The Menendez Money Trail Leads to Oregon

 

“They pretend they are fighting up there, but they really aren’t. They are arguing over power, spin, who looks good, who looks bad; all trying to preserve the system where they can spend what they want, take care of their friends and print money when they need it.”  –Republican Ron Paul


 

As Senator Bob Menendez’s (D-N.J.) trial for felony bribery and corruption continues, Senate Democrats are mum on their Menendez Money.

 

Senator Merkley accepted $17,500 from Senator Menendez’s PAC, but has yet to say if he will return the dirty money. In fact, he supports Menendez so strongly, Senator Merkley donated to Menendez from his own PAC, even after he was indicted! This typical Democrat dodge should come as no surprise, as Senator Merkley also refuses to say if his colleague should continue to serve in the U.S. Senate or resign immediately if convicted.

 

By refusing to return contributions made by a senator charged with felony bribery and corruption, Senator Merkley is sending a clear message to the people of Oregon that lining his campaign coffers with tainted money is more important than maintaining the integrity of the U.S. Senate.

 

The people of Oregon deserve better. Senator Merkley must return the Menendez Money now.

 

 

See below for the latest from RNC Research on the more than 29 Democrat Senators who have yet to return Menendez’s PAC contributions.

 

Most Democrats have refused to return contributions from their colleague who currently is on trial for felony bribery & corruption charges
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Most Democrats Have Refused To Return Contributions From Their Colleague Who Currently Is On Trial For Felony Bribery & Corruption Charges

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TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Through his New Millennium Political Action Committee, Sen. Menendez contributed an average of $275,000 per election cycle in direct contributions to fellow Democrats.
  • Following Sen. Menendez’s indictment, most Senate Democrats hung on to his political contributions, with only a few announcing they would return the funds or donate them to charity.
  • Senators who have yet to return contributions received from Sen. Menendez include, Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Jon Tester (D-MT), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI,), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Al Franken (D-MN), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI),
  • As recent as this year, Sen. Menendez contributed to Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Jon Tester (D-MT), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Chris Murphy (D-CT).
  • Since Sen. Menendez’s indictment, Senator Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Gary Peters (D-MI), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) contributed to Sen. Menendez this year from their PACs.

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SINCE 2000, SEN. MENENDEZ (D-NJ) HAS CONTRIBUTED TO FELLOW DEMOCRATS THROUGH HIS NEW MILLENIUM PAC

After Sen. Menendez Was Indicted, Democrats Began Considering What To Do With Contributions From His PAC

In 2000, Sen. Menendez Formed The New Millennium PAC To Contribute To Fellow Candidates. “Since forming his New Millennium leadership PAC 15 years ago, New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez has given generously to boost incumbents in tough races, Hispanic candidates and Garden State politicians.” (Tarini Parti, “Dems Eye Menendez Money Warily,” Politico , 4/9/15)

Following Sen. Menendez’s Indictment, Democrats Began Taking A Look At The Money They Received From Sen. Menendez’s New Millennium PAC. “But in the aftermath of scathing 68-page federal bribery indictment, some Democrats are taking a hard look at money they received from New Millennium and from the Florida eye doctor charged along with the senator.” (Tarini Parti, “Dems Eye Menendez Money Warily,” Politico , 4/9/15)

According To Politico, Sen. Menendez Contributed An Average Of $275,000 Per Election Cycle In Direct Contributions To Candidates. “The senator alone pumped an average of $275,000 per election cycle in direct contributions to candidates.” (Tarini Parti, “Dems Eye Menendez Money Warily,” Politico , 4/9/15)

SEN. CORY BOOKER (D-NJ) SAID HE DID NOT INTEND TO RETURN MONEY HE RECEIVED FROM SEN. MENENDEZ

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)

In The 2014 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $10,000 To Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

In The 2014 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $10,000 To Booker Senate Victory. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

Sen. Booker Said He Did Not Intend To Return The Money He Received From Sen. Menendez. “Sen. Cory Booker’s campaign does not intend to return funds received from a political action committee associated with indicted Sen. Robert Menendez, an aide to Booker told BuzzFeed News. Booker, a New Jersey Democrat like Menendez, received $5,000 for his campaign from Menendez’s New Millennium PAC during the 2014 election cycle, according to FEC records. ‘The campaign has no plans to return the contributions,’ a spokesperson from Booker’s campaign told BuzzFeed News.” (Christopher Massie, “Cory Booker Campaign Will Keep Robert Menendez Money,” Buzzfeed , 4/7/15)

A NUMBER OF SENATORS WHO SEN. MENENDEZ CONTRIBUTED TO HAVE NOT RETURNED THE FUNDS

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)

In The 2018 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $10,000 To Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/7/17)

In The 2012 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $5,000 To Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/7/17)

In The 2010 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $15,000 To Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/7/16)

In The 2010 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $15,000 To Gillibrand For Congress. ( Center For Responsive Politics , Accessed 8/29/17)

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV)

In The 2012 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $7,500 To Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

In The 2010 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $10,000 To Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)

In The 2012 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $2,500 To Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

In The 2018 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $5,000 To Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)

In The 2018 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $10,000 To Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

In The 2010 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $10,000 To Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

In The 2006 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $10,000 To Stabenow For U.S. Senate. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)

In The 2012 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $2,500 To Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE)

In The 2014 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $5,000 To Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

In The 2012 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $5,000 To Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

In The 2010 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $10,000 To Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA)

In The 2018 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $10,000 To Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

In The 2012 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $5,000 To Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT)

In The 2018 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $5,000 To Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT). ( Federal Election Commission, Accessed 9/6/17)

In The 2012 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $2,500 To Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL)

In The 2012 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $10,000 To Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN)

In The 2008 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $10,000 To Sen. Al Franken (D-MN). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR)

In The 2014 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $5,000 To Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

In The 2008 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $12,500 To Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI)

In The 2014 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $10,000 To Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 8/29/17)

Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI)

In The 2014 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $5,000 To Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

In The 2008 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $5,000 To Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI)

In The 2014 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $2,500 To Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM)

In The 2014 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $3,000 To Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

In The 2008 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $7,500 To Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)

In The 2014 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $10,000 To Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

In The 2008 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $5,000 To Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD)

In The 2012 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $10,000 To Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA)

In The 2012 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $10,000 To Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

In The 2012 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $5,000 To Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)

In The 2010 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $10,000 To Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE)

In The 2010 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $10,000 To Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT)

In The 2010 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $5,000 To Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)

In The 2010 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $10,000 To Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). ( Center For Responsive Politics , Accessed 8/29/17)

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

In The 2010 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $10,000 To Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

In The 2016 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $30,000 To The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. ( Center For Responsive Politics , Accessed 8/29/17)

In The 2014 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $15,000 To The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. ( Center For Responsive Politics , Accessed 8/29/17)

In The 2012 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $15,000 To The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. ( Center For Responsive Politics , Accessed 8/29/17)

In The 2010 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $30,000 To The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. ( Center For Responsive Politics , Accessed 8/29/17)

In The 2008 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $30,000 To The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. ( Center For Responsive Politics , Accessed 8/29/17)

In The 2006 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $15,000 To The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. ( Center For Responsive Politics , Accessed 8/29/17)

A NUMBER OF SENATORS’ PACS HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO SEN. MENENDEZ, EVEN AFTER HE WAS INDICTED

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

In The 2016 Election Cycle, Sen. Chuck Schumer’s IMPACT Contributed $10,000 To Sen. Menendez. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/8/17)

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)

In The 2018 Election Cycle, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s Empire PAC Contributed $10,000 To Sen. Menendez. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/8/17)

In The 2010 Election Cycle, Sen. Gillibrand’s Empire PAC Contributed $2,000 To Sen. Menendez. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/8/17)

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA)

In The 2018 Election Cycle, Sen. Tim Kaine’s Common Ground PAC Contributed $10,000 To Sen. Menendez. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/8/17)

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)

In The 2018 Election Cycle, Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s Nutmeg PAC Contributed $5,000 To Sen. Menendez. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/8/17)

In The 2012 Election Cycle, Sen. Blumenthal’s Nutmeg PAC Contributed $5,000 To Sen. Menendez. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/8/17)

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR)

In The 2018 Election Cycle, Sen. Jeff Merkley’s Climate Champions PAC Contributed $2,500 To Sen. Menendez. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/8/17)

Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI)

In The 2018 Election Cycle, Sen. Gary Peters’s Motor City PAC Contributed $1,000 To Sen. Menendez. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/8/17)

Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE)

In The 2012 Cycle, Sen. Chris Coons’s Blue Hen PAC Contributed $10,000 To Sen. Menendez . ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/8/7)

Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI)

In The 2012 Election Cycle, Sen. Jack Reed’s Naragansett Bay PAC Contributed $5,000 To Sen. Menendez. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/8/17)

  • In 2015, Menendez For Senate Returned $2,500 To Narragansett Bay PAC For “Void Stale Check Dated 12/23/2011.” ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/8/17)

Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM)

In The 2012 Election Cycle, Sen. Tom Udall’s Southwest Leadership Fund Contributed $7,500 To Sen. Menendez. ( Federal Election Commission , 9/8/17)

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)

In The 2012 Election Cycle, Sen. Mark Warner’s Forward Together PAC Contributed $5,000 To Sen. Menendez. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/8/17)

In The 2010 Election Cycle, Sen. Warner’s Forward Together PAC Contributed $5,000 To Sen. Menendez. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/8/17)

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD)

In The 2012, Election Cycle, Sen. Ben Cardin’s LEGPAC Contributed $10,000 To Sen. Menendez . ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/8/17)

Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA)

In The 2012 Election Cycle, Sen. Bob Casey’s Keystone America PAC Contributed $10,000 To Sen. Menendez. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/8/17)

Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

In The 2012 Election Cycle, Sen. Martin Heinrich’s LOBO PAC Contributed $2,500 To Sen. Menendez . ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/8/17)

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE)

In The 2012 Election Cycle, Sen. Tom Carper’s First State PAC Contributed $5,000 To Sen. Menendez. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/8/17)

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT)

In The 2012 Election Cycle, Sen. Patrick Leahy’s Green Mountain PAC Contributed $10,000. ( Federal Election Committee , Accessed 9/8/17)

SOME SENATORS SAID THEY WOULD WAIT FOR MENENDEZ’S TRIAL TO CONCLUDE BEFORE DECIDING WHETHER TO RETURN HIS MONEY OR NOT

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)

In The 2014 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $5,000 To Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

In The 2008 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $7,500 To Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

Sen. Shaheen Said She Would Await The Outcome Of Menendez’s Trial To Decide Whether She Would Return His Contribution. “On Friday, BuzzFeed News reported that New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s campaign would wait for the end of his trial to decide what to do with its Menendez money.” (Christopher Massie, “Cory Booker Campaign Will Keep Robert Menendez Money,” Buzzfeed , 4/7/15)

  • In 2008, Sen. Shaheen Called On Her Opponent To Return Campaign Contributions Received From Indicted Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, Before Stevens’ Trial. “In 2008, Shaheen called on her opponent John Sununu to return money his campaign received from indicted Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, before Stevens’ trial.” (Christopher Massie, “Cory Booker Campaign Will Keep Robert Menendez Money,” Buzzfeed , 4/7/15)

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)

In The 2012 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $5,000 To Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

Sen. Baldwin Said She Would Await The Outcome Of Menendez’s Trial To Decide Whether She Would Return His Contribution. “A spokesman for the Wisconsin Democrat said Baldwin will wait to see the outcome of the Menendez case. ‘Senator Baldwin believes the charges against Senator Menendez are serious but that everyone is innocent until proven guilty and he is entitled to his day in court,’ said John Kraus, communications director for Baldwin.” (Daniel Bice, “Tammy Baldwin Not Returning Money >From Indicted Fellow Senator,” Journal-Sentinel [Milwaukee] , 4/26/15)

Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT)

In The 2018 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $10,000 To Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

In The 2012 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $5,000 To Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

In The 2010 Election Cycle, New Millennium PAC Contributed $5,000 To Jon Tester (D-MT). ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 9/6/17)

Sen. Tester Said He Would Await The Outcome Of Menendez’s Trial To Decide Whether He Would Return His Contribution. “Sen. Jon Tester will await the outcome of criminal corruption charges against Sen. Robert Menendez before deciding whether to keep $10,000 he received from a political action committee associated with the New Jersey Democrat.” (Christopher Doering, “Tester Will Wait Before Deciding On Returning Money,” Great Falls Tribune , 4/6/15)

 

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HOUSE REPUBLICAN DAILY CLIPS

HOUSE REPUBLICAN OFFICE

SEPTEMBER 11, 2017 DAILY CLIPS

OREGON WILDFIRES

 

State advises businesses affected by wildfires

Register-Guard

Businesses hurt by Oregon wildfires can obtain advice from government-sponsored small-business development centers, the state said. “Our centers have advisers who are here and ready to help work with businesses through supply chain interruptions, personnel issues and fewer customers” caused by the dozens of fires in the state, Mark Gregory, state director of the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network, said in a statement.

 

Hope and fear mix as fires still burn

Portland Tribune

Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke, who’s only been at that post for a few weeks, expressed that this has been one of the most dire fire seasons on record for their agency. “We’re nearing a lot of records … we’ve been at planning level 5, which is the highest planning level, for 31 straight days,” he said. He said they’ve had 8 million acres burn across the United States, while the average is about 5.7, and that there are 80 large fires happening right now. “That’s fires greater than 100 acres, across the country. Normally for this time of year, it’s about 20. So this season has been longer, and still has got a ways to go yet,” Tooke said. With a heavy tone, he told reporters that the agency is tapped out on resources, with 28,000 people fighting fires across the country. They’ve had to dip into other accounts for funding, and he worries about firefighter fatigue. The Chetco Bar Fire still rages in Southern Oregon.

 

Fire crews say Monday forecast helps Eagle Creek fire effort; I-84 closed for at least another week

The Oregonian

Overnight conditions helped crews keep the Eagle Creek fire in check, though they were not able to make significant gains in containing the blaze. The size of the fire remains about 33,000 acres. It is 7 percent contained, a figure that has not changed since late last week. Officials said the prospect of a clear, sunny day will help crews fight the fire from the air. Low winds also will help keep the blaze from spreading. “It was a good night, a good night of work,” said Sandy Roberts, a spokeswoman for the Oregon State Fire Marshal. “Today’s crews are really focused on the fact that we have good weather to get work done.”

 

Chetco Bar fire’s a sleeping giant — for now

Mail Tribune

And while fire officials confirmed there’s been little growth and no active flame in most of the Chetco Bar fire’s eastern side for a few days, they cautioned against complacency. “Conditions might change as the weather heats up,” East Zone Incident Commander Brian Gales said, noting that the 188,284-acre fire — one of the nation’s largest — could still cause trouble. “With three-to-five days of drying, the fire could take some small runs, but I don’t think you’ll see a wall of fire coming at the fire lines.”

 

Your Voice, Your Vote: Reducing the risk of massive wildfires in Oregon

KATU

We talked with Oregon Senator Ron Wyden about how to prevent these massive wildfires in future seasons, and what we need to handle the current blazes across the state. KATU’s Steve Dun also hears from two hikers who share their story of how they became heroes while rescuing the 150 others who were stranded on the Eagle Creek Trail.

 

TRANSPORTATION

 

Wash. congresswoman seeks to block Oregon tolling plans

The Oregonian

An amendment pushed by U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., to effectively block Oregon from putting tolls on Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 passed the House Wednesday, causing unease among state lawmakers who worked to establish such tolls.

 

Bend highways getting upgrades

Bend Bulletin

“The big emphasis on this project is safety and mobility,” ODOT area manager Gary Farnsworth told the Bend Metropolitan Planning Organization board Thursday. The $50 million provided by the state roads bill is enough to shift Highway 97 at Cooley Road and install permanent traffic signals where the roads connect, ODOT project manager Amy Pfeiffer said, but it won’t fix other traffic issues on the north corridor. “It gets you that,” she said. “It doesn’t solve the problem at 97 and Robal.”

 

OTHER NEWS

With Right-Wingers Hard to Find, Portland Antifascist Protesters Clash With Police

Willamette Week

Hundreds of counter-protesters turned out on Sunday on the Willamette River  waterfront to confront members of the right-wing Patriot Prayer group. One of them, Sean Mitchell of Troutdale, says counter-protesters and critics misunderstand Patriot Prayer. “I came to Portland to show support for America, for the flag,” Mitchell tells WW. “To them, if you love America then you’re a racist, a Nazi and a bigot. “If loving America makes me a bigot, then so be it but that’s not who I am. I’m here out of peace. I’m here out of love, I didn’t come here to throw punches and fight.” Counter-protesters threw rocks and water bottles at police and sprayed them with silly string and in one case, a fire-extinguisher.

 

OREGONIANS IN CONGRESS

 

BendBroadband says it will keep open internet

Bend Bulletin

But the debate over what U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, calls “ground rules for the internet,” is moving to the legislative front, and he is leading that effort. Walden, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, invited CEOs from Facebook, Alphabet, Amazon and Netflix to a full hearing alongside CEOs from broadband providers Comcast, Verizon, AT&T and Charter Communications. The hearing was postponed Thursday, committee spokesman Zach Hunter said, to allow talks between stakeholders to continue. He’s called for bipartisan legislation to set out the “ground rules for the internet.” “Too much is at stake to have this issue ping-pong between different FCC commissions and various courts over the next decade,” Walden said in an Aug. 8 prepared statement.

 

OPINION

 

Editorial: Remembering 9/11

Register-Guard

When Americans are fighting each other, instead of uniting for the common good, the United States suffers. This doesn’t mean a nation of people marching in lockstep, strait-jacketed into group-think. From the Founding Fathers onward, lawmakers and the courts have protected and encouraged vigorous and open debate and disagreement. From these debates come solutions. Any observance of the anniversary of Sept. 11 should include remembering what it felt like to be a nation united, in the face of unspeakable horror. It should honor the sacrifices made by many that day by vowing to continue to work for a unified, and strong, country.

 

Guest: Dreamer decision not about economy

Paul Krugman, New York Times

In short, letting Dreamers work is all economic upside for the rest of our nation, with no downside unless you have something against people with brown skin and Hispanic surnames. Which is, of course, what this is all really about.

 

Guest: For our families and our economy, we must revisit the Columbia River bridge

Steve Schell is a Portland lawyer.

Research into the new tolling requirements, which Oregon adopted last session, for the Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 bridges will help assess the extent of the need to ease congestion. Oregon’s new joint Transportation Committee should get authority to accept this olive branch and restart the effort to restore to the public loss of those frozen freeway hours. It’s time.

 

 

RNC Statement on the 16th Anniversary of September 11, 2001

WASHINGTON – Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Co-Chair Bob Paduchik released the following statement on the 16th anniversary of 9/11:

“Today we remember the souls who were taken from us too soon,” said Chairwoman McDaniel. “While we continue to grieve and will never forget, we are reminded that a new force was born from the immeasurable pain our country suffered that day – one of unity, selfless service, and love for our neighbors.”

“We also look ahead to the fight that remains against radical Islamic terrorism. We give thanks to our military which, under the steadfast leadership of our commander in chief, is continuing this battle with renewed resolve. President Trump has made it clear to the world that extremism will not win.”

“We must never forget that radical Islamic terrorism has taken tens of thousands of innocent lives,” said Co-Chair Paduchik. “Please pray for all people that fight the war on terror.”

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Oregon House Daily Clips

STATE GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

 

Democrats see path to ‘cap and invest’ in 2018

Portland Tribune

Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, said he plans to decline an invitation to join the work groups.

“I don’t want to be brought along as window dressing for an outcome already determined by the Democrats,” Bentz said. He said discussions should center on whether “cap and invest” is right for Oregon. State lawmakers have yet to assess how much existing policies have already reduced CO2, Bentz said. “In its place in the world, has Oregon done its part or not?” he said. “Those are justifiable questions to ask because we are a small state.”

 

Deciding whether to adopt “cap and invest” should wait until 2019, when the Legislature will have a session of more than five months, Mann said. The session in 2018 lasts only 35 days.

“We are talking about an extremely complicated issue, and a 35-day session we do not think that is appropriate,” Mann said. Opponents also say costs of the program would eventually trickle down to consumers. “We would have a lot of concerns about the way the program is presented so far because the individuals affected by this are in rural and low-income communities who already have taken the brunt of policy changes recently and in the last several decades,” Mann said.

 

PERS

 

PERS panel close to finishing

Bend Bulletin

After the August meeting of the task force, Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, wrote an opinion essay for the Eugene Register-Guard saying Brown had failed to lead on reforms.

 

VOTING

 

Feds come up with $500 for statewide voter info list

Portland Tribune

Richardson said representatives of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity bought the list Sept. 8. The commission had requested the information in June, when commission Vice Chairman Kris Kobach sent a letter to states asking for detailed information about voters, some of it personal and outside what most states usually provide.

 

ELECTIONS

 

Rep. Noble files for re-election

McMinnville News-Register

 

Legislators consolidate power, cash, in partially invisible cycle of giving to each other

Statesman Journal

Oregon’s campaign finance law was built around a trade off. Any donor — whether in-state, out-of-state, special interest or corporate — can give unlimited amounts of cash to any state candidate as long as there is complete transparency. This keeps citizens informed and candidates aware their actions are public. But there’s a hole in the system.

 

HEALTH CARE

 

Cut in HealthCare.gov ads won’t affect Oregon

Bend Bulletin

“Where Oregon is in a better position than a lot of states that use HealthCare.gov is that we do have funding here at the state level,” said Elizabeth Cronen, communications and legislative manager for Oregon’s Health Insurance Marketplace, the state agency in charge of ACA outreach. “We have both the funding and the framework to do our own outreach and education to consumers.” The funding in Oregon comes from a $6 per-member, per-month fee on health insurers for every medical policy sold via HealthCare.gov and 57 cents for every dental policy. That’s expected to amount to $9.25 million this year.

 

TRANSPORTATION

 

Wash. congresswoman seeks to block Oregon tolling plans

The Oregonian

But by making those compromises, lawmakers left the state without enough money to pay for all essential road and bridge upgrades, said Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, a co-author of the bill. Without tolling, the carefully-balanced funding plan goes awry. “If we don’t have tolling we will not have the money to replace these essential structures,” he said.

 

“We said please open the door to negotiation. What she’s done is slam it shut. She needs to be asked: Where’s the money?” Bentz said. “Maybe she has some funding in her back pocket she hasn’t told us about,” he said. “We’ve heard a lot about an infrastructure package. Maybe there’s a big pile of money on its way to Oregon, but I haven’t heard of it.”

 

Governor says she’ll continue to support the bypass effort

Newberg Graphic

“I would certainly argue that the Newberg-Dundee bypass did exactly that,” Brown said. “In terms of full funding for the entire project, I haven’t seen the full numbers, but I think what it says is a commitment to the state to keep this project moving forward and to see it through completion.”

 

EQUIFAX

 

Rosenblum: Don’t rely on Equifax after breach

Portland Tribune

“This is a monster data breach,” Rosenblum said on Saturday. “All of the personal information accessed by the hackers can be used fraudulently to validate the claimed identity of someone trying to open a bank or credit account. I urge Oregonians to assume your personal information has been hacked and take extra precautions to help ensure its safety.”

 

EDUCATION

Average SOU student debt tops $27,000

Mail Tribune

Upon graduation, 68 percent of Southern Oregon University’s Class of 2016 had student debt, and that debt averaged $27,375, according to a report published in August by LendEDU.

 

WILDFIRES

 

Agencies’ firefighting money is burning up as fast as the West’s forests

Register-Guard

Public officials have thrown more than 7,000 firefighters, 400 fire engines and other pieces of ground equipment, and about 40 helicopters into the fray against the forest fires besieging Western Oregon. Federal agencies alone have spent more than $200 million thus far combating the string of blazes from the Columbia River Gorge to Brookings.

 

This is why Oregon hasn’t deployed the SuperTanker to fight Eagle Creek, Chetco fires

The Oregonian

“If we need to use it, we’ll just order it up,” Doug Grafe, fire protection chief for the Oregon Department of Forestry. “But the broken terrain won’t allow it.” Strong and unpredictable winds, abetted by the heat of the fires burning in both ends of the state, also make maneuvering the 747 through the mountainous regions difficult enough.

 

How big are Oregon’s wildfires?

Bend Bulletin

The past month has been one of the smokiest in Oregon history, but in terms of how much Oregon forest has burned, 2017 is far from being the state’s worst fire season.

 

Walden Introduces Bill To Expedite Reforestation In The Gorge

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Oregon Republican Congressman Greg Walden introduced a bill to Congress Friday to expedite salvage and reforestation projects in the Columbia River Gorge and other National Scenic Areas after catastrophic events like the Eagle Creek Fire. That blaze, which ignited Sept. 2, is now the nation’s top priority wildfire and is burning more than 33,000 acres in the Gorge.

 

Oregon wildfire fallout a sign of seasons to come

The Oregonian

The truth is more complex. With weeks left in the fire season, more than a half-million acres have burned – a little more than the yearly average over the past decade. That total, however, is far less than the devastation of 2012, when nearly 1.3 million acres burned. But the climate is changing and with that, experts warn, comes a “new normal.” The precipitous drop in air quality, a run on face masks and widespread event cancellations may become more commonplace.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

 

Oregon’s U.S. senators urge Trump to keep U.S. Attorney Billy Williams

The Oregonian

“In August, as promised, we provided you with recommendations for two positions: United States Marshal for the District of Oregon and United States Attorney for the District of Oregon,” Merkley and Wyden wrote. “Unfortunately it is now apparent that you never intended to allow our longstanding process to play out. Instead, you have demonstrated that you were only interested in our input if we were willing to preapprove your preferred nominee.”

 

CONGRESS

 

Walden votes against blocking funds to sanctuary cities

The Oregonian

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., joined a small group of congressional Republicans who voted last week against blocking some federal funds from states and cities that don’t cooperate with immigration enforcement agents.

 

OPINION

Editorial: Call the health care tax what it is – a tax

The Oregonian Editorial Board

Unfortunately, the proponents of the funding package can’t even stomach calling a tax a tax. If they believe the funding plan, inequities and all, is the best way to keep Medicaid going, they should make that case to the public. Disguising the truth never works as long as people hope it will.

 

Editorial: Don’t lose focus when the smoke clears

The Oregonian

Yet as the smoke slowly dissipates this year, we cannot let the memory of yellow haze and choking winds erase what should be very clear now to us all. Wildfires are a constant in our summers and we must do more to help our forests withstand the flames. We can’t control lightning. Or, it seems, the mistakes of adolescents with fireworks. But we can push for better management practices from the federal agency in charge of the forests that blanket a majority of our state.

 

Editorial: Absenteeism saps chances for high achievement

Daily Astorian

Attendance trails off badly toward the end of high school, when students should instead be gathering momentum for careers by doing well in classes. More than 28 percent of juniors and seniors at Astoria High School, more than 30 percent at Warrenton High School and 40 percent at Seaside High School are chronically absent. Active intervention is needed well before the final years of K-12 schooling to make sure to minimize the underlying reasons for missing classes.

 

Editorial: Oregon ablaze: Let’s take steps to minimize future fires

Portland Tribune

The anger many Oregonians have expressed toward the careless teenager who allegedly started the Eagle Creek inferno is understandable. But it must be matched by a commitment to make changes that will allow us to minimize the effects of future fires — whatever their cause.

 

Editorial: Congress does some, but not enough for wildfires

Bend Bulletin

There should be a buffer where federal land managers have the freedom they need to reduce fire danger and fight fires however they see fit. Walden has been working hard to fix that problem for Crooked River Ranch. Congress should take action on his bill to do that, too.

 

Editorial: Forest agencies need to explain more about letting small fires burn

Herald and News

The rationale behind allowing small, supposedly non-threatening fires to burn is that such fires clean out the woody debris and brush that’s often, but not universally, seen as a major contributor to wildfires.

 

Editorial: Addressing Oregon’s legacy of injustice

Mail Tribune

Beyond the consideration of racial and ethnic bigotry, non-unanimous verdicts make it easier for prosecutors to win convictions in Oregon than in other states. A 12-member jury that takes a poll at the beginning of deliberations and comes up 10-2 for conviction is unlikely to take the time to deliberate and persuade the two dissenters to change their minds when that isn’t necessary.

 

Guest: Governor’s transportation plan will benefit entire state

Matthew Jensen, Local 737

As the country’s political landscape has become more and more divided, the kind of leadership shown by Brown is becoming all too rare. The hyper-partisan debate in our nation’s capital certainly isn’t helping the problem. It’s honestly refreshing to see our governor bringing together business and labor leaders and politicians from both sides of the aisle to solve a problem and make things better for everyone.

 

Guest: Southern Oregon wildfires — the rhetoric and the reality

Luke Ruediger, Applegate Neighborhood Network

For decades, aggressive fire suppression was an unquestioned paradigm with mounting costs to society. Fire-dependent ecosystems such as the forests of Southern Oregon were starved of fire, while at the same time our forests were being logged at an ever-quickening pace. Forests composed of large, fire-resistant trees were replaced with highly flammable plantation stands and logging slash. The effect of logging on the forests of Southern Oregon has been as pronounced as fire suppression, and the compounding effect of both logging and fire suppression has got us where we are today.

 

Guest: ‘Let it burn’ approach to wildfires creating a disaster for our forests

Sen. Dennis Linthicum

The overall solution is not complicated — in fact it’s simple. Let’s allow balanced human wisdom, ingenuity, and expertise a voice at the table to bring common sense and local control back to our forest management.

RSVP: OHA accomplices invited to testify at investigative hearings

from the 

SENATE REPUBLICAN OFFICE

 

 

SALEM, Ore.-Two Republican lawmakers outraged over the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) scandal, which involved the planned systemic targeting of HIV patients and the unacceptable targeting of a health care provider named FamilyCare Health, today wrote invitations to BethAnne Darby and Courtney Warner, accomplices in the crafting of the highly controversial plan, to come testify at the upcoming investigative hearings.

 

“As OHA staff at the time the PR plan was promulgated, it is vital that you appear to answer the committee’s questions on this concerning matter,” wrote state Sens. Kim Thatcher, R-Keizer, and Alan DeBoer, R-Ashland, in their letters. “Oregonians deserve to know whether these startling allegations are in-fact true and, if so, why the PR plan was conceived in the first place.”

 

Republicans tried to send the letter to Lynne Saxton, who the governor axed over the plan, but no one could provide an email address for her including the governor’s office when initially requested. The Senate watchdog committee’s hearing into OHA over their demonization and targeting of FamilyCare is scheduled for Mon., Sept. 18, at 2:00 PM in HR A at the Oregon Statehouse.

 

What some may not know is that Darby was once a Big Union lobbyist. And as the agency’s chief spokeswoman, Darby makes a whopping $154,000 a year, compared to $114,000 for her predecessor, Patty Wentz. The average Oregon household income is $54,148, meaning Darby got paid out about 280 percent of the income of the average Oregon household to craft “pr hit jobs.”  And that Crowell, is a Democrat political insider and worked for Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and former Gov. Ted Kulongoski. Instead of getting busted though, Crowell got a big promotion and now works as a “regional solutions” coordinator for Gov. Kate Brown and rakes in about 100 grand a year. People are onto the government.

 

As interim director Patrick Allen prepares to helm the state agency to stiller seas, a torrent of resignations threatens his success. The agency’s Medicaid director and chief medical officer resigned and now the chief health systems officer and state Medicaid operations director resigned too. Dr. Chauhan Varsha, said about her resignation that there will be a “smooth transition.”

 

The Lund Report also learned Darby may be leaving the agency as well, but didn’t respond to comment. Darby came on board in Nov. 2015, and worked very closely with Saxton.

 

According to The Lund Report, Darby also intervened during the legislative session to thwart a bill sponsored by FamilyCare that dealt with rate reimbursement. The highly controversial “communications” plan, was released in response to a public records appeal by the Portland Tribune.

 

According to the Portland Tribune’s Nick Budnick, the plan was forwarded between OHA’s head of lobbying, Darby, Saxton and others in January as a means to manipulate the 2017 legislative session.

Darby has said that the salacious plan’s “goal will be to create enough information buzz that it causes the Legislature to question what (FamilyCare) is trying to sell.”

 

Republicans have been working hard to counter the Union-Dem axis of control over the state that has dominated public policy decisions for decades at the detriment of real people.

 

Thatcher first issued out a statement,”Brown administration sought to exploit HIV patient to aid in takedown of non-profit ‘FamilyCare,'” regarding her concern over OHA planning to systematically target HIV patients in hopes of exploiting one to smear FamilyCare Health, one of the state’s 16 health care providers for the most vulnerable of Oregonians, these type of providers are called coordinated care organizations (CCOs). Following Thatcher’s statement, mass outrage ensued from both sides the aisle and the media, erupting with anger, until Saxton was axed. Saxton has consistently come under fire from both sides of the aisle for perpetual failure and abuse of the state agency.

 

Thatcher, who sits on the watchdog Senate General Government and Accountability Committee, first advocated to the committee’s chairman state Sen. Chuck Riley, D-Hillsboro, that they should enact a legislative inquiry to gain much-needed information on OHA’s culture of abuse.

 

“Right now we know what happened – OHA abused taxpayer dollars to create a smear campaign against a health care provider for the most vulnerable and planned to systematically target HIV patients. But what we do not yet know is why this was allowed to happen in the first place. We need to gain a fuller scope of the background on this horrific action. We cannot allow state agencies to use the force of government to target perceived political enemies,” said Thatcher when requesting the legislative inquiries.

 

“It is chilling how much unchecked power exists within certain powerful agencies in our state government,” said Thatcher when she first learned of OHA’s salacious plan. “When a few people in charge don’t like a person, or a business, or a non-profit, they can use the might of the 800-pound gorilla government to pound them down and ride roughshod over them.”

 

“It is highly irregular that a state agency would plan to engage in any kind of campaign to attack another entity,” Riley said in a press release announcing his agreement with Thatcher’s request. “It is incumbent upon the Legislature to ensure that state agencies are accountable for their actions. The Committee on General Government and Accountability is the best group to begin delving into this issue and asking questions that Oregonians deserve to have answered.”

 

OHA refused last month to let the public see the strategic plan developed to attack the health care provider, manipulate the press and manipulate lawmakers. The Brown administration intentionally, and “overwhelmingly,” blacked out 26 pages of emails involving its FamilyCare takedown-plan, blacking out all mention of the hit, citing “pending litigation.”

 

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For follow-up commentary please contact Senate Minority Spokesman Jonathan Lockwood at 971-645-2140.

 

INVITATION

 

The Senate Interim Committee on General Government and Accountability requests your appearance as a witness to answer questions regarding the unfolding OHA-FamilyCare matter.

 

Startling claims have been raised regarding the Oregon Health Authority (OHA)’s treatment of the nonprofit Coordinated Care Organization FamilyCare. OHA reportedly sought to target FamilyCare with a public relations (PR) plan for the purpose of demeaning the low-income health care provider in the eyes of the public. If true, OHA’s actions raise serious concerns which must be addressed.

 

As OHA staff at the time the PR plan was promulgated, it is vital that you appear to answer the committee’s questions on this concerning matter. Oregonians deserve to know whether these startling allegations are in-fact true and, if so, why the PR plan was conceived in the first place.

 

The committee expects your presence as well as your openness at the upcoming hearing. The committee will meet at 2:00 PM on Monday September 18, 2017, in HR A at the State Capitol.

 

THATCHER’S ORIGINAL LETTER REQUESTING INVESTIGATIVE HEARINGS

 

from the office of

SEN. KIM THATCHER

 

Sen. Chuck Riley,

 

Our roles on the Senate General Government and Accountability Committee are ones we both take seriously. We are the watchdog for state agencies. I think we agree that Oregonians deserve to know why the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) maliciously targeted private entities and abused taxpayer dollars. We should take the opportunity to address Oregonians concerns regarding the flailing agency.

 

This week, following a statement my office released, OHA came under sustained, heavy fire from both sides of the aisle and the media for planning to systematically target HIV patients and FamilyCare Health, one of the state’s 16 coordinated care organizations (CCOs), with a detailed and malicious public relations (PR) plan. We have been told the plan didn’t happen, but can we be sure? How many HIV patients were subjected to OHA’s “PR” plan? What was the director’s involvement in the development of the plan? When was the governor’s office informed of the plan? Who directed the development of the plan? These are serious questions and they are just the beginning.

 

We know the PR plan’s purpose was to discredit and defame the health care provider in the eyes of the public and to manipulate lawmakers into killing FamilyCare backed legislation to make health care reimbursement rate-setting more transparent. When the PR “hit job” was uncovered, and media reports highlighted the disgraceful use of taxpayer’s dollars and the abuse of government power, OHA Director Lynne Saxton resigned.

 

The FamilyCare matter was not the first of its kind. Last April, a Linn County Circuit Court judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking OHA, DEQ, and Oregon OSHA from implementing a similar PR plan. In that instance, OHA sought to discredit and defame Entek International, a Lebanon based manufacturer, because Entek – though it was in compliance with all existing environmental standards – may have been emitting at levels that could exceed DEQ standards the agency was lobbying to enact. In other words, they were trying to nail Entek for violations of yet to be promulgated future rules. Ironically, Entek was strongly opposed to the gross receipts tax aggressively pursued throughout the session by the Democrat majority.

 

OHA’s pernicious PR plans cannot be discussed without mentioning that OHA has made nearly $200 million in unlawful Medicaid payments to approximately 37,00 individuals. This is egregious especially given the $600 million in new taxes the Legislature just adopted to fund the program. It appears, agency officials are more interested in wielding their power to punish perceived enemies than to effectively and efficiently deliver vital health care services to Oregonians.

 

OHA is an agency in crisis. A public inquiry into these so-called “communications” plans should be conducted. Sen. Chuck Riley, D-Hillsboro, chairman of the Senate Committee on General Government and Accountability, is uniquely positioned to address such violations of the public trust. It is extremely vital former Director Saxton as well as other agency staff, are forced to answer questions explaining the plan’s development. Oregonians deserve to know the details surrounding these plans, so the legislature can ensure no further abuses of power can occur.

 

Oregonians deserve a state government that is efficient, effective, and accountable; not one that wastes taxpayer dollars and uses its regulatory power to punish its perceived political enemies. Chair Riley cannot let these abuses go unaddressed.

 

With great concern,

 

Sen. Kim Thatcher

 

 

Good News Update

NEWS YOU WON’T SEE IN THE LEFT-COAST, LAME-STREAM MEDIA (on the Communist News Network-CNN or MSLSD-MSNBC)

 

Strong Revision Upgrades US Economic Growth to 3% in Second Quarter: http://www.breitbart.com/news/us-economy-grew-3-in-second-quarter-commerce-dept/

 

Trump Ends Obama Effort to Waive Work Requirements for Welfare: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/30/donald-trump-ends-obama-effort-to-waive-work-requirements-for-welfare/

 

Trump Slashes Obamacare Outreach Funding by 90 Percent: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/31/donald-trump-slashes-obamacare-outreach-funding-by-90-percent/

 

American Manufacturing Expanded in August at Fastest Pace in Six Years: http://www.breitbart.com/economics/2017/09/01/boom-american-manufacturing-expanded-in-august-at-fastest-pace-in-six-years/

 

Jeff Sessions Announces DACA Demise: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/05/jeff-sessions-announces-daca-demise/

 

DHS Repatriating More DACA Amnesty Criminals: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/29/dhs-repatriating-daca-amnesty-criminals/

 

Concrete Border Wall Prototype Contractors Announced: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/31/concrete-border-wall-prototype-contractors-announced/

 

Illegal Immigrant MS-13 Members Arrested in Ohio, Georgia: http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/09/07/three-illegal-immigrant-ms-13-members-arrested-ohio-georgia/

 

Job Creators Network Applauds Trump’s Tax Cut Plan: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/31/job-creators-network-applauds-trumps-tax-cut-plan/

 

Federal Government Jobs Down 11,000 in 2017: https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/federal-govt-jobs-down-11000-2017-state-govt-jobs-down-2000-local

Monthly Refugee Admissions Lowest in 15 Years; Percentage of Muslims Declining: https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/patrick-goodenough/refugee-admissions-drop-below-1000-proportion-muslims-keeps

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Labor Reform: Anne Marie Gurney, Oregon Director of the Freedom Foundation, speaks at UCRCC meeting

Anne Marie Gurney shared the following information with us.

From the Freedom Foundation:

 

Most Americans don’t like being told what to do. Yet many government employees are forced, as a condition of working, to pay dues to union organizations. These union monopolies overcharge workers and spend huge sums of money on political campaigns and lobbying. And, since union power comes from government, union lobbyists always push for bigger and more powerful government. …

 

The Freedom Foundation is working to reverse the stranglehold public-sector unions have on our government. We are fighting to make collective bargaining more transparent, give government employees a choice to join an employees union or not, and prohibit taxpayer’s money from being unwillingly used to influence the political system. Our plan includes: lobbying the legislature for these changes, communicating stories about how government unions use their power to influence policies, ​engaging citizens to make these changes in their local governments, and suing government unions for these abuses.

  

Rayfield’s partisan attacks on SOS audit alert don’t hold up

 

OREGON HOUSE REPUBLICAN OFFICE

  

EDITORIAL: Richardson’s audit alert was a bullseye

The Bend Bulletin

 

“The health plan is expensive, and its cost will only grow in the years ahead as federal payments for Medicaid decline. Assuring that everyone who is on the Oregon Health Plan is entitled to be there is critical. And had it not been for Secretary of State Richardson and his audit alert, Oregonians might never have become aware of how far away from being able to make that assurance the OHA really was.”

 

FLASHBACK: Rep. Rayfield calls SOS audit alert a “politically motivated attempt to grab headlines”

Oregon House Floor: May 17, 2017

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HApQ8WVpcNQ

 

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Please join Malheur County for their Republican Dinner!

REPUBLICAN DINNER

Invited Guest Speaker

DENNIS RICHARDSON

SECRETARY OF STATE

Monday Sept. 25, 2017

6:30 Social      7:00 Dinner
Auction Live and Silent
Vale Christian Church
450 A Street W.
Vale, Oregon

Salmon and Prime Rib

      $25.00 per Person   $45.00 per Couple

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