing struggle to effectively house its citizens. It is naive and short-sighted to think that federal Section 8 housing and shelter beds alone will solve the homelessness crisis. Leaders in Salt Lake City, Utah, reduced chronic homelessness by more than 90 percent by pairing affordable housing with intensive addiction services and case management. Organizations like Portland’s Central City Concern work to promote supportive housing and addiction services, to the great benefit of its clients and the city. To effectively tackle homelessness in Portland, we must address addiction.

 

Caring for vets should be national duty

Herald and News

Tens of thousands of men and women have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with permanent physical handicaps and deep emotional scars — wounds they will be coping with for the rest of their lives. Many need assistance outside the doctor’s office, including finding suitable employment in an economy that, though humming for many, is far from ideal for individuals with disabilities, whose unemployment rate is more than double the national average. Truly comprehensive care would not only fix the VA but expand it to empower injured veterans with economic opportunities, peer-to-peer engagement, and group-centric mental health programs that utilize injured veterans’ greatest tool for overcoming battle-born trauma: each other. We shouldn’t have to pull on the heartstrings, and purse strings, of strangers to care for wounded war veterans in the United States. Their care should be provided, in full, by the American people.

 

Editorial: School district has some explaining to do on fire safety

The Bulletin Editorial Board

If you are a parent of a child in the schools, you should be at the next school board meeting.

If you pay taxes to the school district, you should be there, too. The district has fire code issues at Summit High School and possibly more schools, according to inspections. Fire alarms are blocked and untested. Smoke dampers are disabled. Who allowed that to happen? Why hadn’t inspectors noticed it before? How bad is the problem? Is it at other schools? What is the district going to do about it? Of course, the district is responding. It is doing testing at Sky View and Three Rivers schools and will move on next to Bend High and Cascade Middle. Other schools will be tested, as well. The district says it is going to finish the testing at schools over winter break. But how did the district let it get to this point? Why is it OK to prop open smoke dampers so smoke from a fire can move freely through the building? The public deserves an explanation.

November 5, 2018 Daily Clips

TOP STORIES

 

Ballot Returns Remain Strong in Oregon and Democratic Turnout Edge Continues

Willamette Week

Ballot returns remain strong for the Nov. 6 general election, according to figures complied by Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson. Though Nov. 1, 882,000 Oregonians had returned their ballots. That’s 32 percent of those registered to vote. If recent trends hold—about two-thirds of voters turn in their ballots in the final five days—nearly two million Oregonians will vote in the current election. That’s a big jump from the 1.54 million who voted in the 2014 mid-term election. Oregon’s automatic voter registration law, which went into effect in 2016, has dramatically increased the number of registered voters in the state from 2.17 million in 2014 to 2.76 million today. This year’s ballot returns continue to show greater turnout among Democrats than Republicans. Democrats have a 9.9 percentage point registration advantage over Republicans but so far have a 12 percentage point edge in terms of ballots returned.

 

Chief Petitioner Behind Oregon Grocery Tax Ban ‘Regrets’ Involvement

Oregon Public Broadcasting

In a message to Oregon Food Bank employees delivered Friday, Ron Brake said he’d hoped to “help those on small or fixed budgets,” but that the corporate-backed campaign to pass Measure 103 has “twisted its meanings in directions that I could not have imagined.” “I regret the extra work that I know fell on you, and I very much regret ever agreeing to be involved in 103,” Brake wrote. “Going forward, I will be staying completely out of politics.” Reached on Friday afternoon, Brake declined to discuss the email to food bank employees, calling it “private.” Asked about Brake’s comments, the campaign behind Measure 103 sent along copies of two recent emails in which Brake indicated his support for the effort. The most recent, sent Monday, shows Brake responding to an e-mail by saying: “I hope we win!” “Mr. Brake has been an outspoken supporter of Measure 103 and keeping Oregon groceries tax free,” said Joe Gilliam, president of the Northwest Grocery Association, in a statement. “We have been dismayed by the underhanded harassment many of our endorsers and supporters have faced throughout this election.”

 

CAMPAIGNS

 

Nonaffiliated voters key to victory in governor’s race

East Oregonian

With polls showing the two main gubernatorial candidates only a few percentage points away from victory, their campaigns are focused on winning votes from nonaffiliated and independent voters in the final days before Tuesday’s election. The last-minute choices of those voters could determine the outcome of the race, political analysts said Thursday. Nonaffiliated voters make up 32 percent of the state electorate. They are the second largest voting bloc after Democrats who make up 36 percent. When combined with independents, nonaffiliated voters outnumber Democrats.

 

Buehler victory would upend political math in Salem

The Bend Bulletin

For most of the past two years, Oregon Democrats have focused on trying to build ironclad supermajorities in the Legislature to work in tandem with Democratic Gov. Kate Brown. But with polls showing a surprisingly tight governor’s race, a new set of questions have come up: What if Republican Knute Buehler wins? “It’s new territory,” said Jim Moore, director of the McCall Center for Civic Engagement at Pacific University. “Nobody has had to ask these questions in a long time.” In Oregon, the Democrats hold almost all the levers of political power. In addition to the governorship, Democrats hold a 35-25 voting edge in the House and 17-13 in the Senate. Party leaders have focused on gaining the one vote needed in each chamber to create a supermajority that could pass finance and tax bills without Republican help. But a Buehler victory would bring up two new numbers: 40 in the House and 20 in the Senate. Those are the thresholds needed to create a two-thirds majority and override any veto by a Gov. Buehler.

 

In Oregon Governor’s Race, The 30-Second TV Ad Still Rules

Oregon Public Broadcasting

The two have blasted out their ads 35,000 times on TV so far, according to the Wesleyan Media Project, which tracks political commercials. “Well, it feels actually great to be able to communicate, to be able to tell the story of the big problems in Oregon,” said Buehler, “… Our advertising dollars have allowed us to make that case very strongly.” Brown expressed a weariness with the expense of the advertising onslaught. “If this campaign is about nothing else,” she said, “it is about the time for Oregon to move forward on campaign finance reform.”

 

Labor groups link Kate Brown’s re-election, initiatives’ defeat

Oregonian/OregonLive

In recent weeks, canvassers along the Interstate 5 corridor have been telling Oregonians how to vote on six statewide issues: “Yes” to re-elect Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, “yes” on an affordable housing bond initiative, and “no” on four conservative ballot initiatives. It’s not immediately clear who paid for the effort – door hangers handed out by canvassers say they’re from “the Oregon voter guide.” Those curious enough to go online will find the funders include the state’s powerful public employee unions and such groups as Planned Parenthood. The canvassers are part of a strategy by unions and advocacy groups to get Democrats and like-minded Oregonians to vote down the slate of conservative ballot measures and keep Brown in the governor’s office. “Kate Brown’s campaign is coordinating with [Defend Oregon and Our Oregon] to try to make sure there’s as little overlap as possible in progressive energies,” Looper said. “Everybody’s trying to pull in the same direction.”

 

HD-53 Candidates Refuse To Go Negative

KBND

Democrat Eileen Kiely, of Sunriver, and Republican Jack Zika, of Redmond, say they’ve made a conscious effort to not go negative. On the issues, they vary widely. Zika believes the state doesn’t need to raise taxes, “I think we can pay our bills, we just need to prioritize. We need to make sure what are wants and what are needs. And, we have to take care of education, healthcare, public safety. Right now, Oregon, for revenue coming in per capita, we’re eighth out of the whole nation.” While Kiely would like to focus on the general fund, which is used to pay for key services like education and law enforcement, “And, that’s one of the reasons the Oregon Business Plan, which represents a lot of the business leaders in Oregon, is saying it’s time to raise business taxes as part of an overall comprehensive budget.” Both candidates agree the state should allow more local control over finding solutions to the affordable housing crisis.

 

EMPLOYMENT

 

Wages surge; US adds 250,000 jobs

The Associated Press

U.S. businesses ramped up hiring in October, and wages rose by the largest year-over-year amount in nearly a decade, a combination that is pulling a rising share of Americans into the job market. Healthy economic growth is spurring employers to hire at a rapid pace that shows no sign of flagging even with the economy in its 10th year of expansion. With the supply of unemployed dwindling, companies appear to be finally putting up generous enough pay raises to attract and retain employees. Average hourly wages rose 3.1 percent in October from a year earlier, the fastest annual gain since 2009.

 

OPIOIDS

 

FDA approves opioid painkiller 1,000 times stronger than morphine

Statesman Journal

Dsuvia will not be available at retail pharmacies or for any home use, Gottlieb said. The medication, which comes in a single-use package, also should not be used for more than 72 hours. The medicine comes in a tablet that can dissolve under the tongue. Side effects of the potent drug include extreme tiredness, breathing problems, coma and death.

 

Sounding the alarm on fentanyl

The Register-Guard

Fentanyl is on the rise in Lane County. Just ask the 23 people who overdosed on the dangerous drug over four days in September. Or the 15 who overdosed in the first half of October. All survived, thanks to a medication that reverses the effects of opioids, but the flurry of overdoses has focused local attention on the drug. Still, despite that spike, fentanyl’s prevalence in the community is difficult to gauge, according to Sgt. Dave Lewis, a Springfield police detective. “I do know for a fact that the presence of fentanyl is on the rise here,” Lewis said. “But I think it’s more pronounced than we know … Anytime there is a new trend in the drug world, law enforcement is generally behind, as far as figuring out the magnitude of it. But it’s definitely here.”

 

ENVIRONMENT

 

First Coho In 40 Years Return To Oregon’s Lostine River

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Biologists have released 1 million young coho into the Lostine River over a two-year period. The fish “imprint” on the water and learn where to come back as adults. These young fish were trucked in from a hatchery far downstream. Johnson said they weren’t sure if the fish had enough time in Lostine River water to successfully “imprint” and find home after they spent time in the ocean. But it looks like it’s working. The first female coho returned to the mouth of the Lostine River on Oct. 22. During the last two weeks, the tribe has seen 42 coho reach the Lostine. “It’s so exciting,” said Becky Johnson, with the Nez Perce Tribe. “When one species is gone, it affects more than just that species or the people that are harvesting it at that time. It affects the birds and the bears and the coyotes. It’s a big circle of life-type thing,” Johnson said. Bringing coho back to the Grande Ronde Basin has been a goal for the tribe since Johnson started working there 25 years ago.

 

OPINION

 

House District 18: Candidates pledge to address education funding in Oregon

Rep. Rick Lewis and Barry Shapiro

Funding for education is a high priority for me. We failed to fully fund education at even the current level of service in the 2017 Session in spite of an increase of more than 11 percent.  I voted ‘no’ on the education budget because I believe underfunding education by $200 million is unacceptable. We can and we must do better. I believe the Legislature should take action to fully fund education early in the session, thereby ensuring that education truly is a priority.

 

House District 22: Ensuring community voices are heard important to candidate

Rep. Teresa Alonso Leon

As a state, we need to re-invest in education so we can boost graduation rates, lower class sizes, and address the rising cost of college. I’m proud of the historic public education funding we passed in the 2017 session, and I know that there is still much more we can achieve. I am committed to investing in jobs-skills training, career and technical education in our high schools, so every Oregonian can find a good-paying job.

Statesman Journal

 

Column: Cap and trade would hurt rural Oregon

Capital Press

Rural communities will bear the brunt of the cost if cap and trade becomes law. The biggest windfall from the tax will come from of an increase in gasoline prices. It’s likely that a gallon will increase immediately by $0.16 and then go up from there. For rural residents who have to drive longer distances to get to work or shop and have no transit options, this gas price increase will hit us disproportionately. But the tax will also find you at home through an increase in electricity and natural gas prices. A recent economic analysis estimated that the average Oregon family of four would pay $500 to $1,500 more per year under cap and trade.

 

New pesticide rules protect workers better

Mail Tribune

It’s disappointing, albeit not surprising, to see the misinformation about the recently updated Worker Protection Standard rules in a recent Mail Tribune opinion piece (“Pesticide rules won’t protect workers,” Oct. 7). As someone who represents pesticide applicators from across the state and served on the rules advisory committee for the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration rulemaking, I adamantly disagree with the assertions made by Carl Wilmsen and Lisa Arkin about the updated WPS. We all want workers who operate around pesticides to be safe. As agricultural employers, farmers depend on their employees as partners. One of the more unfortunate outcomes of the rulemaking process was the attempt by some to pit farmworkers and farmers against each other, and it appears that some groups are continuing to do just that. Most Oregon farmers see their workers as close friends, if not family, who help make their operations successful and would never unnecessarily endanger their health. The OR-OSHA rules, in conjunction with our already strict pesticide regulations, help ensure that continues to be the case.

 

Readers respond: A pilot program for constitutional amendments

Oregonian/OregonLive

I strongly urge members of the next legislative session to add sunset clauses to all constitutional amendments on the next general election ballot that, if passed, would require a re-vote on the amendments after time has passed to really see the effects. Five years would give an ample amount of time to see if it was well-planned and workable. If voters agree the idea was sound and did what was promised, it would be written in stone in the constitution. If it turned out it did not stand up to what was promised, it would fail the vote and be purged from the record. I believe this called a fail-safe scenario. The people of Oregon deserve a system of laws that fully reflect what was promised to us by those writing the original ballot measures.

 

Readers respond: Automatic registration isn’t instantaneous

Oregonian/OregonLive

I just moved back to Oregon a few months ago.  On Oct. 9, I went to the Department of Motor Vehicles to switch over my drivers license and register to vote in Oregon. When I got my license, I asked the clerk repeatedly, “Am I registered to vote now in Oregon?” To which the response was, repeatedly, “Yes, you are automatically registered.”  Today, when I still didn’t see a ballot in the mail, I called the county elections office, and was told I failed to register in time to vote in this election. They have the October 9th date in the computer when I registered at the DMV, but they said there is 21 days from when the DMV registers you, until you are registered “automatically” with the elections office. So even though I went to a government office specifically to register to vote, and was told that I was registered to vote before the registration deadline, I cannot vote this year and there is nothing I can do. This is the first midterm or presidential election I will miss since I turned 18, and it’s crushing.

 

Kate Brown Dodges Ethics Investigation Until After Election – Don’t Let Her Succeed – Elect Knute Buehler

This past Friday, November 2nd, Governor Kate Brown found a way to dodge an official Oregon Government Ethics Commission investigation by getting a delay in her case until after Tuesday’s election.  If this story sounds familiar, that’s because it is.  Seeking a repeat of the 2014 voter deception by disgraced Ex-Governor John Kitzhaber, Kate Brown now expects to escape scrutiny for a ethics cloud swirling around her as voters chose who will be Oregon’s next Governor.

 

Brown’s troubles went into overdrive when an undercover video surfaced corroborating the earlier reporter alleged misuse of taxpayer funds and resources to support, and in fact, run her campaign for Governor.  This continues a disturbing trend of hiding bad news that has occurred and of breaking solemn vows of transparency that Kate Brown made during made during her term of office.  Oregon Republican Chairman Bill Currier released the following public statement in reaction to this news:

 

“Following in the footsteps of Kate Brown’s predecessor, disgraced ex-Governor John Kitzhaber, Governor Brown’s ethics problems are being delayed until after the election, robbing voters of the opportunity to make an informed decision.  If Brown was truly innocent, she would want to clear her name as quickly as possible.  Instead, Brown has found a way to hide the bad news, along with its video corroboration, until after election day – just as she’s tried to do with the K-12 school report cards and her legislative agenda.  Voters should be outraged by this pattern of behavior and the lack of transparency.  It’s increasingly looking like the Governor is trying to ‘pull a Kitzhaber’ to get re-elected while actively avoiding political consequences for her serious wrongdoing.”

 

Since Oregon Governors cannot be impeached and removed from office, there is only one certain way to ruin Kate Brown’s corrupt plan =>  Mark your ballot for Knute Buehler and drop it off before tomorrow November 6th at 8 pm.  Oh, and encourage everyone you know and on social media to do as well.  VOTE BROWN OUT!

 

Sincerely yours,

The Oregon Republican Party

 

P.S. – For information on this story, read this => https://oregon.gop/kate-brown-avoids-ethics-investigation-until-after-election-2018-11-02

 

Who are the Racists?

Far-Left Democrat political commentator, Ana Navarro, calls TRUMP a ‘Racist Pig’ on the Communist News Network (CNN): https://www.breitbart.com/video/2018/11/05/ana-navarro-trump-is-a-racist-pig/

 

Who are the ‘Racists’? https://www.prageru.com/videos/who-are-racists-conservatives-or-liberals

 

Calling everyone a ‘Racist’ is the ONLY effective tool the Democrats have: https://www.breitbart.com/the-media/2018/11/05/andrew-breitbart-explained-lefts-playbook-in-2012-calling-everyone-racist-the-most-effective-tool/

 

TRUMP: The word ‘’Racist’ is used to describe every Republican who is winning: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2018/11/02/donald-trump-the-word-racist-is-used-to-describe-every-republican-thats-winning/

 

It’s not working: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2018/11/01/black-voter-approval-trump/

 

Is America ‘Racist’? https://www.prageru.com/videos/america-racist

 

The Democrats have Oprah! https://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2018/11/04

 

On CNN (The Clinton News Network), Don Lemon, uses the ‘N’ word: https://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2018/10/14

 

TRUMP is NOT a ‘Racist’ and neither are Republican voters…the Democrats have no winning proposals for the American people…calling Conservatives names like ‘Racist’ and ‘Nazi’ is all they have…very sad: https://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2018/08/17

 

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Governor Brown Dodges Ethics Investigation With Delay Until After Election

Continues Her Disturbing Trend of Hiding Bad News and Breaking Promises of Transparency

Wilsonville, OR –  Today, the Oregon Republican Party issued a statement after the Oregon Government Ethics Commission’s investigation into possible ethics violations by Governor Brown was delayed.

“Following in the footsteps of Kate Brown’s predecessor, disgraced ex-Governor John Kitzhaber, Governor Brown’s ethics problems are being delayed until after the election, robbing voters of the opportunity to make an informed decision,” stated Oregon Republican Chairman Bill Currier.  “If Brown was truly innocent, she would want to clear her name as quickly as possible.  Instead, Brown has found a way to hide the bad news, along with its video corroboration, until after election day – just as she’s tried to do with the K-12 school report cards and her legislative agenda.  Voters should be outraged by this pattern of behavior and the lack of transparency.”

“It’s increasingly looking like the Governor is trying to ‘pull a Kitzhaber’ to get re-elected and actively avoiding political consequences for her wrongdoing,” added Chair Bill Currier.  “Voter’s can prevent all of this by getting their ballots in and electing Knute Buehler next Tuesday.”

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-avoids-ethics-investigation-until-after-election-2018-11-02

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Oregon GOP Urges Ethics Commission to Vote on Investigation into Kate Brown’s Misuse of State Funds

 
Says Oregonians Deserve Transparency and Accountability Now

Wilsonville, OR –  Today, the Oregon Republican Party issued a statement urging the Oregon Government Ethics Commission (OGEC) to vote on the complaint they filed 22 days ago against Governor Brown for misusing state funds, including video corroboration of taxpayer resources being used to direct her campaign.

The Oregon GOP filed the ethics complaint on October 10th and it is currently undergoing preliminary review.  By law, the preliminary review is required to be finished within 30 days – or prior to November 9th. The next OGEC meeting is in December, meaning the preliminary review has to be decided at this meeting.

“The commission has had 22 days to review the complaint and the evidence provided. There is no reason to postpone the vote on the preliminary case further.  More importantly, voters deserve to know the truth before they cast their vote on November 6th.  Governor Brown has a history of trying to hide bad news until after the election; hopefully, the commission won’t allow her to hide her ethical violations until it’s too late for voters to hold her accountable,” stated Oregon Republican Chairman Bill Currier.

“We’ve seen this movie before, when Governor Kitzhaber’s ethics problems were delayed until after an election,” added Chair Currier.  “It ended badly with voters being duped and betrayed.”

“Oregonians deserve transparency and accountability now.”

The commission meets tomorrow morning at 9 AM in the 2nd floor conference room of the Morrow Crane Building, 3218 Pringle Rd SE, Salem, OR.

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-urges-ogec-vote-on-brown-ethics-complaint-2018-11-01

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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So proud of Pres. Trump’s record-breaking accomplishments for America!

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NATIONAL FEDERATION OF REPUBLICAN WOMEN

MAGA ACTION ALERT

Calling Women to Action on Pending Issues

Women See Historic Wins under President Trump

“Together, we are creating a Nation where every daughter in America can grow up believing in herself, her future, and following her heart toward the American Dream.” – President Donald J. Trump

The Trump Administration’s Pro-Women, Pro-Worker Agenda

Historic Tax Cuts Benefit Women and Families

  • The Tax Cut and Jobs Act provides $5.5 trillion in tax cuts, of which $3.2 trillion (nearly 60 percent) goes to families.
  • The bill increases the Child Tax Credit and makes the credit available to more families, giving America’s moms and dads needed relief.
  • The tax bill expanded education savings plans to include K-12 expenses.

Under President Trump, Unemployment for Women Has Plummeted

  • The women’s unemployment rate is 3.6 percent, the lowest it has been in 65 years!

·         Since January 2017, 2.2 million new jobs have been filled by women.

·         Since January 2017, 1.4 million American women have joined the labor force.

Protecting American Families from Gangs, Violent Crime and Sex Trafficking

  • The Department of Justice worked with Central American partners to arrest and charge around 4,000 MS-13 gang members in 2017 (including the alleged leader of MS-13’s “East Coast Program”).
  • President Trump signed legislation making it easier to target websites that enable sex trafficking and strengthened penalties for people who promote or facilitate prostitution.
  • Last year, the Attorney General announced the creation of the new National Public Safety Partnership, a cooperative initiative with cities to reduce violent crimes – and violent crime decreased in 2017 according to FBI statistics.
Combatting OpioIds

  • President Trump directed declaration of a Nationwide Public Health Emergency to address the opioid crisis.
  • The President’s “Opioid Cabinet” is providing governmentwide focus across departments and cabinet offices.
  • Just last week, President Trump signed H.R. 6, the Support for Patients and Communities Act. The new law will expand access to evidence-based treatment for opioid addiction, protect communities from illicit drugs, invest more in sustained recovery and workforce participation, continue to fight the stigma directed at people with addiction and raise public consciousness of the dangers of illicitly imported synthetic opioids like fentanyl.

Encouraging Women in the STEM Fields

  • In February 2017, President Trump signed two bills that promote increased opportunities for women in business and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

·         H.R. 255 authorized the National Science Foundation to enhance recruitment and support of women entrepreneurs.

·         H.R. 321 directed NASA to encourage women and girls to pursue STEM education and careers in the aerospace industry.

Historic Appointments of Women to Leadership Posts

  • President Trump has appointed women to six Cabinet-level positions (Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation; Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education; Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security; Linda McMahon, Administrator of the Small Business Administration; Gina Haspel, Director of Central Intelligence; and Nikki Haley, Ambassador to the United Nations).
  • The lead spokespersons for the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department, and the Justice Department are women.

·         Sarah Huckabee Sanders is the first mother – and only the third woman – to hold the position of White House Press Secretary.

October 30, 2018 Daily Clips

CAMPAIGNS

 

Independent candidate for governor: You’ve never heard of him, and that’s his point

Oregonian/OregonLive

Oregon voters could be forgiven for thinking Kate Brown and Knute Buehler are the only people running for governor this fall. Fueled by an unprecedented $29 million in campaign contributions, the respective Democratic and Republican candidates dominate the TV commercials, the social media ads and the mailbox flyers. So Independent Party nominee Patrick Starnes, who has raised just $12,400 for his campaign, is nearly invisible amid the frenzy. In recognition of that deficiency, Starnes is running what is nearly a one-issue campaign for governor, focusing almost exclusively on campaign finance reform. He wants to see a constitutional amendment to allow for limits on political contributions, which could put outsider candidates on more equal footing. “Hopefully this is the last $25 million governor’s race,” he said last week – before the latest surge in contributions broke what already had been a record.

 

GET OUT THE VOTE

 

Ballots coming in a little slower than two years ago

Portland Tribune

Voters are turning ballots in more slowly than the last time Oregon elected a governor, according to the state Elections Division, as big money continues to flow to the campaigns of Democrat Kate Brown and Republican Knute Buehler. About 11.6 percent of registered voters turned in ballots as of Friday, Oct. 26 — 12 days before the election — compared with 17.4 percent at this point in the 2016 election, when Brown defeated Republican challenger Bud Pierce. In other recent general elections, the return rate in 2012 was 14.9 percent and in 2014, it was 12.5 percent.

 

Multnomah County Republicans File Formal Complaint on Portland City Commissioner’s Get Out the Vote Effort

Willamette Week

The Multnomah County Republican Party today filed a formal complaint asking for an investigation of Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudaly’s new initiative to send city workers out on the taxpayer dime to encourage people to vote. It’s against the law for public employees to campaign for or against a candidate or measure, but not against the law for public employees to encourage people to vote, as Eudaly says she will do. The initiative, first reported last week by WW, has raised questions—in part because who turns out to vote and where can affect the outcome of an election. “This is a transparently partisan misuse of City funds to aid Kate Brown’s losing campaign, ” says county party chair James Buchal in a statement.

 

Republicans charge Eudaly vote drive is illegal

Portland Tribune

“We believe this activity is legal. State law prohibits the use of any City resources to advocate for or against any candidate or measure. As you know, the City “Get Out the Vote” effort is nonpartisan and is directed solely to increasing voter participation in precincts with historically low turnout rates,” says City Attorney Tracy Reeves.

 

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

 

Trump Says He Will Void Birthright Citizenship Law Through Executive Order

Oregon Public Broadcasting

“It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don’t,” Trump said. He discussed the plan in an interview with “Axios on HBO” that is slated to air Sunday. Birthright citizenship is granted in the 14th Amendment’s first sentence: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” Trump has mentioned the idea of voiding the amendment before, most notably in August of 2015, when the birthright issue became part of his hard-line policies on immigration as a presidential candidate. Now Trump is discussing the birthright citizenship law roughly one week before U.S. voters will head to the polls for the 2018 midterm election.

 

​US tax cut said to have little impact on investment

Portland Business Journal

The sweeping corporate tax cuts Donald Trump signed into law almost a year ago have had little or no effect on most US companies’ hiring and investment plans, according to a business survey released on Monday. The National Association for Business Economics found buoyant conditions in the third quarter of 2018, with its members reporting rising sales and improved profit margins, but reported that the Republican tax reform “has not broadly impacted hiring and investment plans”. The survey, conducted between September 26 and October 11, adds to a growing body of evidence that much of the windfall from tax reform has been spent on share buybacks rather than investment, jobs or research and development.

 

JOBS

 

Whopping 62 percent of jobs don’t support middle-class life after accounting for cost of living

Statesman Journal

Despite an unemployment rate that has reached a 50-year low of 3.7 percent, most jobs across the U.S. don’t support a middle-class or better lifestyle, leaving many Americans struggling, according to a new study. Sixty-two percent of jobs fall short of that middle-class standard when factoring in both wages and the cost of living in the metro area where the job is located, according to the study by Third Way, a think tank that advocates center-left ideas. A slight majority of Americans, 52 percent, do live in middle-class households, according to recent annual reports by Pew Research Center. And another 20 percent or so live in upper income households. But that’s because they’re juggling multiple jobs, for example, or relying on investments, an inheritance or other household members who may have higher-paying jobs.

 

LOCAL

 

Shingles vaccine shortage leaves Salem patients, pharmacies frustrated

Statesman Journal

Approved last year by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Shingrix has become an alternative vaccine to Zostavax, introduced in 2006. It has a higher rate of effectiveness — more than 90 percent — and a lower age at which patients can receive it — 50 instead of 60, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But less than a year into its U.S. debut, Shingrix has become scarce at pharmacies across the country.

 

OPINION

 

Editorial: Department of Justice should force Oregon’s super-secret gas tax into the sunshine

The Bulletin Editorial Board

Earlier this month, the Department of Environmental Quality refused to release information that would shed light on Oregon’s complex and secretive Clean Fuels Program, which imposes a de facto tax on gas and diesel fuel in order to subsidize the alternative-fuel industry. We appealed the denial to the state Department of Justice, which, unlike DEQ, at least seems to be giving the matter serious consideration. In denying our records request, DEQ argued that the information we seek involves trade secrets and, thus, is conditionally exempt from disclosure. The information may be released only if the public interest argues for transparency. The DOJ asked us to make such an argument, which we were happy to do. And to that end, it asked us to respond to counterarguments provided by a handful of businesses last year following a similar records request. The position taken by affected industries, in brief, is as follows: To help the public, we must hide from the public. Let’s hope the DOJ doesn’t endorse this view.

 

Guest column: Vote Buehler and Helt to move forward together

The Bend Bulletin

We have a rare opportunity to vote for a couple of candidates that focus more on the common ground than to fixate on our differences. They are not afraid to challenge the party line or to speak out against commonly held practices that hold us back. They are passionate. They are tireless. They care deeply about our community and doing the right thing. They possess the rare ability to see and paint the big picture but also to dig deep down into the details to get things done. They are focused on results and not on headlines. Most importantly, they both know that bringing people together is the key and the precondition to moving us forward. Let us move forward together. Let us rally around our common ground. Let our votes benefit all Oregonians. Please vote for Knute Buehler for governor and Cheri Helt for state representative (House District 54).

 

Mailbag: Life experiences will help Davis

Albany Democrat-Herald

From my work with Shelly I know she is a freedom-first kind of gal. She looks to opportunity, researches the issues to find a long-term workable solution (not the sound-bite or feel-good language of so many in Salem), and has a knack for common-sense thinking that seems so rare these days. I have also seen her ability to think outside the “Salem Box” that paralyzes so many there, to step up and bring fresh ideas to tackle the big problems in Oregon. If you would like to see Oregon change its national rankings in cost of living, education, workforce stability and compensation, all for the better, please join me in electing Shelly to the Oregon House of Representatives.

 

Readers respond: Dorothy Merritt brings professionalism to politics

Oregonian/OregonLive

I am writing this letter of recommendation for Dorothy Merritt, running for the Oregon House of Representatives in District 30. She is a conservative Republican who believes in the U.S. Constitution as it is written. I have known Merritt for over 40 years. She and her husband Hal have six grown children. Merritt worked rearing her children and then as a successful real estate agent . As a real estate agent, she represented clients and worked within the legal boundaries of the law while staying within her principles and beliefs. I know those same traits and principles will lead her to be a successful representative for the people of Oregon.

 

The most important election is one week away – VOTE!

PRAY FOR ELECTION VICTORY! Limbaugh: GOP will hold the House: https://www.breitbart.com/video/2018/10/18/limbaugh-gop-will-hold-house-increase-senate-majority-in-midterm/

 

TRUMP Accomplishment List in two short years: http://www.magapill.com/

 

100,000 Texans RSVP to TRUMP-CRUZ rally: https://www.breitbart.com/midterm-election/2018/10/22/texans-camp-out-24-hours-before-trump-cruz-rally-houston/

 

They will say and do ANYTHING to get it and keep it.  To the Democrats, it (illegal immigration) is all about POWER: https://www.prageru.com/videos/illegal-immigration-its-about-power

 

Meanwhile in Democrat –controlled LIBERAL LAND (Both Left Coasts), as the “caravan” marches north through Mexico, the homelessness crisis is exploding: https://www.infowars.com/more-than-half-a-million-people-americas-homelessness-crisis-is-rapidly-exploding-on-both-coasts/

 

Black Americans, in growing numbers, are finally beginning to turn their back on the Democrat Party here: https://www.breitbart.com/video/2018/10/27/watch-candace-owens-rallies-black-conservatives-in-front-of-white-house-this-is-our-time-maga-is-for-us-too/ and HERE: https://www.breitbart.com/video/2018/10/26/watch-president-donald-trump-to-young-black-conservatives-you-refuse-to-be-told-how-to-think/

 

WE CAN’T GO BACK! https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2018/10/29/watch-donald-trump-launches-midterm-ad-featuring-cnn-report-on-strong-economy/

 

Why vote Democrat – just ask Obama: https://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2018/10/24

Do we want to call Pelosi “Speaker” again? https://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2018/10/29

Open Borders hypocrisy: https://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2018/10/27

Here come the silent TRUMP voters again J: https://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2018/10/26

 

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