October 18, 2018 Daily Clips

Lawmakers ignored subpoenas in sex harassment case, labor commissioner says

Oregonian/OregonLive

The filings seek contempt of court rulings and $1,000 a day fines against Senate President Peter Courtney, House Speaker Tina Kotek, Senate Republican Leader Jackie Winters and nine others who Avakian accuses of disregarding subpoenas. A contempt finding can carry a sanction of jail time. The subpoenas were necessary because Avakian has reason to believe they would protect key documents from “imminent destruction,” the filing states. It is the first time in memory that the Bureau of Labor and Industries has sought contempt rulings, said spokeswoman Christine Lewis. Through a private attorney, Edward Harnden, legislative officials subpoenaed by the bureau all declined to turn over requested records and sit for interviews. They argued its demand for information was overly broad, and said compliance would require them to break pledges of confidentiality made to the people who reported harassment.

 

TOP STORIES

 

Editorial: Buehler the best choice for Oregon

The Bulletin Editorial Board

With all Gov. Kate Brown’s years in power, all the billions spent, all the supposed advantage of her leadership, look where Oregon is. Its education system, its foster care and its public debt are dazzling disappointments. Don’t let Brown have another four years. Vote instead for Knute Buehler. There’s $22 billion in money the state does not have for the Public Employees Retirement System. That comes to about $15,000 per Oregon household. You don’t pay it directly. But you feel it. It comes out of the budgets of schools, local governments and the state. They are going to be scrambling with 38 percent increases in what they are paying into the system to keep it afloat. It means schools are in a classroom funding crisis. Cities may have to pave fewer roads. Law enforcement may have to put fewer police on the street. Return Brown to office and she’ll give the issue the same lip service she has in the past. She hasn’t done enough. As governor, Buehler vows not to sign any spending bills until PERS reform comes to his desk. He is going to make sure beneficiaries get good benefits. But he wants a cap on maximum PERS benefits so Oregonians aren’t making crazy payments such as $74,000 a month. And he wants to move future beneficiaries to something like a 401(k) with an employer and employee contribution.

 

Bend City Council censures Nathan Boddie

The Bend Bulletin

On the day the Deschutes County Clerk’s office began mailing ballots for the November general election, the Bend City Council publicly reprimanded state House candidate Nathan Boddie for attacking the woman who accused him of sexual misconduct and for blocking constituents from commenting on his public Facebook page. “As local leaders, city councilors are expected to model the types of communication and civic engagement we wish to encourage in our community,” she said. “Councilor Nathan Boddie crossed a line.” Boddie defended himself in person for the first time, after having remained silent while other councilors and residents criticized him at previous meetings. “I think it’s totally reasonable to defend oneself from things like this,” he said Wednesday. He said he didn’t believe he did anything wrong and argued Newbold didn’t act like anything was wrong until June.

GOVERNMENT

 

Concerns about cancer’s toll on Dennis Richardson worsen

Oregonian/OregonLive

How severely brain cancer is affecting Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson remains unclear, as a curtailment of his public schedule and delegation of some duties to a deputy raise questions about his future in the state’s second-highest office. Richardson and his aides have declined to give specifics about his diagnosis or treatment regimen. Asked for details Wednesday, Deb Royal, his chief of staff, said only, “It’s as serious as brain cancer is.” And a senior state official who recently had a meeting with Richardson described his cognitive abilities as “severely diminished.” The official said it is unclear if that is due to cancer treatments or the disease itself. “He was such an energetic person,” the official said. “It just makes the contrast stronger.”

 

Audit: Major disasters, cyberattacks threaten PERS

East Oregonian

Auditors found that the agency couldn’t restore its IT systems after a disaster. A major disaster — depending on how long critical systems are unavailable — could threaten the agency’s ability to issue payments on time or to the right people. It could also mean that critical information is lost. The agency keeps back-up tapes stored a mile and a half away from the PERS headquarters. In a natural disaster like the Cascadia earthquake, that information would likely also be destroyed. PERS now said that it will arrange a backup in the cloud by next June. The audit said PERS hasn’t tested its disaster recovery plans and has yet to comply with directives from the Legislature to improve disaster recovery planning. The Legislature allocated $1.65 million to shore up the pension agency’s disaster planning. As of July, according to the audit, the agency has spent $22,000 — for a consultant’s report. And PERS has been told before to fix such gaps. “Over the last several years, work on disaster recovery has often started and stopped with little continuity or sustained effort,” auditors wrote.

 

CAMPAIGNS

 

How the Oregon governor candidate policies might impact people in Salem

Statesman Journal

Major policy proposals from the top two candidates — Democrat Gov. Kate Brown and Republican Rep. Knute Buehler — could dramatically impact small business owners, state employees and individuals who work with vulnerable populations, in particular.

 

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gov. Kate Brown: An open letter to Business Journal readers

Portland Business Journal

As Governor, I have led bipartisan work on transportation, Medicaid funding and ensuring all kids have healthcare. We worked together, urban and rural, to build a better Oregon. I’m looking forward to continuing our work to move our state forward at a time when our Oregon values are under attack. When politicians tried to cut Oregonians’ healthcare, I fought back. I protected our coast from offshore drilling. I made sure every woman can access reproductive healthcare. I have been clear during my time as governor that I will do what I say and say what I do. My record is clear. I will stand up and protect the Oregon that we love.

 

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rep. Knute Buehler: An open letter to Portland Business Journal readers

Portland Business Journal

Serving in the Legislature and running for Governor has given me the opportunity to listen to Oregonians from across our State. From this, I’ve learned three things: Oregonians love and take pride in our state, they are open-minded and practical, and, finally, they are unhappy with the performance of our government and especially its leaders. As Governor, I’ll tackle the most pressing issue preventing our teachers and students from reaching their full potential — our classroom-funding crisis. Kate Brown and Salem politicians have never had more money, but our schools still have the 3rd worst graduation rate in the country. A broken pension system and other runaway costs divert much needed resources away from classrooms — resulting in shorter school years, teachers getting pink-slips, and larger class sizes. I’ll make $1.5 billion in new education investments and ensure that money gets to the classroom by reforming our pension system.

 

Independent gubernatorial candidate Patrick Starnes: An open letter to Business Journal readers

Portland Business Journal

The visual I use to explain the PERS predicament is an upside down pyramid. Many baby-boomers are leaving their jobs in the public sector and going into the public employee retirement system, while at the same time cities, counties, schools and the state are not hiring enough new young employees to support the base of the pyramid. Public employees are becoming overworked and over burdened. My proposal is two solutions which are tied together and hence the term The Grand Bargain. I propose we broaden the PERS pyramid to include private sector workers like Burger King, gas station attendants, etc, into a new system we call O.U.R.S., or the Oregon Universal Retirement System. With all the new young workers across Oregon added, we can save the PERS pyramid from toppling over.

 

In Oregon’s Gubernatorial Race, Winning Isn’t The Point For Independent Candidate

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Patrick Starnes isn’t going to be Oregon’s next governor. He doesn’t have the money, the name recognition or any real experience navigating the intricacies of state politics or state government. If you listen to him long enough, you get the sense that even he knows he cannot win: “Of course, my minimum goal is to get double digits because I wanted to get a third voice to have more impact,” he said on OPB’s “Think Out Loud” earlier this month.  Where the soft-spoken Willamette Valley cabinetmaker really wants to make an impact is in campaign finance reform – something of an irony in this year in which Democrat Kate Brown and Republican Knute Buehler are breaking the record for spending in a gubernatorial race. He wants to change state laws to make it harder for big donors to dominate the conversation, and he says that he won’t sign anything in his first 100 days until campaign finance reform hits his desk. “Almost any issue that you talk about — health care reform, education reform, PERS reform, even the environment — with all those large donors controlling the debate and financing these campaigns, we can’t have an open, honest discussion,” he said.

 

Paul Evans, Selma Pierce discuss issues facing House District 20

Statesman Journal

Democratic incumbent Paul Evans, who is running for a third term in office, said he believes in a campaign focused on the issues. Evans points to successes in passing bipartisan legislation, and wants to focus on issues such as civics, veterans health, tax reform, emergency preparedness and education. His Republican challenger, Selma Pierce, said she found constituents in the district have not always been heard during Evans’ tenure. She wants to change that. Pierce said if elected she will listen to her constituents and focus on education reform, homeless solutions, affordable housing and building a bridge connecting downtown Salem to West Salem.

 

Democrats would need big upset to unseat Bentz

The Bend Bulletin

Senate District 30 is heavily Republican in voter registration. In 2016, Ferrioli won with 71 percent of the vote over Democrat Mark Stringer. Fulfilling a promise to compete in even the most difficult districts, Democrats have fielded progressive political activist Solea Kabakov of The Dalles to run for the seat. A salesperson by profession, Kabakov’s website features a rainbow peace flag and calls for bringing rural voices and “social, racial, economic and environmental justice” to Salem.

 

MISCONDUCT

 

Doctor who worked at Coffee Creek Correctional Institution sued by three women

Oregonian/OregonLive

Three women, including a current prison inmate and two former ones, filed a federal lawsuit this week alleging they were abused by a gynecologist during medical examinations at the state women’s prison. The lawsuit names Dr. Catherine Crim, David Brown, a nurse, and Steven Shelton, the medical director who retired from the Department of Corrections last year. The women allege Crim abused them at Coffee Creek Correctional Institution and that supervisors Brown and Shelton failed to take steps to prevent the alleged abuse or discipline Crim.

Corvallis Gazette-Times Endorses Knute Buehler For Governor For His Focused Vision

Oregon GOP Chair Says Voters Have Seen Enough Of Brown And Want Solutions And Leadership

Wilsonville, OR – For the third time this week, a leading newspaper in Oregon is recommending that voters elect Knute Buehler, today it is the Corvallis Gazette-Times.

During 2016, in the aftermath of picking up the pieces following the resignation of disgraced ex-Governor John Kitzhaber for corruption, the Corvallis Gazette-Times endorsed Kate Brown.  However, in switching to recommend that voters elect Knute Buehler over Brown in 2018, the Gazette-Times states that “Oregon cannot afford another four years” of “little progress being made on many of the key issues facing the state.”

Showing little evidence of a true “vision for the state,” the Gazette-Times editorial board asserts that “Brown has been maddeningly vague about how she would deal with issues” and has deliberately tried to “hold off” on giving her real policy details “until November, after her re-election battle.”

The editorial says that under Brown all serious efforts to improve the state’s education system are “stalled” and there is “little appetite to pursue fixes” to PERS as the “unfunded liability of $22 billion is eating away at the budgets of Oregon schools and other governmental entities.”

The Corvallis Gazette-Times concludes by saying, Knute Buehler “would bring a focused vision to the governor’s office that Brown has been unable or unwilling to muster. It’s time for change in Salem. Buehler is the candidate best positioned to bring that change.”

“Worse than lacking vision, detailed policy prescriptions for, and at times even interest in solving Oregon’s big challenges, Kate Brown has tried to hide what her true policies might actually be,” said Oregon Republican Party Chair Bill Currier.  “Voters have seen enough and now want articulated solutions and leadership.”

“The Gazette-Times endorsement reminds voters yet again that Knute Buehler is the leader with specific solutions who will lead Oregon toward a brighter, more prosperous, and successful future – together.”

Read the entire endorsement here => https://www.gazettetimes.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-knute-buehler-for-governor-of-oregon/article_9318a9ef-2683-54cc-9504-4285f336f663.html

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

Link to Online Posting:
https://oregon.gop/corvallis-gazette-times-endorses-knute-buehler-for-governor-2018-10-17

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

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Wyden to Hold Five Town Halls Next Week

Senator’s open-to-all meetings will be in Wasco, Gilliam, Umatilla, Union and Baker counties

Portland – Senator Ron Wyden will hold five town halls Oct. 22-24.

Heading into these town halls in Wasco, Gilliam, Umatilla, Union and Baker counties, Wyden has held 905 town halls statewide since promising Oregonians he would hold at least one annual town hall in each of the state’s 36 counties.

Wyden has already fulfilled that annual town hall promise in 2018 for all of Oregon’s counties, holding 44 town halls so far this year. The upcoming town hall will be his second this year in Wasco, Gilliam, Umatilla, Union and Baker counties.

“Throwing open the doors of government throughout Oregon and answering any question from anybody is how the Founding Fathers intended American democracy to work,” Wyden said. “At a time when there’s so much public interest in all that is happening in Washington, DC, these open-to-all town halls take on special importance, and I look forward very much to hearing from Oregonians next week.”

Wyden’s town hall schedule is as follows:

Monday, Oct. 22

Wasco County, 11 am, The Dalles High School, 220 East 10th Street, The Dalles

Gilliam County: 1:40 pm, Arlington High School gym, 1200 Main St., Arlington.

Tuesday, Oct. 23

            Umatilla County: 9:20 am, Hermiston High School auditorium, 600 S. First St. Hermiston

Union County: 1:30 pm, La Grande High School auditorium, 708 K Ave, LaGrande.  (Entrance is on Second Street between H & K Aves.  Please consider on-street parking and do not park in student or staff spaces.)

Wednesday, Oct. 24

Baker County: 9 am, Baker High School auditorium, 2500 E. St., Baker City.

Portland Tribune endorses Knute Buehler For Governor To Address Urgent Priorities

 

Oregon GOP Chair Says It’s Time For Solutions, Not Just More Democrat Taxes and Excuses

Wilsonville, OR – Today, the Portland Tribune endorsed Knute Buehler for Oregon Governor, saying that the 2018 race is “about fixing intractable public problems that have plagued the state for decades” and that Buehler is the candidate who can “change the dynamics in Salem” to make this happen.

For the second time this week, a major newspaper in Oregon is urging voters to elect Knute Buehler because he gives the state’s voters a chance to “break the one-party inertia in Salem” and “force a real discussion about the state’s most important concerns” so Oregon can “move forward on difficult issues” that Kate Brown has failed address.  Mirroring the essence of the Buehler campaign’s messaging and policy proposals, the Portland Tribune Editorial Board explains:

“With one party in control of the two legislative chambers and the governor’s office, the state’s leaders haven’t been challenged strongly enough to find a different (and difficult) path on matters such as health care costs, educational improvement, tax reform and the unfunded liability for the Public Employees Retirement System.”

The Tribune endorsement describes Buehler as a leader with an “impressive grasp of policy” who will “listen, compromise and work toward solutions” to find true bipartisan compromises “to act on topics like PERS even when [the State Legislature] doesn’t want to.”

“It’s time that Oregon voters get solutions to intractable problems, not just more taxes and excuses from an entrenched Democrat political machine,” said Oregon Republican Party Chair Bill Currier.  “For nearly four years Kate Brown has failed to lead and find these solutions – and more of Kate Brown only promises more of the same.”

“Today’s Portland Tribune endorsement once again underscores that Knute Buehler is the leader who can and will lead Oregon toward a brighter, more prosperous, and successful future – together.”

Read the entire endorsement here => https://portlandtribune.com/pt/10-opinion/409112-302685-our-opinion-buehler-brings-necessary-tension

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

Link to Online Posting:
https://oregon.gop/portland-tribune-endorses-knute-buehler-for-governor-2018-10-16

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

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October 15, 2018 Daily Clips

TOP STORIES

 

‘Offensive’ video shocks both candidates

Mail Tribune

The video, which has simple illustrations of a forest, an ax and a chainsaw, states, “Just because someone’s name sounds Latino doesn’t mean they support programs that benefit our community. Don’t be an axe (sic). Vote for Jeff Golden for state Senate.” “I found it offensive, very offensive,” Gomez said of the video produced by the political action committee Mi Voz Cuenta. “This is just not healthy for our community in general.” Kathy Keesee, who is listed with the Oregon Secretary of State as affiliated with the Medford-based Mi Voz Cuenta (my voice counts) PAC, said, “It’s nothing against Jessica Gomez. It’s about the party she represents.”

 

Editorial endorsement: Knute Buehler for Oregon governor

Oregonian Editorial Board

Simply, the Oregon governor’s race is about who can best lead Oregon in tackling the human and economic crises unfolding on our home turf. From the state’s distressed K-12 education system to the critical need for pension reform to encouraging more affordable-housing construction, Oregon is running out of time to responsibly address these challenges. With little vision and no urgency by Brown in her nearly four years as governor, and insufficient experience from Independent Party nominee Patrick Starnes, voters fortunately have a strong alternative. Oregonians should vote for the candidate who is willing to take courageous action on these entrenched problems and mark their ballots for Knute Buehler.

 

Threats drive a black Vermont legislator to quit

The Associated Press

After she won the Democratic primary for re-election to the state legislature in 2016, someone tweeted a cartoon caricature of a black person at her, along with a vulgar phrase rendered in ebonics. The tweeter threatened to come to rallies and stalk her, Morris said. She won a protective order against him but once that expired, the harassment continued, she said. The harassment escalated into a break-in while the family was home, vandalism and death threats seen by her young son. Even after she announced she wouldn’t seek re-election, despite running unopposed, a group of youths pounded on her windows and doors at night, forcing her and her husband, convalescing after heart surgery, to leave town. Finally, in late September, she resigned.

 

CAMPAIGNS & INITIATIVES

 

As Washington Scraps Death Penalty, Gubernatorial Candidate Knute Buehler Pledges To Bring Executions Back To Oregon

Willamette Week

“I will follow the desires of the voters of Oregon,” he said. “And I will enforce the death penalty.”

There hasn’t been an execution in Oregon since 1997. Former Gov. John Kitzaber issued a moratorium on enforcing the death penalty in 2011, just before a man was scheduled to die by lethal injection. Gov. Kate Brown has maintained the policy and refused to execute any of the 33 inmates on death row. If re-elected, Brown says she would not allow any executions to move forward. The Washington Supreme Court struck down that state’s death penalty law, citing racial disparities among the men and women sentenced to die. Washington is the 20th state to bar capital punishment.

 

Buehlers invested $100,000 in energy credits before lambasting the program

The Daily Astorian

“The Buehlers purchased tax credits years before he was a lawmaker and before state mismanagement of the program forced the Legislature to repeal the program,” campaign spokeswoman Monica Wroblewski said.

 

Newcomer Hwang challenges third-term incumbent for House seat

Portland Tribune

“I think we’ve been missing leadership for the past six years, and if feels like nothing is getting better. It feels like we’re missing opportunities with all these bad burdensome regulation policies, and I think my opponent votes along party lines almost 95 percent plus. He’s an educator, and I was wondering where’s our representation. (Gorsek is) an educator at Mt. Hood Community College, and I don’t think our community college is equally treated. The community college is the backbone of this community, and I’d like to bring in more funds for our community college. Let’s say this: A good idea is a good idea, regardless of the party line, and we need someone who can work both sides of the aisle who is pushing those good ideas. So that’s why I’m running.”

 

Drazan aspires to advocate for constituents, support schools

Portland Tribune

“My number-one priority would be to serve and represent constituents. I’m not pushing this from the perspective of hammering on a table and saying, ‘I see something that’s broken and I’m going to single-handedly go in there and fix it.’ I’m a collaborator. I like to problem solve in a way that’s respectful, and I want to work with others. Immediately on the heels of that, we have got to do something about schools. Our graduation rates vary across this particular district, and statewide we continue to struggle. I don’t think that’s a Salem kind of top down mandate solution, but I do think that we need to get our hands around what some of the challenges are in our schools that are really struggling with graduation rates and being more responsive to our leaders and school boards to get a better sense of what they need.”

 

Candidates’ troubles cloud House race in Bend

The Bend Bulletin

The Bulletin asked Helt and Boddie their positions on key issues — La Bell suspended her campaign. The 54th House District candidates were asked about affordable housing and education, then given a chance to include one or two other issues that are important to them.

 

Senate District 6 candidates discuss statewide issues

The Register-Guard

The state Senate District 6 race appears to be a cordial contest between the incumbent and his challenger, both of whom live in Springfield. Sen. Lee Beyer, a Democrat, has represented the district — which includes Springfield, parts of southeast Eugene and more-rural areas of Lane and Linn counties — since being elected in 2010. Running against him in this year’s general election is local ballroom dance instructor Robert Schwartz. He calls himself a “progressive Republican” who agrees with most of Beyer’s positions on statewide issues.

 

Oregon Measure 103 Asks: Should Grocers Have Constitutional Protections?

Oregon Public Broadcasting

In what amounts to a pre-emptive strike at new taxes on grocery chains — and the farms and factories that supply them — large grocers are dumping millions of dollars into passing Measure 103. “Keep our groceries tax free!” say ads blanketing the airwaves, plastered to websites, waiting at your grocery store’s check stand. The messages are so pervasive, you might think there’s currently a statewide proposal to slap a tax on your supermarket. There isn’t.

 

PROTESTS

 

Bear spray, bloody brawls at Patriot Prayer ‘law and order’ march in Portland

Oregonian/OregonLive

A demonstration billed as a march for “law and order” in the streets of Portland descended into chaos as rival political factions broke into bloody brawls downtown Saturday night. Members of the right-wing group Patriot Prayer and their black-clad adversaries, known as antifa, used bear spray, bare fists and batons to thrash each other outside Kelly’s Olympian, a popular bar on Southwest Washington Street. The melee, which lasted more than a minute, ended when riot cops rushed in and fired pepper balls at the street fighters.

 

Political activists clash in Portland, New York

The Bend Bulletin

Gavin McInnes, who founded the Proud Boys in 2016 as a nationalist men’s club, was scheduled to speak at the Metropolitan Republican Club on Friday evening about “Deep State Socialists” and “Western Values” — common themes for his group. After the speech, about two dozen Proud Boys emerged from the club to find a similarly sized group of protesters waiting to confront them, including antifascists, as seen in cellphone videos. While antifascists, or “antifa” activists, are more loosely organized than the hierarchical, uniformed Proud Boys, both groups consider each other dangerous to U.S. society and condone violence to defend their notions of it. “I recognized one” of the antifascists, McInnes later told HuffPost, recalling the confrontation.  He stole a Proud Boys MAGA hat and was immediately tuned up.” Cellphone videos show an unidentified victim writhing on the sidewalk while several men take turns kicking him, and at least a dozen Proud Boys in uniform polo shirts, scream various slurs. The video ends as police rush in to break up the confrontation.

 

UPDATE: No arrests made at Antifa, Patriot Prayer brawl

Portland Tribune

Portland Police said they observed “assaultive” behavior and began clearing streets, at times putting their hands on journalists and bystanders in order to encourage compliance. They also fired less-lethal ammunition. A spokesperson said they made no arrests and are not aware of anyone who was transported to the hospital. Officers witnessed people carrying “hard-knuckled gloves, firearms, batons and knives” but did not seize any weapons.

 

OPIOIDS

 

Oregon to receive $17 million in federal funds to fight opioid crisis

East Oregonian

Oregon Rep. Greg Walden’s bill to help fight the opioid crisis could become law as soon as next week. The Republican from Hood River swung through Eastern Oregon to talk up the bill and hear from folks on the front lines of the drug addiction crisis. Friday morning at the Umatilla County Courthouse, Pendleton, he said the bill would provide about $17 million split between the Oregon Health Plan and local clinics to help treatment, recovery and prevention efforts and fight fentanyl and other illegal drugs. The Columbia River Community Health Services in Boardman is one of the clinics and received $295,000. H.R. 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act, passed out of the House in late September 393-8 and days later sailed through the Senate 98-1. Walden, chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said the bill now awaits the president’s signature. He turned over most of the hour-and-15-minute session to hear from doctors, addiction specialists and county officials.

 

INCARCERATION RATES

 

Oregon’s incarceration rate to fall 15% in 10 years

Portland Tribune

The projection, done by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services and published Oct. 1, found that recent legislation lowering mandatory minimums for crimes like theft and identity theft is the driving force behind the reduction. The constitutionality of that reform is being reviewed by the Oregon Supreme Court. “That’s really the sea shift in the last 22 years,” Michael Kennedy, a state economist who authored the forecast, said of the reform. “There was a big move to be harder on crime, and then what we’ve seen in the last 10 years is sort of a moving away from that.”

 

LOCAL

 

Portland Public Schools floats ‘professional conduct’ policy in wake of controversies

Portland Tribune

The announcement of the new “professional conduct between staff and students” policy was Oct. 2 and the public has until at least next Tuesday, Oct. 23, to comment on it. The policy would need to be approved in a second reading at a future board meeting to be officially put into place. The new rules call for many common-sense boundaries, such as that teachers shouldn’t have sex with their students no matter their age. But some of the written limitations have given teachers pause, according to Portland Association of Teachers President Suzanne Cohen. “There is some stuff that is just written a little ambiguously,” Cohen said. Of particular concern are teachers who are also parents of students — would the same cold-shoulder rules apply to their own children or those they know personally?

 

OPINION

 

Support Gary Leif for state representative

The News-Review

Gary serves on the Interim Workforce Development and Higher Education Committee. At a recent hearing in Salem, he asked insightful and penetrating questions. He understands the challenges we face, and he’s working to improve our community. Gary will work to help us gain the skills and training we need for better jobs. We need people in decision making positions who look out for others and care about our future. Gary has my vote. Please join me and vote for Gary Leif for state representative.

 

Candidate Patterson wants to do more for ordinary Oregonians

Deb Patterson

As a candidate, I’m knocking on a lot of doors. Folks are still losing their homes due to medical debt. Family businesses are spending too much on health insurance rather than raises for their employees. I’ve seen healthcare around the world, and I know that we can do better. We can do better for our children, too. In Oregon, we are 48th in graduation rates, and doing poorly in academic achievement. We must invest in career technical education, not just talk about it, in every high school. Large corporations should pay their fair share in educating their workforce. College can be more affordable. We need more support for early childhood education, additional after-school programs, and more help for students with special needs. When students graduate, they need affordable housing, and a dependable income. Doesn’t everyone? Finally, we need to stand up at the state level to protect our environment and the human and civil rights of all who live in Oregon. We need Clean Energy jobs which will be a savvy investment for our future.

 

Guest column: Oregon needs a course correction

The Bend Bulletin

Democrat control in Salem has resulted in the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars on the failed rollout of Cover Oregon and subsequent efforts to remedy the failure; consistently poor graduation rates despite high per capita spending on education; and uncontrolled growth in the PERS deficit thanks to an incestuous relationship between state employee labor unions, Gov. Kate Brown and Democrats in the state Legislature.

 

Guest column: Reckless allegations made against Buehler

The Bend Bulletin

I firmly believe in the state’s responsibility to protect this right for a woman, but I also believe that the state should be responsible with the money it collects from hard-working Oregonians. Reps. Fahey and Williamson, along with Kate Brown, clearly disagree. Knute cares deeply about women’s health care, and was able to push a first-of-its-kind bill through the Legislature allowing over the counter contraception to be sold — a bill that was such a win for women that it was signed into law by Kate Brown herself. Knute’s record and rhetoric on these issues are clear — he’s a pro-choice, pro-woman candidate who will be a great leader as our next governor.

 

Editorial: Bentz for District 30

The Bulletin Editorial Board

Bentz approaches issues in the Legislature by studying first, then asking questions. It’s what he’s done on climate change. Now he hopes lawmakers will set measurable goals that focus on such things as water and mitigation that can make a difference inside Oregon. It’s a thoughtful, careful approach that serves his district well. Voters should elect him to a full term in the Senate this fall.

 

Oregon GOP Calls For Ethics Investigation Into Kate Brown After Undercover Video

Chairman Bill Currier Says Kate Brown Must Not Be Allowed To “Pull A Kitzhaber”

Wilsonville, OR – The Oregon Republican Party’s call for an ethics investigation into Governor Kate Brown, following the release of undercover footage that raised questions into potentially illegal campaign activity, is gaining national attention.

“Kate Brown needs to address the public and answer whether she violated ethics laws by using public funds for campaign purposes, as alleged by her former campaign manager,” said Oregon Republican Party Chair Bill Currier.  “Voters should hear directly from Brown, and Oregonians deserve an independent investigation into these troubling allegations.”

Check out some of the coverage of Kate Brown’s growing ethics scandal:

AP: Oregon GOP ask for ethics investigation into Kate Brown’s campaign

The Oregon Republican Party has filed a complaint with the state’s ethics commission, asking for an investigation into whether Democratic Gov. Kate Brown used public funds for campaign purposes after a video from a conservative activist surfaced.

Washington Times: Oregon GOP files ethics complaint against Gov. Kate Brown after Project Veritas sting

The complaint cited a Project Veritas sting in which former Brown campaign manager Michael Kolenc alleged he was fired in 2016 because Ms. Brown’s chief-of-staff wanted to run the political operation, a violation of state law.

 

Ms. Brown has also packed campaign fundraisers into her government-paid trips for official business, such as a two-day trip in May in which she gave a commencement address in Boulder, Colorado, and hit 10 campaign events at a cost to the state of $8,277, according to a Forbes investigation.

OPB: Oregon Republicans Ask For Ethics Investigation Into Brown Campaign

Kolenc was caught on tape telling Project Veritas’ staffer that Brown’s then-chief of staff Kristen Leonard wanted to “be in charge of everything” and was violating the law by being involved in both Brown’s official capacity and her campaign side. State law prohibits public employees from being involved in the campaign side “while on the job during working hours.”

Forbes: Is Oregon Governor Kate Brown Asking Taxpayers To Fund Her Re-Election Campaign?

According to Oregon law, public funds cannot be used for a political purpose. Yet, data we’ve compiled at OpenTheBooks.com shows a troubling pattern of Governor Kate Brown mixing taxpayer-funded travel with campaign fundraising events.

This pattern could allegedly violate state law or the governor’s own ethics policy, which states, “employees are expressly prohibited from using any work time or any state resources to conduct political activities.”

“The more Kate Brown preaches about her record on ethics, the more her actions show that she doesn’t believe ethics laws apply to her,” added Chair Currier.  “Kate Brown mustn’t be allowed to ‘Pull a Kitzhaber’ and dupe voters by dodging scrutiny for her troubling ethics until after election day.”

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

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https://oregon.gop/icymi-orp-calls-for-ethics-investigation-into-kate-brown-2018-10-12

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

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