Welcoming Interior Secretary Zinke back to southern Oregon

News from Representative Walden

Recently, I had the pleasure of welcoming Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke back to southern Oregon. As a fellow Oregon Duck, Secretary Zinke knows this region well and loves the beauty of our public lands — he even chose to hang a painting of Crater Lake behind his desk back in the Department of the Interior.

Secretary Zinke spent two days getting a firsthand look at the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and the recent expansion. Secretary Zinke is taking a personal approach to his review of Cascade-Siskiyou. Rather than looking at the monument on a map in Washington D.C., he came here to see what’s on the ground and meet with passionate folks on all sides of this issue.

Click here or on the image above to view a recap video of Secretary Zinke’s tour of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

During our visit, we saw some of the traditional uses, landscape, and features we love about our public lands in southern Oregon. We can all agree that there are values worth protecting and that we can achieve a balance. That is certainly a goal of mine, and I know it is a goal of Secretary Zinke’s as he conducts his review of Cascade-Siskiyou.

Local ranchers discuss range management with Secretary Zinke and I during our tour of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

Secretary Zinke and I took a few questions from the local press at the conclusion of our tour.

As a lifelong Oregonian, protecting our environment and the natural treasures in our state is an important and personal issue for me. That is why I’ve worked on legislation in the past to protect areas like Soda Mountain and Steens Mountain. These efforts work best, however, from the ground up with local input from all sides.

The Secretary and I heard from proponents of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument at the BLM office in Medford recently.

Following the expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument by President Obama, I heard from county commissioners, ranchers, foresters and private property owners who had concerns with the expansion and felt ignored during the process. More than a third of the newly designated area is private land and a large amount of public lands are governed by the O&C Act which prescribes active timber management with considerable proceeds going to fund local services. Under the 1906 Antiquities Act, the President has sole discretion when determining how much land is designated and how it will be managed. Some Presidents have had thorough, local vetting processes and others have chosen to designate areas with no opportunity for local input. I think there’s a better way. That’s why I’ve introduced the Public Input for National Monuments Act, to require these designations to go through the National Environmental Policy Act, and formally gather public input like is required on other public land management decisions.

Secretary Zinke and I met with local officials to discuss the impact of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument on local counties and timber lands.

President Obama’s expansion of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument was like a bad sequel. Ignoring concerns from opponents has once again left a patchwork of public and private land and uses within the monument creating conflicts much like  the challenges after the original designation by President Clinton.  Of the 80,000 acres within the expansion boundary, 38 percent is private land. Nearly 90 percent of the BLM land is timberland that was designated by Congress for permanent timber production and revenue to fund our counties under the O&C Act of 1937. During our tour, Secretary Zinke and I visited a rancher whose grazing allotment had been cut in half by the expansion, inhibiting a cooperative grazing program developed between the rancher, BLM and Forest Service to improve management of the range. We also saw irrigation canals, electric transmission lines, and a buried natural gas pipeline that cross this landscape–that’s far from being an untouched wilderness.

Photo by Mateusz Perkowski of the Capital Press Agriculture Weekly. Click here or on the image above to read the Capital Press article about Secretary Zinke’s tour of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.

In southern Oregon, we’ve seen the problems left behind when land management decisions are made without meaningful public input. Secretary Zinke’s visit represents another productive step forward to rebuild public trust in the management of our federal lands. I know he will strongly consider the concerns and input — from all sides — as he completes his review of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. His report to the President is due by August 24.

That’s all for this update. Remember, you can always keep in touch with me via email, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Oregon’s Second District

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Oregon House Daily Clips




Video: ORP Chair discusses immigrant deported 20 times accused of kidnap, assault

Fox News




Legal pot dealers find home: Oregon’s Cannabis Coast

Statesman Journal

The state has licensed pot dealers in every Oregon county bordering the Pacific Ocean, with the highest number near the beach here in Lincoln County, state data show. But there’s little so far to suggest marijuana is changing the coastal economy, which is already largely fueled by tourism.




Wildfires scattered around Oregon

The Oregonian

Firefighters are battling six fires, mainly in rugged, wilderness areas. They range from the Whitewater Fire in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness area to the Indian Creek fire in the Mt. Hood National Forest. Here’s a rundown:


Growing Whitewater Fire near Detroit closes Jefferson Park, Pacific Crest Trail

Statesman Journal

The Whitewater Fire burning east of Detroit has continued to grow, reaching 167 acres during the weekend in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness. Officials responded by shutting down access to Jefferson Park, a popular hiking and backpacking destination, and an 11-mile segment of the Pacific Crest Trail, along with four other pathways that were already closed. “We understand it is inconvenient but our priority is to protect public safety,” Detroit District Ranger Grady McMahan said in a news release.




Oregon treasurer upset by Trump administration move


Oregon Treasurer Tobias Read reacted with frustration Friday at the decision of the U.S. Treasury to torpedo the MyRA savings program, a low-cost tool designed to help low-income and underserved Americans to start saving for more secure financial futures.“Memo to the Trump administration: You don’t make America great if more Americans are retiring into poverty,” said Read, chair of the Oregon Retirement Savings Board.




Editorial: Gutting Wilderness Act


For the second time in as many years, mountain biking proponents are going after America’s wilderness. After a 2016 congressional bill to allow bikes in the back country went nowhere, they’re back with HR 1349. New sponsor, same bad idea: convince the world that bicycles aren’t really the “mechanical transport” banned by the 1964 Wilderness Act.


Editorial: An exercise in doing right


There was much talk on Capitol Hill of others in the Senate who were equally opposed to the bill but were afraid to stand against it for fear of repercussions. Hopefully, these people will remember what Collins, McCain and Murkowski did, and be emboldened to do likewise in the future.Many Americans are weary of the vitriol and trench warfare that has taken over politics of late. They would like to see the day come when senators, or representatives, aren’t afraid to vote against a bad bill, even if it means crossing party lines.


Guest: I’m Still A Less Government Legislator

Representative Bill Post, R-Keizer

During the regular 2017 session I ended up introducing more bills than I did in my freshman year. I still tried to keep that number low however, as I am still a firm believer in “less government.”  All of my bills were centered on freedom and cutting red tape in state government. Sadly, the one that meant the most to me, my “Sudafed bill” (which would have sent Sudafed-related drugs back to “behind the counter”) did not go anywhere. In fact, most of my bills didn’t even get hearings in committees.  Here are some of the bills I found success with and a couple that I wasn’t happy with from the 2017 session:



Google’s shopper tracking program prompts privacy rights group to file complaint with FTC

The Washington Post

The legal complaint from the Electronic Privacy Information Center, to be filed with the FTC on Monday, alleges that Google is newly gaining access to a trove of highly-sensitive information — the credit and debit card purchases records of the majority of US consumers — without revealing how they got the information or giving consumers’ meaningful ways to opt-out. Moreover, the group claims that the search giant is relying on a secretive technical method to protect the data – a method that should be audited by outsiders and is likely vulnerable to hacks or other data breaches. “Google is seeking to extend its dominance from the online world to the real, offline world, and the FTC really needs to look at that,” said Marc Rotenberg, the organization’s executive director.



RNC Communications: ICYMI: Does the Media Have the Russia Collusion Story Backward?


Who Paid for the ‘Trump Dossier’?

Wall Street Journal
Kimberley A. Strassel
July 27, 2017″ … Fusion GPS. That’s the oppo-research outfit behind the infamous and discredited ‘Trump dossier,’ ginned up by a former British spook. Fusion co-founder Glenn Simpson also was supposed to testify … Turns out Democrats are willing to give up just about anything—including their Manafort moment—to protect Mr. Simpson from having to answer that question.

“What if, all this time, Washington and the media have had the Russia collusion story backward? What if it wasn’t the Trump campaign playing footsie with the Vladimir Putin regime, but Democrats? The more we learn about Fusion, the more this seems a possibility.

“We know that at the exact time Fusion was working with the Russians, the firm had also hired a former British spy, Christopher Steele, to dig up dirt on Mr. Trump. Mr. Steele compiled his material, according to his memos, based on allegations from unnamed Kremlin insiders and other Russians. Many of the claims sound eerily similar to the sort of ‘oppo’ Mr. Akhmetshin peddled.

“We know that Mr. Simpson is tight with Democrats. His current attorney, Joshua Levy, used to work in Congress as counsel to no less than Chuck Schumer. We know from a Grassley letter that Fusion has in the past sheltered its clients’ true identities by filtering money through law firms or shell companies (Bean LLC and Kernel LLC).

“Word is Mr. Simpson has made clear he will appear for a voluntary committee interview only if he is not specifically asked who hired him to dig dirt on Mr. Trump. Democrats are going to the mat for him over that demand. Those on the Judiciary Committee pointedly did not sign letters in which Mr. Grassley demanded that Fusion reveal who hired it.

“Here’s a thought: What if it was the Democratic National Committee or Hillary Clinton’s campaign? What if that money flowed from a political entity on the left, to a private law firm, to Fusion, to a British spook, and then to Russian sources? …

“If the Russian intention was to sow chaos in the American political system, few things could have been more effective than that dossier, which ramped up an FBI investigation and sparked congressional probes and a special counsel, deeply wounding the president. This is all to Mr. Putin’s benefit, and the question is whether Russia engineered it.

“If Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Democrats and the media really want answers about Russian meddling, this is a far deeper well than the so-far scant case against Mr. Trump. If they refuse to dive into the story, we’ll know that the truth about Russia and the election was never what they were after.”


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Get RINOs out!

I, for one, am sick and tired of the RINOs (Republicans-in-name-only) in the US Senate…not to mention the far-left Democrats.  It is time to make the 2018 a watershed election and get them out, once and for all, along with their 48 Democrat friends.  If we can increase the Conservative Republican majority in the US Senate, in the upcoming mid-term election in 2018, maybe we can actually get some positive results for our country in the second half of TRUMP’s first term.  Several of the GOP Senators have broken their promises to the American people to repeal Obamacare.  They are worse than hypocrites.


RINOs working against the Republican majority: http://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2017/07/21


Obamacare is dead…stop trying to bring it back to life! http://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2017/07/24


Chuck Schumer…boo: http://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2017/07/22


Liars and hypocrites: http://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2017/07/26


GET THEM OUT…the six US Senate Republicans who flip-flopped on their pledge to repeal Obamacare: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/26/the-six-senate-republicans-who-flip-flopped-in-favor-of-obamacare/


TRUMP…“3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down” http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/28/donald-trump-senate-let-the-american-people-down-by-failing-to-repeal-obamacare/


2018 MID-TERM ELECTION…It is time to clean out the “upper chamber.”  Please join me in an effort to throw the bums out: http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/29/politics/senate-2018-chuck-schumer/index.html


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Oregon GOP Files Campaign Finance Complaint Against SEIU

Requesting Investigation into $11M of Disclosure Violations

Complaint to AG Rosenblum and SoS Richardson mirrors lawsuit filed by Washington AG against

SEIU’s Washington State Council for failure to report individual member contributions

Wilsonville, OR – Today, Bill Currier, Chairman of the Oregon Republican Party, filed a formal complaint with Oregon’s Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, urging both leaders for an investigation into the campaign finance practices of the Oregon Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Oregon Council and its local 503 and 49 affiliates, involving more than $11 million in unreported individual union member contributions:

The complaint mirrors a recent decision by Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson to pursue action against Washington’s SEIU State Council for failure to properly report and disclose the campaign finance activity of its membership.  Earlier this month, AG Ferguson’s office filed suit in Thurston County alleging that the SEIU Washington State Council, whose organization’s main source of income is member dues, should have registered a political action committee for any political contributions made on behalf of its members.


Washington’s suit identified nearly $5 million in pass through contributions via SEIU’s state council which AG Ferguson’s office believes should have been properly recorded in a political action committee.  The Oregon GOP complaint points out that even though Oregon has as similar law, since 2006, SEIU’s Oregon affiliate councils have made over $11 million in political contributions with member dues, but have failed to register and report the political spending of its members inside of a members’ political action committee using ORESTAR, the state’s campaign finance reporting system.

“Our complaint exposes that  Oregon’s public employee unions have been playing fast and loose with campaign finance laws by not reporting member contributions being spent directly on political activity,” stated Currier. “Public records appear to show $11 million in local funds being pushed into candidate or ballot measure PACs, plus millions more being routed from out of state SEIU affiliates into Oregon.  It’s time to take the step the Washington Attorney General made and investigate the legality of how SEIU is spending member money on political campaigns.”


The complaint contrasts SEIU’s practices with other groups which follow the law when collecting campaign contributions on behalf of members by properly reporting aggregated membership money for politics in forward-facing political action committees within the public’s view.


“If you’re the Realtors, or an insurance agent PAC, member contributions are recorded in a political action committee,” Currier said.  “SEIU should be held to the same standard as other groups that engage in politics.”

Since  other public unions besides SEIU operate in this fashion, a proactive determination by Oregon’s Attorney General and Secretary of State would help ensure better compliance and enhanced public scrutiny of member-based contributions from all organizations.


“Before the next election cycle begins, it is seems imperative that AG Rosenblum and Secretary Richardson to make a timely determination if this type of political fundraising and contribution-making violates Oregon’s campaign finance law,” add Currier. “Our election system demands that everyone operate inside the law, and on a level playing field.  If the Washington Attorney General’s office believes the issue is worth pursuing, and SEIU operates the same way in Oregon as they do in Washington under similar laws, then we think Oregonians deserve this same kind of representation from our statewide elected officials in this matter.”


The complaint was sent electronically today to both Rosenblum and Richardson, and that the Oregon Republican Party would anticipate a timely response from both offices.


For more information on specific SEIU transactions the Oregon Republican Party believes should be reported as political action committee contributions, please see the attached line-itemed spreadsheet.

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Oregon House Daily Clips





PERS board to vote on downgrading public pension investment assumptions

The Associated Press

“If they’re trying to cover someone politically, stop it,” said Jim Green, deputy executive director of the Oregon School Boards Association. “The system needs to be looked at and reformed, and keeping the assumed rate high, or using rate collars is just allowing policymakers at the state level to say, ‘It’s really not that bad.’ ”



Oregon’s controversial Clean Fuels Program revs its engine

Portland Business Journal

“We have a conversion efficiency of something like 96 percent,” said Ian Hill, who co-founded SeQuential in 2004. “When we started off, we were in the high 80s. What doesn’t become biodiesel is byproducts. There’s virtually no waste. This team at the plant, they’re at the leading edge of what can be done turning low-value waste-stream feedstock materials into biodiesel.”

As SeQuential sees it, this is what Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program — probably known by most Oregonians as a perennial political football — is all about.


Exclusive: Why big oil may support cap and trade in Oregon

Portland Business Journal

Could WSPA end up endorsing cap and trade in Oregon? “I think that will depend on the details of the program,” Reheis-Boyd said. “You can have a well-designed cap-and-trade program and a not well-designed cap-and trade-program — just like with a low-carbon fuel standard.”




New model could lower housing costs

Portland Tribune

The modular co-housing model is “exactly the kind of innovative thinking” about how to lower the cost of housing that Meyer Memorial Trust is seeking to promote, Parkhurst says. But it will only prove itself replicable “if it becomes accepted, and it really works, and is really as inexpensive as they hope.”


AFFORDABLE HOUSING: Assistance on the way, but more must be done

The News Guard

Lincoln City and Lincoln County continue to face an affordable housing challenge.

“We have a sustainable housing issue,” State Rep. David Gomberg (D) said. “People are working here but they can’t afford to live here and we have to find a way to turn that around.”




Numerous Oregon wildfires threatening homes, buildings

The Oregonian

The Bowden Fire was reported Monday about 20 miles outside of Rome. By Wednesday morning, the fire had grown to 17,773 acres. It was contained but threatened residences and other structures, according to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center, which tracks wildfires in the region. The fire’s cause is under investigat


Lightning fades, but fire threat remains high

Mail Tribune

The Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest District continues to patrol areas where lightning touched down in Jackson County, a majority of which was in the northeastern portion of the county in the Butte Falls and Prospect areas, according ODF public information officer Melissa Cano. Three strikes also touched down near Ashland.


‘Suspicious’ 10,600-acre fire NE of Madras 30 pct. contained


“We have a containment line around it at this point (utilizing) dozer lines and roads, and the firefighters are working vigilantly today to make sure it stays within the boundaries,” Stacy Lacey, a fire prevention specialist for the Ochoco National Forest, said Wednesday.   By midday Wednesday, the fire was reported to be 40 percent contained.




Portland’s largest law firm lays off 17 administrative workers

Portland Business Journal

“This number (of layoffs) represents just 2.1 percent of our workforce, but it nonetheless was a decision we made with great care,” James Torgerson, the firm’s managing partner, said in the release. “Those jobs have been held by our friends and colleagues.” Stoel Rives, which is headquartered in Portland, has 10 locations in several states and Washington, D.C. The firm employs nearly 800 people in all.




How Farming Inside Wildlife Refuges Is Transforming Klamath Basin Agriculture

Oregon Public Broadcasting

This is the final story in a three-part series on the wildlife refuges of the Klamath Basin and water in the arid West. Read part one and part two.




Meet Kate Brown, governor of one of the most anti-Trump states in the union

The Washington Post

But there are still some areas of the nation where the political left can maneuver virtually untouched. Oregon is one of them, and The Fix sat down with the state’s Democratic governor, Kate Brown, to talk about how she approaches policy in the Trump era and why Oregon seems to have gone out of its way to make itself one of the most anti-Trump states in the union. You can see the interview in the video above.


Oregon’s Transgender Population Reacts To Trump’s Military Ban

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Basic Rights Oregon calls the move disgraceful.  “Thousands of patriotic transgender Americans already serve in our military and are putting their lives on the line to keep us safe and defend our American values,” Executive Director Nancy Haque said. “There is no place for discrimination in our military,” she said.  “Discharging talented service members simply because of their gender identity is wrong.”


TriMet considers lifetime bans for violent offenders

Portland Tribune

TriMet is poised to increase penalties for people who commit serious acts of violence on the transit system, up to a lifetime ban on its buses, trains and property. The agency’s Board of Directors held its first hearing on an ordinance with the increases on Wednesday. It can be approved at the next meeting, scheduled for Aug. 9, and take effect 30 days after that. “This is a good move to help ensure the safety of our operators, riders and members of the general public,” TriMet Board President Bruce Warner said during the hearing.


Arnie Roblan is the new president of PNW economic region

The World Link

“PNWER has proven itself to be an ideal vehicle for identifying shared regional problems and crafting solutions that serve the people we represent,” Roblan said in a prepared statement. He was inducted Tuesday at the 27th PNWER annual summit.




Editorial: Recreation Not Red-Tape


The act would make it easier for individuals, families and outdoor recreation businesses to get required federal permits; make federal agencies that may not have thought of themselves as being involved in outdoor recreation — such as the Army Corps of Engineers — responsible for it on land and water they oversee; and generally promote outdoor recreation. The RNR Act is a refreshingly civilized, bipartisan attempt to make life easier for Oregonians in a practical way, without spending huge sums of federal money. Others in Congress could learn from this.


Editorial: Regulators toss curve at air rules


The Cleaner Air Oregon proposal appears to have some substantial speed bumps. But that shouldn’t prevent Lebanon residents from being able to access current and accurate information about the air they breathe.



Bonamici: Banning transgender military members is ‘discriminatory and unacceptable’

Portland Tribune

Bonamici referenced Oregonians she had met, including members of the transgender community, who had served in the military. In her statement, Bonamici asked the Defense Department to continue accepting transgender servicemembers. “The President’s decision to deny them the opportunity to serve goes against the values that our military fights to protect,” she said. “Turning our backs on these transgender individuals is discriminatory and unacceptable. We overturned Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell more than five years ago, and military experts have reported no negative effects.”


Sen. Jeff Merkley Will Propose 120 Amendments to Hinder Obamacare Repeal

Willamette Week

Merkley has prepared 120 amendments to the bill being debated in the Senate now, and he plans to propose each of them during the so-called vote-a-rama, when senators are free to propose as many amendments as they want. “The number of people who would be harmed by the dismantling of health care is so long that it would be impossible to list them all—but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try,” Merkley said. “If the GOP is intent on ramming their destructive bill through, they should have to face head-on the disastrous effects it will have for America’s veterans, children, cancer patients, and the peace of mind for every family across this country,” Merkley added.




Multnomah County Likely To Pursue Lawsuit Against Opioid Makers

Oregon Public Broadcasting

By declaring opioids a “public nuisance” Multnomah County is taking the first step in a legal battle to recoup some of those costs from manufacturers. Speaking to OPB on Wednesday, County Chair Deborah Kafoury compared opioid manufactures to Big Tobacco. “They pushed a product on consumers that they knew was harmful, that they knew was destructive, and that they knew could damage people’s lives,” Kafoury said. “And they weren’t open at all about it.”


Council continues discussion of new fees, taxes to improve park system


The council is considering both a construction bond and an operating levy, which require voter approval because they raise property taxes. Other ideas to raise money include a monthly service fee that could be charged on a resident’s utility bill or a restaurant tax.

The earliest councilors could put any tax measure on the ballot would be May.


Another Loss For Governor Kate Brown as Manufacturer Moves Oregon Jobs To China

Oregon GOP Chair Points to Governor’s Unfriendly Business Policies, Obsession with Trump


Wilsonville, OR – Thanks to Democrat Governor Kate Brown’s job-killing policies, manufacturers are leaving Oregon for China, and taking their high-paying jobs with them.  Last week Microsoft announced it will be closing its factory in Wilsonville and laying off over one hundred employees so it can move more production activities to China.

Under Kate Brown, Oregon continues to fall further behind, receiving a bottom ten ranking for business this year as the state hemorrhages the very high-paying jobs she has claimed her policies would attract.

The Oregonian reports:

”The tech giant stamped, ‘Manufactured in Portland, OR, USA’ on each Surface Hub it made there. It invited The New York Times and Fast Company magazine to tour the plant in 2015, then hired more than 100 people to make the enormous, $22,000 touch-screen computer.

But last week Microsoft summoned its Wilsonville employees to an early-morning meeting and announced it will close the factory and lay off 124 employees – nearly everyone at the site – plus dozens of contract workers…

Though workers present say he didn’t disclose the location, Microsoft has previously said it makes its other Surface computers in China.”


Despite appeals from businesses large and small that it’s time for Oregon to dump the unfriendly business policies, increased regulations, and the constant threat of higher taxes, Governor Brown forges ahead with her damaging agenda focused on her ‘War on Trump’,” stated Oregon GOP Chairman Bill Currier.

“When combined with Kate Brown’s failure to address, much less solve, the big fiscal, educational, and law enforcement issues that our state faces and that voters care about,” said Currier, “It becomes clear that Oregon needs new leadership in 2018.


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Kevin Hoar

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Kate Brown Corrupts Application Process for Judicial Appointments

Oregon GOP Chair Rebukes Democrat Governor for Continued Cronyism


Wilsonville, OR – Despite her promises of transparency and accountability, Democrat Governor Kate Brown used her office this past week to secure prominent positions for her friends and allies, especially ones who shell out cash for her campaign.  Brown’s state lawyer, Ben Souede, was allowed to skip the normal application process to get a seat on the bench for the Multnomah County Circuit Court.  Moreover, Souede is a major Democrat donor, and his wife, Jill Souede, donated $1,000 to Brown’s campaign.


The Oregonian reports:

”Gov. Kate Brown’s state lawyer was able to skip the application process followed by other candidates for openings on the Multnomah County Circuit Court, Brown’s staff said late this week.

The governor’s office also allowed a state legislator from Lake Oswego to interview with a special panel of lawyers, separate from the one that reviewed other applicants for a seat on the Clackamas County Circuit Court.

Judicial candidates typically fill out application forms and interview with panels of lawyers selected by the governor’s office before the governor personally interviews finalists.

In the case of Brown’s general counsel Ben Souede, officials in the governor’s office said no additional vetting was necessary. Souede was among three lawyers Brown tapped earlier this week to fill vacancies on the Multnomah County Circuit Court.  Souede was also on the interview panel that met with candidates for the two other openings on the Multnomah County Circuit Court.”


Appointing fair, impartial, and competent judges is a serious matter and not one that should be used to reward the Governor’s political cronies or be doled out to the largest donors,” stated Oregon GOP Chairman Bill Currier.  “When the vetting of a judicial appointee turns out to be nothing more than a charade for the benefit of public perception and to provide cover for the insider system of political payoffs and patronage, it is easy to see why Kate Brown is so often seen as being ethically-challenged.”

“Brown may think she can fool the people of Oregon into believing all her phony talk about transparency and accountability, but in reality, she’s just another ‘D-machine’ politician willing to use her office to benefit Democrat party insiders,” said Currier.  “Kate Brown is Oregon’s ‘Queen of Cronyism’ and yet another reason why Oregonians are ready for a change in 2018.


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Kevin Hoar

Website: Oregon.GOP

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oregonrepublicanparty/

Twitter: @Oregon_GOP

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Oregon House Daily Clips





Birds Take Backseat To Fish, Farms In The Klamath Basin

Oregon Public Broadcasting

There’s always a bird – or 20 –  in sight at Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge. But really, there should be many, many more.


Low steelhead count expected in Columbia River

The Oregonian

It’s projected that fewer than 131,000 of the fish will come through Bonneville Dam this year, the Yakima Herald-Republic reports. That’s the lowest number in more than three decades and represents a fall of at least 45,000 for the third straight year.




Editorial: Commission on voting is a sham


It is almost as certain where the work of the commission is headed: toward efforts to make it more difficult to register and vote. It’s the wrong answer to the wrong question: We should be working to modernize voting machines and safeguarding election systems against hacking. And any national effort to make it harder to register and vote runs counter to Oregon’s longstanding efforts to clear away obstacles to the franchise. It’s a shame that we’ll spend any time at all trying to restrict something so fundamental to our democracy.


Editorial: A nonexistent threat


But beyond this dog and pony show lies a larger threat. While to date there has been no credible evidence of widespread voter fraud by noncitizens, there have been well-­documented cases of voter suppression, actions aimed at keeping legal voters — often minorities — from casting their votes. Civil libertarians and voter rights groups have grown increasingly concerned that the voter fraud commission will be a vehicle for expanding these efforts.


Letter to the editor: Rallying behind Rep. Williamson

Jessica Haviland, Northwest Portland

I watched the House floor debate for House Bill 3391 this month, extremely proud to be a member of Rep. Jennifer Williamson’s district. She championed the truth: This bill will lead to healthier lives, healthier communities and a healthier Oregon.




Plan will displace hundreds of homeless near Redmond

Bend Bulletin

Hundreds of homeless people could be displaced as the result of a cleanup effort on 2,000 acres of agricultural land east of Redmond. “The goal was a plan to manage the impact on the land,” Deschutes County Property Manager James Lewis said. “It’s not just a homeless problem; it’s true land management. It will make the land safe for legal use of the land, like hiking or biking.”




Jared Kushner says ‘I did not collude’ in statement before closed-door interviews

The Associated Press

“I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government,” Kushner said in the prepared remarks in which he also insists that none of the contacts, which include meetings at Trump Tower with the Russian ambassador and a Russian lawyer, was improper.


Despite Republican appeals, Democrats not willing to deal on net neutrality legislation

Washington Examiner

Echoing Thune’s calls is his counterpart in the House, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “I again call on my Democratic colleagues, edge providers, and ISPs, and all those who make up the diverse Internet ecosystem that has flourished under light-touch regulation to come to the table and work with us on bipartisan legislation that preserves an open Internet while not discouraging the investments necessary to fully connect all Americans,” Walden said on the Day of Action. “Too much is at stake to have this issue ping-pong between different FCC commissions and various courts over the next decade.”


Wisconsin company to install rice-sized microchips in employees

USA Today

Three Square Market, a company that provides technology for break-room or micro markets, has over 50 employees who plan to have the devices implanted, KSTP-TV reported. The tiny chip, which uses RFID technology or Radio-Frequency Identification, can be implanted between the thumb and forefinger “within seconds,” according to a statement from the company. “It’s the next thing that’s inevitably going to happen, and we want to be a part of it,” Three Square Market Chief Executive Officer Todd Westby told the station.




Representative Greg Barreto: End of Session Newsletter



Rep. B speaking on floor

The End of Session Newsletter

July 24, 2017

The last day of the 2017 Oregon legislative session was July 7, 2017.  The session was long, it was tiring, and it was frustrating in the last days, but I remain hopeful that we will be able to turn things around in Oregon with the 2018 elections already rapidly approaching. The only way things change for the better is when we elect those that will challenge the status quo.


Over 130 bills were heard and voted on in the last four days of the session. Below is an overview of some of the more controversial measures, some of which may be challenged in court:


SB 719 was passed by the House Democrats on a 31 to 28 vote. SB 719 allows law enforcement to confiscate guns based on a family member saying someone is mentally unstable and should not retain their firearms.  It also allows a judge to make the decision instead of a qualified medical professional.  This bill challenges “due process” and our 2nd Amendment rights. Our office received over 5,0000 emails from Oregonians who were against this bill and I was proud to stand up for them by casting a no vote on this legislation.


HB 3391 passed without a Republican vote in either the House or the Senate and will cost 10 million dollars for abortion on demand including sex selection abortions, mandating that all health care insurance providers apart from Providence must comply. These abortions are allowed until the child is born, extended to undocumented people in Oregon and without a co-pay or deductible. No provisions were given for those wanting a child and facing infertility.  This was a dark day for Oregon.  Providence protested early, stood their ground and got carved out for religious status.  Would have been nice if they would have stood up for the principle and helped other companies fight against this.


HB 2391, the provider tax bill, will also raise the cost of health care and those that purchase insurance. It establishes a 1.5% tax on health insurance providers to help pay for Obamacare for all who reside in the state.  For my company, that is already looking at a 27% premium increase will now have an additional $6000.00 annually and that does not account for their mark-up on the 1.5 increase.  Insurance premiums will continue to rise with legislation such as this.


The House Democrats passed HB 2060.  A tax bill that would have raised $667 million of new taxes on the backs of the smallest of Oregon small businesses. The qualifications of the tax increase were tied to the number of employees a business has, not to profits or income.  Unbelievable!  And they did this on a simple majority vote, defying the Oregon Constitution and the vote of the people that requires a 3/5 majority to approve revenue raising bills.   Thankfully this measure was killed in the Senate.


There were a lot of good bills introduced and some good bills passed:


SB 106, SB 481, HB 2101 were public records reform bills that will help modernize availability for Oregonians to information and improve transparency of government.


HB 2066 retained the rural medical provider tax as a tool for attracting and retaining medical professionals in rural areas of the state.


SB 1067 was a cost containing bill that prevents the state from doubling up on insurance benefits for households with two public employee incomes.


SB 372, of which I was a sponsor with Sen. Hansell as Chief Sponsor, was signed into law on June 14, 2017.  This law permits the salvaging of game meat for human consumption if it had been killed by a vehicle collision.


SB 373, of which Sen. Hansell and I were Chief Sponsors, directs the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to establish a pilot program to control urban deer populations in cities where deer constitute a public nuisance.  This was signed into law on June 14, 2017.


HB 2382 and its Senate counterpart SB 230, were Bills to increase student achievement, improve college attendance and career placement for students in Ag courses. And compensation for the extensive amount of time that FFA teachers put in through the summer months.  When education in Oregon is lagging behind in national state ranking, FFA programs across the state are a proven bright shining light in building character and leadership qualities in our young people.  Throughout education this program is recognized and should be encouraged and rewarded for the product that FFA puts out.  JD Cant from Imbler was the catalyst for this legislation which Bill Hansell and I fought hard for that would have enhanced and benefitted education and our FFA programs.  This bill or a similar form of it should be introduced in the next long session.


HB 2017 The transportation package that started out at 8.2 billion dollars, a 14-cent gas tax, increased registration fees, employee tax, added fees when purchasing new or used cars, bike tax, gravel tax, tolls on some stretches of road, etc., etc., etc.  We were told that if a legislator wanted projects for their district, those members working on the package wanted a commitment early that the legislator would vote for the package, however it turned out.  I was not on the committee and was unwilling to commit to the tax and fee increases at the start of the package not knowing how much it would end up costing the people of Oregon.  This was a bill that was in a process of continual change and development all the way to the end.  Because I and other legislators would not commit to voting yes early, on a bill that was not fully formed, many of our districts were not awarded projects.  Those on the transportation committee that put in an inordinate amount of time and effort made out very well and some that committed to vote for it brought projects back to their districts and some projects were actually awarded based on cost/benefit. Transportation is vital to Oregon and there is a huge cost to funding and maintain a statewide need.  Republican Rep. Cliff Bentz put his heart and soul into this project and worked diligently, negotiating with a lot of players to see it come about.  Republican Rep. Andy Olson, also on the committee, worked hard and got a measure of accountability into the project also.


In the end, the package was whittled down to a little over 5 billion. Gas tax was lowered to 10 cents over 6 years; it still included the employee tax which I totally disagree with because it has nothing to do with transportation and can be easily raised in the future.  The best part of the bill in my opinion was the funding for counties and cities for infrastructure maintenance.  It was dispersed throughout the state based on a formula based on the number of registered vehicles and miles of road in the counties.  This part of the bill will be a significant help to rural areas.  Most local elected officials responsible for communities were in favor of any package.  A lot of constituents did not want to see gas taxes increased by 20% along with the other fee’s, taxes and the Low Carbon Fuels Tax still subsidizing electric cars.


There was much more that went on in Salem over the last 6 months that I will comment on in future newsletters.  And future responsibilities that will take more of my time.  The budget issues from this session will continue to grow through the next 12 years as PERS costs will continue to rise for the state, counties, cities and schools.  Medicaid costs, individual and business premium costs and availability along with the uncertainty of the health care system in general will be front and center both on a state and national level well into the future.


Thank you for your support, encouragement and even criticisms, knowing that in this business, there are many views on the issues at hand.  Special thanks to the crew and leadership at Barreto mfg. that are doing an outstanding job and allow me to do serve in this capacity.


Fighting for common sense in Oregon,




Rep. Barreto with Pendleton Round Up Court

Rep. Barreto speaking with Senator Hansell



Contacting the Salem Office

Vicki Olson Senior Legislative Assistant

Email: Rep.GregBarreto@oregonlegislature.gov

Office phone: (503) 986-1458