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

Anne Marie Gurney shared the following information with us.

From the Freedom Foundation:


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


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


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




EDITORIAL: Richardson’s audit alert was a bullseye

The Bend Bulletin


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


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

Oregon House Floor: May 17, 2017




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Shameful partisanship in health care tax fight




Editorial: Shameful partisanship in health care tax fight

The Bend Bulletin Editorial Board

The Legislature’s committee to write up the ballot information for a challenge to a health care tax was a blatant partisan creation from the beginning. It was created by Democrats and pushed the limits of what legislators can do to tilt the outcome of a vote.

House Speaker Tina Kotek, a Democrat, just tilted it a bit more by making appointments to the committee without consulting with the minority party as required by House rules.

The fight is at its heart a dispute over how to pay for health care. The state’s Medicaid program had a funding problem.

Democrats funded it in part with House Bill 2391 and its new 1.5 percent premium tax on health plans. But it was not a 1.5 percent premium tax on all health plans. The bill picks and chooses. People who buy their coverage on the health exchange pay the tax. Some state employees pay the tax. Employees who get insurance through self-insured companies don’t pay. How is that fair?

The bill’s passage was a squeaker. House Democrats needed one Republican vote to get the three-fifths supermajority required for new taxes. Republican Rep. Sal Esquivel of Medford complied. Some Republicans began working on a challenge to HB 2391 at the ballot.

Democrats weren’t done. They turned their attention to making it harder for that ballot challenge to succeed. Senate Bill 229 was originally a series of technical fixes to state election law. Democrats added on a provision aimed at controlling information. Normally, when there is a ballot measure, a balanced committee is formed to write the ballot title and explanatory statements. Democrats wrote in language that enabled them to stack the committee for this ballot measure with four Democrats and two Republicans.

Then on Monday, Kotek added another dose of partisanship. She failed to follow the appointment process outlined in House Rule 8.05 (3) when making appointments to the committee. The rule requires the House Speaker to consult in good faith with elected leaders of each caucus when making appointments to committees. She did not bother to consult with Republicans.

It’s shameful that Democrats in the Legislature would create such lopsided taxes and a lopsided committee. Kotek made it worse.



House Republicans respond to latest tax and fee hike proposals from Governor Brown’s PERS task force



House Republicans respond to latest tax and fee hike proposals from Governor Brown’s PERS task force


Salem, Ore. – House Republicans issued the following statement in response to the latest proposals brought forward by Governor Kate Brown’s PERS task force. OPB reported Monday afternoon the proposals floated included a 10% surcharge on fees, including hunting licenses and vehicle registrations, higher beer and wine taxes, and other ideas that “could hit Oregonians in their bank accounts.”


Statement from House GOP spokesman Preston Mann:


“It’s unfortunate that Governor Brown’s PERS task force has adopted the myth perpetuated by Democratic leadership that the most effective way to address our unfunded pension liability is through higher taxes and fees. That simply is not true. The best way to reduce our pension deficit is to require current employees to contribute their fair share toward their retirement accounts. This isn’t rocket science.”




McLane rebukes Kotek for Violating House Rules, Committee Appointment Process




Salem, Ore. – House Republican Leader Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte) today issued a rebuke of House Speaker Tina Kotek for her failure to follow the committee appointment process outlined in House Rule 8.05 (3). The rule requires the Speaker to consult in good faith with elected leaders of each caucus when making appointments to committees. No such consultation took place prior to Speaker Kotek’s appointment of members to the Joint Interim Committee on Referendum 301.


“I have been an outspoken critic of the committee appointment process because I believe it puts too much power in the hands of a partisan politician without any kind of check or balance,” said Rep. McLane. “In response to my criticisms prior to the 2017 session, the House approved a rule change that required the Speaker to consult with other caucus leaders before making appointments. I did not believe that change went far enough, but I expected the Speaker to honor the letter and spirit of the change adopted by the House. Her actions today violated that rule change because she failed to work with, let alone consult, the House Republican leadership on what member would serve on the Joint Interim Committee on Referendum 301.


House Rule 8.5 (3) reads:


In determining committee appointments, the Speaker shall consult in good faith with the elected leader of each caucus.


The Joint Interim Committee on Referendum 301 is the committee charged with drafting the ballot title for a citizen referendum related to the referral of HB 2391, otherwise known as the “healthcare provider tax.”


“I’m very disappointed that Speaker Kotek would choose to violate House Rules on an issue as important as this one,” concluded Rep. McLane.




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Gov. Brown taking a road trip to Bend

Bend Bulletin

McLane confirmed late Wednesday that he was mulling over overtures from conservative Republican activist to get into the governor’s primary against Buehler. Conservative activists who opposed having Buehler, a pro-choice Republican, as the party’s candidate in 2018 approached McLane about running as an alternative to Buehler in the May 2018 primary. McLane was in Gleneden Beach on Thursday, where he spoke to the annual convention of the The Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council. The group represents more than 25,000 construction workers around the state. McLane said good public policy would only come when Democrats allowed Republicans their rightful place at the bargaining table. “All too often in Oregon, the only negotiations going on are between the left wing and the really, really left wing,” McLane told the convention, according to a statement from the House Republican leadership office.


Investigation of rumors Oregon lawmaker made hottest-lobbyists list ‘ongoing,’ officials say

The Oregonian

State officials are wrapping up a wide-ranging investigation into allegations that a lawmaker ranked female lobbyists by their looks. They also are checking the lawmaker’s claim that Salem insiders who spread rumors of a “hottest lobbyists list” violated his civil rights. A fact-finding inquiry into allegations surrounding Rep. Diego Hernandez is “ongoing,” Dexter Johnson, head attorney at the Legislature, said Thursday.




Two More Gray Wolves to Be Killed, Intensifying Debate Over Oregon’s Policy

Willamette Week

“ODFW has said that 90% of the cattle have been moved from the pasture, and the rest are being moved right now, yet they are going to kill wolves anyway,” said Amaroq Weiss, West Coast wolf advocate for the Center for Biological Diversity. “That doesn’t sound like a decision to conserve wolves or protect livestock. That just sounds like revenge.”


Oregon Officials Authorizing Wolf Killing, Saying Non-Lethal Efforts Failed

Oregon Public Broadcasting

The rancher had requested the entire pack’s elimination. Instead, the state will start with the removal of two wolves and monitor the situation. More will be killed if depredations continue. Officials also plan to stop killing wolves once grazing cattle have left the pasture where depredations have occurred. “While it’s disheartening for some people to see ODFW killing wolves, our agency is called to manage wildlife in a manner consistent with other land uses, and to protect the social and economic interests of all Oregonians while it conserves gray wolves,” ODFW Director Curt Melcher said in a statement. “It’s important that we address and limit wolf-livestock problems while also ensuring a healthy wolf population. Lethal control is identified in the Oregon Wolf Plan as a needed tool we use when non-lethal measures alone are unsuccessful in resolving conflict.”




With School Starting, PPS Students Still Can’t Drink From Water Fountains

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Portland Public School students will still not be able to use campus water fountains when the new academic year starts next week.  “The hope is — and what all the indications are — is that the fixture replacement alone will take care of the lead problem,” said Dave Northfield, PPS’ director of media relations.




Chetco Bar Fire Promises More Fear And Uncertainty For Southwest Oregon

Oregon Public Broadcasting

The Chetco Bar Fire is the nation’s top priority wildfire and has burned more than 100,000 acres since its start last month. It’s also forced about 4,000 people from their homes under mandatory evacuation orders.


Chetco Bar fire near doorstep in Brookings as residents prepare to leave

The Oregonian

“The city has been actively engaged in getting prepared for more than a week,” Milliman said Friday morning. That preparation has included “getting our water system ready, making sure the water storage capacity is maintained at the highest possible level,” Milliman said. “We are encouraging citizens to conserve water and to take note that there is a threat.” The growing Chetco Bar wildfire prompted officials to issue a Level 1 warning for Brookings, a city of about 6,500 residents, at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Level 1 means people should be prepared to leave their homes.


Brookings Bracing For Predicted Weather Which Could Impact Fire


Oregon State Representative David Brock Smith says, “The growth of the fire and marine layer that came in Monday, we weren’t able to get air assets in of any significance until yesterday, so our air personnel have been waiting, we need to have the best resources to fight this fire.” The fire’s estimated containment date is in October, which is why the community is sticking together for the long road ahead. Oregon State Representative David Brock Smith says, “I worked with Commissioner Boyce to get the fairgrounds in Curry County and Del Norte County open for livestock. The AG Community has been fantastic, in working together and treating neighbors and strangers alike and making sure their horses, and cows, and pigs, and sheep have a place to go.”




Traffic jams undermine essential bus service

Portland Tribune

TriMet is hopeful such corridor improvements can improve bus service, despite the growing congestion. “Based on experience in our region and around the world, TriMet believes that the types of transit priority treatments noted in the presentation can make a significant difference in travel speed and reliability, though the effectiveness and applicability of these treatments are context-sensitive,” said TriMet spokesman Tommy Moore. Bertelsen said costs will likely vary between the corridors, with some only requiring work on bottlenecks and others needing the complete “toolbox” of options. “It’s too soon to tell what the costs might be,” she said.



Oregon cops band together to push for more state oversight

The Oregonian

Swanson is now spearheading a small group of mostly police officers who are working to make sure derelict cops like Green don’t get a pass. The public call to reform the profession from within stands out in a national climate where police often close ranks around officers accused of wrongdoing. “We’re not trying to get cops in trouble,” said George Dominy, a retired Lebanon police officer who serves as the group’s spokesman. “We’re just trying to bring our profession back up to where it needs to be.”


Multnomah County gets serious about selling long-empty Wapato Jail

The Oregonian

After spending $58 million to construct the never-used Wapato Jail and another $300,000 a year to maintain it, Multnomah County is looking to recoup at least some of its costs by selling the North Portland property. To that end, the county announced Thursday that it has hired the commercial real estate firm CBRE to market the property. The county has already received multiple unsolicited offers, one of which – $10 million in cash from a Santa Monica developer – is still on the table.




Cascade-Siskiyou on Zinke’s downsizing list

Mail Tribune

The Washington Post reported today that multiple sources familiar with Zinke’s draft report said it identified the recently expanded Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument for downsizing, but the Post report did not include any specifics about what areas would be chopped.


Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument would shrink under Trump administration plan

The Oregonian

Zinke had been expected to release a detailed report Thursday outlining his recommendations for the roughly two dozen federal monuments included in the review, but a report never materialized. Instead, the agency issued an eight-paragraph statement that contained no specifics about what the recommendations meant for the protected areas. Bryan Hockaday, Gov. Kate Brown’s spokesman, said the Interior Department had not shared the report with Oregon’s top officials. “It seems like the DC media is the best source of information for us,” Hockaday said in an interview.



Cylvia Hayes’ latest advice: ‘Don’t do what I did!’

The Oregonian

Oregon’s former first lady Cylvia Hayes is out with new advice for people who hope to avoid jeopardizing their reputations: “Don’t do what I did!” In an essay on the website of a Monrovia, California crisis management firm, Hayes traces her public relations problems back to an October, 2014 article in Willamette Week that reported Hayes used her public position for personal gain.




Portland Council, At Odds With DA, Solidifies Police Shooting Overhaul

Oregon Public Broadcasting

The council unanimously supported an ordinance that requires officers to give statements within 48 hours of a shooting, unless they are physically incapacitated. The compelled statements would be used to evaluate whether an officer violated his training and should be disciplined or fired. For Mayor Ted Wheeler, who has tried to position himself as a reformer on policing issues, the unanimous vote was a significant political victory. “With regard to the 48-hour rule, ending it has been part of my policing agenda since the day I decided to run,” he said at the outset of the council’s deliberations.




Editorial: Sign petition if you don’t like gun bill

Bend Bulletin

The bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Kate Brown on Aug. 16, aims to make it easier to take a deadly weapon away from someone believed to be suicidal. While its aim is surely good, the law itself is too far from perfect to remain on the books. Perhaps the law’s major flaw is the way it tramples on the rights of the person who would be targeted by the law.


Editorial: Wilderness doesn’t mix with civilization

Bend Bulletin

As Bend residents suffer under a pall of smoke this week, they should give some thought to their neighbors to the north at Crooked River Ranch. The ranch lies next to the Deschutes Canyon-Steelhead Falls Wilderness Study Area. As the Chetco Bar Fire near Brookings on the Oregon Coast has shown, wilderness and civilization do not mix.




Greg Walden on Bundy-led standoffs: Protesters ‘need not be armed’

The Oregonian

The congressman — Oregon’s only Republican in the delegation — visited Intel’s Hillsboro facilities with House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday for tax reform talks. During a press conference, The Oregonian/OregonLive asked Walden what, if anything, Congress should do to deter future would-be insurrections on federal property. Here’s Walden’s full response:



RNC votes to condemn white supremacists over groans of some

The Associated Press

Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, the RNC approved a raft of resolutions, including one asserting “Nazis, the KKK, white supremacists and others are repulsive, evil and have no fruitful place in the United States.”


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Oregon Republican Party Statement on Charlottesville Condemning White Nationalists and All Hate Filled Violence

Chair Currier Urges Leaders to Come Together to Defend Values of Equality, Free Speech and Peaceful Assembly

Wilsonville, OR – The Oregon Republican Party has issued the following statement from Chairman Bill Currier unequivocally condemning white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazis and all groups that perpetrate hate-filled violence:

Dear Oregonians,

The actions of white nationalists in Charlottesville demand the strongest forms of condemnation.  We will not stand for displays of hate, racism, bigotry or violence in our country, and especially at home here in Oregon.

It is imperative that we all stand together in unison against the hate-filled agenda of white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazis, and other groups that perpetuate violence instead of meaningful dialogue, and who seek to divide our nation.  We cannot allow these organizations to feel enabled by the silence or passiveness of public leadership.

Our nation is stronger when we all come together to defend our values of equality, free speech and peaceful assembly.  As such, we, fully disavow the hate, racism, bigotry and violence of all supremacist movements and call upon our state and national leadership to do the same.


Chairman Bill Currier
Oregon Republican Party

P.S. – We want to extend our appreciation to the Democratic Party of Oregon and DPO Chair Jeanne Atkins for their suggestion of a joint statement and the initial draft they provided for consideration.  While we were ultimately unable to craft a mutually acceptable statement, the process was a welcome opportunity to explore possible areas of common ground.  The underlining in the statement above indicates language added by the ORP to the original statement proposed by the DPO.

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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