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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National Employee Freedom Week!

The Right to Choose or Reject Union Representation Respects Workers

Posted: 21 Aug 2017 05:00 AM PDT

 By Kathryn Hickok

Why do many workers choose to opt out of union membership? Some believe they can make better use of their money than giving it to a union. Others “vote with their feet” against what they perceive to be poor union service or negotiating results. Still others leave because they oppose their unions’ political positions. They simply don’t want to support an organization that promotes different political beliefs from their own.

August 20-26, 2017 is National Employee Freedom Week, a national effort to inform union members about their freedom to opt out of union membership if they choose and to make decisions about labor representation and the use of their union dues.

Many recent scientific surveys have been conducted to see how the public and members of union households think about these issues. In 2015, National Employee Freedom Week asked members of union households this question:

“Are you aware that you can opt-out of union membership and of paying a portion of your union dues without losing your job or any other penalty?” 

Surprisingly, over 27 percent of Oregon union household members surveyed that year answered No. This implies that a large number of Oregon’s current union membership of 228,000 may not realize that membership and some dues are optional.

The right to work without third-party interference is more than an economic issue; it is a profoundly moral one as well. In America, no one should be compelled to join a union or to pay union dues in order to hold a job. For more information about how employee choice can benefit Oregon workers, visit oregonemployeechoice.com.

Kathryn Hickok is Publications Director at Cascade Policy Institute, Oregon’s free market public policy research organization.

Not forgetting the three who died in Charlottesville

Posted: 20 Aug 2017 02:58 PM PDT

By Jason Williams,

The Charlottesville death of Heather Heyer represents a threat to our right to protest from violence, and the troopers (H.Jay Cullen, Berke M.M. Bates) represent our rights to be protected from political harassment and violence.    Trump and Fox News chose to focus on other things this week, but I did not want to miss the moment to honor the Men in Blue and stand by Freedom of Speech in the Charlottesville tragedy anniversary week.  It matters to me because in Oregon we never know if our rights today will be the same tomorrow.   Of all the important ramifications and debate of Charlotesville the fact remains that these three lost their lives.   I hope my clumsy artwork honors them.

— Jason Williams is the founder and Executive Director of the Taxpayer Association of Oregon

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Oregon House Daily Clips





Health Authority’s acting director aims to heal troubled agency

Portland Tribune

Allen on Friday confirmed to the Tribune that, as rumored, he’s thrown his hat in the ring to permanently replace Saxton to head the 4,000-person agency. Ken Provencher, president and chief executive officer of the health insurer PacificSource, called Allen a great choice by Brown, describing him as “a very capable leader with a high level of integrity.” Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland, said, “I think he’s a fabulous guy. He’s straightforward, he’s smart, he takes responsibility. I think he’ll do great at OHA. I have great confidence in Pat Allen.”


Judge: EWEB, EPUD due refunds for overcollection by Oregon Department of Energy


The Eugene Water & ­Electric Board and the Emerald People’s Utility District were among the 10 public utilities that successfully sued the state ­Department of Energy over collection of the so-called energy supplier ­assessment, or ESA. Spokeswoman Rachel Wray said the agency is reviewing the ruling and studying its options. She said state lawmakers approved increased funding in the agency’s two-year budget for litigation expenses “in anticipation of a lengthy process,” indicating an appeal is very likely.


Governor to sign transportation bill in Ontario

Capitol Press

Gov. Kate Brown will travel to Ontario Aug. 28 to hold a ceremonial signing of the state’s $5.3 billion transportation bill, which provides funding for a major rail transload facility in Malheur County.Bentz said the transload facility “is a great, big deal to this community and I think she understands that and wants to share in the hope this brings to this community.” Bentz said ag industry leaders will be notified once specific times and places for Brown’s visit are set.


Japanese plant wins $103K state grant

The Newberg Graphic

“This investment affirms St. Cousair’s promise to create and maintain jobs right here in Newberg, and I’m certainly hopeful that this is just the beginning of a lasting and mutually beneficial partnership between St. Cousair and the people of Oregon.” Brown told a crowd picnicking in a field near the factory Aug. 9. “We know, certainly, the economic growth we’ve seen (after the) recession has really been in our metropolitan areas, and I’m just very committed to making sure that the economy thrives in urban and in rural Oregon,” she said.




OEA’s new president seeks conservative inclusion

Portland Tribune

As the freshly minted president of the Oregon Education Association, Larson hopes to bring his bipartisan background to make the state’s largest labor union more effective in building support for public education. “We tend to be viewed as a liberal organization, but the reality is more than one-third of our members are conservatives,” Larson said.




Chetco Bar fire explodes; residents told to evacuate along Highway 101

Mail Tribune

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved federal funding to aid firefighting and life-saving effort costs at the Chetco Bar fire in Curry County. Curry County residents living along Highway 101 north of Brookings were warned to evacuate their homes Sunday after the Chetco Bar Fire made a westward run toward the coast. The Level 3 immediate evacuation order was issued at 5 p.m. Sunday for residents living along Highway 101 and east to Carpenterville Road starting just north of Brookings to the Pistol River area. Crews were going door to door to order immediate evacuations along Carpenterville Road, which runs about mile east of Highway 101.


Red Cross shelters evacuees as coastal fire grows

The Associated Press

A wildfire burning for more than a month has grown dramatically in recent days, forcing evacuations in southwest Oregon. The Red Cross said Monday it provided shelter to about 50 people who evacuated their homes because of the lightning-caused blaze that’s scorching the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.


Evacuation warning issued for Black Butte Ranch

Bend Bulletin

Black Butte Ranch west of Sisters was warned Monday of a possible evacuation due to the growing Milli Fire. Several subdivisions west of Sisters remain evacuated.


Where The Wildfires Are In The Pacific Northwest

Oregon Public Broadcasting

The summer has brought little rainfall, prompting fire protection districts and associations to declare fire season as conditions become drier and the temperatures rise. On Aug. 2, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency as wildfire danger increased across the state. Below, find a list of this season’s active wildfires in Oregon and southern Washington. This summer is expected to be average for wildfire activity.



Eclipse makes for spotty sales

Bend Bulletin

But other shop owners were disappointed that the crowds didn’t materialize, at least not in downtown Bend. Concerns about heavy traffic prompted some tourists to cancel hotel reservations in Bend, and locals appeared to be staying home. “I just think the overall hype, talking about how busy it was going to be, influenced people to not come at all,” said Jason Lusk, special projects and information specialist at Visit Bend.


Eclipse Mania Fizzles on the Coast, Leaving Some Businesses Disappointed

Willamette Week

“Business was probably the slowest it has been all summer, until right after the eclipse,” says Roxanne Talbot of Mo’s Chowder in Lincoln City. With prices too high for regular beachcombers, when reports of rain and fog came at the end of last week many beach-side cities didn’t get the bump they’d hoped for.


Crowds gather at Capitol to view eclipse

Portland Tribune

“The sun is winning!” said Secretary of State Dennis Richardson as the moon continued its journey. People applauded and cheered after the darkness lifted. Afterward, Brown appeared in awe. “It is a euphoric feeling,” Brown said. “It was absolutely stunning. There is no way to describe it in words.”


Most places in Oregon, huge eclipse crowds did not materialize – making for a relaxed viewing atmosphere


After a weekend during which crowds of visitors consistently came in under expectations all along the eclipse’s path of totality in Oregon, many Lane County residents on Monday seemed happy to watch the rare eclipse at home or at work outside the path of totality, rather than travel to a prime local viewing area or drive into the path of totality.




PacificSource Health Plans reports rising profits and revenues in first half of its fiscal year

In a statement, Peter Davidson, PacificSource executive vice president and chief financial officer, said the firm’s diversified approach across different insurance markets and geographies is helping the company in a challenging time for the insurance industry. “We continue to see steady growth in our commercial lines of business as well as improvements in the performance of the individual and small employer group markets,” he said. “Additionally, we’ve had great success this year in helping self-insured employers with their company health plans.”




Oregon Democrats hold the legislature, but crossover voting gives GOP a boost

Daily Kos

Daily Kos Elections’ project to calculate the 2016 presidential results for every state legislative seat in the nation comes to Oregon, a rare state where Democrats have control over both the governorship and both houses of the legislature.




Oregon leadership split on level of Trump criticism

Bend Bulletin

In Oregon, state Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, has maintained a consistent if low-key and measured response to Trump going back to the Republican primary. Buehler called on Trump last week to respond directly to radical right violence. “As Patty and I pray for those killed and injured in Charlottesville, we encourage the President to provide moral clarity required to condemn racism, fascism, and bigotry,” Buehler said. “Here in Oregon and across our great nation, we as a free people must be united in our rejection of such hatred with no qualifications whatsoever.”




Editorial: Portland schools must strengthen teacher accountability in service of students

The Oregonian

It cannot be understated that the vast majority of teachers are honorable and committed to keeping their students safe — state laws and contract language should be working just as hard. The provisions that hold teachers accountable should be strengthened to reflect the important and vulnerable population these professionals serve. Our children.


Editorial: Don’t touch the animals? Not fair!

Portland Tribune

The decision to keep the fair a hands-on experience was a sensible one, and we encourage all local fair organizers — including those planning the 2018 event in Washington County — to do the same.


Guest column: Improving flows in the Deschutes River

Craig Horrell is the district manager for the Central Oregon Irrigation District

Upper Deschutes River winter flows are anticipated to dramatically increase from 100 cfs to new flow rates determined through a Habitat Conservation Plan Take Permit to be issued by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on July 31, 2019, significantly improving river health and habitat for listed and threatened ESA species, including the Oregon spotted frog. As stewards of our most precious resource, the goal of the districts is to deliver water efficiently to each of their patrons, while ensuring the needs of the community and the environment are met.




House Speaker Paul Ryan Comes to Portland’s Waverley Country Club Aug. 23 to Raise Money for Greg Walden

Willamette Week

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) will venture into unfriendly territory this week as he travels to Portland to host a fundraiser for his colleague, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) The event will be held in Portland on Wednesday Aug. 23 from 4 to 5:30 pm and will benefit the Walden Victory Fund, which he uses to support other candidates. The price tag: $2,700 per person for a “photo opportunity” or $1,000 per person simply to attend the reception.



‘We Are Not Nation-Building Again,’ Trump Says While Unveiling Afghanistan Strategy

National Public Radio

President Trump declared that a hasty withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan “would create a vacuum” and that America is “not nation-building again; we are killing terrorists.” In a nationally broadcast address from Fort Myer in Virginia, Trump said he shares the American people’s “frustration” with the long-running war in Afghanistan and that his “original instinct was to pull out.” But he said the security threats the U.S. faces are “immense.”


US says some remains of sailors found on USS John McCain

The Associated Press

“The divers were able to locate some remains in those sealed compartments during their search today,” Swift said, adding that it was “premature to say how many and what the status of recovery of those bodies is.” “We will continue the search and rescue operations until the probability of discovering sailors is exhausted,” Swift said.


Speaker Paul Ryan at CNN town hall: Trump ‘messed up’ Charlottesville reaction

The Washington Post

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Monday that he was disappointed with President Donald Trump’s failure to denounce white supremacists in the wake of violence at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, but Ryan said he would not endorse an effort to formally censure Trump for his response. “I do believe he messed up in his comments on Tuesday,” Ryan said during a town hall on CNN. “I do think he could have done better.”


Kate Brown Hired OHA Staffer Who Crafted Agency Plan to Smear Health Provider


Oregon GOP Chair Asks “Is this the Governor’s Idea of Cleaning House?”


Wilsonville, OR – More disturbing details continue to emerge regarding Democrat Governor Kate Brown’s egregious lack of transparency in dealing with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Director’s shocking plans to publicly vilify a Portland-based healthcare provider using public resources.  Not only did Brown refuse to take any immediate action against top OHA staffers who crafted the plans, it has now been revealed that she has hired one of them onto her own team for an economic development position in Eastern Oregon.


The Register Guard reports:


”If it were up to Gov. Kate Brown, you wouldn’t know that her former advisor, Richard Whitman, is ‘very intelligent and well-spoken and very well-versed in Oregon environmental and natural resources policy.’


You wouldn’t know that a recruitment firm, which Oregon paid $65,000 to find the department’s next leader, ‘strongly recommended’ Whitman. Or that the recruiters thought the other finalist, Leanne Tippett Mosby, should be strongly considered but would need orientation before starting


Brown’s office deleted the opinions offered by the state’s recruiters before releasing records about the search process requested by The Oregonian/OregonLive.


The information would’ve remained a state secret — except the state Department of Environmental Quality already released the same records to the newsroom without redactions, offering a complete picture of what Brown tried to shield from public view…



Records previously obtained by The Oregonian/OregonLive have revealed contradictions in Brown’s reasoning for firing the appointees. While the governor has repeatedly said she supports Whitman, she has also said she was unhappy with the almost year-long search that netted him. Emails have shown that Brown tried to prevent Whitman’s hiring, threatening to pick the next environmental quality leader herself.


The contradictions have cast a shadow over the new director at a time when he’s supposed to be leading major change at the agency in charge of protecting Oregon’s air and water.


Brown’s redactions are particularly remarkable since they were made by a governor for whom transparency has been a hallmark since she replaced Gov. John Kitzhaber in 2015.”


“Governor Brown not only seems incapable of restoring Oregonians’ trust in state government, but now we are finding out that she is staffing her office with the very same ‘dirty tricks’ operatives implicated in the OHA scandal,” stated Oregon GOP Chairman Bill Currier.  “Is this the Governor’s idea of cleaning house?


“For a Governor taking office promising accountability and transparency in the wake of disgraced Democrat Ex-Governor John Kitzhaber’s scandalous resignation, Brown is proving to be at the heart of Salem’s Dirty Government corruption problem.”


“Every week brings more stories that suggest that Kate Brown’s leadership is just a continuation of her party’s corrupt insider culture to further their own ends,” added Currier.  “It is becoming more obvious that she is unfit to serve another term as Oregon’s chief executive.”




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Oregon House Daily Clips







Report: Oregon’s $5.3 Billion Transportation Package Ignores Safety

Willamette Week

“The really bad news–which you also won’t find mentioned in the ODOT ‘performance’ report–is the fact that not only are we not making progress on Vision Zero, we’re losing ground in a big way,” Cortright writes. “Oregon is currently experiencing an epidemic of roadway deaths. Fatalities on Oregon roadways are up 58 percent since 2013. Crashes killed 495 Oregonians in 2016, up from 313 in 2013.” But the focus of the transportation package is on big highway projects, which aren’t a leading cause of fatal crashes. Instead, state figures show, a disproportionate number of deaths occur on secondary roads and city streets.




Rural Oregonians still face Death with Dignity barriers

Bend Bulletin

The challenge is more evident in Central Oregon, where the region’s only hospital provider, St. Charles Health System, does not allow its doctors to sign for patients, citing religious objections. That leaves a small handful of doctors, most of whom don’t wish to be named, willing to sign for patients. Oregon’s historic right-to-die law is almost elusive to those in rural areas. Of the 1,127 Oregonians who died using Death with Dignity medication between 1998 and 2016, 88 lived east of the Cascade Range, including in Central and Eastern Oregon.


More time for insurers to calculate 2018 rates

New York Times News Service

The Trump administration is giving health insurance companies more time to calculate price increases for 2018 because of uncertainty caused by the president’s threat to cut off crucial subsidies paid to insurers on behalf of millions of low-income people. Federal health officials said the deadline for insurers to file their rate requests would be extended by nearly three weeks, to Sept. 5.




River guides face more stringent standards

Mail Tribune

Ordered to do so by the Oregon Legislature, the Marine Board proposed these changes for about 200 fishing guides who work only in Oregon rivers not deemed federally navigable, such as the upper Rogue River, according to the Marine Board.




Deschutes conservation planning picks up this week

Bend Bulletin

The next phase of the nearly decade long process of creating a habitat conservation plan for the Deschutes River Basin will begin in Bend and Madras on Monday. “I think the complexity of the Deschutes Basin and the parties involved makes this a challenge,” said Mike Britton, president of the Deschutes Basin Board of Control, a collection of eight irrigation districts that operate in Central Oregon.




Landlords appeal ruling upholding Portland tenant protections

Portland Tribune

“Though we appreciate the time and effort the court expended on this case, we still strongly believe the ordinance will only aggravate Portland’s housing crisis. The court failed to see it for what it is — disguised rent control, which violates state statutes and the Oregon Constitution,” says attorney John DiLorenzo, who represents the landords, Phillip Owen and Michael Feves. Eudaly issued the following statement in response: “The ruling from Judge Breithaupt was clear and comprehensive. It is disappointing that DiLorenzo and the landlord lobby continue to waste time and money fighting the city in its efforts to stabilize families in their homes. Their time might be better spent helping us find additional solutions to the housing crisis instead of trying to take away the only tool we have to help vulnerable people.”




Rain offers firefighters brief  reprieve


“It mitigated the intensity,” Bonnie Gisler, a spokeswoman for the Department of Forestry, said Sunday of the rain’s impact on the Whitewater Fire. She said the movement of the fire had been downgraded from “aggressive” to “moderate.”


Rain Helps Firefighters Make Progress On Warm Springs Fire

The Associated Press

A fire burning in central Oregon has spread but fire officials say light rain and cooler temperatures Sunday helped slow the fire’s progress. The blaze near the Warm Springs Reservation was about 60 percent contained as of Monday morning, according to the Warm Springs Agency. The fire has burned more than 40,000 acres since it started on Aug. 8.


Wildfires rage as cooler temperatures arrive

The Oregonian

Wildfires are burning across the region, closing some wilderness areas to visitors and putting residents on alert. The cooler temperatures and rainfall have been a relief to crews battling flames on tens of thousands of acres. Nevertheless, the Bureau of Land Management said that starting Monday campfires and other flames will be banned on its acreage in the Cascades and Upper Willamette areas of Northwest Oregon. Here’s a look at some of the wildfires:



Is Multnomah County’s Political Contribution Cap Constitutional?

Oregon Public Broadcasting

“This case could bring to life the 2006 measure that the Supreme Court so far has said is just dormant,” said Greg Chaimov, a former chief lawyer for the state Legislature who is representing several business groups challenging the Multnomah County limits.


Woman to be sentenced for DHS fraud case


A 28-year-old woman accused of cheating the state out of nearly $200,000 is expected to be sentenced and ordered to pay back only $75,000 in restitution.




Guest Opinion: Bills would improve the VA for Oregon veterans

Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, represents the 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House

Veterans in Oregon and across the country deserve quality care in a timely manner when they go to the VA. Unfortunately, long wait times at many facilities have resulted in delayed access to essential health services, especially in rural and underserved areas in Oregon. We can and must solve this problem, and I’ve sponsored legislation to help.


Guest Opinion: My health care is at stake

Maleta Christian of Myrtle Creek

For me, and for the people like me who cannot afford even higher premiums or to lose health care altogether, the stakes are very high. We just narrowly escaped an immediate rollback of health care coverage at the federal level. The fact we are facing similar cuts from our local politicians is incredibly disheartening and frightening. Secretary of State Richardson, Julie Parrish, and Cedric Hayden should hold themselves to the highest ethical standard in this election and be fully transparent and forthright about Richardson’s conflict of interest issues.


Guest Opinion: Crooked River Ranch needs a different solution

Robert Windlinx Jr. lives in Terrebonne

All of this can be achieved in a collaborative package if our leaders in Congress work together. I invite Walden, Wyden and Merkley to come to Central Oregon to meet with the many people in our community who are eager to see some real bipartisan action on our public lands. They might be surprised by how easily we can help them come up with a win-win solution that will protect Whychus-Deschutes while making Crooked River Ranch residents much safer than we are today.


Guest Opinion: Why marijuana isn’t just ‘cannabis’

Daniel Sweeney is a farmer who lives in Talent, Oregon.

Marijuana. Pot. Weed. Ganja. Reefer. Whacky tobacky. There are countless names for the drug that has become a cultural mainstay in America today. But the people who grow and sell it, the people who make up — and cater to — the booming industry that is “marijuana,” invariably refer to the drug as “cannabis.” Consciously or not, this is an attempt to reform the public’s view of an increasingly powerful psychoactive drug.


Good News Update

GOOD NEWS (You won’t see in the newspapers or on television)


US Created 209,000 Jobs in July, Crushing Expectations: http://www.breitbart.com/economics/2017/08/04/july-jobs-creation/


America Created 1 Million Jobs in Trump’s First Six Months: http://www.breitbart.com/economics/2017/08/04/1-million-jobs/

We’re On Track To Create 25 Million New Jobs Under Trump: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2017/08/04/friendly-reminder-were-on-track-to-create-25-million-new-jobs-under-trump-n2364715

Pro-Minimum Wage Protests Evaporate: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2017/08/11/collapse-prominimum-wage-protests-evaporate-thanks-to-an-ironic-reason-n2367285

Companies Hire Americans Instead of Foreign Visa Workers: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/11/winning-companies-hire-americans-instead-foreign-visa-workers/

U.S. Corporations See Best Earnings in 13 Years: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/11/in-trump-era-u-s-corporations-see-best-earnings-13-years/

Trump slows federal regulations to a crawl in first six months: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/08/11/less-is-more-trump-slows-federal-regs-to-crawl-in-first-six-months.html

Homeland Security Immigration Crackdown Success — Even Without Wall: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/11/nuclear-option-homeland-security-immigration-crackdown-success-even-without-wall/

Trump quietly putting his stamp on the courts: http://thehill.com/regulation/administration/346248-trump-quietly-putting-his-stamp-on-the-courts

Democrats Could Lose Five Senate Seats in 2018: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/10/fivethirtyeight-dems-could-lose-five-senate-seats-remain-house-minority-in-one-of-most-positive-2018-outcomes/




Democrats new slogan: http://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2017/08/04

Government should stay out of healthcare: http://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2017/08/05

General Kelly takes over as WH Chief of Staff: http://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2017/08/06

Words versus deeds: http://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2017/08/09

Fire and fury: http://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2017/08/11


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CARTELS: ODOE acting like a cartel not a state agency, says Olsen


from the office of


SALEM, Ore.-Willamette Week’s Nigel Jaquiss broke news that  a Marion County Circuit Court judge on Wednesday “potentially blew a hole in the budget of the embattled Oregon Department of Energy.“The judge, Tracy Prall, ruled the failing Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) improperly collected millions and millions of dollars from a suite of nine public utilities.


Prall says the questionable state agency must fork over the money, back to the utilities, that it should have never had in the first place. Republicans have been key critics of the crumbling state agency saying that it perpetuates a culture of wrongdoing in the executive branch. ODOE has been enmeshed in a long-running scandal that included, reported Jaquiss, “an admission from a former agency employee that he accepted bribes related to one tax credit project.”


The Oregon Justice Department (ODOJ) reported that a former ODOE official pleaded guilty to shoveling up over $291,000 in kickbacks tied to the laundering of state energy tax credits. The Associated Press reported that The Oregonian reported “Joe Colello, who managed tax credit sales for the department, pleaded guilty Tuesday to racketeering, receiving bribes, aggravated theft, tax evasion and official misconduct charges.” When Colello was caught for his culture of corrupted behavior he said, “I’m dirty.”


Jaquiss pointed out in his report that Republicans have called for the agency to be abolished. State Sen. Alan Olsen, R-Canby, has been at the tip of the spear fighting to shine a light on the shadowy state agency that he says should be defunded. ODOE collects energy supplier assessments from utilities, and in 2015, the utilities sued the state agency charging they failed to comply with law to explain why they were being assessed, how the money was being collected and how the money would then be used. That total amount was about $6.5 million a year, reported Jaquiss. Olsen sponsored legislation this year to reform ODOE but Senate Democrats killed his bills. Olsen says Republicans “seem to be the only people in the building who want to actually do something about runaway state agencies.”


Olsen released the following statement:


“When is this so-called ‘energy department’ going to be held accountable for its egregious misbehavior. The rampant misbehavior of ODOE spits of gangster government – when you have state agencies acting like cartels rather than working for the hardworking taxpayers of Oregon. They are not protecting the environment. They are not protecting people. They are hurting them and they are harming the environment. Keeping state agencies under control shouldn’t be a partisan issue. I’m calling on my colleagues in the state legislature to join me in putting an end to the pervasive culture in state agencies. It can be done.”





  1. Supreme Court Judge Gorsuch
  2. 59 missiles dropped in Syria
  3. He took us out of TPP
  4. Illegal immigration is now down 70%( the lowest in 17 years)
  5. Consumer confidence highest since 2000 at index 125.6
  6. Mortgage applications for new homes rise to a seven year high
  7. Arranged from 7% to 24% Tariff on lumber from Canada
  8. Bids for border wall are well underway
  9. Pulled out of the lopsided Paris accord
  10. Keystone pipeline approved
  11. NATO allies boost spending by 4.3%
  12. Allowing VA to terminate bad employees
  13. Allowing private healthcare choices for veterans
  14. More than 600,000. Jobs created
  15. Median household income at a 7 year high
  16. The Stock Market is at the highest ever in its history
  17. China agreed to American import of beef
  18. $89 Billion saved in regulation rollbacks
  19. Rollback of A Regulation to boost coal mining
  20. MOAB for ISIS
  21. Travel ban reinstated
  22. Executive order for religious freedom
  23. Jump started NASA $600 million cut from UN peacekeeping budget
  24. Targeting of MS13 gangs
  25. Deporting violent illegal immigrants
  26. Signed 41 bills to date
  27. Created a commission on child trafficking
  28. Created a commission on voter fraud
  29. Created a commission for opioids addiction
  30. Giving power to states to drug test unemployment recipients
  31. Unemployment lowest since May 2007
  32. Historic Black College University initiative
  33. Women In Entrepreneurship Act
  34. Created an office for illegal immigrant crime victims
  35. Reversed Dodd-Frank
  36. Repealed DOT ruling which would have taken power away from local governments for infrastructure planning
  37. Order to stop crime against law enforcement
  38. End of DAPA program
  39. Stopped companies from moving out of America
  40. Promoted businesses to create American Jobs
  41. Encouraged country to once again – ‘Buy American and hire American’
  42. Cutting regulations – 2 for every one created
  43. Review of all trade agreements to make sure they are America first
  44. Apprentice program
  45. Highest manufacturing surge in 3 years
  46. $78 Billion promised reinvestment from major businesses like Exxon, Bayer, Apple, Soft Bank, Toyota
  47. Denied FBI a new building
  48. $700 million saved with F-35 renegotiation
  49. Saves $22 million by reducing white house payroll
  50. Dept of Treasury reports a $182 billion surplus for April 2017 (2nd largest in history)
  51. Negotiated the release of 6 US humanitarian workers held captive in Egypt
  52. Gas prices lowest in more than 12 years
  53. Signed An Executive Order To Promote Energy Independence and Economic Growth
  54. Has already accomplished more to stop government interference into people’s lives than any President in the history of America
  55. President Trump has worked with Congress to pass more legislation in his first 100 days than any President since Truman
  56. Has given the head executive of each branch a 6 month time frame, dated March 15, 2017, to trim the fat,  restructure and improve efficiency of their branch. (Observe the push-back the leaks the lies as entrenched POWER refuses to go silently into that good night!)
  57. Last, refused his Presidential pay checks.  Donated first quarter to Veterans issues; second quarter went to the Betsy Voss for her version of better schools (Charter Schools are certainly on the list)

Kate Brown Earns Scorn for Slow Action, Poor Transparency In OHA Scandal

Oregon GOP Chair Says State Needs New Governor Able To Restore Public’s Trust


Wilsonville, OR – Democrat Governor Kate Brown is coming under fire again for her disturbing lack of transparency.  With news of the Oregon Health Authority’s attempts to “manipulate news coverage to discredit a provider it is battling over reimbursement rates,” the Mail Tribune published a scathing editorial, contending the scandal “reflects poorly” on Brown, who was “slow to respond to the revelations:”




”Equally as disturbing as a public agency plotting to manipulate news coverage for political ends is a governor who took the better part of four days to respond after the plan was revealed.



Brown did not respond to the Portland Tribune story last Thursday when it appeared or on Friday.  The governor issued a statement late Tuesday praising Saxton’s tenure in the job while announcing her resignation:



‘Today, after discussion with Lynne Saxton, we have agreed that her resignation is in the best interests of the agency,’ Brown said. ‘Lynne has led the Oregon Health Authority through its most challenging times and helped me ensure that every Oregonian has access to the care they need. She is known as a fighter for Oregon’s values and I am proud of how she brought that level of commitment to the staff of OHA.’



If the plan described in the emails reflects ‘Oregon’s values’ or the commitment of the OHA staff, Saxton is not the only one who should be looking for a new job.”




Governor Brown took office promising accountability and transparency in the wake of disgraced Democrat Ex-Governor John Kitzhaber’s scandalous resignation, yet Brown has consistently failed to live up to her promises,” stated Oregon GOP Chairman Bill Currier.



It was just a few months ago that Governor Brown was caught red-handed trying to hide from the public the circumstances of her firing of the Department of Environmental Quality Board.  The Governor is now mired in yet another transparency scandal.



“She still doesn’t get it,” added Currier, “Government Transparency and Accountability applies to her too.  She acts like it’s limited to whatever she can’t get away with hiding.”



“Kate Brown is simply not the type of sincere leader who is able to restore the public’s trust.  Oregon needs a new governor in 2018 – a Republican – who can and will.




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