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

OREGON HOUSE REPUBLICAN OFFICE

 

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.”

 

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McLane rebukes Kotek for Violating House Rules, Committee Appointment Process

 

OREGON HOUSE REPUBLICAN OFFICE

 

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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Oregon House Daily Clips

HOUSE REPUBLICAN OFFICE

AUGUST 25, 2017 DAILY CLIPS

 

STATE GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

 

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.

 

AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCES

 

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.”

 

EDUCATION

 

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.

 

OREGON WILDFIRES

 

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

KDRV

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.”

 

TRANSPORTATION

 

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.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

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.

 

NATIONAL MONUMENT

 

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.

 

OTHER NEWS

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.

 

LOCAL NEWS

 

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.

 

OPINION

 

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.

 

OREGONIANS IN CONGRESS

 

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:

 

NATIONAL NEWS

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.”

 

WINNING-Weekly Update

Winning: North Korea Backs Down from Guam Threat: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/14/winning-north-korea-backs-guam-threat/

 

Criminal Somali Migrants Fleeing North: http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/08/16/criminal-somali-migrants-fleeing-north-amid-immigration-crackdown-says-canadian-intel/

 

Watch What Happens When A Left Wing Phoenix Protester Kicks A Tear Gas Canister Back At Police: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2017/08/23/watch-what-happens-when-a-left-wing-phoenix-protester-kicks-a-tear-gas-canister-b-n2372254

 

RNC Breaks Another Fundraising Record as Democrats Struggle: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/21/rnc-breaks-another-fundraising-record-as-democrats-struggle/

 

The DNC Had a Really, Really Bad July: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/cortneyobrien/2017/08/21/the-dnc-had-a-really-bad-july-n2370898

 

President Trump Signs Another Bill to Reform The VA: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2017/08/23/president-trump-signs-another-bill-to-reform-the-va-n2372345

 

Trump Enacts Visa Sanctions on Countries Refusing Deportees: http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/08/24/trump-enacts-visa-sanctions-countries-refusing-deportees/

 

LG to Build Electric Car Parts Factory in United States: http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/08/24/report-lg-build-electric-car-parts-factory-united-states/

 

Apple Building $1.4 Billion Data Center in Iowa: http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/08/25/apple-building-1-4-billion-data-center-iowa/

 

MS-13 gang members arrested: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/08/16/13-accused-columbus-clique-ms-13-gang-members-arrested-in-ohio-indiana.html

 

More MS-13 gang members arrested: http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/08/18/ten-ms-13-members-arrested-charges-extortion-money-laundering/

 

Even More MS-13 gang members arrested: http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/08/22/feds-arrest-three-ms-13-fugitives-two-states/

AND…Even More MS-13 gang members arrested: http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/08/23/ny-police-raid-ms-13-hangouts-arrest-nine/

 

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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.

Sincerely,

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

HOUSE REPUBLICAN OFFICE

AUGUST 22, 2017 DAILY CLIPS

 

STATE GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

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

Register-Guard

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.

 

EDUCATION

 

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.

 

OREGON WILDFIRES

 

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

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

Register-Guard

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.

 

HEALTH CARE

 

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

Register-Guard
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.”

 

ELECTIONS

 

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.

 

OTHER NEWS

 

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.”

 

OPINION

 

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.

 

OREGONIANS IN CONGRESS

 

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.

 

NATIONAL NEWS

‘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.”

 

 

 

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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Oregon House Daily Clips

 

HOUSE REPUBLICAN OFFICE

AUGUST 14, 2017 DAILY CLIPS

 

TRANSPORTATION

 

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.

 

HEALTH CARE

 

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.

 

JOBS & THE ECONOMY

 

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.

 

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

 

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.

 

HOUSING

 

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.”

 

OREGON WILDFIRES

 

Rain offers firefighters brief  reprieve

Register-Guard

“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:

 

OTHER NEWS

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

KOIN6

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.

 

OPINION

 

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.