GREAT Candidate for BOLI Commissioner

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I would like to introduce you to a great candidate  for the BOLI Commissioner’s position.

Lou is enthusiastic, smart, and understands that the “I” for INDUSTRY is a huge part of the BOLI Commissioners job!


This is a race that is determined at the May primary election.  Lou only has a few weeks to get his message out and needs all of our help to do so.

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We have a REPUBLICAN running, let’s get behind him and SUPPORT HIM!!


Remember, Val Hoyle received $250,000 from Bloomberg for her bid for SOS.  She is now being support by SEIU and many labor unions.  Lou needs your help.


Please join me in supporting a Republican for the Bureau of Labor and Industry Commissioner,  LOU OGDEN!


Thank you,


Winning  Oregon  together,


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Vice Chair of the Oregon Republican Party

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Daily Clips



Oregon pays $1.3 million settlement after placing foster child with self-described sex addict

The Oregonian

Oregon’s child welfare agency has agreed to pay $1.3 million to settle a lawsuit brought on behalf of a girl who was allegedly sexually abused by her Gresham foster father in 2014. State workers placed the girl, who was 4 at the time, with Gabriel David Wallis and his wife, even though Wallis self-identified as a sex addict during the state’s screening and caseworkers either knew or should have known that he looked at child pornography online, court documents say.


Upstart Candidates Are Looking to Alter the Oregon Courts Shaped by Gov. Kate Brown

Willamette Week

Jillian Schoene, co-executive director of Emerge Oregon, which prepares women to run for office, says that’s disappointing. “White men have been well-represented in every office since the founding of this country,” Schoene says. “In these races, it’s time for them to step aside and let others lead.”


Initiative would ban sale of assault weapons

Portland Tribune

An initiative petition proposed for the November ballot would ban certain assault-style firearms and high-capacity magazines in Oregon, as a measure to protect people from mass shootings. Legal owners of existing assault-style weapons would be required to pass a background check and register their weapon with Oregon State Police.


Bonham: The good, bad of 2018

The Dalles Chronicle

It was a month-long legislative session that Rep. Daniel Bonham, R-The Dalles, gave a mixed review. On a positive note, one of his two proposed bills received enough bipartisan support to get through the House and Senate. Gov. Kate Brown is expected to sign into law the “Good Neighbor Authority” policy that will restore managed harvests of federal lands. Not only will rural communities be provided with much needed jobs, said Bonham, the new policy will reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires by cleaning up diseased and overstocked stands of trees that provide fuels.


Oregon Failed to Provide Flu Vaccinations to Most of Its Prison Inmates. One Woman Died.

Willamette Week

Ferri’s death was unusual. But she shared one thing in common with the vast majority of Coffee Creek inmates: Her medical records show she did not receive a flu shot. In fact, only about 18 percent of inmates at Coffee Creek were inoculated against the flu this season.


Gov. Kate Brown, other state leaders get earful at foster care forum

Statesman Journal

After brief remarks from a few individuals, including Brown, the crowd separated to sit at tables with different areas of focus, such as community relationships or foster parent training and resources. Brown spent her time listening at the community relationships table. One suggestion that emerged from the group was sharing more positive stories of foster care to combat a stigma that persists around the system.


Oregon jobless rate remains at historic low of 4.1%

The Oregonian

Oregon added another 2,700 jobs last month and the state’s jobless rate remained at its lowest point on record, according to state data released Tuesday, extending Oregon’s long economic expansion. February’s unemployment rate remained at 4.1 percent. It’s been within a tenth of a percentage point of that number for more 14 months, according to revised figures issued earlier this month by the Oregon Employment Department.




How Strict Are Oregon’s Gun Control Laws? We’re All Over the Map.

Willamette Week

But for now, Oregon’s gun regulations are scattershot. WW explored data collected by the Boston University School of Public Health to show how Oregon fits into the national landscape of gun laws. We found that among 50 U.S. states, Oregon’s restrictions on guns are all over the map.


Oregon initiative would ban assault weapons, require some owners to surrender certain guns

Statesman Journal

A proposal to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in Oregon has been submitted as a ballot initiative petition intended to prevent mass shootings.  Filed by an interfaith religious group in Portland, Initiative Petition 42 would also require legal gun owners to surrender or register their assault weapons or face felony charges, according to language released Tuesday.


‘Boyfriend loophole’: backlash after Oregon joins 23 states in curbing guns

The Guardian

For gun advocates, however, the new bill is a point of contention and confusion. Gunter thinks the “boyfriend loophole” could be seriously abused. “If you get somebody who’s upset with their former partner, they can say anything they want and that person’s going to have to prove their innocence with no due process,” he said. The Oregon Firearms Federation agrees. “What this bill does is give people a mighty tool to destroy the life of an innocent person,” said Kevin Starrett, who heads the organization. By “innocent” Starrett is referring to a boyfriend who could be falsely accused of domestic abuse. “We think it’s a farce that anyone believes a woman is protected from someone who is really dangerous by any piece of paper or the confiscation of guns,” said Starrett.




ODA director visits all 36 counties in first year

East Oregonian

At ODA, Taylor manages a department with 370 full-time employees and a most recent biennial budget of $114.4 million for 2017-19. The USDA Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service had 14,000 employees across three agencies, with $2 billion in annual salary and expenses. A big part of Taylor’s first year was simply learning the lay of the land, touring more than 40 farms and ranches across all 36 counties.


NW Senators Grill Energy Secretary On Hanford, Proposed Budget Cuts

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Northwest Senators had a lot of questions for U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry during a Senate committee hearing Tuesday morning. They grilled him on the safety of steel in a massive treatment plant under construction at the Hanford nuclear site.




Clatsop Community College to propose $3 tuition hike

Daily Astorian

The Clatsop Community College Board, facing lackluster enrollment and funding, will consider a $3-per-credit tuition hike next month. “None of us feel like increasing tuition is something that we want to do,” College President Christopher Breitmeyer said Tuesday. “We’d rather not do it. But we think at this time it’s necessary, given where we are in terms of the current funding that we’re experiencing.”




State upholds Portland growth plan update

Portland Tribune

Opponents have 21 days from March 15 vote by the Land Conservation and Development Commission to appeal the decision to the Oregon Court of Appeals.




Oregon Wants To Know What The Public Thinks About CCOs

Oregon Public Broadcasting

The Oregon Health Authority is asking the public to say what it likes, dislikes and wants to change about the state’s 15 coordinated care organizations. The CCOs were set up in 2012. But their contracts run out at the end of next year, and the state wants to know how they should change. Should mental and physical health be better coordinated? Is there inequity in the system? The survey is online until April 15.


Subduing the opioid monster

East Oregonian

Someone dies from prescription opioids every 20 minutes in this country. The Oregon Health Authority reports that more Oregonians die from prescription opioids than any other drug — including alcohol, methamphetamines, heroin and cocaine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 42,000 Americans died in opioid-related deaths in 2016. Oregon ranks sixth nationally for non-medical use of prescription pain relievers like Percocet and OxyContin, In short, many of our fellow Americans are addicted to prescription painkillers.


Klamath Works ranks low in DHS site evaluations

Herald and News

The proposed Klamath Works site for possible Department of Human Services offices in Klamath Falls was ranked sixth out of nine sites visited by local DHS officials, according to state documents. Last month, Oregon’s Department of Administrative Services (DAS) announced it would award a bid to TimberMill Shores as the home of a new DHS multi-service campus in Klamath Falls. The new site would be home to child welfare, aging and people with disabilities and self-sufficiency programs. Vocational rehabilitation would stay at current offices.




‘Make Oregon Great Again’ candidate faces pushback at Hermiston Hispanic Advisory Committee campaign stop

East Oregonian

When Barron and committee member Carlos Gallo said that Carpenter was making his support of Trump clear, and Trump had been very “blatant” in stirring up racial tensions and criticizing Latinos, Carpenter asked, “What has he said that is very blatant?” drawing laughter from the audience and committee.


Ideals, experience come to odds at forum

Mail Tribune

Four democrats traded few barbs, but flexed ideological and intellectual muscles and made promises for progress in the hopes they could be the candidate who can turn a Republican state senate seat blue.




Officials: Progress made on Oregon rape-kit backlog

Associated Press

A backlog of rape kits in Oregon is a year away from being eliminated following the passage of a state law mandating quicker testing, officials say. The kits contain biological material following reported sex crimes. In 2015, the Oregon State Police said it had a backlog of more than 5,600. In 2016, legislators passed a measure to speed up processing, but by 2017 state labs said their backlog had actually increased as old kits poured in from around the state.


Oregon DOJ launches FamilyCare charity probe

Portland Tribune

It’s been more than a month since the provider FamilyCare Inc. left the Oregon Health Plan over a rate dispute, requiring more than 110,000 low-income members to make other arrangements for their care. But the organization remains mired in litigation with state officials, and the state now has launched a separate investigation into the group and three related organizations.




Editorial: Environment vs. economy

East Oregonian

Courtney said he hopes the joint committee can craft a bill that is both effective and has widespread support not only among Democratic and Republican legislators but also from environmental, business, transportation and other groups. The legislative leaders could start that process by giving full representation to urban and rural Oregon. They should appoint equal numbers of Democrats and Republicans to the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction. As Courtney said in announcing the committee with Kotek: “Urban or rural, Democrat or Republican, we share the same state, same air, same environment and the same planet. It’s time human nature starts taking care of Mother Nature.”


Editorial: Oregon Supreme Court should have canned Judge Vance Day

Statesman Journal Editorial Board

The Oregon Supreme Court squandered an opportunity last week and in the process sent a chilling message to Oregonians: judges are above the law. Our state’s high court said a 3-year, without-pay suspension of Marion County Circuit Court Judge Vance Day was necessary to “preserve public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary.” But by only suspending the judge found to have committed “willful misconduct” and making “willful misstatements” — in other words lied — doesn’t build trust; it betrays it.


Editorial: Don’t let districts cheat high school students out of their education

The Oregonian Editorial Board

Educational leaders routinely bemoan the measly length of Oregon’s school year, one of the shortest in the country. They lament that Oregon students receive a year’s less education by the time they graduate from high school than their counterparts in Washington state.  All of which makes their stance on an instructional time requirement adopted by the Oregon Board of Education in 2015 puzzling. Instead of supporting a rule ensuring that most students, particularly those in high school, are scheduled for a full day of classes, the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators, Oregon School Boards Association and Oregon Education Association are urging the education board to relax the requirement for the 2018-19 school year.


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How A Landmark Audit Could Change Oregon’s Child Welfare Department

Oregon Public Broadcasting

It seems that, every couple years or so, there’s a damning new report related to the Oregon Department of Human Services. But the most recent, year-long audit, which focused on the Office of Child Welfare, may have been the most dispiriting of all. It found that despite years of earlier reports, audits and recommendations, the system is still rife with problems.


Since You Asked: Not much NRA cash in Oregon elections

Mail Tribune

The NRA doesn’t appear to have too strong a financial interest in Oregon elections, relative to other states, particularly those with more Republican legislators. Greg Walden is Oregon’s only GOP representative, and according to filings from the Federal Election Commission, the only federal legislator from Oregon to receive campaign contributions from the NRA in the last two election cycles. Before that, however, he’s had some company.


Walden Supports Effort To Find A New Klamath Basin Water Pact

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Oregon’s Second District Congress member Greg Walden says he believes stakeholders in the Klamath Basin can come together again to negotiate a comprehensive solution to the region’s water wars.


Crafting a better retirement for small business workers


Oregon, along with other states, aims to decrease those numbers — by offering a retirement savings program that is the first of its kind in the country. Employees at small businesses throughout the Beaver State are being offered the chance to stash away a portion of their pay through a government-sponsored retirement plan, called “Oregon Saves.”


6,750 Salem-Keizer students transfer schools, but not for sports

Statesman Journal

After attending Howard Street Charter School for eighth grade, Andrea Hogan was supposed to move on to Sprague High School. But with her younger sister still at Howard Street, her family, instead, decided to transfer Hogan to South Salem, which houses the charter school.  There were other benefits as well. Hogan, now 23, wanted to take part in South’s International Baccalaureate Diploma and Advancement Via Individual Determination programs. Hogan’s experience was shared this year by more than 6,750 students in Salem-Keizer Public Schools, according to the district’s latest figures.












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State librarian fired, but specifics remain elusive

Portland Tribune

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown fired state librarian MaryKay Dahlgreen on Tuesday, an apparent surprise to the state’s association of library professionals, the chair of the state library board and Dahlgreen herself.  While the Governor’s Office says Dahlgreen failed to meet lawmakers’ expectations, it did not provide specifics to the EO/Pamplin Capital Bureau. Dahlgreen says the governor did not provide her with specific written feedback on her performance, either.


Kate Brown ousts respected Oregon state librarian

The Oregonian

Malkin was surprised to receive a call from the governor’s office that informed her of the decision to remove Dahlgreen. Malkin expected that the board would have input, the chance to advocate for Dahlgreen or at least a heads up on a major decision like that. “People talk a lot about transparency in government, and I think when you make major decisions like this, that it’s good to do this in an open forum where people have a chance to bring forward information and maybe educate people about the role that person has played in the organization and how she has performed her job duties,” Malkin said.


Republicans sound the alarm after likely loss in Pennsylvania


Republicans on Wednesday struggled to explain their likely loss in the Pennsylvania special election: GOP leaders warned lawmakers that the outcome in the pro-Trump district could spell disaster in the midterms if they don’t respond forcefully, but many lawmakers dismissed the race as an anomaly and seemed to be in denial. During a closed-door conference meeting at the Capitol Hill Club, House Republican leaders said that Tuesday’s special election, where Democrat Conor Lamb is narrowly leading, could portend a monster Democratic year. They told rank-and-file members in no uncertain terms that they needed to get their campaigns in order or that they could be casualties, and they need to raise money now to protect themselves come November.


Densmore drops out of House race

Mail Tribune

Former Medford Councilor Al Densmore has ended his bid for the Oregon House seat now held by Sal Esquivel, citing an uphill battle against a number of opponents. “It doesn’t appear that it’s time yet for that kind of an effort to be successful” Densmore said. “It was one thing when there was just one other candidate.” The 71-year-old Medford resident chose a difficult route to win the seat, filing as an Independent write-in candidate. He also said the chance for making his case as an Independent Party candidate would have been particularly difficult in Salem, where politics are divided sharply along party lines.




Portland Public Schools ousting of special education program has left families feeling unheard

The Oregonian

Portland mom Danielle Pacifico-Cogan has called school district officials. She’s filed public records requests. She’s gone to school board meetings. She’s done all of this because she is fearful for her fourth grader and his classmates. Her son attends Pioneer, a school for students with significant disabilities. Students who go there don’t get to learn alongside peers without disabilities, but they do get highly customized services from educators with specialized skills, and she’s found it works best for her child. In November, the district decided to oust Pioneer from its building so that a larger program for gifted students can have the space. District leaders have implied Pioneer’s educational offerings are sub-par as justification for the move, but they haven’t stated outright what they feel is wrong.




Idaho boy’s cyanide exposure forever links family, Eugene advocate over wildlife devices

The Oregonian

But by the end of 2017, DeFazio had attracted 15 co-sponsors, with the lone Republican being Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida. And on the state level, the family watched as small successes seemed to take hold. The federal wildlife services agency “ceased all use of M-44 devices” on private and public land in Idaho and removed all devices deployed there. M-44s will not be used in Idaho this year,” a spokeswoman said in a statement. Six rural Oregon counties ceased using M-44s after the wolf death and a subsequent effort in the Legislature to strip state funding for the controversial management tool.




Portland weighs reviving tax breaks for affordable apartments

The Oregonian

Portland housing officials have proposed reviving a property tax break for developers who include affordable housing in their projects. It’s an effort to squeeze units with restricted rents from a landslide of development proposals that came in before the city started requiring such units in all large developments. That inclusionary zoning policy took effect last year, but a pipeline of about 10,000 apartments proposed ahead of the mandate aren’t subject to it. The incentive officials are seeking to bring back provides for a 10-year property tax exemption on all of a development’s residential units in exchange for making 20 percent of the units affordable to households making 60 or 80 percent of the median family income. The developers still pay taxes on the land and any commercial space in the building.




TriMet releases ambitious proposed budget

Portland Tribune

Highlights of the $701 million budget include a low-income far program, the purchase of 64 new buses, the first electrified bus line, and safety, service and station improvements.




Offshore earthquake will devastate Portland area much more than scientists thought

Portland Tribune

State geologists analyze projected impacts of Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake, magnitude 9.0, and expect tens of thousands of casualties in the tri-county area, and massive numbers needing emergency shelter after being forced from their homes.




A Portland Church Group Plans to Ask Voters to Ban Assault Weapons in Oregon

Willamette Week

A Portland group of religious organizers is pushing to get an initiative to ban AR-15-style semiautomatic rifles in Oregon on the November ballot. The Interfaith and People of Goodwill Campaign to Ban Assault Weapons will officially launch tomorrow, and hopes to put the question to Oregon voters of whether people should be able to buy some semiautomatic rifles and high-capacity magazines. The campaign will launch tomorrow night at Augustana Lutheran Church, where Rev. W. J. Mark Knutson has been pressing for such a ban for nearly two years.




President Donald Trump Seeking to Appoint Portland Hotelier Gordon Sondland Ambassador to European Union

Willamette Week

President Donald Trump reportedly wants Portland hotelier Gordon Sondland to be the next ambassador to the European Union. The news, reported by the Wall Street Journal, comes on the heels of an Oregonian report last fall that Sondland was being vetted for a potential ambassadorship. Sondland leads Provenance Hotels which owns or manages 10 hotels, including the Heathman, Sentinel, Lucia and deLuxe in Portland.




Editorial: Community colleges get short shrift

Albany Democrat-Herald

A priority for the community colleges during the short legislative session that wrapped up earlier this month was to figure out a way to get that money back. Anyone familiar with how the state has funded its community colleges over the years probably can guess how the story ended. No money. Sorry. Legislative leaders said, in essence, that nobody was getting any extra money. (That’s not precisely true, but legislators decided, for better or for worse, that the needs facing other programs were more urgent than fixing this budgeting mistake for community colleges.)


Editorial: EOU a rural rescue

East Oregonian

The designation through HB 4153 is more than symbolism. It is a recognition that EOU has achieved a remarkable niche in higher education. EOU combines a sense of place — the La Grande-based university operates 11 centers throughout rural Oregon — with a well-regarded distance learning program that enrolls students from throughout Oregon, and beyond.


Editorial: Taking responsibility


It’s hard to see how Kruse could read this report and maintain that he has done nothing wrong. He has done his fellow Oregonians a favor by resigning. He would do them an even bigger favor by facing up to what he has done, realizing that he is in the wrong, and issuing a heartfelt apology.


It’s past time to eliminate the annual time changes

Statesman Journal Editorial Board

Did anyone enjoy losing an hour’s sleep over the weekend when Oregon joined most other states and left standardized time behind to observe the start of daylight saving time? We didn’t think so. We’ve heard a great deal of grumbling, which is why we support Sen. Kim Thatcher’s effort to end the time change in Oregon. Thatcher, who introduced a bill in the 2015 session, has announced she’ll renew the effort next session.  If the grousing is any indication, Oregonians would like to quit reverting to standard time the first weekend in November and keep the extra hour of evening daylight that daylight saving time affords.


Editorial: Bend schools’ selective love of data

Bend Bulletin

When the Bend-La Pine Schools wanted to figure out if it should change when school begins for high school students, it began by looking at the data. But what’s so great about data? The state — with some cooperation from the Bend school district — has actively undermined efforts to research student performance. So why does research and data matter when it comes to student start times but not when it comes to what they do in school?


Parrish says small businesses already face burden of minimum wage increase, new payroll tax on July 1st


WEST LINN, OR – Representative Julie Parrish (R-Tualatin/West Linn) today sent a formal request to Governor Kate Brown to veto Senate Bill 1528, the measure that disconnects Oregon from the federal tax code and creates a new, niche tax credit scheme that will likely be accessed by Oregon’s ultra-wealthy tax filers.  Parrish’s veto request raises concerns that the average small business can’t keep up with tax increase demands and legislative mandates.


“On July 1st, Oregon small businesses will be faced with another bump in the minimum wage, and a new payroll tax increase stemming from the 2017 transportation package.  These new costs arrive on top of the healthcare premium tax passed by the legislature,” Parrish stated.  “Disconnecting from the federal tax code creates additional accounting burdens and robs small businesses of needed cash flow to pay their bills and hire their neighbors.”


A specific concern Parrish relays to Brown is the impact on 192,000 Schedule-C tax filers whose average income is just $23,300.  “Senate Bill 1528 creates a tax scheme loophole for wealthy Oregonians on the backs of these filers, a majority for whom this income is in lieu of W-2 income they’d earn if they were employed for someone else’s company.  Unlike W-2 income earners however, these tax filers bear the full burden for self-employment taxes, FICA, SSI, and Medicare – a total state and local tax burden of 30.5% of their total business income if we don’t connect to the federal tax code, and 3.5% higher than the effective tax rate of Oregon’s largest corporations.”


In total, there are over 400,000 tax filers who will be negatively impacted by the state’s failure to connect, creating an additional headache for some filers who will be forced to keep two sets of business records to maintain tax compliance.


“There’s nearly $100 million in new spending from the short session sitting on the Governor’s desk, not to mention millions in new bonded debt.  This disconnect bill highlights the real disconnect happening in Salem – that Oregon’s small businesses are bearing the burden of increased government spending and a failure to address systemic cost reforms around PERS and healthcare expenditures,” Parrish said.


Parrish went on to remind Brown that she approved $100 million in new raises for public employees, whose average compensation increased by $2,000 per employee, while connecting to the federal tax code would yield small business owners a nominal $359 average pay increase.  “Between new taxes, fees, and mandates, Oregon small businesses owners are seeing their take home income stagnant.  Connecting to the federal tax code will provide a small pay raise to the hundreds of thousands of family, local, and small business owners who continue to have their costs increased by legislative mandates.”


In accordance with state law, Governor Brown has 30 business days from which to decide whether to approve or veto legislation upon adjournment of the legislature.  Parrish hopes the governor will consider the livelihoods of 400,000 small business owners and job creators and weigh her decision to veto against looming tax and cost increases that will hit business owners in July.


“You can’t campaign on supporting Oregon small business while simultaneously pummeling business owners with taxes, fees, and mandates.  Enough is enough – I hope she’ll look at this bill in the entire context of all the burdens she’s already signed into law since she’s began serving as governor.”



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Destined to fail: Oregon officials missed taxpayer-backed mill project’s red flags

The Oregonian

When state and federal officials approved $8 million in taxpayer financing for a Southern Oregon sawmill project, they did so on the premise the investment would bring back jobs. But officials greenlighted the project despite warning signs the plan to retool the mothballed mill was likely doomed to fail. Sure enough, even with the expensive taxpayer-provided upgrades, the reopened Rough & Ready mill operated for less than 20 months before shutting down for good. Its equipment has been auctioned off, the land sold and the promised jobs only briefly delivered. The failed project was overseen by Portland environmental nonprofit Ecotrust.




Boshart Davis makes run for state House seat

Capital Press

She added that while she has never run for office, she is no stranger to campaigns, having been involved in campaigns to defeat Measure 92, the GMO-labeling measure that voters rejected in 2014, and Measure 97, the gross-receipts tax measure that voters rejected in 2016. Davis also is no stranger to the Capitol. “I have probably testified on anywhere from 20 to 25 different issues over the past few years, from diesel to emissions to labor, manufacturing, pesticides — all of these multiple issues that have hit us (in agriculture) over the past few years. And I am very involved in the Oregon Seed Council, Oregon Aglink, Oregon Women for Agriculture and Farm Bureau.”


Atkinson, Schreffler file for Esquivel’s seat

Mail Tribune

The race for the Oregon House seat now held by Sal Esquivel has heated up, with Democrats Michelle Blum Atkinson and Rick Schreffler becoming candidates Tuesday, the last day of the filing deadline. Schreffler, who was on the Rogue Valley Transportation District board from 2007-2011, will vie with Atkinson, who ran unsuccessfully for Medford City Council in 2016, in the May primary. The victor will likely take on Kim Wallan, a Medford city councilor who is the only Republican to register, and Al Densmore, former Medford mayor and legislator, who is running as an independent.




Q&A: Oregon’s new public records advocate talks transparency

The Oregonian

Oregonians have the right to know what their government is up to, but public agencies’ notions of transparency don’t always match those of citizens or the media. That’s why the Oregon Legislature created the role of public records advocate. The idea is that the advocate will mediate disputes between those who want records and the state agencies who have them. Gov. Kate Brown picked Ginger McCall for the job. As an attorney, McCall has represented records requesters as well as government agencies.




Oregon Recovers $3.4 Million From Insurance Companies In 2017

Oregon Public Broadcasting

The state recovered about $3.4 million in unpaid insurance money for Oregonians last year. The Oregon Division of Financial Regulation says it investigated more than 4,000 insurance complaints last year. They came from people who said their claims were underpaid or who disputed the settlement their insurance offered. Claim denials and delays topped the list of reasons people filed complaints with the state.


In Oregon, pushing to give patients with degenerative diseases the right to die

The Washington Post

Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D), chair of Oregon’s House Committee on Health Care, began looking into expanding the state’s Death with Dignity law a few years ago, when a well-known 78-year-old lobbyist in Salem, Ore., fatally shot himself in the head after learning that he had Alzheimer’s. “That really shook me up,” said Greenlick, a retired director of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research. “I started thinking, people with Alzheimer’s should be able to have some control over how they die, rather than having to shoot themselves.” His 2015 attempt to expand the terminally ill window from six months to a year failed. Next year he plans to float another bill that would open up the state’s Death with Dignity law to dementia patients by doing away with all stipulations about terminal time limits.




Smith is vice co-chair of student success panel


State Rep. Greg Smith (R-Heppner) is serving as co-vice chairman of a panel of senators and representatives put together to explore ways the Oregon Legislature can work to ensure all students have an equal chance at succeeding. The panel basically revamps the education committees in the Legislature. Smith is the only committee member from Eastern Oregon. Its members include seven senators and seven representatives. Six of the members are Republicans.




Klamath Tribal Chief: Natural Gas Pipeline to Coos Bay Would Create the “Next Standing Rock”

Willamette Week

“As far as the Klamath people are concerned, this pipeline is a bad idea even if the price of gas were predicted to skyrocket,” Gentry writes. “The Klamath people oppose this project because it puts at risk their watersheds, forests, bays, culture, spiritual places, homes, climate and future.” The Jordan Cove project appeared dead under the Obama administration but President Donald J. Trump is much friendlier to fossil fuel projects.


Gov. Brown likely to sign drought declaration for Klamath County this week

Herald and News

Klamath County Commissioner Donnie Boyd and Scott White, executive director of the Klamath Water Users Association, met in Salem recently with Gov. Kate Brown about drought conditions, where Brown committed to Boyd and White that she would sign a declaration of drought for Klamath County sometime this coming week.


Walden ‘optimistic’ on emergency funds, talks to solve water crisis

Herald and News

As the Bureau of Reclamation meeting ended just miles away, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., spoke to several farmers and local leaders about his own thoughts on the continued Klamath Basin water crisis. At least a dozen farmers, city and county officials stopped into the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce offices to hear Walden address this year’s water crisis, which continues to interfere with the day-to-day operations of ranchers, irrigators and Klamath Tribe members.




Jeff Kruse interview: Not the ending he had in mind

Roseburg News-Review

Kruse resigned from the Legislature this month after 22 years in office. It was two years earlier than he planned, and he was under fire for allegations he had inappropriately touched women he worked with in Salem. He continues to deny that he did anything wrong. And he hopes the controversy isn’t what he’s remembered for.


Ousted Oregon State Senator Calls Sexual Harassment Claims ‘Scripted’

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Kruse hasn’t spoken publicly, or responded to reporter inquiries, since he left the Legislature in February — and his resignation became irreversible soon after — following allegations that he groped and sexually harassed female legislators and other staffers.


Resigning Oregon senator hits back on ‘scripted’ sex misconduct claims

The Oregonian

But on Friday, he said he resigned without the extent of his due process so as not to distract from the legislative session’s business. He also made a plea for his legacy to be remembered aside from his swift downfall, which he called a scripted “soap opera” designed for political gain. The independent investigator in response urged the public to read the report detailing years of inappropriate behavior.




Oregon House OK’s funding for Eagle Creek Fire recovery

Gresham Outlook

The Oregon House approved funding last weekend to support the Eagle Creek Fire recovery efforts. House Bill 4152, which was approved via vote on Saturday, March 3, provides grants through the Oregon Office of Emergency Management to support the Multnomah County and Hood River County sheriff’s offices as their crews work to make burn areas safe to the public. The chief sponsors of the bill were Rep. Jeff Helfrich, R-Hood River, and Sen. Chuck Thomsen, R-Hood River.


Money to boost public safety included in Oregon Legislature’s end-of-session funding

Statesman Journal

Law and order agencies across the state were among dozens of organizations to receive a financial boost from the Oregon Legislature as the session came to a close March 3, receiving requested funds to support current staffing or to forestall declining services.


Woodburn works against immigration rhetoric to build trust in police

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Advocates say this is Oregon’s sanctuary law at work. The state’s 30-year-old policy limits police from cooperating with federal immigration efforts. A number of cities and counties, including Portland, have their own policies promising immigrants protection. And that, supporters of such policies say, means immigrants with no criminal record feel comfortable calling law enforcement — even if they’re calling to ask local police to protect them from federal agents.




Board seeks proposals on reload center

Ontario Argus Observer

The center would be a centralized location for commodities to be delivered by truck to then be reloaded on to railcars for transport to domestic markets and to ports for shipments overseas. The project was included in the transportation package approved by the 2017 Oregon Legislature and funded at about $26 million. Board members for the corporation were appointed by the Malheur County Court. The board’s first order of business was to select a site for the reload center.




America’s Gun Background Check System Riddled With Flaws

Oregon Public Broadcasting

The problem with the legislation, experts say, is that it only works if federal agencies, the military, states, courts and local law enforcement do a better job of sharing information with the background check system — and they have a poor track record in doing so. Some of the nation’s most horrific mass shootings have revealed major holes in the database reporting system, including massacres at Virginia Tech in 2007 and at a Texas church last year.


Lawmakers to consider bills that protect gun retailers

Portland Tribune

Under state and federal law, Oregonians 18 and older can buy rifles and shotguns, and the ammunition for those firearms. You must be at least 21 to buy a handgun and handgun ammunition. Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian has concluded gun retailers that have stopped selling to customers younger than 21 in the wake of recent mass shootings could be violating the state’s anti-discrimination laws. The decision could be challenged at the Bureau of Labor and Industries or in a civil court complaint.



Editorial: Good governance is frequently bland

Daily Astorian

Most bills that passed did so on a bipartisan basis, many on unanimous or near-unanimous votes. Among the exceptions were the Democratic majority’s bills to partially disconnect Oregon income tax regulations from the federal tax reforms that became law in December. The wisdom of the state legislation, or lack thereof, likely won’t be known for some time. And despite legislators’ sometimes heated public rhetoric on taxes, immigration and a few other issues, this was a legislative session that largely worked well behind the scenes. Republicans and Democrats collaborated to make an early adjournment possible. Oregon history books may pay little heed to the 2018 Legislature, and that’s OK. Good governance is frequently bland, often tedious … and supremely important.


Editorial: The tedious nature of legislation

East Oregonian

Most legislation is tedious — making fixes in laws and regulations, adjusting the state budget, correcting spellings such as for the Central Oregon community of Terrebonne, and the like. Such legislation rarely makes headlines. But it comprises the nuts and bolts of governance, and it was the essence of the 2018 Legislature. Legislative sessions in even-numbered years are short — limited to 35 days — because they’re designed for fix-it and budget balancing bills, not grand visionary legislation. And the 2018 Legislature, which adjourned after only 27 days, largely succeeded in that mission.


Editorial: Retailers move a step in right direction

Portland Tribune

Oregonians are all too familiar with the lethal force of the AR-15. It was the weapon used by the gunman in the 2012 Clackamas Town Center shooting, the 2014 Reynold High School shooting, and was in the arsenal of weapons the shooter brought onto the Umpqua Community College campus in Roseburg in 2015.


Editorial: Public’s help needed to get clean-energy bill passed in 2019

Statesman Journal

“It’s a pretty firm commitment to getting it done next year,” said Brad Reed, a spokesman for Renew Oregon, a nonprofit that believes that clean energy and a prosperous state are not mutually exclusive. But supporters say it won’t be easy if the groundswell of grassroots advocacy dries up during the interim. So when lawmakers are on the campaign trail this year, Oregonians should show up at town halls and other stump stops, and speak up. Showing up and engaging is how state officials know Oregonians are paying attention to their futures.


Editorial: In housing puzzle, tracking rentals is critical piece

The Oregonian Editorial Board

While Mayor Ted Wheeler campaigned on the need for a rental registry, there remains a disturbing lack of urgency in the work to get it up and going. Interim Portland Housing Bureau Director Shannon Callahan confirms the registry is a relatively simple set-up, as far as city tech projects go. That being said, a “beta” version with basic information – units and addresses – won’t be ready to test in-house until June.


Is Kate Brown “Easily” the Most Anti-Small Business Governor in Oregon History?

If She Signs the $244M Tax Hike Passed By House & Senate Democrats, Yes
Oregon GOP Chair Says Governor Brown Damaging Oregon’s Job Machine

Wilsonville, OR – Democrat Governor Kate Brown is currently weighing whether to sign Senate Bill 1528 – a bill that amounts to a devastating new tax hike on Oregon’s small businesses that could cost them up to $1 billion by 2023.

The Bend Bulletin is raising the question in a new editorial – “Does Kate Brown really want to help small business?”  The answer? If history is any guide, probably not:

[Governor Brown has said] “Small businesses are the backbone of Oregon’s economy, creating 70 percent of new jobs in the state” and that “We can encourage job growth by giving small-business owners and emerging entrepreneurs the tools they need to expand.”

…It would be astonishing for a governor who has declared so forthrightly that she wants to give small businesses tools to expand to aim to take $1 billion away from small businesses.

“Kate Brown has struck massive blows to Oregonians and their employers by signing massive new tax hikes on energy and healthcare, but now she is about to easily clinch the title as the most anti-small business Governor in Oregon history,” stated Oregon Republican Chairman Bill Currier.

“Governor Brown has betrayed her rhetoric on small businesses time and time again. Oregonians deserve better than a tax-hiking Governor who won’t stand up for the ‘backbone’ of our economy,” said Chair Currier.

“Damaging our state’s small business job-creating engine to fund out-of-control spending in Salem gives Oregon voters yet another reason to end her disastrous governorship this November.”

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