Kate Brown Approval Drops 13% to below 50% After Scandals, Incompetence

Oregon GOP Chair Says Years of Corrupt, Negligent Leadership Taking Toll

Wilsonville, OR –  According to the latest polling, Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s approval has taken a dive in the past year after her administration has experienced a profound series of mismanagement, corruption, and financial negligence scandals. These scandals are in addition to the Governor’s support for controversial tax increases on health care and energy, as well as her much-criticized failure to seriously address the looming PERS (Public Employee Retirement System) fiscal catastrophe.

In an independent poll conducted quarterly that measures the approval ratings of Governors across the nation, Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s approval has seen a 13% drop in the past year, down to 45% – below the 50% threshold that is considered dangerous for an incumbent reelection campaign.

Morning Consult Polling:
April 2017 – Kate Brown: 58% Approve; 31% Disapprove
July 2017 – Kate Brown: 53% Approve; 33% Disapprove
October 2017 – Kate Brown: 50% Approve; 34% Disapprove
January 2018 – Kate Brown: 45% Approve; 37% Disapprove

News outlets across the state that tend to support Democrats have taken to harshly criticizing Oregon’s Democrat Governor for all these failures and scandals but to no apparent effect on the Governor’s priorities or actions.  Instead, the past year has been witness to numerous heavy-handed attempts to prevent public and media scrutiny, to the point of obstructing audits and stonewalling public records releases.

“OHA, DEQ, DHS, DOE, Wildfires, Medicaid Fraud, Criminal Sanctuaries – Kate Brown’s tenure has served up a virtual alphabet soup of scandals and reports of gross incompetence and waste by her administration.  Each has often been followed by revelations of malfeasance by Brown’s subordinates trying to prevent the public from learning just how bad it really is,” said Oregon GOP Chairman Bill Currier.  “Meanwhile other catastrophic problems, like PERS, grow worse with no serious solutions on the horizon.  Instead of leading, Kate Brown has chosen to focus on political posturing and raising campaign cash.”

“Oregonians are tired of the negligent, corrupt leadership they are getting, and they will have the chance in November to replace a mere politician like Brown with real leadership that will get serious about restoring competency to our state agencies and seeking real solutions to major challenges.”

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List of Tax Reform Good News: https://atr.org/list

UPS, Cigna, Hostess Announce Bonuses, Investments, and Free Snacks Due to Tax Reform: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/02/01/ups-cigna-hostess-announce-bonuses-investments-and-free-snacks-due-to-tax-reform/

Lowe’s Announces $1,000 Bonuses Due to Tax Reform: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/02/01/winning-lowes-announces-1000-bonuses-tax-reform/

Hydrogen-Electric Truck-Maker Nikola to Build $1 Billion Arizona Plant, Creating 2,000 Jobs: http://www.breitbart.com/economics/2018/02/01/winning-hydrogen-electric-truck-maker-nikola-build-1-billion-arizona-plant-creating-2000-jobs/

Exxon Mobil Announces $50 Billion Investment in U.S., 12,000 New Jobs, Citing Tax Reform: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/01/29/exxon-mobil-announces-50-billion-investment-12000-new-jobs-citing-tax-reform/

FedEx Announces $3.2 Billion in Wage Increases, Bonuses Due to Tax Reform: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/01/26/fedex-announces-3-2-billion-wage-increases-bonuses-due-tax-reform/


U.S. Manufacturing Expanded in January at Close to Strongest Pace Since 2004: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/02/01/u-s-manufacturing-expands-close-quickest-pace-14-years/

U.S. Oil Production Tops 10 Million Barrels A Day for First Time Since 1970: https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-oil-production-tops-10-million-barrels-a-day-for-first-time-since-1970-1517429674

Private payrolls grow by 234,000 in January, vs 185,000 expected: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/31/private-jobs-up-234k-in-january-vs-185k-est-adp-moodys-analytics.html

Trump’s First Year Saw Americans’ Compensation Rise At Fastest Pace Since 2008: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-31/trumps-first-year-saw-americans-compensation-rise-fastest-pace-2008

64 Percent Of Small Business Owners Say Trump Is Making Their Enterprises Great Again: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2018/01/26/poll-64-percent-of-small-business-owners-say-trump-is-making-their-enterprises-great-again-n2440095

Dow pops 224 points, stocks notch record close on strong earnings: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/26/us-stocks-gdp-economy-trump.html

President Trump is Right – US Markets Up Nearly 50% Since 2016 Election: http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/01/president-trump-is-right-us-markets-up-nearly-50-44-since-election/

The Republican National Committee Just Blew Through an All-Time Fundraising Record: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2018/01/31/rnc-just-blew-through-an-alltime-fundraising-record-n2442514


Feel the Bern: http://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2018/02/01

Military after Obama: http://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2018/01/27

The New FBI: http://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2018/01/25


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Study: Oregon’s Medicaid Experiment Is Working

Oregon Public Broadcasting

“When we were being honest about what we could accomplish in the first five years, we figured we’ve got to get more people access to care and we’ve got to make sure that there’s a level of quality in that primary care that’s more consistent across the state,” Smith said. “The report tells us that we did all of those well.”


Oregon health reforms get mixed check-up

Portland Tribune

He said the next five years would be a significant test of whether the CCOs thrive, adding that federal or state reforms will be needed to address high drug prices. He said the Oregon system “may be well suited to address these issues over the next five years.” The federal government provides a majority of the funding for the Oregon Health Plan but the state chips in a significant portion as well, which drove the Measure 101 fight. The state reforms kicked in even as an expansion mandated under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act flooded the system with billions in additional federal funds as well as nearly 400,000 newly eligible members.


Sudden oak death task force fights for funding

Coos Bay WordLink

The plan was designed to hopefully eradicate sudden oak death by 2019 provided the task force gets the funding it needs. “This is probably the scariest thing we’ve seen as far as a pathogen effecting our economy,” Oregon State Rep. David Brock Smith said. The scientific name of the disease is phytophthora ramorum. he NA-1 strain has been present in Curry County since 2001. In 2015 a new strain of the disease was recognized in Curry County known as the EU-1.


Rep. Marsh holds town hall meeting, reveals goals for short legislative session


“There’s going to be a struggle over this,” said Marsh, “But we have momentum and we’re going to push the discussion as far as we can during this session.” She is looking to pass a Greenhouse Gas Cap and Invest program with the goal of reducing green house emissions and producing new revenue. “Overtime, we will be able to achieve as a state, an 80 percent reduction below our 1990 emissions by the year 2050,” she said.




Secretive, Business-Oriented Group Launches Attack Ad On Oregon Gov. Kate Brown

Oregon Public Broadcasting

“One of Priority Oregon’s functions is to hold public officials accountable and hold them up to standards of transparency,” said Jill Gibson, a Portland attorney long active in attempts to ban compulsory union dues for public employees in Oregon represented by organized labor. She is now serving as Priority Oregon’s spokeswoman.




Who’s Who of Oregon Politics Gathers to Celebrate the Life of Former Mayor Vera Katz

Willamette Week

For Portlanders, the neighborhoods and structures that Katz did so much to build will provide plenty of other reminders. When Katz was in eighth grade, the printed program distributed at her service said, a teacher asked her class to write did what they wanted on their tombstones. Katz’s choice: “She made a difference.”




Editorial: Statistics offer look at value of CTE

Albany Democrat-Herald

The statistics released last week by the state seem to support that belief. As as state officials and legislators look to find ways to continue driving graduation rates, these new statistics offer additional evidence of the value of career and technical education.


Guest: Short legislative session begins soon

Rep. Brad Witt

February 5th marks the beginning of the “short” session, and we recently spent 3 days in Salem preparing for that biennial event. Committees in both Chambers held hearings to introduce legislation proposed by the members. Since the Session will only last 35 days, House members may only introduce two bills, while Senators may only introduce one bill. Standing Committees are allowed to introduce three bills, so by the time it is all said and done, we will probably have around 300 bills to review.


Guest: Pass Clean Energy Jobs bill

Pep Fujas, professional skier who grew up in Ashland, skiing every winter at Mount Ashland. He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife and two young daughters

I am excited to see momentum on pricing climate pollution in Salem. As federal leaders continue to deny climate change, Oregon has a chance to lead the nation in the transition to a clean energy economy — to better the future for our children and our mountains.


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Denyc Boles selected as new District 19 representative

Statesman Journal

Former Republican Rep. Denyc Boles was unanimously selected Wednesday to fill the vacant District 19 seat in the Oregon House of Representatives by the Marion County Board of Commissioners. Boles will serve the remainder of former Rep. Jodi Hack’s term and has already filed to run for re-election in November. “I’m excited to be an advocate for my community, to let them know that they have someone accessible to help, maybe, get their belief back in government,” Boles said.


Oregon private school parents in limbo on 529 accounts after congressional tax overhaul

The Oregonian

House minority leader Rep. Mike McLane, R-Powell Butte, said he is still studying the overall effect of the federal tax code on Oregon. He suggested, though, that he’s inclined to expand Oregon’s tax breaks to families with kids in private K-12 schools. “House Republicans are generally in favor of any measure that would allow parents to pursue an education that best fits with the needs of their children,” McLane said in a written statement. “If we can achieve this goal by clarifying or expanding 529 plan tax benefits here in Oregon, I think that is something legislators should strongly consider.”


State denied summary judgment in timber lawsuit

Albany Democrat-Herald

Linn County argues in the lawsuit that the state violated a contract with the county to manage state forest trust lands with an eye toward the “greatest permanent value.” At the time these lands were conveyed to the state, the county argues, it was assumed that “greatest permanent value” entailed maximizing timber harvests, and earmarking money from those harvests to the counties and other government entities.


But the state’s attorneys argued that the term “greatest permanent value,” is ambiguous and also applies to other goals in managing the land, such as clean water and recreation. As the state began to manage the land with those other goals in mind, timber harvests declined, and so did the payments to the counties. Linn County’s suit argues that represents a breach of contract.


57 new fees and fee hikes proposed for forest

Mail Tribune

The increases are designed to add about $100,000 to the forest’s nearly $200,000 recreation budget and allow forest managers to better maintain and enhance the sites amid cost increases during years of flat or reduced recreation budgets, said Julie Martin, the forest recreation program manager.


Oregon sanctuary state status draws DOJ threats

The Oregonian

A high-level U.S. Department of Justice official sent a threatening letter to Oregon criminal justice officials Wednesday, demanding documents about the state’s compliance with a federal immigration law and saying they “will subpoena” the records if Oregon fails to give them over by deadline. Oregon could be forced to pay back several million dollars in federal grants if it is found to violate federal law, the Justice Department letter said. It’s unclear whether federal officials will back up the threats with action.


U.S. DOJ renews threats over state’s sanctuary status

Portland Tribune

In a letter sent to 23 jurisdictions nationwide, DOJ officials threatened to confiscate federal criminal justice funding from cities, counties and states that refuse to assist federal authorities in enforcing U.S. immigration law.


Bridge Battle, Part Deux

Bend Source Weekly

he fight over the proposed Deschutes River pedestrian bridge south of Bend may suffer a knockout blow if a new bill passes in the upcoming short legislative session.


Reschke appointed vice-chair of energy, environment committee

Herald and News

“I am honored to have the opportunity to increase my involvement in shaping policy in the upcoming session,” said Reschke. “As a member of the Revenue committee, I will be an advocate for tax reforms that benefit Oregon families and will work with my colleagues to oppose unnecessary tax increases. As the Vice-Chair of the Energy and Environment Committee, my top priority will be defending our rural communities from the cap and trade bill currently being pushed by Democratic leaders. I look forward to serving on both of these committees, in addition to my other committee assignments, in the February legislative session.”


The Portland Winterhawks Ask Lawmakers for an Exception to Oregon’s Minimum-Wage Laws

Willamette Week

Oregon has moved aggressively to raise its minimum wage, but some of the highest-profile performers in this city don’t get paid at all. Those performers, mostly teenagers, play ice hockey for the Portland Winterhawks in the Western Hockey League. The team sold about 6,000 tickets per game last season and also profits from food, drink and merchandise sales at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum and the Moda Center, the team’s home rinks.




Kate Brown will continue fundraising during the legislative session

The Oregonian

“Surely, forgoing the daily distraction of fundraising from governing for just 35 days, nearly nine months before the general election, is possible for you and your campaign staff,” Buehler wrote. “Particularly during this time of excessive and unnecessary partisanship and division in our national politics, this voluntary action on your part will send a message that here in Oregon, we value good government and governance over partisan and political advantage.”




Measure 101 is in the rearview mirror, but Medicaid’s budget woes are not

Portland Business Journal

As federal funds continue to dwindle, the fiscal challenge will grow even greater in 2020.


Yesterday’s Election Results Highlight Enormous Growth in Oregon Voter Registration

Willamette Week

The big difference, and the reason the number of registered voters has increased so sharply, is the “Motor Voter” law, which went into effect in 2016. The latest figures from the elections division show that the law has added 390,000 new voters to the rolls (88 percent of them unaffiliated with any party).


Esquivel says $3 million election was worth it

Mail Tribune

But one of the people who forced the measure to the ballot, Rep. Sal Esquivel, R-Medford, thinks the effort was worth it. “I think the people of Oregon need to weigh in on these issues,” he said Wednesday. Ballot Measure 101 passed 57.9 percent to 42.1 percent in Jackson County — and by a higher margin statewide. Esquivel said he was surprised that 60 percent of Oregon voters said “yes” to raising taxes on hospitals and insurance companies to avoid cuts to the Oregon Health Plan, this state’s version of Medicaid. “I thought it would be closer,” he said.


Some GOP counties backed measure

Associated Press

It wasn’t only Democratic-leaning counties in Oregon that voted to impose a tax on hospitals and health insurers to pay for Medicaid for low-income residents. Several counties that voted for Donald Trump also helped propel the measure to a resounding yes vote. As president, Trump endorsed Republican bills to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid. Oregon did the opposite on Tuesday when it expanded funding of Medi­caid, making up for a drop in the federal government’s share and covering more children.




Oregon pot regulator upset by sales to minors, but lack of banking bigger problem

Statesman Journal

The head of Oregon’s pot regulatory agency on Wednesday blasted retailers who got caught selling marijuana to minors in a series of late-2017 sting operations. “There is nothing more damaging than that,” Steve Marks, executive director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, told audience members at the fourth annual Cannabis Collaborative Conference at the Portland Expo Center. “Your friends in government are really, really disappointed.”




Editorial: Measure 101 vote did not mean health care is a right

Bend Bulletin

What Measure 101 meant was spun so hard it was like the head spin in “The Exorcist.” The taxes were not taxes. They were called “assessments” to muddy public understanding. Democrats in the Legislature even concocted a scheme to have a Democrat-controlled committee write the ballot title for Measure 101, so they could further spin what it was about.


Editorial: Chart Medicaid’s future


More broadly, Tuesday’s election offered voters a chance to cast a vote of no-confidence in the Legislature, Gov. Kate Brown and state government in general. Oregonians did not take that opportunity. Voters understood that jamming a stick in the spokes of the Medicaid program would be a poor way of lodging a political protest. While the state’s leaders can draw encouragement from having prevailed in the Measure 101 campaign, hard work lies ahead. The problem of creating a fair and sustainable Medicaid finance system remains.


Editorial: 101’s passage gives a break to legislators

Albany Democrat-Herald

What should legislators do with that additional time? Here’s our first suggestion: Nothing. Instead, tackle the relatively minor work of tying up loose ends from the 2017 session, fine-tune the state’s budget and then go home. In other words, deliver a short session that’s in line with what voters expected when they approved annual sessions in 2010.


Editorial: Expanded health coverage is safe — for now

Mail Tribune

Federal policy — and Congress’ willingness to continue matching state expenditures for Medicaid — are factors beyond the control of state lawmakers. But the Legislature does have to come up with the state’s share of Medicaid funding. Voters have said loud and clear that the state should live up to that responsibility. Legislators should listen — and start now to secure long-term funding when the two-year plan voters just affirmed runs out.


Editorial: Bill on civics testing is a foolish shortcut

Bend Bulletin

If its anonymous advocates really want to improve civics education, they need to engage with the education department and educators. They need to understand what might be an effective method to enhance civics education in a context that gives it meaning. The goal of SB 1513 is good. The method is a foolish shortcut. It deserves swift defeat.


Include better leadership more professionalism, with more tax funds

Herald and News

Along with extra funds that come in from the tax should come a higher level of commitment that crosses partisan lines and also includes higher level of professionalism both by elected officials and state administrators. Is that too much to ask of Oregon’s political leaders?


Guest: Carbon emissions bills: Cap-and-trade proposal unnecessary and harmful

Shelly Boshart Davis, Boshart Trucking

Oregon is already one of the lowest greenhouse-gas emitters in the country, and we’re getting lower. In fact, while our state’s economy and population have grown considerably since 2000, our state’s greenhouse-gass emissions have declined by 13 percent. Oregon is responsible for a meager .7 percent of emissions in the United States, and .1 percent of global emissions. You could eliminate the Oregon economy entirely and not make a dent in global greenhouse-gas emissions.


Guest: Carbon emissions bills: Clean Energy Jobs bill is a victory

Diane Nunez, Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber

There’s no reason for Oregon to wait. Our Latino business community has grown by 250 percent since 2000. Oregon has the workforce and the desire to build new, sustainable jobs and businesses now — and we’re hungry for opportunities to grow. Clean Energy Jobs will create those opportunities, and we will all benefit. I work every day to create opportunities for growth in our business community, and I’m excited by the prospects this bill offers our state. We shouldn’t let this opportunity pass by.

MAGA Real News


A year of real change by President Donald J. Trump: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/president-trump-op-ed-a-year-of-real-change/article/2646561

Complete List of President Trump’s Historic Accomplishments His First Year in Office: http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/01/here-it-is-complete-list-of-president-trumps-miraculous-accomplishments-his-first-year-in-office/

Economists Credit Trump For Booming Economy: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2018/01/15/economists-credit-trump-for-booming-economy-say-growth-will-continue-into-2018-thanks-to-tax-bill-n2434417

Dow pops 140 points, closes at record after Caterpillar and 3M earnings: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/25/us-stocks-caterpillar-3m-earnings.html

Dow spikes 322 points, closes above 26,000 for the first time: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/17/us-stocks-dow-earnings-bank-of-america.html

Dow’s 31 Percent Gain Under Trump Highest Since FDR: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/01/19/dows-31-percent-gain-under-trump-highest-since-fdr/

Stock market’s value under Trump has grown by $6.9 trillion to $30.6 trillion: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/18/stock-markets-value-under-trump-has-grown-by-6-point-9-trillion-to-30-point-6-trillion.html

U.S. Manufacturing Output Rose in December for Fourth Month: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-17/u-s-manufacturing-output-rose-in-december-for-a-fourth-month

Jobless Claims Hit 45 Year Low: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/01/18/jobless-claims-hit-45-year-low-gdp-looks-strong-manufacturing-growth-powers-forward/

Trucking Companies Race to Add Capacity: https://www.wsj.com/articles/trucking-companies-race-to-add-capacity-drivers-as-market-heats-up-1516453200

Home Depot hourly employees to receive up to $1,000 bonus due to tax reform: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/25/home-depot-to-award-hourly-employees-1000-bonus-due-to-tax-reform.html

Disney to Give Employees $1K Cash Bonuses and Launch $50M Education Program: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/01/23/mouse-roars-disney-giving-employees-1000-cash-bonus-launching-50-million-education-program/

Starbucks Announces Employee Raises: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/cortneyobrien/2018/01/24/starbucks-announces-employee-raises-n2439036

The Government Shutdown: http://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2018/01/21

The Cave In: http://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2018/01/24


“If you’re interested in ‘balancing’ work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable”. Donald Trump


Lanny Hildebrandt

Protecting the 2nd Amendment

Every two years, I raise my right hand and swear an oath to preserve and defend the U.S. Constitution. That’s an oath I take seriously. The Second Amendment to the Constitution establishes a citizen’s right to keep and bear arms, and I have always been a strong supporter of the Second Amendment.

Our rights to keep and bear arms, however, don’t stop at state lines. That’s why I supported the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which recently passed the House. This legislation ensures that lawful gun owners who are permitted to carry in their home state can continue to do so when they travel to other states. It’s simple really, law abiding Americans should be able to exercise their Second Amendment rights even when they cross state lines.

Whether one uses a firearm for hunting, sport shooting, personal protection, or any other lawful reason, our Constitution clearly protects their right to do so. In Congress, I will continue to do all I can to protect our constitutional right to bear arms.

Best regards,

Greg Walden
U.S. Representative
Oregon’s Second District

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Denyc Boles appointed to Oregon House



Former lawmaker to again represent House District 19


Salem, Ore. – Former State Representative Denyc Boles has been appointed by Marion County Commissioners to fill the vacancy in House District 19. Boles, who was previously appointed to the same seat in 2014, will fill the remainder of former Representative Jodi Hack’s term in office.


“I am very humbled to have the opportunity to return the Legislature and to serve out the remainder of my good friend Jodi Hack’s term in office,” said Boles. “While I never expected to be back so soon, my previous service taught me how rewarding it could be an advocate for my friends and neighbors in the State Capitol. Having lived, worked and raised a family in this community, it’s hard to express how much it means to once again have the honor of serving as the state representative for House District 19.”


Boles’ ties to House District 19 and the Salem community are extensive. She served for nearly 10 years as the Chief of Staff to former HD 19 Representative Kevin Cameron, before being appointed to succeed him and representing the district herself from July 2014 to June 2015. During her prior service in the House, Boles authored legislation to protect Oregonians from invasion of privacy crimes.


Boles also attended Judson Middle School and graduated from Sprague High School in South Salem, as did her husband and three children. She currently serves as a member of the Marion County Budget Committee, Salem Chamber Government Affairs Committee, and Sprague Younglife. She is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University with a double major in Political Science and Sociology and served as Student Body Vice President and Student Senate Chair. She also holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Regent University. She most recently worked as a government affairs specialist with Salem Health.


“I was fortunate to have the opportunity to serve with Denyc in her first term in office and look forward to working alongside her again,” said House Republican Leader Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte). “She is a tenacious advocate for her community and someone who brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the Capitol. House Republicans are excited to welcome her back to the caucus.”


Boles’ swearing-in ceremony will be held on a date to be announced. The 2018 legislative session begins February 5.



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Voters pass Measure 101 by wide margin to fund Oregon Health Plan through mid-2019


But state Republicans cautioned that the measure’s passage shouldn’t take focus off financial missteps that have plagued the state’s health agency. “With the passage of Measure 101, we must now shift our focus to improving efficiencies within the Oregon Health Authority and in the administration of the Oregon Health Plan,” House Republican Leader Mike McLane said in a statement. “Our state’s health care programs have suffered from chronic failure for years. This culture of incompetence cannot be excused or forgotten in the wake of this ballot measure. I hope legislators on both sides of the aisle will make it a priority to safeguard and protect the investment in our state government that Oregon taxpayers have affirmed tonight.”

Measure 101 passes with big lead; proponents celebrate

Associated Press

After the measure’s passage, Republican House Leader Mike McLane of Powell Butte, said the state now needs to focus on making the Oregon Health Authority more efficient as well as the administration of the Oregon Health Plan, which is Oregon’s Medicaid program. “Our state’s health care programs have suffered from chronic failure for years,” he said. “This culture of incompetence cannot be excused or forgotten in the wake of this ballot measure.” He also called on lawmakers from both political parties to “safeguard and protect the investment in our state government that Oregon taxpayers have affirmed tonight.”

Oregon voters pass health care tax measure by wide margin

Statesman Journal

Top lawmakers are already looking forward to the session.

“It may be a win, but we aren’t out of the woods yet,” said Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem. “Our budget focus must now shift to the February forecast and the effects federal tax changes will have on state revenue.”

Voters pass tax on health care

Bend Bulletin

House Minority Leader Mike McLane, R-Powell Butte, who opposed Measure 101, said that it was now up to lawmakers to make sure the money is well spent in light of past problems with the Oregon Health Authority, which handles the Medicaid program in Oregon. “I hope legislators on both sides of the aisle will make it a priority to safeguard and protect the investment in our state government that Oregon taxpayers have affirmed tonight,” McLane said.

Oregon voters approve health care tax measure

East Oregonian

House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portand, praised voters. “Oregonians were loud and clear tonight: Health care is a right that we will protect,” she said in a statement. “By passing Measure 101, Oregon voters affirmed that everyone has a right to access affordable health care – regardless of where they live or where they work. Thank you, Oregon voters, for keeping the state moving forward.”

Oregon voters pass Measure 101, health care provider taxes

Portland Business Journal

Hayden, reached by phone on Wednesday, said the low voter turnout, at 36 percent, was one factor in the measure’s passage, along with the fact that the “yes” side out-raised the “no” side substantially. “I think that speaks to money talks,” Hayden said. “That side of the campaign had $4 million to get their message out. The sad part about this is it’s an example of why we won’t see any real campaign finance in Oregon. if you have enough money and a special interest, you can sway voters.”

Voters Approve Measure 101, Which Means Nothing Changes With Oregon’s Medicaid Funding

Willamette Week

“While Washington DC falls apart, Oregonians are coming together,” Brown said. “This vote sends a clear message that they are sick and tired of partisan efforts to reduce health care access. You should be able to see the doctor when you’re sick and have health care you can afford.”

Oregon voters overwhelmingly pass health care taxes

The Oregonian

Oregon’s Medicaid program survived intact Tuesday, after voters approved hundreds of millions of dollars in health care taxes in a special election. Measure 101, which led 61 percent to 39 percent with returns partially tallied, was the only issue on the ballot. It will raise $210 million to $320 million in taxes on Oregon’s largest hospitals and many health insurance policies by 2019.

Oregon Voters Approve Measure 101

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Parrish said she’s undeterred by the defeat. “At the end of the day, we had one big goal to let voters vote and we did that,” Parrish said. “Our goal was to educate voters. I feel like [Rep.] Cedric [Hayden, R-Roseburg,] and I are more like whistleblowers right now than lawmakers. We are out there trying to make people understand there is a problem in our health care system.”


State Policies Could Pit Salmon Against Clean Air

Willamette Week

Next month, Democratic lawmakers will introduce ambitious “cap and invest” legislation aimed at taxing carbon emissions in order to reduce them. But Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has another priority: salmon. In a long-running federal lawsuit in Portland, Brown pushed to increase the number of endangered salmon in the Columbia River by spilling more water over the tops of Bonneville Power Association dams. But when water goes over dams, it bypasses power-generating turbines, which can leave public utilities across Oregon short of power. To compensate, the utilities will turn to fossil fuels. That runs counter to the carbon-reduction legislation that is a Democratic priority.

Committee selects lawmaker this week

Ontario Argus Observer

The meeting to appoint a successor to Cliff Bentz, who is now in the state senate, as the House District 60 representative will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Weese Building at Treasure Valley Community College, according to a notice from the Malheur County Court.

Reschke to front bill ending late-term abortion

Herald and News

During a Right to Life rally in Klamath Falls Monday, Rep. E. Werner Reschke (R-Klamath Falls) announced his intent to introduce a bill to the state legislature next month ending late-term abortions. House Bill 4057, to be introduced by Reschke when the short session begins Feb. 5, would ban abortions after the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. If passed, the bill would be the first limit on abortions in Oregon based on age of the fetus.

Ms. Ethics, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Has 52 Lobbyists But State Website Shows $0 Spent On Lobbying


Governor Brown is the only constitutional officer in Oregon with zero dollars spent on lobbying for the last seven quarters on the Oregon Ethic Commission website. Though she eventually produced the records to us showing $165,489 in lobbyist expenditures, after six days, the official website still shows zero dollars spent by the Office of Governor. So much for the self-titled champion of transparency and accountability.

Proposed law would make Trump reveal tax return to be on Oregon’s 2020 ballot

The Oregonian

A bill introduced Monday in Salem would require candidates for president and vice president to give a copy of their most recent tax return to the Oregon Secretary of State with written permission that the document can be made public. Alternatively, the candidate could fill out Oregon’s standard income disclosure form for public officials. The requirement would apply to candidates on primary and general election ballots and those wishing to be in the voters’ pamphlet. At least one political bigwig is already on board: Gov. Kate Brown. “Governor Brown supports the principle of a financial disclosure requirement for presidential candidates,” said Bryan Hockaday, a spokesman for the governor.

Murmurs: Roger Stone Gets a Nice Fee to Speak in Oregon

Willamette Week

Patrick Sheehan, the Dorchester board member who booked Stone, says his standard speaking fee is $10,000. “Bringing Stone in was an effort to keep the conference going in its original intent,” Sheehan says, “which is to spur debate. We haven’t had that for a long time; we’ve been preaching to the choir. Stone will agitate and make people uncomfortable.”


Another Oregon House Republican Announces He Won’t Seek Re-Election

Willamette Week

Kennemer, 71, a retired psychologist, has held various offices for more than 30 years. He previously served on the Clackamas County Commission and the Oregon Senate. He holds one of the few metro-area seats that’s reliably Republican. The GOP holds a 6.4 percentage point registration advantage over Democrats in House District 39.


Umatilla To Reuse Data Center Water For Agriculture

Oregon Public Broadcasting

The $3 million project would separate Umatilla’s commercial wastewater from its domestic flows, allowing the city to send water from current Amazon data centers at the Port of Umatilla, a planned data center off Lind Road and any future data centers to irrigation canals for agricultural use. Future phases would include an industrial wastewater treatment plant at the port and storage ponds for keeping reuse water during the winter when it is not needed for irrigation.

Washington state panel OKs low carbon fuels standard

Associated Press

Greg Hanon, a lobbyist with Western States Petroleum Association, urged the House environment committee to evaluate the potential costs to consumers and the uncertainty over whether fuel blends exists to supply the market and to determine how much it would cost the state to implement the program.

Why Trump’s tariffs aren’t Oregon solar’s biggest concern

Portland Business Journal

Industry group doesn’t like the tariffs, but a PUC case on the value of solar could have deeper and longer lasting impact.


Oregon grants transgender inmate’s request to move to women’s prison

The Oregonian

A transgender inmate whose lawsuit forced policy changes at the Oregon Department of Corrections was transferred Monday from a male prison to the state’s lone prison for women. Michalle Wright, 27, who has identified as a woman since 16, had requested a transfer from the Oregon State Correctional Institution in Salem. She’s been moved to Coffee Creek Correctional Institution in Wilsonville, where agency officials said she will be housed in the general population.

DCSO, District Attorney’s office weigh in on weed

Bend Bulletin

With limited resources to manage the recreational and medical facilities in the county, the Deschutes County Commission is looking at changing its approach by hiring extra personnel and becoming more proactive in making sure growers are following the rules. “We’re developing a plan where we are acknowledging to the community that we are serious about the illegal activity that’s occurring,” said Commissioner Tammy Baney.

Tsunami alert a wake-up call for Oregon Coast, officials say

Associated Press

Seaside is taking the risk of a tsunami so seriously that voters approved a $100 million bond measure in the November 2016 election to move three schools out of the inundation zone. A distant earthquake is a risk — a 1964 earthquake off Alaska triggered a tsunami three-stories high that hit Oregon, killing several people. But an earthquake along the nearby Cascadia subduction zone is even more dangerous, expected to generate a much bigger tsunami with people in inundation zones having only minutes — not hours — to get to high ground.


Editorial: House bill would eliminate PERS conflict of interest

Bend Bulletin

The measure’s chief sponsors are Bend Republican Rep. Knute Buehler and Ron Noble, R-McMinnville. Fifteen other legislators, including Gene Whisnant, R-Sunriver, have signed on. Dominated by Republicans, the list includes two Democrats: Rep. Janeen Sollman of Hillsboro and Sen. Betsy Johnson of Scappoose. HB 4115 goes into great detail on how to make the transition and protect the interests of the lawmakers, judges and statewide officials who would be affected. No doubt lobbyists and lawyers will have plenty to say, and adjustments to the fine print may be appropriate. The overarching goal, however, is correct. Solving the problems of PERS requires open and unconflicted minds. It’s also essential to the state’s finances and fairness to its beneficiaries.

Editorial: Bill is not the best way to improve education

Bend Bulletin

If there’s anything education research is clear about, it is that the single best way to improve student performance is improving teacher quality. But instead of a bill aimed at that issue, Clem and Doherty crafted HB 4113 to strengthen the power of the state’s teachers’ unions. Vote it down.