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

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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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Another Rare Win

Sen. Kim ThatcherIn an environment where any victory is precious, Sen. Kim Thatcher took special pride to announce that one of her prime bills, SB 515 unanimously passed the House on Friday, 5 June. It had earlier, on 29 April, unanimously passed the Senate. It now awaits Interim Governor Kate Brown's certain signature.

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Bill to Create Impeachment Process Passes House

Rep. Jodi HackHouse Joint Resolution (HJR) 31, which would amend the Oregon Constitution to add a process for impeachment of Executive officials, passed the House on Tuesday, 19 May, with an overwhelming majority of 47-12. Marion County Republican Rep. Vic Gilliam (Dist. 18) was the lone Republican to vote against the bill; Marion County Republican Rep. Sherrie Sprenger (Dist. 17), one of 36 co-sponsors, was excused from the floor session.

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Marion County Republicans Endorse Bill Post

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Marion County Republican Party, Salem, OR
June 25, 2014

The recent support, by soon to be retiring Rep. Vicki Berger, for Chuck Lee, a recent Democrat now registered as an Independent, leaves us nearly speechless.

We find it more than ironic in these challenging times that Mrs. Berger waited until after her announced retirement to make known her actual beliefs. We guess all those GOP meetings where she had discussions with local Republicans, and gave speeches on behalf of GOP issues were disingenuous.

We in the Marion County GOP stand by our goal of electing constitution loving citizens who believe in following the Oregon Republican Party Platform for the hardworking citizens of Oregon.

We support the voting Republicans of Marion County’s HD25 choice, Bill Post. To do otherwise would be contrary to the Mission of this County GOP.

 

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The Art of the Slam

CPAC programYou see it in action in all kinds of productions. Fireworks shows lead off with big bangs, slow down in the middle and then rock the big finale. Plays and movies hit you at the beginning to draw you in, a few memorable actions throughout, but to make sure you remember it (surely recommend it), bring down the house at the end.

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