Only in Oregon, a.k.a. The Death State

This piece originally appeared in The Washington Times and online on Wednesday, 16 August under the title "Oregon becomes first state to offer free abortions for all, including illegal aliens" and the byline Valerie Richardson

Landmark $10.2M bill puts insurers, taxpayers on the hook for abortion copays, deductibles

Gov. Kate Brown
Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, was lauded by NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon for signing "the nation’s most progressive reproductive health bill." (Associated Press)

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed a landmark bill to provide free abortions for all, including illegal immigrants, by requiring insurance companies to cover the procedures and putting taxpayers on the hook for the tab.

Tuesday’s [5 August] long-awaited signing of House Bill 3391, approved by the State Legislature 5 July with no Republican votes, triggered a torrent of criticism from conservatives along with praise from the pro-choice movement.

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Richardson Takes the Reins at State

This piece originally appeared at The Oregon Catalyst on Saturday, 31 December under the title "Richardson Sworn In As Secretary of State" and the byline Reagan Knopp

Secretary of State Dennis RichardsonA diverse group of Republican lawmakers and party activists from across the state gathered in the Senate Chamber of the Oregon State Capitol on Friday for a truly historic event. Public seating was standing room only and spilled into overflow areas as Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point) was officially sworn in as Secretary of State, becoming the first Republican elected statewide in 14 years.

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What To Do With Time Off

End of session
Adjournment Sine Die June, 2015

Aside from the periodic "Legislative Days" — three days of committee meetings/hearings between sessions held at the Capitol — and perpetual campaigning that mark the life of a member of the House of Representatives serving two-year terms, what else can these legislators do to fill their free time between sessions? After all, it's not like they have lives or families to which they need to attend or anything so mundane as a day job or business to run. For two Marion County Republicans that was not a question too difficult to answer.

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Everyone Loves a Parade

CCRW in Iris ParadeMarion County Republicans put some good feet forward in Keizer's annual Iris Festival parade on Saturday, 21 May. Aside from the usual politicians — including State Sen. Kim Thatcher, State Rep. Bill Post, and Marion County Commissioners Kevin Cameron and Sam Brentano — in their celebrity Corvette convertibles near the front of the procession, Denise Quinn Nanke was spotted with "Gator's Radio Experience" co-host Gator Gaynor in the KYKN-1430AM van.

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For the Love of the Opaque

Senator Alan OlsenSALEM — 15 FEBRUARY 2016 — It seems so simple. If you propose an amendment to a measure, own it. But for some reason Oregon Senate Democrats prefer a more anonymous "knife in the back" approach to proposing changes. Five times since he was elected in 2010, Marion County Republican Sen. Alan Olsen (Dist. 20) has sponsored a bill to require that the name of the individual or committee sponsoring an amendment to a measure be affixed to the amendment.

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Defining Oregon Republicans

2015 ORP logo
Oregon Republicans will gather in Bend to retool their defining document 22-24 October

Amid the cacophony of competing voices seeking to define it, the Oregon Republican Party will convene its biennial convention to retool and refine the document that serves to officially define itself — the ORP Platform. Over two-plus days delegates will examine the existing document to determine which planks need fine-tuning, which should be removed, and whether to add new planks. The document that emerges from the convention will then serve to define the party and unite Oregon's Republican activists and candidates in common cause to elect Republicans to statewide offices for the first time since 1988, as well as additional seats in the Legislature and numerous county, municipal, and special districts around the state.

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Excited To Re-up

Rep. Bill PostNot content to let any moss grow under his feet, Marion County Republican Rep. Bill Post (Dist. 25) became the first of our legislative contingent to announce his bid for re-election. His 11 September newsletter was dedicated to the announcement, consisting largely of the press release issued by his office the day prior. "So there you have it! Now it's official and we can press on with the unfinished business you sent me to do in Salem," he commented in the letter, "and that is cut government out of our lives and let business, agriculture and people be free to prosper!"

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The (Legislature) Beat Goes On

Rep. Bill Kennemer on House floorEven when the Legislature is not in session, there is activity behind the scenes. Rep. Bill Kennemer (Dist. 39), whose House district grazes Marion County just north of Aurora, recently announced committee assignments for the remainder of the 78th Legislative Assembly. Typically, committee assignments are made by the caucus and reflect the legislator's seniority, interests, and experience. These assignments are then affirmed in an announcement by the Speaker of the House.

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Protecting Their Own?

Rep. Jodi HackIn what can only be described as a defensive posture akin to a tortoise pulling within its shell, Oregon Senate Democrat leaders Peter Courtney and Diane Rosenbaum are moving to kill House Joint Resolution (HJR) 31, Marion County Republicans Rep. Jodi Hack's bill to make impeachment of elected Oregon Executive branch officials possible. Needless to say, this is monumentally stupid in so many ways.

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Killing Jobs in the Name of the Working Family

Rep. Sherrie SprengerHouse Leader Mike McLane

Proclaiming a "victory for working families across the state", House Democrats beat back Republican attempts to pull seven bills dying in committees to the floor and then passed legislation that will burden Oregon businesses with devastating costs that will make it harder for Oregonians to find jobs. Do you want to read that again?

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