Lou Gehrig's disease, medically known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS, has claimed the life of former Marion County Republican legislator Vic Gilliam. He was just shy of his 67th birthday. The debilitating disease had forced an end to his legislative career in 2017 after completing five terms in the Oregon House. He had announced the diagnosis at the beginning of the legislative session in 2015, but managed to complete the session and gain re-election in 2016. The commissioners of Clackamas and Marion counties appointed Silverton mayor Rick Lewis to succeed him.Read more
UPDATE — 23 May 2020: The Oregon Supreme Court this afternoon issued an Alternative Writ of Mandamus to Judge Shirtcliff of Oregon's Eighth Circuit. The writ orders him either to vacate his order issued on Monday, 18 May for a preliminary injunction against the governor or to show cause by additional briefing as to why he should not. The justices set a deadline of 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, 26 May. Should the judge respond in the latter manner, the Court gave the governor until Thursday, 28 May to respond with her brief and plaintiffs and intervenors until Tuesday, 2 June. The Court will then consider whether or not to vacate the injunction. Based on the quick action in this instance, the decision could come by the end of that week.
Whatever the Supreme Court decides, however, will not end the issue. This present legal wrangling is over a preliminary injunction issued to stop enforcement of the Executive Orders while the lawsuit proceeded to trial. Whether or not the injunction is upheld, the trial will still move forward.Read more
UPDATE — 12 June 2020: While taking part in ORP's Inside Scoop broadcast, host Suni Danforth broke in with "Breaking News" to announce that the governor had declared a "pause" in Oregon's reopening process. KOIN-TV reported that she "issued a week-long, statewide 'pause' on all pending applications for reopening" because of what she (and OHA? apparently) deemed a dramatic surge in new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths attributed to the Wuhan virus. Monday's OHA report, covering the two weekend days, showed 352 new cases, while Thursday's report showed an additional 178 new cases. "The noticeable increase in COVID-19 infections in Oregon over the past week is cause for concern," she asserted in her written statement. She added, "In order to ensure that the virus is not spreading too quickly, I am putting all county applications for further reopening on hold for seven days."
She's lying. She knows she's lying. The OHA reports prove it.Read more
Marion County Republicans swept to victory in the Salem-Keizer School District special election Tuesday night, returning Zone 2 incumbent Marty Heyen for a second term, and electing Danielle Bethell in Zone 6 and Dr. Satya Chandragiri in Zone 4. Mrs. Bethell ousted three-term incumbent Chuck Lee in what was perhaps the biggest surprise of the election. Dr. Chandragiri won the contest for the opening created by the retirement of Jim Green after two terms.Read more
Four Republicans on the House Committee on Health Care are standing tall following their votes opposing the passage of HB 3063 in committee on Thursday, 14 March. The controversial bill, per its official summary, "Removes ability of parent to decline required immunizations on behalf of child for reason other than child's indicated medical diagnosis."Read more
And it isn't even Hallowe'en yet (but no treats here, anyway). You've likely seen the ad on TV. It miscasts Rep. Knute Buehler's legislative actions regarding health care. Flashing on the screen just long enough to read is the sponsor information: Defend Oregon's Values. Setting aside for the moment that said group has chosen to defend the worst of what makes Oregon "special", the arrival of this never-before-seen PAC begs the question: "Just who is 'Defend Oregon's Values'?"Read more
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
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.Read more
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
A 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.Read more
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.Read more
Marion 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.Read more