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.




Vicki Olson

Senior Legislative Assistant

Rep. Greg Barreto

HD 58





Timeline for January 23, 2018 Special Election


Secretary of State


The State of Oregon

900 Court Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97310  –  oregon.sos@oregon.gov


Timeline for January 23, 2018 Special Election

The Oregon Constitution requires that after the Legislature passes a tax increase, the people shall have the power to veto it through the referendum process. This referendum process enables the people to overrule politicians in Salem. The referendum is the “people’s veto” and gives Oregonians, who can collect enough signatures within 90 days, the opportunity to have such tax increases placed on the ballot for a democratic vote. This right of referendum was adopted by the voters in 1902 and is essential to our democracy. This year, and back in 2009, the legislature passed laws to circumvent the time-tested referendum process.

On July 6, 2017 the legislature passed Senate Bill 229. This bill avoids the existing referendum process in the following important ways:

First, it moved the referendum date from the November 2018 general election to a special election on January 23, 2018; second, it removed the Attorney General’s authority to write the ballot title and gave that authority to a partisan legislative committee; third, it removed the authority to write an explanatory statement from a balanced, nonpartisan committee and gave that authority to a partisan legislative committee; and forth, it instructed the Secretary of State to create a timeline for the special referendum process.

In accordance with the Secretary of State’s responsibilities under Senate Bill 229, the Elections Division announced today the special election timeline which (unlike the 2009 referendum timeline which gave only 33 hours for public comment), provides sufficient time for both public input and judicial review.

In short, today’s proposed special election timeline attempts to follow the time-tested election process, while ensuring ample time for public comment, legislative drafting, and Supreme Court review.

The Secretary of State’s ultimate obligation is to you, the people of Oregon, and is dedicated to ensuring a fair referendum election. This timeline aligns as closely as possible with the established statutory process as if the Attorney General were drafting the ballot title. The timeline below gives the partisan legislative committee two and a half weeks to draft a ballot title. This is even longer than the Attorney General normally has to draft a ballot title. The proposed timeline also aligns with the Attorney General’s customary process of providing the important opportunity for the public to comment on the draft before it is finalized. After the period for public comment is past, the partisan legislative committee then has two weeks to review public comments, respond to criticism for partisan drafting, make necessary improvements to the language, and certify a final ballot title. Under today’s timeline, the Oregon Supreme Court has only five weeks for judicial review—a process which normally requires months.

Back in 2009, the legislature circumvented the customary process for writing the ballot titles for Measures 66 and 67. For those Measures, only 33 hours were provided for public comment, then, 20 hours later the final ballot titles were passed. Then, only a few weeks were allowed for Supreme Court review. This was insufficient time. It was a charade that violated the fundamental fairness of the democratic process. Today’s timeline corrects the 2009 inadequacies by providing adequate time for public participation and Supreme Court review.

The calendar below sets forth the timeline. If you believe the timeline is appropriate to enable adequate time for public involvement and Supreme Court review, please email us at elections.sos@oregon.gov. If you have comments or suggestions to improve this timeline, our Elections Division would also like to hear from you at elections.sos@oregon.gov.


Dennis Richardson

Oregon House Daily Clips





Multiple blazes keep firefighters busy


“We expected gusty east winds today,” Amy Hendricks, a spokeswoman for the Willamette National Forest, said Sunday. “They didn’t happen.” Hendricks said she didn’t have the fire figures for Sunday yet, but the latest figures from Saturday night showed that the Whitewater Fire had grown to 5,421 acres. The steadily advancing fire has forced the closure of additional access to recreation areas near Detroit Lake because the fire “poses a risk to firefighters and public safety,” according to a news release from the Willamette National Forest.


Cinder Butte Fire Threatens Tribal Archaeological Sites

Oregon Public Broadcasting

The fire is threatening archeological sites with strong cultural and historical significance to the Burns Paiute and Klamath tribes. “We’re working with our partners to identify those and be very respectful while working to contain the fire in those areas,” said Nick Cronquist, a public information officer with Northwest Incident Management Team No. 10.


Crater Lake issues ‘Be Ready’ for potential evacuation of Rim Village, Park Headquarters

Herald and News

Current or projected threats from the approaching fire indicate that there may be a need to evacuate in the future. Mazama Village and other areas in the park are not affected by this Level 1 notice.




Oregon receives high marks on 2017 Economic Recovery Scorecard

Portland Business Journal

Oregon’s unemployment rate is back to pre-Great Recession peak rates, but many 18 to 34 year-olds still live at home.“During expansions it is usually that the good news outweighs the bad and vice versus during recessions,” he said. “Today the good news continues to outweigh the bad news, which is, well, good news.”


Portland, Multnomah County back big PGE renewable energy buy

Portland Business Journal

In a letter filed with the PUC on Friday, Mayor Ted Wheeler and County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson acknowledged the disagreements, but said their constituents want aggressive climate action. “New technologies may arise which would serve customers more efficiently and effectively, but there are also risks in not acting, including failing to make progress on our community’s renewable energy commitments, as well as the increased risk of the consequences of climate change,” the leaders wrote.




Why a Portland psych hospital can now take Medicaid — but probably won’t

Portland Business Journal

“We would fully like to enter into contracts with Health Share and FamilyCare, and we actually even tried to do so in late 2016 because of the rule change at the federal level. They seemed interested at first, but due to some communication from the state, they pulled back.” FamilyCare Health declined to comment for this story. A Health Share of Oregon spokeswoman said the CCO has no immediate plans to contract with Cedar Hills because the CCO’s current network for adult mental health services is adequate, not because of any communication from the Oregon Health Authority. The OHA oversees the state’s coordinated care organizations.


Fighting heroin with heroin

Bend Bulletin

Doctors in Canada are now prescribing pharmaceutical-grade heroin and other prescription opioids to patients with addictions so severe that society had written them off as impossible to treat. While providing heroin to heroin addicts may seem counterintuitive, the practice has helped stabilize patients, reduce their illegal drug use and offer them a path to overcoming their addiction. “Not everything will work for everybody, and some people need more intensive care,” said Dr. Scott MacDonald, lead physician at Providence Crosstown Clinic in Vancouver, British Columbia. “We need every tool in the toolbox to rise to the challenge the opioid epidemic presents.”




Farmers excited about program

La Grande Observer

“What is cool about this particular program is that there is a lot of interest from farmers and ranchers wanting to conserve their land,” Ackley said. “This law will help us be more successful in helping them.”  The law allocates funding to support the efforts of Oregon’s land trusts to help farmers and ranchers with succession planning and conservation easements. The state funding can be used to leverage federal money authorized in the 2014 Farm Bill and made available through the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service.




Tackling a crisis


In the just-concluded full session the Legislature added a major piece of legislation, SB 1051, that addresses affordability criteria, density, accessory dwelling units, the review period for development applications and the standards municipalities use when considering housing development. “We wanted to find something to deal with the affordable housing crisis that is happening right now,” said Andy Olson, Republican state representative for District 15. “We know that a total of 110,000 market rate units need to be built. That’s how dire our crisis is right now.”




Human trafficking expected during solar eclipse

Bend Bulletin

The eclipse, which is expected to bring hundreds of thousands of people to Central Oregon, could result in more cases of people being bought or sold for sex, said Nita Belles, executive director of the anti-trafficking organization In Our Backyard. “We know with the increase in population and the party atmosphere surrounding the eclipse, there will be an increase in human trafficking,” Belles said.


Three arrested during Sunday’s clashing rallies

Portland Tribune

The arrests came as a few hundred people gathered in two groups in the park, one for a Patriot Prayer “March for Freedom,” and a counter-protest organized by Portland Stands United Against Hate, a coalition of anti-hate groups.




Editorial: Buehler’s challenges


A moderate Republican who makes it to the general election ballot has a chance in the Oregon governor’s race. In four of the past nine elections, the Democrat has won with less than 50 percent of the vote. Dudley came within 22,000 votes of defeating Kitz­haber in 2010. Presuming Buehler can present himself as a plausible leader — a presentation Democrats will work to prevent, emphasizing the more conservative aspects of the Republican’s record and ensuring that no one forgets an Oregon Government Ethics Commission’s finding that he failed to disclose income — the question will be whether he can whet Oregonians’ appetite for change.


Editorial: Zinke should leave Cascade-Siskiyou protections in place

The Oregonian

Zinke suspended the groups’ activities in early May and canceled their scheduled summer meetings. He should reinstate these important and effective groups, and the Southwest Oregon council should help shape the bureau’s management plan for the expanded monument. Together Oregonians can best balance the monument’s ecological needs along with some of the uses landowners within the new boundary have long relied.


Editorial Agenda 2017: Proposal for neutered citizens’ commission would betray police-reform promises

The Oregonian

The problem is that the DOJ, under the Trump Administration, has been directed to review such police-reform agreements and consent decrees with an eye toward emphasizing local control and boosting officer safety and morale. “It is not the responsibility of the federal government to manage non-federal law enforcement agencies,” the memo from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions states. That’s hardly a call for aggressive accountability. If City Council can’t find the courage to stick to their original pledge, then the public should take their case to Judge Simon. Approving changes to the settlement is fortunately still a power that he wields.




Wyden defends support of Israel boycott proposal: ‘no one has gone to jail’

Portland Tribune

However, Sen. Wyden has a different take on the proposal. “As we have read the bill, it means that anybody in this audience can boycott Israeli products or say they intend to boycott Israeli products. The bill doesn’t prevent or punish anybody who makes those choices,” he said. He said, as the son of a journalist, he has continually fought for First Amendment rights.


Wyden on what’s next for health care and his fix for the exchanges

Portland Business Journal

“The president has been pouring gasoline on the fires of uncertainty of the marketplace,” Wyden, said in an interview with Portland Business Journal reporters on Friday. “The president putting in a lot of effort to undermine the law, talking about imploding the system. He’s willing to hurt people to get leverage for what he wants.”



Obama Holdover US Attorney Calls Kate Brown Sanctuary Policy Illegal, Unsafe

Oregon GOP Chair Scolds Democrat Governor for Playing Politics with Public Safety



Wilsonville, OR – With Democrat Governor Kate Brown indicating that she will not veto a new bill passed by her allies in the state legislature to strengthen Oregon’s reckless “sanctuary” state status, Oregon U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams recently published an op-ed in The Oregonian warning that Oregon’s “sanctuary” status “directly contravenes federal immigration law and threatens public safety:”



”A narrow reading of what Oregon state law permits – especially as it pertains to information sharing – has proliferated among jurisdictions throughout the state amidst the heightened political climate surrounding immigration issues.



Some sheriffs suggest that, short of ICE agents obtaining a federal criminal arrest warrant, they do not have any legal obligation to share information or hold an individual in custody who is subject to a detainer. This requirement is inherently unreasonable as illegal aliens are frequently held for only a matter of hours. Furthermore, it is nearly impossible to obtain a federal criminal arrest warrant without basic identifying information.



Simply put, Oregon’s sanctuary status declaration directly contravenes federal immigration law and threatens public safety. This has put many sheriffs in the position of choosing whether to violate state or federal law. It’s an untenable position. The Department of Justice takes this issue very seriously and has begun to take steps to correct it.”




“Democratic Obama Appointee Williams has dispelled the fiction that Oregon’s ‘Sanctuary State’ policies rely on and made it utterly clear that local and state officials are breaking federal law,” stated Oregon GOP Chairman Bill Currier.  “It can no longer be denied that Kate Brown’s reckless sanctuary policies continue to put Oregon citizens at risk to criminal illegal aliens.”



Governor Brown publicly testified in favor of House Bill 3464 in June.  But even after the disturbing news last month of a vicious assault in Oregon by a criminal illegal alien who had been shielded from federal authorities by the state’s “sanctuary” status, Brown does not appear to have had a change of heart.




“Kate Brown needs to stop playing politics with Oregonians’ safety and start protecting the people of her state by complying with federal immigration law,” said Currier.  “Kate Brown’s negligent disregard for the safety and security of our state’s citizens is yet another reason why Oregonians are ready for a change in 2018.”




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State sought to plant negative stories about nonprofit

Portland Tribune

Oregon Health Authority planned to use media to dissuade lawmakers from passing legislation sought by Portland-area FamilyCare over health care rate dispute.




Cinder Butte fire up to 56,000 acres

Bend Bulletin

The fuel source — mixed with hot weather and light wind ­— allowed the fire to quickly run and by 10 a.m. Thursday it had reached 56,000 acres. The fire is burning mostly on Bureau of Land Management land, but has moved onto private land.


Wildfires jump lines in wind, record heat

Mail Tribune

Record dry heat and stiff winds helped two wildfires in northeast Jackson County each grow by more than 1,000 acres as flames jumped trails and fire lines, forcing firefighters to pull back from direct attacks. The Blanket Creek fire in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest nearly doubled in size from Wednesday and was listed Thursday morning at 2,432 acres and just 7 percent contained.


Jefferson fire triples, adding to valley smoke


The Whitewater Fire in the Cascade Range, which is producing much of the smoke visible in Eugene-Springfield, had swelled to 4,579 acres on Thursday, authorities said, sharply up from Wednesday’s estimate of 1,500 acres. A total of 202 fire personnel are battling the Whitewater blaze, using five helicopters, five “masticators,” one engine, three water tenders and six bulldozers. The Willamette National Forest has closed numerous trails and sections of trails in the area.


Wildfire in Jefferson Wilderness spurs road closures, hiker evacuations

The Oregonian

A growing wildfire in the Jefferson Wilderness is prompting road closures and hiker evacuations, officials said Thursday night. Beginning Friday morning, Linn County search and rescue teams will evacuate hikers and campers who are not aware of closures in the area, Linn County sheriff’s officials said.




4 Big Questions That Loom Over The 2018 Oregon Governor’s Race

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Oregon Rep. Knute Buehler of Bend on Thursday became the first major candidate to officially announce his candidacy for governor. Democratic Gov. Kate Brown is widely expected to run again, but she’s turned aside questions about her political plans for 2018. Here are four big questions to keep in mind as we enter the early stages of next year’s campaign for governor.


Brown calls Buehler, other opponents ‘Trumps-in-training’

Bend Bulletin

But the Kate Brown Committee, the governor’s ongoing campaign arm, sent out an email from “Team Kate” before noon alerting supporters to Buehler’s announcement and asking for contributions. “We won’t lie, 2016 was a tough year for Democrats across the country,” the message read. “But Oregonians stood up to the hatred and regressive policies of the Trumps-in-training in our state and elected Kate governor.” “Team Kate” says a Republican governor could veto “expanding access to health care, smart environmental policies and women’s reproductive rights.” After naming Buehler in black bold-face letters, the pitch tells supporters their contributions are “critical.”


Republican Knute Buehler faces uphill campaign trail for Oregon governor in 2018

The Oregonian

A Republican has not occupied the governor’s mansion since 1987, however, and Democrats hold a significant advantage in registered voters. Republican ex-Blazer Chris Dudley, who came within a percentage point of beating John Kitzhaber in 2010, had name recognition beyond many politicians’ dreams. “The biggest issue is people simply do not know who (Buehler) is,” said Jim Moore, director of the Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation at Pacific University. ”


Knute Buehler ready for rematch with Brown for governor’s post

Portland Tribune

Jeanne Atkins, chairwoman of the Democratic Party of Oregon and former secretary of state, said in a statement that Buehler “represents everything we are trying to change in state government.” “Gov. Kate Brown beat him before and she will beat him again,” Atkins said. “…Despite his claims of moderation and ‘going down the middle,’ his actions and votes show he has the interests of a wealthy businessman and is aligned with the core conservatives of the Republican party.”


Rep. Knute Buehler seeks governorship

East Oregonian

Buehler said he intended to pursue public pension reform, “restore fiscal sanity to Oregon’s budget,” and work to boost the state’s economy by emphasizing job training and holding back on “excessive, job-killing” regulations.




Oregon wildlife officials to kill 2 wolves at the request of ranchers

The Associated Press

Oregon wildlife officials will kill two adult wolves in northeast Oregon at the request of ranchers who say animals in their pack have preyed on cattle for more than a year. Officials will remove two adult uncollared animals in the Harl Butte pack sometime in the next two weeks.




Solar farm near Estacada wins approval

Portland Tribune

Oregon’s largest solar farm west of the Cascades has won approval on a split vote by Clackamas County commissioners. Pacific Northwest Solar LLC plans to put up 35,000 photovoltaic cells on 6-foot-high racks that will convert sunlight into 10 megawatts of power to the Portland General Electric substation in Estacada about two miles away.




State of Oregon now covering health care for undocumented children

Portland Tribune

“We have a moral obligation to support Oregonians who face disparities accessing health care,” said Huffman, speaking at the Capitol in July. His district includes The Dalles. “Children rise to the top of that list.” Moreno praised the bipartisan support for the bill. “We’re proud of Oregon,” Moreno said. “We’re proud of these legislators.” Other supporters of the bill included Northwest Permanente, Providence Health & Services, and Children First for Oregon. “Oregon is stronger when every child in our state has the opportunity to grow up healthy,” said Dave Underriner, Providence chief executive officer, speaking in July.




Editorial: Unaffiliated voters should get voting in primaries

Bend Bulletin

A primary can be the political womb of a future leader or his or her tomb. Unaffiliated voters in Oregon should rattle the system and throw their weight around by registering to vote in a party primary.


Editorial: Hungry kids can’t learn


Making sure that children have proper nutrition — school district menus include items such as whole-grain oatmeal or pancakes and fresh fruit — is an investment in the future. These children are the next generation of workers, taxpayers, voters and volunteers. Education is the key that unlocks the doors for them, whether they go immediately into the workforce after high school or continue with their education. Making sure that they have the nutrition they need to learn should be a community-wide concern.


Guest: If hotels allow one kind of smoke, they have to allow all of it

Representative Bill Post (R-25)

Ironically many of us in the Oregon Legislature eagerly sought to create a way for a “winery tasting” type setting for legal marijuana calling them “cannabis cafes” and we had at least two bills that I know of that would have allowed “cannabis hotels/bed and breakfast” locations.

We ran into one major roadblock: the anti smoking crowd. They see “smoke is smoke is smoke” and rightly so, based on our “Oregon Indoor Clean Air Act.”


Guest: Rep. Reschke recaps 2017 session

Representative E. Werner Reschke (R-56)

Fortunately, I went to Salem with two important tools: principles and courage. I cast 249 No votes on the House Floor (second most) and never missed a floor vote. I was one of only two legislators out of 90 in the House and Senate, who made this accomplishment. It is an important job, that requires an incredible amount of time, energy and mindshare — a job which I take very seriously. Below is a brief summary of the session.



Portland Water Bills Swell to Cover $500M Treatment Plant

The Associated Press

Portland homeowners are expected to pay about $10 more per month for water throughout the next 16 years to cover the cost of a new filtration treatment plant approved unanimously by the City Council. The action taken by City Council on Wednesday was the most expensive option presented to the council to fix the problem. The total cost of the facility is predicted at $350 million to $500 million. Construction will take at least a decade.




Senator Wyden is asking for a wildfire funding fix to cover flooding and natural disasters


Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are asking for a wildfire funding fix to address costs for flooding events and other natural disasters that ensue on burn scared land.


Rep. Schrader: Small bipartisan fixes on health care are achievable

Portland Tribune

“There does seem to be a movement of members to come together,” said Schrader, who has actively promoted bipartisan cooperation. “We showed our leaders there are members on both sides who actually want to get something done.” Schrader spoke about health care, and more, to a town hall meeting attended by about 150 people Tuesday night (Aug. 1) at the Milwaukie Center. Schrader is part of a group of about 40 members, equally split between Democrats and Republicans, trying to put forward proposals less controversial than outright repeal, which has mustered little public support.




US Economy Adds 209,000 Jobs In July; Unemployment Dips To 4.3 Percent

National Public Radio

NPR’s Chris Arnold says “this latest report suggests that the U.S. economy is in pretty good shape.” Food services, drinking places, professional and business services and health care all saw gains. The average workweek was unchanged at 34.5 hours. Average hourly wages rose by 9 cents, to $26.36. “Wage growth remains sluggish,” NPR’s Arnold says. “Average hourly earnings were up 2.5 percent from a year ago. And most economists would like to see wages rising more quickly.”


Leak probes triple under Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions says

The Washington Post

Sessions said in the first six months of this year, the Department of Justice had received nearly as many criminal referrals involving unauthorized disclosures of classified information than it had received in the past three years combined. Though he did not say if it resulted in a criminal referral, Sessions cited in particular a recent disclosure to The Washington Post of transcripts of President Donald Trump’s conversations with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and another with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. “This culture of leaking must stop,” Sessions said.


State bureaucrats sought to plant negative stories about healthcare nonprofit

View this story online here: http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/368266-250011-state-sought-to-plant-negative-stories-about-nonprofit


State sought to plant negative stories about nonprofit


Oregon Health Authority planned to use media to dissuade lawmakers from passing legislation sought by Portland-area FamilyCare over health care rate dispute.


The government-funded public relations plan to demean a Portland-area healthcare nonprofit sounds like a toned-down mish mash of the TV series “House of Cards” and “Mad Men,” but with an Oregon twist.


Among the plan’s elements: Find an HIV patient to complain about lack of care at the nonprofit FamilyCare, Inc., and connect them off-the-record with a reporter, perhaps at Willamette Week. Get reporters to write about FamilyCare and “look for opportunities to hurt their credibility in the news.” Portray the nonprofit as “more concerned with the bottom line and increasing revenues than the health of Oregonians.”


And the spin doctors tasked with doing all this? State communications staff at the Oregon Health Authority.


The communications plan, released in response to public records appeal by the Portland Tribune, was forwarded between OHA’s head of lobbying, BethAnne Darby, director Lynne Saxton and others in January as a means to influence the 2017 Oregon Legislature.


It was prepared as FamilyCare and the state were doing battle in court over whether OHA is giving FamilyCare a fair rate of reimbursement for its care of low-income Medicaid patients. FamilyCare is one of 16 coordinated care organizations, or CCOs, set up by state reforms to act much like insurance plans or HMOs to provide low-income patients with health care under the Oregon Health Plan. FamilyCare been the most vocal one, often accusing state officials of incompetence, including in the ongoing case. The company’s critics call it excessively combative.


Asked about the plan and related documents, Oregon Health Authority spokesman Robb Cowie wrote in an email that they were intended to “sketch out a range of outreach options and messages we explored to counter FamilyCare’s aggressive and often incorrect public statements. They were never formally reviewed or approved, or fully implemented.”


State approach unusual


Even if the plan was not fully implemented, setting out detailed plans to plant negative stories about FamilyCare is highly unusual behavior, according to several current and former government communications staff interviewed by the Portland Tribune. It puts the state of Oregon and Gov. Kate Brown’s administration in a role of trying to demean a contractor that OHA is supposed to be cooperating with to help low-income people.


Prepared in response to the litigation, the plan was intended to influence and persuade lawmakers to stay out of the legal dispute and not pass any bills supported by FamilyCare to seek modifications of the state rate process, the documents show. OHA succeeded in this regard, and a FamilyCare bill died in committee.


But not everyone thinks disparaging FamilyCare was a productive approach. For instance, the state communications plan plan talks about working with lobbyists from other groups to spread negative stories — while, in contrast, praising Health Share of Oregon, another organization that, like FamilyCare, is part of the Oregon Health Plan and covers the greater Portland region as FamilyCare does.


But if the state had come to Health Share with this plan the CCO would have declined to collaborate in “disparaging” FamilyCare, said Janet Meyer, Chief Executive Officer of Health Share. She said “job one” in health care is taking care of patients, and demeaning those doing it “is not helpful.”


The plan was initially withheld by the Oregon Health Authority, but the Tribune in early July disclosed an email from January of this year talking about the plan — which was to “create enough information buzz” in the Legislature to dissuade lawmakers from supporting FamilyCare legislation, wrote Darby, OHA’s director of external relations. The Tribune article in early July, included the response of Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-Gresham, who called OHA’s approach “totally out of line.”


Concern was “reputation”


The Senator’s comment alluded to the fact that lawmakers in Oregon typically expect agencies to be neutral parties that do not try to manipulate the Legislature, and instead provide unbiased information.


The plan and related documents talk about the high stakes involved for OHA leaders: the need for OHA to “maintain” its “reputation,” which otherwise would be “at risk” if FamilyCare succeeded in passing legislation.


The documents also show how OHA planned to hide its efforts to disparage FamilyCare using third parties to maintain an appearance of neutrality.


The plan said to “identify key legislators to target and get background information and data to them as soon as possible. then use those legislators and/or other lobbyist to pitch stories to news media if possible so that OHA can staff neutral.” By “staff” OHA seems to have meant “stay.”


The documents show that OHA called for portraying in negative light how FamilyCare pays primary care physicians more than required by law.


FamilyCare has used the higher reimbursements to ensure patients can get appointments — a common issue for Medicaid patients.


Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland, told the Tribune in June that the FamilyCare approach is “a great idea,” but “they keep getting penalized for it” by OHA. Added Greenlick of FamilyCare, “I think they had some valid complaints.”


Tactics display ignorance


The OHA tactics were either misleading or based on ignorance in another aspect as well, interviews and records show.


Though OHA’s document calls for portraying FamilyCare as an “outlier” in its profits and reserves, the widely known reality is that pretty much all the CCOs enjoyed massive profits in the first couple of years of Oregon’s Medicaid reforms, according to current and former healthcare officials not affiliated with FamilyCare.


The main difference between FamilyCare and other CCOs is that FamilyCare has a relatively simple corporate structure, making its margins easy to discern. In contrast, profits at other CCOs are not as visible because of how payments are moved around between different subsidiaries.


That said, FamilyCare has an unusually healthy population of members, including many children, which has led to lower healthcare costs and caused the CCO to receive a lower reimbursement rate from the state. It’s that rate that FamilyCare is complaining about in court.


While the Oregon Health Authority’s Darby claims the document was merely a draft and a “brain dump” and was not implemented, in reality the agency has released statements portraying FamilyCare as prioritizing profits over people.


Following the Tribune’s successful records appeal of OHA’s earlier refusal to release the documents, the OHA communications plan has been shared with other media outlets. The Lund Report on Wednesday reported other aspects of the state’s communications plan, saying “The Portland Business Journal, Willamette Week, Portland Tribune, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Oregonian and The Lund Report have all received targeted press releases aimed at bolstering the state’s case, as well as personalized emails to journalists and other outreach.”


FamilyCare CEO Jeff Heatherington called the documents obtained by the Tribune “outrageous” and said the firm is exploring its legal options.


(You won’t hear this real good news on the fake news channels)


Food Stamp Use Falls to Lowest Level in Seven Years: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/20/food-stamp-use-falls-lowest-level-seven-years/


President Trump Eliminates 860 Obama-Era Federal Regulations: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/21/great-again-trump-eliminates-860-obama-era-federal-regulations/


Trump Welcomes Navy’s Newest Aircraft Carrier: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/22/trump-thanks-shipbuilders-welcomes-navys-newest-aircraft-carrier-uss-gerald-r-ford/


Trump Announces Ban on Transgender People in the U.S. Military: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/26/trump-announces-ban-on-transgender-people-in-the-u-s-military/


Number of Registered Lobbyists Falls 14% in 2017: http://www.breitbart.com/california/2017/07/25/president-trump-draining-swamp-as-lobbyist-spending-plunges-41/


Amazon.com to Fill 50,000 Jobs: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/26/amazon-com-goes-hiring-spree-fill-50000-jobs/

Foxconn Plant In Wisconsin Will Create Thousands Of Jobs: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2017/07/26/make-america-great-again-trump-announces-foxconn-plant-in-wisconsin-will-create-thousands-of-jobs-n2360483

Trump Salary Donation Funds STEM Camp at Department of Education:  http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/26/potus-2q-salary-donation-funds-stem-camp-at-department-of-education/

RNC’s Fundraising Totals Put the DNC’s to Shame: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2017/07/21/after-recordsetting-june-rncs-fundraising-totals-put-the-dncs-to-shame-n2358174

West Virginia Democratic Governor to Flip to Republican Party at Trump Rally: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/03/report-west-virginia-democratic-gov-jim-justice-to-flip-to-republican-party-at-trump-rally/


Trump Is Taking Back America’s Culture: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/30/seven-ways-trump-taking-back-americas-culture/




It is way past time to replace the career establishment politicians in the US Senate (2018 is the perfect opportunity): http://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2017/07/30


The US Senate let the American people down.  It is time to throw the bums out: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/28/donald-trump-senate-let-the-american-people-down-by-failing-to-repeal-obamacare/


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