Daily Clips

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

 

Denyc Boles selected as new District 19 representative

Statesman Journal

Former Republican Rep. Denyc Boles was unanimously selected Wednesday to fill the vacant District 19 seat in the Oregon House of Representatives by the Marion County Board of Commissioners. Boles will serve the remainder of former Rep. Jodi Hack’s term and has already filed to run for re-election in November. “I’m excited to be an advocate for my community, to let them know that they have someone accessible to help, maybe, get their belief back in government,” Boles said.

 

Oregon private school parents in limbo on 529 accounts after congressional tax overhaul

The Oregonian

House minority leader Rep. Mike McLane, R-Powell Butte, said he is still studying the overall effect of the federal tax code on Oregon. He suggested, though, that he’s inclined to expand Oregon’s tax breaks to families with kids in private K-12 schools. “House Republicans are generally in favor of any measure that would allow parents to pursue an education that best fits with the needs of their children,” McLane said in a written statement. “If we can achieve this goal by clarifying or expanding 529 plan tax benefits here in Oregon, I think that is something legislators should strongly consider.”

 

State denied summary judgment in timber lawsuit

Albany Democrat-Herald

Linn County argues in the lawsuit that the state violated a contract with the county to manage state forest trust lands with an eye toward the “greatest permanent value.” At the time these lands were conveyed to the state, the county argues, it was assumed that “greatest permanent value” entailed maximizing timber harvests, and earmarking money from those harvests to the counties and other government entities.

 

But the state’s attorneys argued that the term “greatest permanent value,” is ambiguous and also applies to other goals in managing the land, such as clean water and recreation. As the state began to manage the land with those other goals in mind, timber harvests declined, and so did the payments to the counties. Linn County’s suit argues that represents a breach of contract.

 

57 new fees and fee hikes proposed for forest

Mail Tribune

The increases are designed to add about $100,000 to the forest’s nearly $200,000 recreation budget and allow forest managers to better maintain and enhance the sites amid cost increases during years of flat or reduced recreation budgets, said Julie Martin, the forest recreation program manager.

 

Oregon sanctuary state status draws DOJ threats

The Oregonian

A high-level U.S. Department of Justice official sent a threatening letter to Oregon criminal justice officials Wednesday, demanding documents about the state’s compliance with a federal immigration law and saying they “will subpoena” the records if Oregon fails to give them over by deadline. Oregon could be forced to pay back several million dollars in federal grants if it is found to violate federal law, the Justice Department letter said. It’s unclear whether federal officials will back up the threats with action.

 

U.S. DOJ renews threats over state’s sanctuary status

Portland Tribune

In a letter sent to 23 jurisdictions nationwide, DOJ officials threatened to confiscate federal criminal justice funding from cities, counties and states that refuse to assist federal authorities in enforcing U.S. immigration law.

 

Bridge Battle, Part Deux

Bend Source Weekly

he fight over the proposed Deschutes River pedestrian bridge south of Bend may suffer a knockout blow if a new bill passes in the upcoming short legislative session.

 

Reschke appointed vice-chair of energy, environment committee

Herald and News

“I am honored to have the opportunity to increase my involvement in shaping policy in the upcoming session,” said Reschke. “As a member of the Revenue committee, I will be an advocate for tax reforms that benefit Oregon families and will work with my colleagues to oppose unnecessary tax increases. As the Vice-Chair of the Energy and Environment Committee, my top priority will be defending our rural communities from the cap and trade bill currently being pushed by Democratic leaders. I look forward to serving on both of these committees, in addition to my other committee assignments, in the February legislative session.”

 

The Portland Winterhawks Ask Lawmakers for an Exception to Oregon’s Minimum-Wage Laws

Willamette Week

Oregon has moved aggressively to raise its minimum wage, but some of the highest-profile performers in this city don’t get paid at all. Those performers, mostly teenagers, play ice hockey for the Portland Winterhawks in the Western Hockey League. The team sold about 6,000 tickets per game last season and also profits from food, drink and merchandise sales at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum and the Moda Center, the team’s home rinks.

 

ELECTIONS

 

Kate Brown will continue fundraising during the legislative session

The Oregonian

“Surely, forgoing the daily distraction of fundraising from governing for just 35 days, nearly nine months before the general election, is possible for you and your campaign staff,” Buehler wrote. “Particularly during this time of excessive and unnecessary partisanship and division in our national politics, this voluntary action on your part will send a message that here in Oregon, we value good government and governance over partisan and political advantage.”

 

MEASURE 101

 

Measure 101 is in the rearview mirror, but Medicaid’s budget woes are not

Portland Business Journal

As federal funds continue to dwindle, the fiscal challenge will grow even greater in 2020.

 

Yesterday’s Election Results Highlight Enormous Growth in Oregon Voter Registration

Willamette Week

The big difference, and the reason the number of registered voters has increased so sharply, is the “Motor Voter” law, which went into effect in 2016. The latest figures from the elections division show that the law has added 390,000 new voters to the rolls (88 percent of them unaffiliated with any party).

 

Esquivel says $3 million election was worth it

Mail Tribune

But one of the people who forced the measure to the ballot, Rep. Sal Esquivel, R-Medford, thinks the effort was worth it. “I think the people of Oregon need to weigh in on these issues,” he said Wednesday. Ballot Measure 101 passed 57.9 percent to 42.1 percent in Jackson County — and by a higher margin statewide. Esquivel said he was surprised that 60 percent of Oregon voters said “yes” to raising taxes on hospitals and insurance companies to avoid cuts to the Oregon Health Plan, this state’s version of Medicaid. “I thought it would be closer,” he said.

 

Some GOP counties backed measure

Associated Press

It wasn’t only Democratic-leaning counties in Oregon that voted to impose a tax on hospitals and health insurers to pay for Medicaid for low-income residents. Several counties that voted for Donald Trump also helped propel the measure to a resounding yes vote. As president, Trump endorsed Republican bills to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid. Oregon did the opposite on Tuesday when it expanded funding of Medi­caid, making up for a drop in the federal government’s share and covering more children.

 

MARIJUANA

 

Oregon pot regulator upset by sales to minors, but lack of banking bigger problem

Statesman Journal

The head of Oregon’s pot regulatory agency on Wednesday blasted retailers who got caught selling marijuana to minors in a series of late-2017 sting operations. “There is nothing more damaging than that,” Steve Marks, executive director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, told audience members at the fourth annual Cannabis Collaborative Conference at the Portland Expo Center. “Your friends in government are really, really disappointed.”

 

OPINION

 

Editorial: Measure 101 vote did not mean health care is a right

Bend Bulletin

What Measure 101 meant was spun so hard it was like the head spin in “The Exorcist.” The taxes were not taxes. They were called “assessments” to muddy public understanding. Democrats in the Legislature even concocted a scheme to have a Democrat-controlled committee write the ballot title for Measure 101, so they could further spin what it was about.

 

Editorial: Chart Medicaid’s future

Register-Guard

More broadly, Tuesday’s election offered voters a chance to cast a vote of no-confidence in the Legislature, Gov. Kate Brown and state government in general. Oregonians did not take that opportunity. Voters understood that jamming a stick in the spokes of the Medicaid program would be a poor way of lodging a political protest. While the state’s leaders can draw encouragement from having prevailed in the Measure 101 campaign, hard work lies ahead. The problem of creating a fair and sustainable Medicaid finance system remains.

 

Editorial: 101’s passage gives a break to legislators

Albany Democrat-Herald

What should legislators do with that additional time? Here’s our first suggestion: Nothing. Instead, tackle the relatively minor work of tying up loose ends from the 2017 session, fine-tune the state’s budget and then go home. In other words, deliver a short session that’s in line with what voters expected when they approved annual sessions in 2010.

 

Editorial: Expanded health coverage is safe — for now

Mail Tribune

Federal policy — and Congress’ willingness to continue matching state expenditures for Medicaid — are factors beyond the control of state lawmakers. But the Legislature does have to come up with the state’s share of Medicaid funding. Voters have said loud and clear that the state should live up to that responsibility. Legislators should listen — and start now to secure long-term funding when the two-year plan voters just affirmed runs out.

 

Editorial: Bill on civics testing is a foolish shortcut

Bend Bulletin

If its anonymous advocates really want to improve civics education, they need to engage with the education department and educators. They need to understand what might be an effective method to enhance civics education in a context that gives it meaning. The goal of SB 1513 is good. The method is a foolish shortcut. It deserves swift defeat.

 

Include better leadership more professionalism, with more tax funds

Herald and News

Along with extra funds that come in from the tax should come a higher level of commitment that crosses partisan lines and also includes higher level of professionalism both by elected officials and state administrators. Is that too much to ask of Oregon’s political leaders?

 

Guest: Carbon emissions bills: Cap-and-trade proposal unnecessary and harmful

Shelly Boshart Davis, Boshart Trucking

Oregon is already one of the lowest greenhouse-gas emitters in the country, and we’re getting lower. In fact, while our state’s economy and population have grown considerably since 2000, our state’s greenhouse-gass emissions have declined by 13 percent. Oregon is responsible for a meager .7 percent of emissions in the United States, and .1 percent of global emissions. You could eliminate the Oregon economy entirely and not make a dent in global greenhouse-gas emissions.

 

Guest: Carbon emissions bills: Clean Energy Jobs bill is a victory

Diane Nunez, Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber

There’s no reason for Oregon to wait. Our Latino business community has grown by 250 percent since 2000. Oregon has the workforce and the desire to build new, sustainable jobs and businesses now — and we’re hungry for opportunities to grow. Clean Energy Jobs will create those opportunities, and we will all benefit. I work every day to create opportunities for growth in our business community, and I’m excited by the prospects this bill offers our state. We shouldn’t let this opportunity pass by.

MAGA Real News

MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

A year of real change by President Donald J. Trump: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/president-trump-op-ed-a-year-of-real-change/article/2646561

Complete List of President Trump’s Historic Accomplishments His First Year in Office: http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/01/here-it-is-complete-list-of-president-trumps-miraculous-accomplishments-his-first-year-in-office/

Economists Credit Trump For Booming Economy: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2018/01/15/economists-credit-trump-for-booming-economy-say-growth-will-continue-into-2018-thanks-to-tax-bill-n2434417

Dow pops 140 points, closes at record after Caterpillar and 3M earnings: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/25/us-stocks-caterpillar-3m-earnings.html

Dow spikes 322 points, closes above 26,000 for the first time: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/17/us-stocks-dow-earnings-bank-of-america.html

Dow’s 31 Percent Gain Under Trump Highest Since FDR: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/01/19/dows-31-percent-gain-under-trump-highest-since-fdr/

Stock market’s value under Trump has grown by $6.9 trillion to $30.6 trillion: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/18/stock-markets-value-under-trump-has-grown-by-6-point-9-trillion-to-30-point-6-trillion.html

U.S. Manufacturing Output Rose in December for Fourth Month: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-17/u-s-manufacturing-output-rose-in-december-for-a-fourth-month

Jobless Claims Hit 45 Year Low: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/01/18/jobless-claims-hit-45-year-low-gdp-looks-strong-manufacturing-growth-powers-forward/

Trucking Companies Race to Add Capacity: https://www.wsj.com/articles/trucking-companies-race-to-add-capacity-drivers-as-market-heats-up-1516453200

Home Depot hourly employees to receive up to $1,000 bonus due to tax reform: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/25/home-depot-to-award-hourly-employees-1000-bonus-due-to-tax-reform.html

Disney to Give Employees $1K Cash Bonuses and Launch $50M Education Program: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/01/23/mouse-roars-disney-giving-employees-1000-cash-bonus-launching-50-million-education-program/

Starbucks Announces Employee Raises: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/cortneyobrien/2018/01/24/starbucks-announces-employee-raises-n2439036

The Government Shutdown: http://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2018/01/21

The Cave In: http://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2018/01/24

 

“If you’re interested in ‘balancing’ work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable”. Donald Trump

 

Lanny Hildebrandt

Protecting the 2nd Amendment

Every two years, I raise my right hand and swear an oath to preserve and defend the U.S. Constitution. That’s an oath I take seriously. The Second Amendment to the Constitution establishes a citizen’s right to keep and bear arms, and I have always been a strong supporter of the Second Amendment.

Our rights to keep and bear arms, however, don’t stop at state lines. That’s why I supported the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which recently passed the House. This legislation ensures that lawful gun owners who are permitted to carry in their home state can continue to do so when they travel to other states. It’s simple really, law abiding Americans should be able to exercise their Second Amendment rights even when they cross state lines.

Whether one uses a firearm for hunting, sport shooting, personal protection, or any other lawful reason, our Constitution clearly protects their right to do so. In Congress, I will continue to do all I can to protect our constitutional right to bear arms.

Best regards,

Greg Walden
U.S. Representative
Oregon’s Second District


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Denyc Boles appointed to Oregon House

OREGON HOUSE REPUBLICAN OFFICE

 

Former lawmaker to again represent House District 19

 

Salem, Ore. – Former State Representative Denyc Boles has been appointed by Marion County Commissioners to fill the vacancy in House District 19. Boles, who was previously appointed to the same seat in 2014, will fill the remainder of former Representative Jodi Hack’s term in office.

 

“I am very humbled to have the opportunity to return the Legislature and to serve out the remainder of my good friend Jodi Hack’s term in office,” said Boles. “While I never expected to be back so soon, my previous service taught me how rewarding it could be an advocate for my friends and neighbors in the State Capitol. Having lived, worked and raised a family in this community, it’s hard to express how much it means to once again have the honor of serving as the state representative for House District 19.”

 

Boles’ ties to House District 19 and the Salem community are extensive. She served for nearly 10 years as the Chief of Staff to former HD 19 Representative Kevin Cameron, before being appointed to succeed him and representing the district herself from July 2014 to June 2015. During her prior service in the House, Boles authored legislation to protect Oregonians from invasion of privacy crimes.

 

Boles also attended Judson Middle School and graduated from Sprague High School in South Salem, as did her husband and three children. She currently serves as a member of the Marion County Budget Committee, Salem Chamber Government Affairs Committee, and Sprague Younglife. She is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University with a double major in Political Science and Sociology and served as Student Body Vice President and Student Senate Chair. She also holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Regent University. She most recently worked as a government affairs specialist with Salem Health.

 

“I was fortunate to have the opportunity to serve with Denyc in her first term in office and look forward to working alongside her again,” said House Republican Leader Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte). “She is a tenacious advocate for her community and someone who brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the Capitol. House Republicans are excited to welcome her back to the caucus.”

 

Boles’ swearing-in ceremony will be held on a date to be announced. The 2018 legislative session begins February 5.

 

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Daily Clips


MEASURE 101

Voters pass Measure 101 by wide margin to fund Oregon Health Plan through mid-2019

Register-Guard

But state Republicans cautioned that the measure’s passage shouldn’t take focus off financial missteps that have plagued the state’s health agency. “With the passage of Measure 101, we must now shift our focus to improving efficiencies within the Oregon Health Authority and in the administration of the Oregon Health Plan,” House Republican Leader Mike McLane said in a statement. “Our state’s health care programs have suffered from chronic failure for years. This culture of incompetence cannot be excused or forgotten in the wake of this ballot measure. I hope legislators on both sides of the aisle will make it a priority to safeguard and protect the investment in our state government that Oregon taxpayers have affirmed tonight.”

Measure 101 passes with big lead; proponents celebrate

Associated Press

After the measure’s passage, Republican House Leader Mike McLane of Powell Butte, said the state now needs to focus on making the Oregon Health Authority more efficient as well as the administration of the Oregon Health Plan, which is Oregon’s Medicaid program. “Our state’s health care programs have suffered from chronic failure for years,” he said. “This culture of incompetence cannot be excused or forgotten in the wake of this ballot measure.” He also called on lawmakers from both political parties to “safeguard and protect the investment in our state government that Oregon taxpayers have affirmed tonight.”

Oregon voters pass health care tax measure by wide margin

Statesman Journal

Top lawmakers are already looking forward to the session.

“It may be a win, but we aren’t out of the woods yet,” said Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem. “Our budget focus must now shift to the February forecast and the effects federal tax changes will have on state revenue.”

Voters pass tax on health care

Bend Bulletin

House Minority Leader Mike McLane, R-Powell Butte, who opposed Measure 101, said that it was now up to lawmakers to make sure the money is well spent in light of past problems with the Oregon Health Authority, which handles the Medicaid program in Oregon. “I hope legislators on both sides of the aisle will make it a priority to safeguard and protect the investment in our state government that Oregon taxpayers have affirmed tonight,” McLane said.

Oregon voters approve health care tax measure

East Oregonian

House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portand, praised voters. “Oregonians were loud and clear tonight: Health care is a right that we will protect,” she said in a statement. “By passing Measure 101, Oregon voters affirmed that everyone has a right to access affordable health care – regardless of where they live or where they work. Thank you, Oregon voters, for keeping the state moving forward.”

Oregon voters pass Measure 101, health care provider taxes

Portland Business Journal

Hayden, reached by phone on Wednesday, said the low voter turnout, at 36 percent, was one factor in the measure’s passage, along with the fact that the “yes” side out-raised the “no” side substantially. “I think that speaks to money talks,” Hayden said. “That side of the campaign had $4 million to get their message out. The sad part about this is it’s an example of why we won’t see any real campaign finance in Oregon. if you have enough money and a special interest, you can sway voters.”

Voters Approve Measure 101, Which Means Nothing Changes With Oregon’s Medicaid Funding

Willamette Week

“While Washington DC falls apart, Oregonians are coming together,” Brown said. “This vote sends a clear message that they are sick and tired of partisan efforts to reduce health care access. You should be able to see the doctor when you’re sick and have health care you can afford.”

Oregon voters overwhelmingly pass health care taxes

The Oregonian

Oregon’s Medicaid program survived intact Tuesday, after voters approved hundreds of millions of dollars in health care taxes in a special election. Measure 101, which led 61 percent to 39 percent with returns partially tallied, was the only issue on the ballot. It will raise $210 million to $320 million in taxes on Oregon’s largest hospitals and many health insurance policies by 2019.

Oregon Voters Approve Measure 101

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Parrish said she’s undeterred by the defeat. “At the end of the day, we had one big goal to let voters vote and we did that,” Parrish said. “Our goal was to educate voters. I feel like [Rep.] Cedric [Hayden, R-Roseburg,] and I are more like whistleblowers right now than lawmakers. We are out there trying to make people understand there is a problem in our health care system.”

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

State Policies Could Pit Salmon Against Clean Air

Willamette Week

Next month, Democratic lawmakers will introduce ambitious “cap and invest” legislation aimed at taxing carbon emissions in order to reduce them. But Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has another priority: salmon. In a long-running federal lawsuit in Portland, Brown pushed to increase the number of endangered salmon in the Columbia River by spilling more water over the tops of Bonneville Power Association dams. But when water goes over dams, it bypasses power-generating turbines, which can leave public utilities across Oregon short of power. To compensate, the utilities will turn to fossil fuels. That runs counter to the carbon-reduction legislation that is a Democratic priority.

Committee selects lawmaker this week

Ontario Argus Observer

The meeting to appoint a successor to Cliff Bentz, who is now in the state senate, as the House District 60 representative will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Weese Building at Treasure Valley Community College, according to a notice from the Malheur County Court.

Reschke to front bill ending late-term abortion

Herald and News

During a Right to Life rally in Klamath Falls Monday, Rep. E. Werner Reschke (R-Klamath Falls) announced his intent to introduce a bill to the state legislature next month ending late-term abortions. House Bill 4057, to be introduced by Reschke when the short session begins Feb. 5, would ban abortions after the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. If passed, the bill would be the first limit on abortions in Oregon based on age of the fetus.

Ms. Ethics, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Has 52 Lobbyists But State Website Shows $0 Spent On Lobbying

Forbes

Governor Brown is the only constitutional officer in Oregon with zero dollars spent on lobbying for the last seven quarters on the Oregon Ethic Commission website. Though she eventually produced the records to us showing $165,489 in lobbyist expenditures, after six days, the official website still shows zero dollars spent by the Office of Governor. So much for the self-titled champion of transparency and accountability.

Proposed law would make Trump reveal tax return to be on Oregon’s 2020 ballot

The Oregonian

A bill introduced Monday in Salem would require candidates for president and vice president to give a copy of their most recent tax return to the Oregon Secretary of State with written permission that the document can be made public. Alternatively, the candidate could fill out Oregon’s standard income disclosure form for public officials. The requirement would apply to candidates on primary and general election ballots and those wishing to be in the voters’ pamphlet. At least one political bigwig is already on board: Gov. Kate Brown. “Governor Brown supports the principle of a financial disclosure requirement for presidential candidates,” said Bryan Hockaday, a spokesman for the governor.

Murmurs: Roger Stone Gets a Nice Fee to Speak in Oregon

Willamette Week

Patrick Sheehan, the Dorchester board member who booked Stone, says his standard speaking fee is $10,000. “Bringing Stone in was an effort to keep the conference going in its original intent,” Sheehan says, “which is to spur debate. We haven’t had that for a long time; we’ve been preaching to the choir. Stone will agitate and make people uncomfortable.”

ELECTIONS

Another Oregon House Republican Announces He Won’t Seek Re-Election

Willamette Week

Kennemer, 71, a retired psychologist, has held various offices for more than 30 years. He previously served on the Clackamas County Commission and the Oregon Senate. He holds one of the few metro-area seats that’s reliably Republican. The GOP holds a 6.4 percentage point registration advantage over Democrats in House District 39.

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

Umatilla To Reuse Data Center Water For Agriculture

Oregon Public Broadcasting

The $3 million project would separate Umatilla’s commercial wastewater from its domestic flows, allowing the city to send water from current Amazon data centers at the Port of Umatilla, a planned data center off Lind Road and any future data centers to irrigation canals for agricultural use. Future phases would include an industrial wastewater treatment plant at the port and storage ponds for keeping reuse water during the winter when it is not needed for irrigation.

Washington state panel OKs low carbon fuels standard

Associated Press

Greg Hanon, a lobbyist with Western States Petroleum Association, urged the House environment committee to evaluate the potential costs to consumers and the uncertainty over whether fuel blends exists to supply the market and to determine how much it would cost the state to implement the program.

Why Trump’s tariffs aren’t Oregon solar’s biggest concern

Portland Business Journal

Industry group doesn’t like the tariffs, but a PUC case on the value of solar could have deeper and longer lasting impact.

POLICE & PUBLIC SAFETY

Oregon grants transgender inmate’s request to move to women’s prison

The Oregonian

A transgender inmate whose lawsuit forced policy changes at the Oregon Department of Corrections was transferred Monday from a male prison to the state’s lone prison for women. Michalle Wright, 27, who has identified as a woman since 16, had requested a transfer from the Oregon State Correctional Institution in Salem. She’s been moved to Coffee Creek Correctional Institution in Wilsonville, where agency officials said she will be housed in the general population.

DCSO, District Attorney’s office weigh in on weed

Bend Bulletin

With limited resources to manage the recreational and medical facilities in the county, the Deschutes County Commission is looking at changing its approach by hiring extra personnel and becoming more proactive in making sure growers are following the rules. “We’re developing a plan where we are acknowledging to the community that we are serious about the illegal activity that’s occurring,” said Commissioner Tammy Baney.

Tsunami alert a wake-up call for Oregon Coast, officials say

Associated Press

Seaside is taking the risk of a tsunami so seriously that voters approved a $100 million bond measure in the November 2016 election to move three schools out of the inundation zone. A distant earthquake is a risk — a 1964 earthquake off Alaska triggered a tsunami three-stories high that hit Oregon, killing several people. But an earthquake along the nearby Cascadia subduction zone is even more dangerous, expected to generate a much bigger tsunami with people in inundation zones having only minutes — not hours — to get to high ground.

OPINION

Editorial: House bill would eliminate PERS conflict of interest

Bend Bulletin

The measure’s chief sponsors are Bend Republican Rep. Knute Buehler and Ron Noble, R-McMinnville. Fifteen other legislators, including Gene Whisnant, R-Sunriver, have signed on. Dominated by Republicans, the list includes two Democrats: Rep. Janeen Sollman of Hillsboro and Sen. Betsy Johnson of Scappoose. HB 4115 goes into great detail on how to make the transition and protect the interests of the lawmakers, judges and statewide officials who would be affected. No doubt lobbyists and lawyers will have plenty to say, and adjustments to the fine print may be appropriate. The overarching goal, however, is correct. Solving the problems of PERS requires open and unconflicted minds. It’s also essential to the state’s finances and fairness to its beneficiaries.

Editorial: Bill is not the best way to improve education

Bend Bulletin

If there’s anything education research is clear about, it is that the single best way to improve student performance is improving teacher quality. But instead of a bill aimed at that issue, Clem and Doherty crafted HB 4113 to strengthen the power of the state’s teachers’ unions. Vote it down.

Rep. Bill Kennemer to retire at end of term

REPRESENTATIVE BILL KENNEMER

OREGON HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

HOUSE DISTRICT 39

Longtime legislator will not seek re-election in 2018

 

Salem, Ore. – Representative Bill Kennemer (Canby/Oregon City) announced today that he will not seek re-election to the Oregon House in 2018. Rep. Kennemer has devoted more than 31 years of public service to the state of Oregon, including the last nine as a member of the Oregon House.

 

“Thank you for the marvelous opportunity to serve and represent you these last 9 years as State Representative for District 39,” Rep. Kennemer wrote in an open letter to his constituents. “The time has come, and I will not be running for re-election as I had been planning. Some recent health problems (not life threatening) have made Cherie and me newly aware that we are here but for a limited time, and we must do our best to make the seasons of our lives the best they can be. It is now the season for more time with family, friends, and some more fishing and traveling.”

 

Representative Kennemer has had the honor of representing Clackamas County in various positions since 1987. He served as a State Senator from 1987-1996, as a County Commissioner from 1997-2008 and as a member of the Oregon House since 2009. A psychologist by profession, Rep. Kennemer has maintained a focus on serving Oregon’s most vulnerable populations throughout his public service career.

 

“Serving our state over the last three decades has been the honor of a lifetime,” concluded Rep. Kennemer. “I am so thankful to have had the support of our community over the years and look forward to passing the baton onto our next state representative. Cherie and I will be forever grateful for this opportunity.”

 

Representative Kennemer plans to serve through the end of his current term. In the upcoming legislative session, he will serve on the House Healthcare Committee, House Rules Committee, and the House Business and Labor Committee and the Joint Committee on Legislative Policy and Research.

 

House District 39 includes Barlow, Barton, Beavercreek, Boring, Canby, Carus, Charbonneau, portions of Damascus and Happy Valley, as well as Eagle Creek, Estacada, Fisher Mill, Mulino, Redland, and rural Oregon City areas.

 

A copy of Representative Kennemer’s letter to his constituents is attached to this release.

 

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