Oregon Republican Party State Central Committee Meeting
Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 7:30 am
Including election of a new Vice-Chair
Marion Post 661 VFW
630 Hood Street, NE
OREGON FREEDOM RALLY
Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 12:00 pm
Oregon's premiere annual event for grassroots conservatives sponsored by Oregon Liberty Alliance and others. Featuring Dinesh D'Souze, Elisha Krauss, Scott Rasmussen and Isabel Brown. Lunch included at $65 per person, under 16 are free. Doors open at 11am to network with exhibitors. Register at: www.OregonFreedomRally.com
Wingspan Event & Conference Center, 801 NE 34th Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124
DALLAS Community-wide ONE Service
Sunday, June 5, 2022 at 10:30 am
ONE Community joined together for a community wide Worship Service.
Fellowship and coffee at 10:30, Service at 11am.
The World Athletics Championships are coming to Eugene this summer (July 15-24 2022), the first time in history that the championships will be held in the United States. This mega-sporting event will showcase the best track and field athletes in the world. The event will bring 2,000 athletes from more than 200 nations, all competing for 49 gold medals. About 20,000 to 25,000 attendees are expected per session, with most days hosting two sessions (both morning and afternoon).
Gathering of Eagles/Rally Around the Flag
Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 10:00 am
Watch for details, sign up for Oregon Liberty Coalition (OLC) alerts and information. firstname.lastname@example.org
Computer models predicted sharp rises in temperatures that never materialized
Alarming reports of the dangers of Climate Change has intensified again with the release of the 4000 page report by the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change. Written by hundreds of scientists on payrolls of UN/IPCC member institutions the report is a watered down version of their proclamations from earlier in this century. The recent report, four years in the making, coincides with legislation at the state and national level. The goal of those sponsoring legislation is to create momentum that capitalizes on emotional decision making and ignores scientific method.
Oregon DEQ, under the direction of Richard Whitman, is closing in on sealing the deal for new Cap and Trade rules. The summer’s heat and drought in the Western States are being used to play on emotions by the majority of uninformed citizens encouraged to ‘do the right thing’ in the quest to become carbon neutral. The Western States cover only 1/40,000 of the Earth’s surface, but if you live here you may be made to feel your human activity imperials the planet.
Beginning in the 1970’s the UN/IPCC launched 102 computer models to predict among other things the Earth’s temperature in future decades. Their premise was that rising CO2 levels would surely be followed by catastrophic rising temperatures. This was a first for the scientific community that knew historically there was no connection between temperatures and levels of CO2. Ice core samples allowed accurate measure of both CO2 levels and global average surface temperatures going back at least 450,000 years.
Why would scientists now proclaim for the first time that rising Earth temperatures were caused by increased levels of CO2? These proclamations coincided with calls for reduction, even elimination of the use in fossil fuels among other measures claimed necessary to save the planet from ruin at the hand of mankind. If they could convince enough people that rising CO2 levels led to rising temperatures the calls for reduced use of fossil fuels would be justified crippling essential energy usage.
CO2 levels did rise from 280 parts per million to 420 ppm. The 102 computer models predicted sharp rises in temperatures that never materialized. The recent 4000 page report comes 12 years later with what some say is a calculated bet that the public will fall for the same lies all over again.
Rep. Dexter works to make rules for healthcare rationing
On August 5, 2021, the Oregon Health Authority adopted a temporary rule requiring healthcare providers and healthcare staff who work in healthcare settings to either be vaccinated against COVID-19 or face periodic COVID-19 testing by September 30, 2021.
Not to let OHA get ahead of their authority, on August 13, 2021, Governor Brown issued Executive Order 21-29, COVID-19 vaccination requirement for state executive branch. This includes employees in public safety, correctional, and health care settings who are also employed by the state. On August 19, 2020, Governor Brown also announced healthcare workers and all teachers, educators, support staff, and volunteers in K-12 schools would need to be fully vaccinated under a false announcement that FDA gave full approval to a vaccine, both measures take effect October 18, 2021.
On August 25, 2021, the OHA played catchup and changed the temporary rule, OAR 333-019-1010, to require full vaccination by October 18, 2021, and removed the periodic testing requirement altogether, as required by an executive order from Governor Kate Brown. The temporary rule requires healthcare workers in healthcare settings to either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide their employer with documentation of a medical or religious exception on or before October 18, 2021. In addition, by October 18, 2021, employers of healthcare providers and healthcare staff must have documentation showing that staff are in compliance with the above requirements. The revised temporary rule will remain in effect through January 31, 2022.
Now that we are seeing massive resignations of healthcare providers based on invasion of one’s body, it is leaving hospitals short on staff. Oregon Capital Insider reports that Rep. Maxine Dexter, a lung specialist and intensive care doctor is seizing the opportunity to promote state guidance on rationing. Is this the return of “death panels” feared from Obamacare?
Rep. Dexter claims clinicians are having to make decisions, lacking crisis-care standards, and that is part of what is perpetuating severe stress for some providers, because they don't have a mandated clarity.
The easy solution is to drop the mandates and restore healthcare, businesses, and school operations. Twenty-four states are demanding Biden drop vaccination mandates or face a lawsuit. They are determined to take it to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary. Biden has since extended the compliance date to November 22. It would be beneficial for Governor Brown to do the same.
Rep. David Brock Smith wrote Governor Brown September 30, 2021, outlining emerging data on the failures of vaccines effectiveness and urged her to change course on her vaccine mandates. “If not for some of the emerging data I have outlined above, then for the freedom of choice for every Oregonian. I encourage you to provide all of the best scientific data to Oregonians and let them make a decision after consulting with their medical professionals. You shouldn’t have to be in a Union to be afforded a delay from your forced vaccine mandates. Data continues to come in and I urge you to delay your vaccine mandates for all Oregonians.”
In the meantime, OHA is proposing to permanently adopt OAR 333-003-5000 and OAR 333-047-2000, relating to COVID-19 vaccine guidance and minor consent requirements. These proposed permanent rules will replace temporary rules set to expire on November 22, 2021.
A public hearing will be held remotely by video or phone conference call on October 20, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. E-mail comments to: email@example.com.
On Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 12:52a.m., Portland East Precinct police officers responded to a report of someone pounding on the doors of a restaurant in the 1500 block of Northeast 103rd Avenue. The restaurant dining room was closed but employees were working the drive-through at the time.
Officers attempted to talk to the man, including an Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team officer that specializes in crisis communication. The ECIT officer used de-escalation techniques including giving the man time and space. He remained uncooperative, so officers backed out and monitored from a distance.
A short time later the man used a rock roughly the size of a grapefruit to break the glass door and access the inside. Employees hid in a freezer room to get away from him. Officers chased the suspect inside, but he barricaded himself in a breakroom. The officers evacuated the employees while they negotiated with the man. After a lengthy communication period, an officer used a sledgehammer to break a window to allow another officer to deploy pepper spray.
After the use of pepper spray, the suspect was convinced to come out and surrender. During the incident, an officer was cut with broken glass. He was treated and released from the hospital.
Anthony Bellamy, 38, was treated medically and then booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Burglary in the Second Degree, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.
In a contentious meeting of the Newberg School District, the board passed a new policy on staff political involvement on district time and using district resources. The board rescinded the motion 28 passed in August, which restricted the display of flags, including BLM and rainbow flags to pave the way for the passage of a policy on staff participation in political activities.
The two-page policy -- which was describe by board chair Brian Shannon as "uncontroversial" -- can be summed up as "No employee will use district facilities, equipment or supplies in connection with his/her political activities, nor will he/she use any time during the work day for such political activities."
The details of the policy are set out in a section entitled "Ensuring Safe Environments to Learn":
No district employee shall, while acting within the scope of their employment, either during school hours, or inside their physical area of responsibility at a school (such as a classroom, meeting room, desk area) hang, post, erect, or otherwise display ( hereafter “display”) any posters, signs, flags, banners, pictures or other digital or physical image that depicts support or opposition relating to a political, quasipolitical, or controversial topic.
For purposes of this policy a controversial topic shall be defined as one that a professional educator could reasonably understand to have students on more than one side of said issue. For purposes of this policy a political or quasi‐political topic includes
contemporary issues being debated in the local, state or national political climate.
Any person concerned with a particular Display should first notify the District employee believed to be responsible for the Display. Alternatively, the concerned person may file a complaint with a supervisor, school principal or the principal’s designee pursuant to District Policy.
The policy was approved by a vote of 4-3 with Directors Dave Brown, Brian Shannon, Renee Powell and Trevot DeHart voting yes and Directors Rebecca Piros, Inex Pena and Brandy Penner voting no.
A Zillah, WA resident on Sept. 29 became the fourth Washington homecare provider to file a lawsuit against Service Employees International Union Local 775, alleging the union forged her signature on a membership form so it could continue collecting regular dues long after she had exercised her right to end her association with it.
Because the forgeries collectively represent a pattern of unlawful behavior by the Union defendants — SEIU local 775 and SEIU International — both are being accused under both the Washington Criminal Prosecution Act and the federal Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act.
“One bad signature could be explained away as the work of an overzealous or incompetent union operative,” said Sydney Phillips, litigation counsel for the Freedom Foundation, which is representing the plaintiff. “But this is the fourth forgery lawsuit in this state, and we’ve litigated at least a dozen more in Oregon and California. At some point, you have to concede these actions indicate a conspiracy by the unions at the highest level to deny public employees their constitutionally protected right to decline union membership and dues.”
The plaintiff, Kristy Jimenez, is compensated by Medicaid for providing homebased care for three relatives, including her disabled son. The U.S. Supreme Court, in 2014, ruled in Harris v. Quinn that caregivers like her could no longer be compelled to join or pay dues to a labor union.
But SEIU and other unions representing millions of providers around the country, responded by adopting a policy of challenging every single opt-out request in hopes of making the process as painful as humanly possible.
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Jimenez requested her freedom in 2019, but the union either ignored or stonewalled her repeated messages. She was told she had signed an electronic dues-authorization form, but when shown a copy of the document, Jimenez immediately recognized the forgery because she wasn’t even living at the listed address when she was alleged to have signed it.
“These aren’t even good forgeries,” Phillips said. “They don’t have to be because the union doesn’t expect any of them to be inspected closely.”
“It’s the same, sad story,” Phillips concluded. “Until very recently, these unions had an absolute monopoly over the government workplace — and a very real sense, the government. They didn’t answer questions because they didn’t have to. But nowadays, things have changed. Workers have the power now to say no to their union, and the unions haven’t accepted it just yet.”
The Freedom Foundation filed a RICO case against SEIU 503 in Oregon earlier this year after establishing a similar pattern of forging signatures on membership forms.
Her intelligence analyst experience and skills would uniquely give her an advantage
Former military intelligence analyst, wife of 25 years, mother of two active boys, Psychologist Dr. Angela Plowhead puts in her Bid to be the US Representative for the newly created 6th Congressional District in Oregon.
Dr. Angela Plowhead, former Air Force intelligence analyst, married for 25 years with two active boys and currently a psychologist with a focus on serving veterans, seniors, and people with disabilities, has announced her candidacy for the recently created 6th Congressional District of Yamhill and Polk counties and portions of Marion, Clackamas, and Washington counties in Oregon.
In an interview with Northwest Observer Plowhead supports school choice in that tax money should now follow the student. She sees the unintended consequences of the COVID shutdowns by the teachers’ unions and the Oregon public school system has resulted in parents and other Oregonians coming together to provide an even better education for many Oregon children than what the public schools had provided. Oregon has one of the worst public-school systems in the nation.
Plowhead noted as well that Oregon has twice the number of incarcerated youths in the nation, homelessness, addictions, high suicide rates and the lowest high school graduation rates. In her personal testimony as a mom with the school diagnosing her son having a reading problem, she was told the reason the school was not ameliorating the reading issue was due to 35 children in the classroom with most time focused on behavior problems rather than addressing academic classroom responsibilities. The Plowhead family moved then, worked extra hard and created through private solutions the support their son had a right to as an American.
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That same can-do American spirit is flourishing across America now as homeschooling has surged along with other creative school option choices that mainstream media is not covering. Scott Adams of the Dilbert comic fame said at the beginning of 2021 that the biggest story not being covered in America is the collapse of the teachers’ unions and the public school system.
The institutional racism in the public schools in Oregon caused the 2021 Democratic Oregon legislature to approve a bill and monies to give Black American students an option for school choice. Plowhead with her own rich bi-racial heritage said, “School choice, every parent should have school choice.” Plowhead shared from her own childhood of experiencing poverty, taking on the challenges of encountering racial prejudice herself, to serving in the Air Force as an intelligence analyst, achieving a doctorate in clinical psychology, becoming a small business owner, serving veterans and her experience in lobbying state and federal legislatures for the rights and needs of seniors and people with disabilities she sees her candidacy as one all Oregonians can come to trust as they interact and bear witness to her integrity, her work ethic and commitment to Oregon and to the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.
As the US representative to Congress from the 6th Congressional District in Oregon her intelligence analyst experience and skills would uniquely give her an advantage in Congressional hearings with the military as is happening currently with the investigation of the Afghanistan withdrawal including the deaths of thirteen service men. Boots on the ground experience far outweighs those with only academic degrees on any subject matter. Plowhead sees vital to Oregon and America the Congressional duty to oversee government agencies and get out to the public matters of deep public concern to the nation, of the people, by the people and for the people. Oregon currently only has one Congressman, Peter DeFazio, with any military experience where he served in the Air Force reserves from 1967-1971. Plowhead sees her addition to the Congressional team as valuable to the whole of Oregon.
With more parents in Oregon and across the nation taking control of their children’s education and protecting their children which mirrors her own family’s history Plowhead welcomes the public to further get to know her to decide if they might want to give her their vote as the Oregon US Congressional Representative in the newly created 6th District in Oregon.
The City of Canby has been home to its share of controversy, much of it centering on certain City Council members.
Until very recently the council was split between three conservatives and three liberals. Now with the resignation of one of the conservative council members because of an out of state move, there is an empty seat that will be filled by someone chosen by the majority liberals on the council. This has some Canby residents very concerned that the seat may be filled by someone who does not reflect the small town values cherished by so many Canby residents.
Two of the council liberals, Chris Bangs and Sarah Spoon, have engaged in tactics considered extreme enough that Canby residents are running a recall campaign against both of them.
Bangs is a high school teacher in Canby whose acerbic comments about Christians, and anger directed at supporters of medical freedom have been key features in City Council meetings.
In March of 2020, Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-04 requiring state agencies to meet specific goals – setting a standard for a 45% reduction from 1990 greenhouse gas emission levels by 2035 and an 80% reduction by 2050.
After more than a year of draft rulemaking by the Department of Environmental Quality, under the direction of Richard Whitman, the DEQ appears to think that Oregonians across the state agree on the need to respond to climate change. That’s the result of zoom meetings orchestrated agendas that limited oral comments to two minutes due to the high level of interest. However, there is still no consensus on exactly what that response should be.
DEQ contracted with ICF to conduct a study to assess different greenhouse gas emissions reduction program designs through specialized economic and emissions modeling to analyze potential effects. There is nothing scientific about this study that justifies the need for reduced greenhouse emissions or the impact a program would have in Oregon, the U.S. or worldwide. All the scenarios presented directs more regulation towards natural gas utilities and non-natural gas fuel suppliers. An overarching finding is that greenhouse gas emission reductions will most significantly impact the transportation sector, and significant changes are expected across all of the regulated sectors.
Transportation affects every aspect of our lives and the biggest impact on the economy. There has been no calculation of the true costs of the DEQ’s Climate Protection Program, which will impact every energy user in Oregon.
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Some key principles that are lacking in the program:
All forms of renewable energy are needed in a balanced, low-carbon future. Using the natural gas infrastructure already in place, Oregon can reach climate goals more affordably by delivering renewable natural gas and hydrogen.
Families and businesses should have a choice of resilient and dependable energy options to meet their needs. Aside from the unnecessary expense, gas bans could discourage renewable energy innovation and force communities to exclusively depend on the electric grid for all energy needs, which has been projected to cause blackouts. Homes and businesses with gas service can have energy even when the electric power is out.
The affordability and reliability of energy must remain priorities of Oregon’s energy system. Reducing carbon emissions is important, but so is access to affordable energy and the security of a dependable statewide energy system.
Comments on the DEQ rulemaking can be emailed by October 4, 2021, by 4 pm.
The Oregon Court of Appeals has dismissed a case brought against the Oregon Health Authority, under the direction of Pat Allen, requiring face masks. Essentially, the court decided on technical grounds that they lack jurisdiction. According to the court:
Petitioners bring this rule-review proceeding under ORS 183.400, seeking to have an Oregon Health Authority document, entitled "Statewide Mask, Face Shield, Face Covering Guidance," invalidated. OHA contends that the court lacks jurisdiction over this matter for two reasons: (1) because the challenged guidance is not an administrative rule under ORS 183.340(9), but part of an executive order, and thus excluded from review; and (2) because the guidance in the challenged document has been superseded by subsequent guidance, so the proceeding is moot. Held: Assuming without deciding that the guidance at issue is an administrative rule, it was superseded by subsequently promulgated temporary administrative rules. Consequently, under case law, the proceeding was moot.”
The suit, Chester Mooney v. State of Oregon was brought to the court with the assistance of the Freedom Foundation, a local civil rights organization.
“In a reasonable world, it would not take 14 months to decide a case both parties define as an emergency,” said Jason Dudash, Oregon director of the Freedom Foundation. “This case was not dismissed on the merits. In fact, the court agreed with us that there was and is ‘no indication’ the original mask mandate was filed properly. However, they conveniently waited over a year to come to that conclusion.”
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“More worrisome is the reason the case was dismissed,” Dudash continued. “As the court states, ‘the guidance has been superseded on multiple occasions by subsequent guidance, and now, administrative rules. As it stands, mask requirements are now governed by several administrative rules’.”
Dudash asked, “Is Oregon a state of rule-making or law-making? This decision demonstrates that Governor Brown impeded on the constitutional rights of Oregonians, but she will sadly face no consequences,” concluded Dudash.
"Everyone who is eligible for a booster will get one”
Governor Kate Brown provided an update on the current state of COVID-19 and the state's plan for delivering booster shots in a press conference, joined by Oregon Health Authority Public Health Director Rachael Banks, Deputy State Epidemiologist Dr. Tom Jeanne, and Oregon Department of Education Director Colt Gill.
"The good news is that, while we still have a long way to go, it appears things are slowly getting better," said Governor Brown. "And every day there is renewed hope as we see more people getting vaccinated, progress on vaccines for our 5-11 year-olds, and now, the beginning of boosters for some of our most vulnerable.
"Everyone who is eligible for a booster will get one. For those who have received the Moderna or Johnson and Johnson vaccine, I ask for your patience as we wait for further data and guidance from the federal government. For those who received the Pfizer vaccine but are not yet eligible for a booster, please know that you are still well protected from COVID-19. Boosters offer an extra layer of protection -- and that is important for individuals at higher risk of exposure or illness -- but you are still fully vaccinated with the two doses."
Last week, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shared their recommendations for the first large group of Americans who are eligible for booster shots. The Western States Scientific Safety Workgroup followed with their recommendations, which align with the federal guidance, and which Oregon will be following.
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These groups of Oregonians who received the Pfizer vaccine at least 6 months ago are now eligible and recommended to receive a booster shot:
People 65 and older,
People living in long-term care facilities, and
People 50 and older with underlying medical conditions.
Additionally, the following group of Oregonians ages 18-64 who received the Pfizer vaccine may receive a booster after 6 months:
People with underlying medical conditions, and
People who are at a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure and transmission due to occupational or institutional setting. This includes Oregonians like health care workers, teachers and grocery workers.
Ready to take on the socialist agenda of high crime and inflation
On the heels of the passage of the new Oregon congressional maps, Oregon Republican Congressional Candidate, Lori Chavez-DeRemer, released the following statement:
"Last night, Oregon became the first state in the country to enact new congressional maps that will determine our political representation in Washington D.C. over the next decade. When announced two months ago that I would be running in the5s congressional district, there was uncertainty where the district lines would be drawn but that changed yesterday when the redistricting process was finalized.
"Barring any legal outcomes from the courts, I reaffirm my commitment to running in Oregon's 5 congressional district that stretches from the suburbs of Happy Valley, down to rural Clackamas and Marion Counties, and finally to parts of Central Oregon.
"In just ten weeks, we have built a strong grassroots movement and campaign organization ready to take on the Biden/Pelosi socialist agenda of high crime and inflation. I look forward to traveling up and down this new 5 congressional district over the next year and representing these communities as Oregon's next Congresswoman.
The new 5th Congressional District -- which some are calling "gerrymandered" -- stretches from the heart of Portland all the way to Bend. In an earlier statement, Chavez-DeRemer said, “Speaker Kotek has politicized the redistricting process, reneging on her agreement with Leader Drazan for a balanced and fair approach to better serve Oregon. The proposed map is blatantly gerrymandered and denies representation of our diverse communities. The Speaker’s actions are plainly undemocratic.”
Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan today congratulated the Oregon Legislature for completing their work to pass redistricting for Oregon.
“Congratulations to the Oregon Legislature for completing their Constitutional responsibility of redistricting of Oregon’s Congressional and Legislative districts.,” said Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan. “With leadership and persistence, they came together and got this done for the people of Oregon.”
Secretary Fagan also noted that her office was prepared to begin redistricting. "I'm extremely proud of the work my team did to prepare, in case the Legislature missed today’s deadline," said Secretary Fagan. “We’ve been working for months, reaching out to hundreds of community and civic organizations, culturally-based groups and others to lay the groundwork for a transparent public process. We also did a tremendous amount of work to set up our People’s Commission, infrastructure for public hearings and testimony, and an Oregonian-centered redistricting process.”
“I’m especially proud of the work we did to prepare the People’s Commission that would have reflected our growing population: Black, Indigenous, Latinx, people of color, rural, suburban, urban -- all those who call our beloved Oregon home. I want to thank the Oregonians from every corner of our state for stepping up to serve their neighbors. We will continue to engage these civic-minded Oregonians in the years to come."
760: Oregonians applied to be on the People’s Commission
145: People’s Commission applications from District 1
151: People’s Commission applications from District 2
125: People’s Commission applications from District 3
142: People’s Commission applications from District 4
188: People’s Commission applications from District 5
265: Organizations who received outreach from Kathy Wai, Redistricting Administrator
4: Languages other than English for which outreach materials were translated: Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Russian