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


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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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Oregon House Daily Clips







Gov. Brown signs legislation raising tobacco age to 21

The Associated Press

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed legislation that increases the legal age for using and buying tobacco products from 18 to 21. The law takes effect at the start of 2018. The law targets sellers rather than buyers, with stores facing fines if they sell tobacco products to people younger than 21.


Oregon becomes fifth state to increase tobacco age to 21

The Oregonian

The age increase will take effect Jan. 1 and affect sale of traditional tobacco products along with vapes. The law makes Oregon one of five states, along with California, Hawaii, Maine and New Jersey, to raise the tobacco age to 21. Oregon’s new law aims to crack down on tobacco vendors who sell to the underaged, rather than punish the buyers. Fines for store clerks and managers who sell tobacco products to minors start at $50 and $250, but can reach $500 and $1000 after multiple offenses.


Senate passes bill to raise smoking age to 21

East Oregonian

Raising the legal age to buy tobacco products “significantly reduces the number of youth who begin using these products and become addicted to them, saving Oregonians billions of tax dollars, and the lives of thousands of loved ones, each year,” said co-sponsor Rep. Rich Vial, R-Scholls, last month.


Brown vetoes millions for Medford

Mail Tribune

Esquivel said Brown is using her line-item veto powers to punish him, but is hurting Southern Oregon. “Friends — that is partisan politics at its best — she certainly reigns queen when it comes to singling out one Representative that works for his district and the State of Oregon and doesn’t take his orders from her or the present leadership,” Esquivel said in the email. “I gave them what they asked for — Brown needs to hold up her end of the bargain.”



Forest Service closures during eclipse

Bend Bulletin

The U.S. Forest Service plans to close roads and limit access to certain areas in the region for several days leading up to and including Aug. 21, the day of the solar eclipse.


Carriers beef up cell networks for solar eclipse

Bend Bulletin

“Some areas are going to have enough coverage. Others are going to be like a 1990s AOL experience,” said Don Gilbreath, systems vice president at Rajant, a Philadelphia-area company that creates private wireless networks. Whether consumers can upload to Instagram with ease or struggle to make voice calls will come down to several factors, Gilbreath said. First is the strength of the existing network, and that depends on the size of the everyday population, he said. It’s reasonable to expect congestion in rural areas swollen with tourists, he said.


How long will the 2017 total solar eclipse last? 94 Oregon cities ranked by duration

The Oregonian

No matter where you are, a few things will remain constant. The show will start shortly after 9 a.m. before the moon blots out the sun completely sometime between 10:15 a.m. and 10:20 a.m. depending on where you are in the state. And you’ll want to remember to track down a proper pair of eclipse glasses before you stare at the sun. We looked at U.S. Naval Observatory data for 94 cities and towns and ranked them categorically from shortest period of 100 percent obscuration to longest.




New wildfires crop up near Talent, Cave Junction

Mail Tribune

Lighting strikes in the hundreds between Tuesday into Wednesday morning sparked several new fires on ODF lands. Though many have been largely knocked down or contained, crews continue to battle the newly sparked Reuben fire burning five miles north of the Grave Creek Bridge, estimated at 5 acres midday Wednesday. The blaze has drawn more than 30 firefighters and several aircraft to the site, along with several helicopters and tanker aircraft.




Interior secretary calls for more hunting, fishing on 2 Oregon wildlife refuges

The Oregonian

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke on Wednesday proposed expanded access for hunters and anglers on 10 wildlife refuges. Two of those public sites – the Baskett Slough and Siletz Bay refuges – are in Oregon.




Fourplexes, less open space seen as solutions to Bend’s housing woes

Bend Bulletin

The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee decided Wednesday to tackle five of the 12 recommendations from a Bend 2030 work group that looked at middle-market housing. The committee should have recommendations to the city council within the next couple months, committee chairman Andy High said. “We have a housing problem in the city of Bend, not just an affordable housing problem,” High said. The tools are:




Multnomah County appeals Trump administration cut to teen pregnancy education

The Oregonian

The hit to Multnomah schools and after-school programs is $1.25 million a year. Multnomah County filed an administrative appeal of the grant termination on Aug. 3. “We’re saying basically this grant has been ended with no explanation, no justification,” Banks said. “And it’s not tied to our performance.”


Health care groups expand offerings


These health care organizations have forged ahead with capital investments, despite uncertainty about the federal Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, and how potential changes to the law might affect people’s insurance and their ability to pay for medical services.




Are Luxury Resort Ranches The Future Of Eastern Oregon?

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Campbell believes if he’s successful, he’ll prove that high-end tourism is a new way forward for rural Oregon, where communities often struggle with high unemployment and poverty rates. He hopes others will follow his model and open similar resorts across Oregon’s high desert. In addition to opening the resort side of the business, Silvies Valley is also a huge, working cattle ranch. The Campbells raise more than 4,000 cows organically. Combined, the ranch and resort have 93 full-time employees. Campbell expects that number to eventually rise to about 130. For rural Oregon, that’s a lot of jobs.




Centennial School Board renames school Patrick Lynch Elementary and will study name changes for Lynch Wood and Lynch Meadows

Portland Tribune

After 90 minutes of passionate citizen testimony and board discussion, the Centennial School Board voted unanimously to rename Lynch View Elementary School Patrick Lynch Elementary School and to study renaming Lynch Wood and Lynch Meadows elementary schools. The board considered the name changes because of concern over the racial and violent overtones of the word “lynch.”




Kate Brown’s Fundraising Email Invoking Vietnam War Dismays Vets

Willamette Week

But Brown over-reached in her attempt to align herself with members of the military.

“I was born on a military base when my dad served in the Air Force in the midst of the Vietnam War,” Brown wrote. In fact, the governor was born in June 1960, when records show the U.S. had fewer than 1,000 military advisers in Vietnam. Two state representatives—one a Democrat and one a Republican—who are Vietnam vets, say they found the language in Brown’s email concerning.


Seven applicants will make their case for HD 38 appointment

Portland Tribune

As of Wednesday, the list of applicants included Lake Oswego City Councilors Theresa Kohlhoff and Joe Buck; political consultants Andrea Salinas, Moses Ross and Neil H. Simon; restaurateur Daniel Nguyen; and Alex Josephy, secretary of the Democratic Party of Oregon.




Don’t Shoot Portland activitst seeks $500,000 from city for 2015 arrest

Portland Tribune

Teressa Raiford says police singled her out for arrest during the rally even though she only stepped into the street to avoid a crowded sidewalk.


Activist Teressa Raiford sues Portland for $500,000

Willamette Week

In the lawsuit, first reported by Willamette Week, Raiford says police targeted her for arrest because she is a well-known activist against police brutality. Officers forced her into a police car. One told her that, in her experience, “90 percent of black people are killed by other black people,” Raiford says in the lawsuit.


Rep. David Brock Smith appointed to Maritime Sector Workforce Development task force

Bandon Western World

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to represent the south coast as part of this task force,” said Brock Smith. “I want to thank legislative leadership for helping me shepherd this needed bill through the Legislature and for allowing me to continue working on this important effort. I am hopeful for what this task force could mean for our communities.”




Editorial: Raising money for schools


The OEA’s best option at this point would be to work with legislators and business people in a joint effort to raise funds for education, a goal they all share. Union representatives have said in the past that businesses aren’t willing to work with them. Business groups have said unions won’t give them the time of day and are particularly hostile toward suggestions for cost containment, which businesses see as essential. It’s time to forget all that, bring the parties together and do some serious work on tax reform and government spending controls. Going through endless repetitions of the Measure 97 fiasco do nothing but waste more money and time — both of which could better be spent working together to improve Oregon’s schools.


Editorial: Special session on Medicaid taxes might prevent bigger troubles

Bend Bulletin

Quite apart from the cost, a referendum is a blunt tool for complex tax policy. And if voters do say no, legislators are left with a mess to resolve. Far better to give fair and full consideration to a range of alternatives in a special session devoted specifically to this challenging issue.


Editorial: The vanishing veto


The power to veto bills allows governors to block ill-considered legislation — and with lawmakers approving 800 or 900 bills in every regular session, the public benefits from having a diligent shortstop. The public benefit is absent, however, when the veto is used to rap legislators’ knuckles. Now that the veto has been used for that purpose once, Oregonians can expect to see it used that way again.


Editorial: Health agency’s tactics are appalling

Mail Tribune

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.


Editorial: Even if Courtney retires, tenor of Senate won’t change


In fact, it’s hard to imagine any senator taking on the duties of Senate president and making a dramatic break from the Courtney style.  And that’s fine. Although it can be frustrating for partisans to watch bills stall, it’s important to have two legislative chambers that serve, to some extent, as checks on the other. Courtney may choose to retire before his term ends in 2019, but that doesn’t mean the tenor of the Senate will be changing dramatically.


Editorial: Trump wants to steal Northwest resources

Daily Astorian

As predictable as summer’s heat, another president tries to appropriate the Pacific Northwest’s largest built asset. As The New York Times reported some two weeks ago, the Trump administration aims to sell the transmission lines of the Bonneville Power Administration to the private sector. That would assuredly raise energy bills throughout Oregon, Washington state, Idaho and western Montana. An excellent longterm solution would be for Bonneville to buy itself, using bonds. Then it could become truly a regional agency.




Portland Ignores DA’s Advice On Police Use-Of-Force Investigations

Oregon Public Broadcasting

The Portland City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Wednesday that makes clear they won’t follow the legal advice of the Multnomah County district attorney and the Oregon Department of Justice when it comes to investigating police officers’ use of force. “We are not picking a fight with the district attorney,” Commissioner Nick Fish said. “Reasonable people can disagree on this question.”




Wyden: Public outcry helped turn back health care repeal

Portland Tribune

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden credits vocal opposition by the public as the key factor in turning back Republican attempts to repeal or weaken expanded health care under the 2010 law championed by Democratic President Barack Obama. “It sent a message to me and I hope everybody in America that people power — even when you count it out and you say you cannot beat the powerful — still shows that in America, power comes from the bottom up,” he said.




Trump administration signals openness to a bipartisan health care agreement

Tribune Washington Bureau

The Trump administration, thwarted in several attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, notably shifted tone Wednesday, opening the door for a bipartisan plan to “fix” the law.




Kate Brown Makes Oregon The Most Extreme Sanctuary State Says National Media

Oregon GOP Chair Calls Governor’s Policy “Shameful, Lawless, and Dangerous”


Wilsonville, OR – With Oregon’s status as a “sanctuary” state coming under fire after the alleged brutal assault of a 65 year old Portland woman by a criminal illegal alien who had been shielded from federal authorities under state policies despite having been repeatedly deported, Democrat Governor Kate Brown is refusing to back down from her reckless support for Oregon’s “sanctuary” status, she is now preparing to double down on the policy.



Brown has indicated that she does not intend to veto a new bill passed by her allies in the state legislature to strengthen state “sanctuary” laws, appearing unmoved by disturbing reports of criminal illegal aliens in her state and a clear warning from Oregon’s current U.S. Attorney, who was appointed by President Barack Obama and recently penned an op-ed saying Oregon’s “sanctuary” policy “directly contravenes federal immigration law and threatens public safety.”


The Daily Caller reported on Oregon’s “sanctuary” policy and the recent controversy surrounding it:


”The blanket prohibition prevents police from arresting illegal aliens unless they have broken certain immigration-related sections of the federal criminal code or are the subject of a warrant signed by a federal judge or magistrate. Most of Oregon’s police agencies also interpret that law to mean that they cannot agree to requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to hold criminal aliens in local jails beyond their release dates…


Oregon Democrats remain undeterred in their push to bolster the state’s sanctuary laws, even after an illegal immigrant allegedly raped a 65-year-old Portland woman in late July. The suspect, Mexican national Sergio Jose Martinez, had been deported more than a dozen times and was the subject of an ICE detainer, but Multnomah county jail officials released him from custody in December 2016 without notifying immigration agents.


While neither Brown nor Portland’s Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler have publicly commented on the case, Republican state Sen. Kim Thatcher said it was a consequence of the sanctuary policies state Democrats have enacted.”


“Kate Brown’s Criminal Sanctuary Policy is shameful, lawless, and dangerous,” bluntly stated Oregon GOP Chairman Bill Currier.  “Now the national media have started noticing what an extremist Oregon’s Democrat Governor has become on this issue.”


Governor Brown publicly testified in favor of House Bill 3464 in June, together with Oregon’s Attorney General and with the Multnomah County Judge who ‘rubber stamped’ the unethical behavior of Sanctuary Judge Monica Herranz earlier this year.


“Oregonians said a big NO to driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants with Measure 88 in 2014, added Currier, “Kate Brown is heading for another big NO in November 2018.”


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After state Rep. Sal Esquivel votes to refer hospital provider tax, Brown takes back money for projects in his district.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s Veto Punishes Republican: No Pork for You

After state Rep. Sal Esquivel votes to refer hospital provider tax, Brown takes back money for projects in his district



By Nigel Jaquiss |

Published August 8 at 5:47 PM

Updated August 8 at 5:59 PM


Gov. Kate Brown unsheathed her veto pen today, showing she’s capable of playing hardball.

In the recent legislative session, Democrats desperately needed a Republican vote to pass the $670 million hospital provider tax. State Rep. Sal Esquivel (R-Medford) agreed to vote with Democrats in exchange for nearly $4 million worth of goodies in his district—including a $1.9 million irrigation project, a $1 million theater renovation, and a $750,000 baseball field. His vote provided the three-fifths majority the measure needed.

But after the bill passed, Esquivel joined other GOP House members in referring the tax increase to voters. He says he was unhappy that some of the new revenues would be spent providing insurance to undocumented immigrants and also for publicly-funded abortions.

So today, along with vetoing two other bills entirely, Brown used a line-item veto to excise Esquivel’s rewards from House Bill 5006.

Esquivel is angry. He says the deal was for his vote and made no reference to a referral. “She reneged,” he says.

Brown disagrees. “The cornerstone of all negotiations whether they occur in a public or private arena, is the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing,” the governor said in a statement.




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Senior Legislative Assistant

Rep. Greg Barreto

HD 58