Oregon Pension Crisis Makes National News – And Kate Brown Still Won’t Take Action

Oregon GOP Chair Calls Out Governor for Dangerous Negligence Threatening To Devour Public Services

The New York Times explains:

“Oregon now has fewer police officers than in 1970, is losing foster-care workers at an alarming rate and has allowed earthquake and tsunami preparations to lapse. A 2016 survey turned up ‘a large number of bridges with critical and near-critical conditions’ because of ‘longstanding inadequate funding.’”

“…Oregon’s unusual method for calculating pensions tends to generate lavish payouts.”

“Kate Brown has refused to make reforming PERS a priority, betraying Oregonians time and time again.  Oregon needs a governor who is committed to solving this problem, not a governor who spends her time focused on hiking taxes to make herself a national left-wing celebrity and collecting fat campaign contributions for it,” stated Oregon Republican Chairman Bill Currier.

“Governor Brown is now not only the most anti-small business Governor in Oregon history, her dangerous negligence in addressing Oregon’s massive PERS crisis threatens to devour our state and local government finances, leaving the many vital public services it funds in shambles,” said Chair Currier.

“Oregonians deserve better than a negligent, bungling, tax-hiking, radical George Soros-funded Governor who blows off Oregon’s big problems so she can hand Oregon taxpayers the bill after the election,” added Currier.

“It’s time to dump shallow politician Kate Brown and get a real Governor this November.”

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ONE CHOICE: Lou Ogden endorsed by Ore. State Chamber of Commerce


BOLI race continues to heat up, endorsement signals small businesses want change


TUALATIN, Ore. — The Oregon State Chamber of Commerce yesterday announced Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden has earned their endorsement to be Oregon’s next Commissioner for the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI). With ballots being mailed next week and the primary election nearing an end, political observers have noted the BOLI race appears to be heating up as the Commissioner position is an open seat for the first time in nearly a decade.


“I truly appreciate the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce weighing in with their support for my candidacy. Oregonians know prosperity has not been shared evenly in our state. We need to ensure BOLI takes a lead in closing the skills-trade gap and rethinks its mission to include more technical support to small businesses,” Ogden said. “I am the only candidate in the race who has earned balanced, bipartisan support from elected leaders, businesses and members of community organizations. This endorsement is a key signal that Oregonians are ready for change.”


BOLI Commissioner is the only statewide elected office where candidates run as a non-partisan. Three candidates have turned put their name in the ring for the position. Ogden has served as a non-partisan mayor for nearly 24 years and has earned the endorsement of city and county leaders from across Oregon and across the political spectrum. Ogden believes this is because one of his opponents, former Democratic Majority Leader Val Hoyle, has been largely funded by unions and left-leaning special interest groups and out-of-state political action committees.


“For ten years, BOLI has been led by a hyper-partisan activist who was using the position as a stepping stone to higher office. People aren’t looking for Brad Avakian 2.0 for the next Commissioner,” Ogden added.


Ogden, who has been energetically touring the state talking to voters and local businesses, thanked the Chamber for their support.


The Oregon State Chamber of Commerce’s board is comprised of local chambers of commerce from communities across Oregon. They represent thousands of the smallest businesses in the state.


“Lou’s record of pro-business policies made him the top choice for OSCC,” said OSCC Government Affairs Council Chair Laura Edmonds. “In his current role as mayor of Tualatin, he has proven that he is supportive of business and jobs. It’s clear that he is aware of the disconnect that currently exists in BOLI between the agency and local businesses and we appreciate his desire to rebuild trust with the business community.”


OSCC said they endorsed Ogden for his pro-business record, including his history as a volunteer leader in local government for over 25 years. The chamber also noted his leadership in bringing $3 billion in private investment and 34,000 local jobs in Tualatin, which has about 27,000 residents. In their announcement OSCC highlighted Ogden’s pledge to make business and industry an equal partner at BOLI for the first time in decades.


“We need to end the idea of BOLI being a bully, and give industries an equal voice in our state,” Ogden added. “Oregonians can’t afford another four years with a self-serving Labor Commissioner who’s busy plotting their next political campaign instead of working to support our small businesses. The status quo is no longer acceptable if our goal is to solve real problems like getting workers into family-wage jobs and out of poverty.  Our next Commissioner needs to be focused on serving the people, not themselves.”


OSCC also noted that Hoyle’s extreme voting record in the state legislature was riddled with a pattern of votes that hurt small businesses. Hoyle had a 38-percent OSCC voting record, which was cited as grounds for failing their vetting process for an endorsement.


Unlike other statewide offices, BOLI could be decided by May 15 for any candidate who achieves over 50 percent of the vote. The race is solidly between Ogden and Hoyle as candidate Jack Howard failed to put forth a voter pamphlet statement.




Daily Clips


Speaker Paul Ryan Will Not Seek Re-election in November

The New York Times

Mr. Ryan said he will serve until the end of this Congress in January, which will mark 20 years in Congress. He insisted he will be “leaving this majority in good hands with what I believe is a very bright future.”




Roseburg Republican Dallas Heard selected to replace disgraced ex-lawmaker Jeff Kruse

The Oregonian

Roseburg Republican Dallas Heard is expected to be sworn next week to temporarily replace Jeff Kruse, who resigned his Senate seat in February after he was found to have inappropriately touched women in the Capitol.


Republican candidate for Oregon Legislature frequently disparages Jews and Muslims on social media


Powell has filed as a Republican but isn’t supported by the party, which has backed Mark Herbert, the other GOP candidate in the House District 11 race. Preston Mann, a spokesman for House Republicans’ campaign committee, on Monday called on Powell to withdraw from the race, after being informed of the social media postings by a reporter.

“Joshua Powell should not be running for public office,” Mann said in a written statement. “His record of bigotry and racial and religious hatred is disgusting and represents the worst fringes of our society. “If he refuses (to withdraw), I have no doubt the voters of House District 11 will deliver him the rebuke he deserves on May 15.”


State Sen. Rod Monroe Faces Something Rare: Two Credible Challengers in a Democratic Primary

Willamette Week

Now Portland is witnessing something nearly as rare as a dodo bird—a competitive primary for a Democratic incumbent. On each doorstep, Fagan mentions Monroe’s long tenure without a significant re-election challenge. “He’s been in office for over 40 years,” she says. “I think it’s time for a fresh look at some of the chronic challenges.” Fagan and Monroe’s other challenger, Kayse Jama, executive director of racial-justice and immigrant-rights nonprofit Unite Oregon, argue they will bring that change.


Three newcomers square off in labor commissioner race

Bend Bulletin

Ogden, 63, has been the mayor of Tualatin for the past 24 years. During his time in office, the Portland suburb attracted a branch of Lam Research, a California-based tech company that is the city’s largest employer. Ogden also oversaw the development of Bridgeport Village, an outdoor shopping mall that spans Tualatin and nearby Tigard, along with new roads and schools. He said his ability to collaborate sets him apart.


Two GOP Candidates for Gov. Face Off in Redmond


Central Oregon businessman Sam Carpenter says one of Oregon’s biggest problems is that no one is held responsible for using taxpayer dollars wisely. “What are the two most spendy sections of our economy? You have to ask yourself that before we can answer this question. One is Healthcare, and One is education. What is the commonality here? The government runs it.” He told the crowd he believes the best way to reform the government is to vote. “In America, every two years we get to go to the ballot box and change things; it’s a revolution opportunity every two years! This is what Trump was all about, isn’t it?”




Some question necessity of special session

East Oregonian

But Sen. Brian Boquist, R-Dallas, sees the special session as a political gambit. “This is about politics not policy,” Boquist wrote in an email to the EO/Pamplin Capital Bureau on Monday.

The lower tax rates were initially engineered in 2013 during a special session as part of a package referred to as the “Grand Bargain.” “Sole proprietors were kept out of the 2013 special session bill as the Democrats did not want to lose anymore revenue by adding them into the state (pass-through entity) law,” Boquist wrote. “Since I was in the room, I know this as fact. Now after raising taxes $244 million this biennium, and placing the funds in the ending balance, they want to be able to campaign on ‘tax cuts.’”


Top officials mum on information officer’s departure

East Oregonian

Top officials, including the governor, are mum about the reasons behind the recently announced resignation of Alex Pettit, the state’s chief information officer. But some say they want the next CIO to be someone who is collaborative, communicative and has a clear vision of how to meet the state’s wide-ranging information technology needs. Pettit, who has held the position since 2014, could not be reached for comment Tuesday.


Governor signs ‘net neutrality’ rules

Wallowa County Chieftain

Oregon and Washington’s new laws could be the beginning of a patchwork internet laws throughout the nation after the FCC’s decision to repeal net neutrality in December.


Governor signs Cleaner Air Oregon

Portland Tribune

Many lawmakers, including House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland, expressed mixed emotions about the ultimate product. While Kotek voted for the bill, she later wrote that the compromise “undermined an 18-month public process that brought together stakeholders from all sides of the issue” to address the air toxics problem and propose the original legislation. She said the program would still make “Oregon a leader in air quality programs nationwide. Since the program addresses both new and existing facilities, it provides stronger protections than many air toxics programs across the country.”


Report: Oregon should end solitary confinement

Portland Tribune

Inmates with severe mental health conditions at Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem spend an average of nearly 23 hours per day in solitary confinement, according to a report released Tuesday by Disability Rights Oregon.  The state in many cases may be violating the inmates’ constitutional rights, the nonprofit advocacy group alleged. Isolation can exacerbate symptoms of mental illness, including depression and anxiety, and many prison systems around the nation have discontinued the practice, said Elizabeth Seaberry, a spokeswoman for the advocacy group.


DUI charge dropped against Oregon’s top prison doc

Bend Bulletin

The top doctor for the Oregon Department of Corrections will not be charged with a crime following an arrest late last year for alleged driving under the influence of intoxicants. Last week a Deschutes County judge approved an order dismissing charges against Bend resident Christopher Peter DiGiulio, who was pulled over Dec. 2 and arrested on suspicion of DUI.




Oregon fourth-graders lose ground in math, no improvement in grade 8

The Oregonian

Oregon fourth-graders performed significantly worse in math last spring than they did two years earlier and neither fourth- nor eighth-graders registered gains in reading, results of a nationwide exam show.




Oregon grants rancher’s request to kill wolves

East Oregonian

The request asked that collared wolf OR-50, involved in repeated kills in Wallowa County last year, and seven additional wolves traveling with him, be killed to quell chronic cattle loss to wolves in northeastern Baker County.




Endorsement: GOP Senate District 6


Ruck is realistic about the size of some of the issues facing Oregon, and acknowledges they won’t be solved overnight. But her approach of tackling large issues one step at a time with clear goals and benchmarks is a refreshing one. Ruck deserves a chance to make her case to District 6 voters in the general election.


Editorial: A good start in Oregon


The study found that the opioids performed no better than acetaminophen, an analgesic used in over-the counter medications such as Tylenol, or than a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Eugene next month will host the Oregon Conference on Opioids, Pain and Addiction. Hopefully, reducing the number of opioid prescriptions that are written in Oregon, and implementing strict statewide, uniform guidelines for the use of them, will be a key focus of the meeting.


Editorial: Richardson dodging Cambridge Analytica questions is disingenuous

Statesman Journal Editorial Board

Why isn’t Richardson showing Oregonians what his business was with Cambridge Analytica during his unsuccessful campaign against then-incumbent John Kitzhaber? We want to see the canceled check for $5,000. We want to see the survey results. If it wasn’t nefarious, why not satisfy curious minds and put the information out there for all to see. That would be the end of the story.


Editorial: Gun-storage measure moves toward ballot

Albany Democrat-Herald

“Voters were consistently enthusiastic about supporting safe gun storage and reducing gun violence,” said Paul Kemp, a chief petitioner for Oregonians for Safe Gun Storage, in a press release. “The fact that we were able to quickly gather almost twice the required number of sponsoring signatures gives us optimism about qualifying the measure and passing it in November.”


Guest: Williams damages local NAACP and Roger Stone’s reputations with remarks

Patrick Sheehan, Dorchester Board of Directors

Roger Stone is a lot of things, but a white nationalist is not one of them. When people Like Mr. Williams with the NAACP speak on behalf of their organizations to manipulate the public with dishonest rhetoric, they damage not only their own reputations, but those of whom they represent.

Pearl District Greg Walden Reception For Lou Ogden Labor Commissioner

I am excited to be running for Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries, BOLI.  I aim to put the “I” in BOLI as it is, after all, the Bureau of Labor AND Industries, and bring balance and fairness.  You may know that as Oregon’s only nonpartisan office, the May 15 election will likley determine the ultimate winner if I receive more than 50% of the vote, with no November election, so time is short.

I am proud to have the endorsement of Congressman Greg Walden and am asking you to join us with Greg this Saturday evening, April 14, downtown Portland, for a reception to support my race.  Come meet Greg, hear about my campaign and how we will win this May 15 election, with your help.  Please see the invitation below and make this reception your beginning of a Saturday night out on the town.

Oregon Governor Signs $1B Tax Hike, Launching Assault on Oregon’s Economy

Betrays Small Businesses She Once Said Create 70% of New Jobs

Oregon GOP Chair Says Governor Brown Puts Politics and Placating Far Left First


Wilsonville, OR – Governor Kate Brown revealed her true colors today, approving a massive new tax hike on Oregon small businesses that will raise taxes by over $1 billion in the next six years.


“The “Kate Brown small business tax hike” is an assault on Oregon’s economy and yet another betrayal of hardworking taxpayers, families, and businesses who are already struggling under the weight of Kate Brown’s transportation tax hikes, healthcare tax hikes, and even bicycle tax hikes,” stated Oregon Republican Chairman Bill Currier.


Even Governor Brown herself has recognized the importance of small businesses to Oregon’s economy and job growth, as noted in a recent Bend Bulletin editorial:


[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.”


However, Oregon’s Republican Party says the Governor’s words now ring phony and hollow in the aftermath of her signing of Senate Bill 1528.

“Governor Brown has betrayed her rhetoric on small businesses time and time again.  Now it plain for all to see that Kate Brown is proud to be the most anti-small business Governor in Oregon history.  Oregonians deserve better than a tax-hiking, Soros-funded Governor who won’t stand up for the ‘backbone’ of our economy,” said Chair Currier.

Far left activist groups lobbied hard for sticking it to small businesses, and they have even more sweeping tax increases they want to see happen, even if, like SB 1528, they have to skirt Oregon’s Constitution to get them done.

“With the Governor putting the politics of placating the far left first, this tax hike also serves as a warning – no tax is safe from being hiked by Kate Brown.  A massive new regressive energy tax is likely next on Brown’s disastrous agenda,” added Currier.

“Oregonians will have a choice this November:  Reward Kate Brown for her mismanagement and tax hike schemes or forge a new way forward that puts small businesses and families back in the driver’s seat.  Change cannot come soon enough.”


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Kate Brown Won’t Allow Oregon National Guard To Help Secure Border


Kate Brown Won’t Allow Oregon National Guard To Help Secure Border
But Wasn’t Asked, Oregon Not a Border State, Just Magnet for Illegal Criminals

Oregon GOP Says Brown Grandstanding, Distracting from Big Problems, Tax Hike Decision


Wilsonville, OR – Oregon Republican Party Spokesman Kevin Hoar released the following statement in reaction to Governor Kate Brown’s statement that she won’t allow the Oregon National Guard to assist federal efforts to secure the nation’s southern border:



”Hello??  Governor???  Oregon is not a border state, and, as pointed out yourself, you weren’t asked…. Brown says she is upset at the use of the military at the border, but was she upset at Obama’s similar use of the military at the border during his administration?  We already knew that she doesn’t care about the victims of illegal alien criminals and that she openly advocates for them to run wild in our state and commit more crimes so they can avoid deportation.  Of course, what happens at the southern border does affect Oregon, but we already knew that Gov. Brown doesn’t care about that either.  In fact, she’s happily turned Oregon into a Sanctuary State magnet effectively attracting as many illegal aliens as possible, including serious criminals.


So why the tweet from Brown?  Clearly it’s just more naked political grandstanding by a disappointing, hyper-partisan politician that won’t face Oregon’s really severe problems, such as the PERS Debt crisis, out of control spending, disastrous high school graduation rates, bottom ten business climate, and the horribly incompetent mismanagement of state agencies like OHA ($100s Millions in Medicaid waste on unqualified applicants) and DHS (Foster Care scandal) that have happened on her watch – to name a few.



Perhaps she is trying to distract everyone from the decision she has to make shortly on whether to hit 192,000 mom and pop Oregon small business owners with a massive state tax hike.  With her poll numbers plummeting 13 points to below 50% in the past year, we can be sure that it won’t be made out of true concern for these often struggling businesses that Brown herself has described as generating 70% of the new jobs in our state.  The Kate Brown we’ve come to know over these many years is no leader, just a grandstanding politician who cares more about what George Soros and her radical leftist donors think than hardworking Oregon taxpayers.”



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Communications Director

Kevin Hoar
Website: Oregon.GOP

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oregonrepublicanparty/

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Headquarters: 25375 SW Parkway Ave, Suite 200, Wilsonville, OR 97070

The Montana cowboy

A cowboy named Bud was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous pasture in Montana when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced toward him out of a cloud of dust. The driver, a young man named Cliff in a Brioni® suit, Gucci® shoes, RayBan® sunglasses and YSL® tie, leaned out the window and asked the cowboy, “If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will you give me a calf?”

 Bud looks at the man, who obviously is a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, “Sure, why not?”

 The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell® notebook computer, connects it to his Apple iPhone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on  his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.

 The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop® and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg, Germany. Within seconds, he receives an email on his Apple iPad® that the image has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses an MS-SQL® database through an ODBC connected Excel® spreadsheet with email on his Galaxy S8® and, after a few minutes, receives a response.

 Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized HP LaserJet® printer, turns to the cowboy and says, “You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves.”

 “That’s right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves,” says Bud.

 He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on with amusement as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.

 Then Bud says to the young man, “Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?”

 The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, “Okay, why not?”

 “You’re a Congressman in the U.S. Government,” says Bud.

 “Wow! That’s correct,” says the yuppie, “but how did you guess that?”

 “No guessing required” answered the cowboy. “You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You used millions of dollars worth of equipment trying to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don’t know nothing about how working people make a living – or about cows, for that matter. This is a herd of sheep.”

 “Now give me back my dog.


Oregon GOP Statement on Kate Brown Accepting Campaign Cash From Billionaire George Soros

Oregon GOP Statement on Kate Brown Accepting Campaign Cash
From Notorious Leftist Puppet Master Billionaire George Soros
Oregon GOP Chair Says “Now We Know Who Governor Brown Really Works For”

Wilsonville, OR – The Oregon Republican Party released a statement this afternoon on the news of Governor Kate Brown accepting a sizable campaign donation from infamous billionaire George Soros.

Willamette Week is reporting that Governor Kate Brown has accepted “an unprecedented” campaign check from George Soros, a billionaire left-wing hedge-fund manager and campaign donor who resides in New York. This is Soros’ “first direct involvement” in Oregon.

“Kate Brown has consistently ignored problems facing everyday Oregonians and has instead used the office of Governor to make herself a national left-wing celebrity.  Now, Brown is cashing in and taking big campaign donations from notorious leftist puppet master, billionaire George Soros,” stated Oregon GOP Chairman Bill Currier.

“We need a Governor who tackles crime, faltering state agencies, and the PERS pension crisis, and a leader who will rescue our bottom performing K-12 schools and stop the out-of-control spending and endless tax increases,” added Currier.  “Kate Brown is more interested in wooing George Soros and the out-of-state, leftist, super-rich donor class than truly confronting the serious problems at home.  Now we know who she really work for.”

“Oregon voters have yet another reason to send petty politician Kate Brown packing by ending her disastrous governorship this November.”

The Oregon Republican Party is the state’s arm of the Republican National Committee. Its Chairman and officers are dedicated to promoting Republican principles within the state of Oregon and to improving the lives and livelihoods of Oregon’s working families through economic freedom and equal protection under the law.



Oregon Republican Party

Communications Director

Kevin Hoar

Website: Oregon.GOP

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oregonrepublicanparty/

Twitter: @Oregon_GOP

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Main: (503) 595-8881

Fax: (503) 697-5555

Headquarters: 25375 SW Parkway Ave, Suite 200, Wilsonville, OR 97070