A way forward for Oregon Republicans

It’s no secret that Oregon Republicans have had a tough time at the polls lately.

Republicans haven’t won a statewide election for an embarrassingly long time. Oregon hasn’t had a Republican Governor in decades. And, like a girl who doesn’t get asked to the prom, the Beaver State GOP faithful had to watch this year’s Republican wave sweep across the country while sweet Oregon sat next to the phone waiting for the call that never came. We have to do something different.

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GOP adds another Senate seat as Sullivan wins Alaska

Republican candidate Dan Sullivan defeated Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Begich in Alaska’s U.S. Senate race Wednesday.

The win gives the GOP eight Senate pickups in the midterm elections. The party is also seeking a ninth seat in Louisiana’s runoff in December.

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Did you know the GOP now controls 66 of 99 state legislative houses?

Another underreported fact from Tuesday's election is the extraordinary night Republicans had in winning state legislative seats.The GOP now controls two thirds of state legislative houses – 66 of 99 (Nebraska's legislature is unicameral).  They upped the number of states where they control both house and senate to 24 – one more than they had before the election.  And according to this article in Vox, they cut the number of Democratic-held legislatures from 14 to 7.

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Exit polls show all demographics shifted to GOP after 2012

With most of the results of the midterm elections now counted and confirmed (with a few notable exceptions in Alaska and Virginia), we can now take a look at the exit polls and see what they actually mean. Before and during the election, plenty of speculation arose as to the composition of the turnout and which demographics may have contributed more to Republican success. The Washington Post looked at a comparison between 2012 and 2014 and discovered that all demographics shifted toward the GOP, especially Asian-American voters:

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How Oregon voted on the ballot measures

November 5, 2014
State Measures FINAL (color) show how Oregon voted as compared to the Oregon Republican Party's ballot recommendations.
The Vote Title ORP Description
NO Measure 86 NO Amends Oregon Constitution to create fund for Oregonians pursuing post-secondary education; authorizes debt to finance
YES Measure 87 None Allows judges to be hired by the National Guard and public universities; allows school employees to serve in the legislature
NO Measure 88 NO Upholds four-year driver licenses for those who cannot prove legal presence in the United States
YES Measure 89 None Guarantees equal rights regardless of sex
NO Measure 90 NO Creates an open, top-two primary election system
YES Measure 91 NO Legalizes recreational marijuana; tasks Oregon Liquor Control Commission with regulation of its sale
NO Measure 92 NO Mandates labeling of certain foodstuffs that contain genetically modified organisms
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Dennis Richardson, candidate for Oregon Governor


The Benton County Republican ask you to vote… and please vote for Dennis Richardson for Governor of Oregon.
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Democrats: Vote or we’ll kick your ass

Democrats are telling voters that they had better head to the polls — or else.

The New York State Democratic Committee is bullying people into voting next week with intimidating letters warning that it can easily find out which slackers fail to cast a ballot next Tuesday.

“Who you vote for is your secret. But whether or not you vote is public record,” the letter says.

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Likely Millennial Voters Up-for-Grabs in Upcoming Midterm Elections, Harvard Youth Poll Finds

In Contrast to Four Years Ago, Half of “Likely” Young Voters Prefer a Republican-controlled Congress.
While more 18- to 29- year-olds (50%-43%) surveyed in the IOP’s fall 2014 poll would prefer that Congress be controlled by Democrats instead of Republicans, the numbers improve dramatically for the GOP when only young people who say they will “definitely vote” are studied. Among these likely voters, the IOP’s latest poll shows the preference shifting, with slightly more than half (51%) preferring a Republican-run Congress and 47 percent wanting Democrats to be in charge – a significant change from the IOP’s last midterm election poll in the fall of 2010 when Democratic control was preferred among likely voters 55 percent to 43 percent.

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Close & Gelser got their messages out at Albany C of C members' forum

ALBANY — Members of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce got a chance to hear directly from Betsy Close and Sara Gelser, candidates for the state District 8 senate seat. Read more at Corvallis Gazette-Times: Candidates for state Senate District 8 campaign in Albany Read More......

Benton sheriff, DA oppose Measure 91 [Legalizing recreational marijuana]

Sheriff Scott Jackson and District Attorney John Haroldson, Benton County’s top two law enforcement officers aren’t necessarily against legalized pot, but they’re not fans of Measure 91. Read more at Corvallis Gazette-Times Read More......

In Cory Gardner, a look at the GOP's happy future

To many Republicans, the Democratic "war on women" campaign against GOP Senate candidate Cory Gardner is an outrage. But for Gardner himself, it is also a test.

How would Gardner react when incumbent Sen. Mark Udall and national Democrats accused him of scheming to deny women access to birth control? The accusation seemed ridiculous, but what if Colorado voters took it seriously?  Gardner certainly took it seriously, and he reacted by taking two steps. First, he abandoned his earlier support for so-called personhood measures that Democrats charged would lead to bans on some forms of contraception. And second, he called for the birth control pill to be made available over the counter.

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Riker Kazamoto, OSU College Republican, is running for Corvallis Mayor as a write-in candidate!

If you haven't voted yet, please consider writing-in Riker Kazamoto's name. Remember, many of our 'experienced' office holders have spent far too much money, over burdened the middle-class, hampered small business with endless regulations, failed to solve problems and piled unfathomable debt on Riker's generation! Read More......

Could non-citizens decide the November election?

Could control of the Senate in 2014 be decided by illegal votes cast by non-citizens? Some argue that incidents of voting by non-citizens are so rare as to be inconsequential, with efforts to block fraud a screen for an agenda to prevent poor and minority voters from exercising the franchise, while others define such incidents as a threat to democracy itself. Both sides depend more heavily on anecdotes than data.

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Milwaukee election officials demean, intimidate observers, monitors claim

MADISON, Wis. — Republican Party election observers monitoring in-person absentee voting at Milwaukee’s largest polling place say partisan election officials are shutting them out.  Reports to Wisconsin Reporter from observers at the Zeidler Municipal Building in downtown Milwaukee detail the strict enforcement of the Democrat-heavy Milwaukee Election Commission’s edict keeping poll workers as far away from voters as a new state law will allow — eight feet.  “I could neither see what any voters was providing for (proof of residency) nor hear the conversation between the election worker and the voter, who was then given a ballot,” one observer told Wisconsin Reporter.

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Oregon's Measure 91 And Out-Of-State Money

Americans do not like to be manipulated, deceived or misled, whether it has to do with buying a car, a house, choosing a candidate for office, or casting an informed vote. Just such a deception will occur in the Measure 91 Campaign promoting recreational use of marijuana, and the people of Oregon will again be the victims of big money special interests.

One example of that deception is found in New Approach Oregon's claim that 12,808 people were arrested for marijuana-related crimes in Oregon in 2012. That claim is patently FALSE and misleading. Politifact reports that 2,754 people were arrested. Indeed, Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis said there are fewer than 100 people in prison in Oregon on marijuana-related crimes.

Should out-of-state billionaires who want to change the drug laws of America determine what only Oregonians should decide? According to Ballotpedia as of July 30, 2014, The Yes on Measure 91 PAC had received more than $1.5 million from 5 contributors, all of whom are major out of state marijuana promoters: New Approach PAC (funded by Peter Lewis and his heirs, as mentioned in The Oregonian), Drug Policy Action, $200,000 and Drug Policy Action Fund for Oregon, $150,000 (both connected to George Soros, according to the Oregonian), Philip Harvey, $100,000 and Henry van Ameringen, $100,000, New York heir to a fragrance fortune.

Do not be deceived again.

Oregon decriminalized marijuana in 1973 and legalized medical marijuana in 1998. The Daily Reporter reports that "Opponents of commercial legalization, mostly law enforcement and the state's district attorneys, argue that full legalization is unnecessary." Marquis argues that "a legal market will immediately make marijuana easier for children to access, and will increase the number of intoxicated drivers." A fact that both Colorado and Washington State have observed.

"The most disturbing thing is the argument that marijuana has absolutely no downside," Marquis said at a debate this month. "Why would we want to introduce another drug?"

Parents opposed to Pot, a Virginia based organization recently said, "The Yes on Measure 91 Campaign is not an example of grass-roots democracy in Oregon, because none of the large donors live in the state. Yet these billionaires wish to have undue influence over the voters of Oregon."

Click here to see a fact sheet on why Oregonians should vote against passage of Measure 91, prepared by the No on 91 PAC. Save it, forward it to your friends, associates, pastor, peers and youth pastors. Make copies to carry with you and post on bulletin boards in your community. Pass it out at your Sunday School Class and home groups.

The Yes on Measure 91 folks have over $2.3 million dollars from out of state marijuana backers of this measure to propagandize Oregonians with direct mail, television, marijuana internet sites and radio spots. Visit the No on 91 website
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Jerry Jackson Endorsements… WOW! WOW! WOW!

Jerry Jackson for Benton County Commissioner has posted audio file endorsements on his campaign website! The testimonials are terrific! Please head on over and give them a listen! Go to www.electjerryjackson.com! Read More......

Group mounts write-in campaign for Rep. Jim Thompson

When Rep. Jim Thompson, R-Dallas, lost the Republican primary in May to a challenger from the right, it looked like the end of his legislative career. But a Political Action Committee is now mounting a write-in campaign with the hopes of sending Thompson back to Salem. "A group of local business people approached me with the proposition -- if they could get me elected, would I agree to serve," Thompson said. "Before I could think about it, I said yes." The group is called Friends and Neighbors for a Safe and Prosperous Community, and it's headed by Lynnette Henshaw, a member of the Polk County Republican Women's group.

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DH: Congressional candidate Art Robinson holds forum

Art Robinson wants to go to Congress, but if elected, he promises mid-valley voters he won’t stay long. ✧ The 72-year-old Republican faces Rep. Peter DeFazio in making another bid to represent Oregon’s 4th Congressional District. He spoke Tuesday to about 20 people gathered in a conference room at Albany’s Holiday Inn Express, promising he’ll do his best, then step down. ✧ Robinson said he believes most of the problems with the United States government are caused by politicians who have made their offices their careers. He said he believes elected representatives should be “citizen volunteers” who serve their civic duty for one term, perhaps two at the most, then give someone else a chance.

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County commissioner a three-way race

The race to succeed retiring Benton County Commissioner Linda Modrell has quietly become a three-way contest.

The two major party contenders for the Position 1 seat on the three-person Board of Commissioners, held by Modrell since 1999, were settled in the May primary election. Jerry Jackson, the Republican nominee, ran unopposed, while Anne Schuster bested two other contenders to win the Democratic nomination.

A third candidate entered the race on Aug. 21, when Ed Siener filed papers to run in the Nov. 4 general election as a Libertarian.

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Sara Gelser’s 9 year political career: a steady decline in education spending

Albany, OR – As a percentage of overall state discretionary spending, classroom spending has declined by almost 3% under Sara Gelser’s (D-Corvallis) watch as State Representative and House Education Committee Chair. In 2013, Senator Betsy Close (R-Albany/Corvallis) aggressively pushed for an education budget that was $150 million more than what was adopted by Sara Gelser and the Democrat Majority.

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2014 Ballot Measure Recommendations from the Oregon Republican Party (ORP)

State Measures:
Type Title ORP Description
LRCA Measure 86 NO Amends Oregon Constitution to create fund for Oregonians pursuing post-secondary education; authorizes debt to finance
LRCA Measure 87 None Allows judges to be hired by the National Guard and public universities; allows school employees to serve in the legislature
VR Measure 88 NO Upholds four-year driver licenses for those who cannot prove legal presence in the United States
CICA Measure 89 None Guarantees equal rights regardless of sex
CISS Measure 90 NO Creates an open, top-two primary election system
CISS Measure 91 NO Legalizes recreational marijuana; tasks Oregon Liquor Control Commission with regulation of its sale
CISS Measure 92 NO Mandates labeling of certain foodstuffs that contain genetically modified organisms
A Voter's Pamphlet preview of Explanatory Statements (PDF) on the 2014 State Ballot Measures is available at sos.oregon.gov.
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By Disrespecting Its Base, GOP Risks Electoral Flop

...In a wave election, the number of those motivated by specific issues escalates, changing the electoral landscape as the candidates who are beneficiaries of this increased participation sweep to victory.

The 2014 election is rapidly looking like something new and different. Democrats are reportedly demoralized by the failed Obama administration and general fatigue.

Republicans, in an orgy of expectations, believe the key to taking the Senate was getting "electable" candidates nominated.

And get them nominated they did.

The establishment got their candidates. Now they're looking at a potentially disastrous election where their chosen ones dramatically underperform all reasonable expectations, the result of attacking their own party's base to cement primary victories.

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ORP positions on 2014 ballot measures

State Central Committee Votes To Oppose Measures 86, 88, 90, 91 and 92
 
Wilsonville, OR – The Oregon Republican Party State Central Committee voted on Saturday to take the following positions on the measures that will appear on the November 2014 General Election ballot.
 
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Vote NO on Ballot Measure 86

By State Senator Doug Whitsett
Oregon voters will be asked to decide nearly a dozen ballot measures in the November general election. In my opinion, these measures contain a number of very bad ideas. Among the worst is Ballot Measure 86, sponsored by State Treasurer Ted Wheeler.

The Measure proposes to amend Article XI of the Oregon Constitution to authorize the Legislature to borrow billions of dollars through the sale of a new series of state General Obligation Bonds. These bonds are guaranteed to be repaid by the full faith and credit of the State and Oregon taxpayers.

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Working Off the Books

Gov. John Kitzhaber has reported all kinds of ways he’s spent money this year in pursuit of re-election: printing campaign literature, running his Kitzhaber 2014 website and employing a full-time campaign staff.

That’s as it should be. State law requires that Kitzhaber and other candidates fully disclose how they spend campaign money, making their election efforts completely transparent to Oregonians.
 
But Kitzhaber has not disclosed the experienced political consultant steering his campaign behind the scenes, Patricia McCaig.
 
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Millionaire Gelser turns to California billionaire to try to buy election

Salem, OR – Only one day after Sara Gelser disingenuously complained about outside money trying to “distort” her record (she notably failed to identify a single distortion), it was revealed that Sara Gelser will receive massive in-kind contributions from billionaire California hedge fund manager, Tom Steyer, to help push their extreme anti-middle class agenda.

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Southern Oregon's Dennis Richardson woos liberal Portland

MAIL TRIBUNE - A city that prides itself on being liberal and “weird,” Portland finds itself courted by one of the most outspoken conservative voices in Oregon. Dennis Richardson, the Republican nominee for governor, said he needs to win over the liberal Willamette Valley in order to unseat John Kitzhaber in the Nov. 4 election. The Central Point retired lawyer has moved into a Lake Oswego home and set up his campaign headquarters just south of Portland. His wife, Cathy, also has pitched in with the campaign. ✧ “Many people think it’s impossible for me to win,” said Richardson, who has been a state representative since 2002. “Right now there are so many people dissatisfied with the incumbent that they’re ready to vote against him.”

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Letter to the GT: Questions remain over school district’s sale of Fair Play School

Ron Highburger asks, "What would you call a person you hired to manage your affairs and they sold a property valued at $3,000,000 plus for a sum of $476,000?"

Read more plus comments at Corvallis Gazette-Times
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Act Two: Merkley and the IRS Scandal

Hypocrisy is the scarlet letter of modern day politics, and Jeff Merkley is wearing it. From Main Street to Wall Street, Senator Merkley’s actions rarely match his rhetoric. Saying one thing, and doing another is the recipe by which Merkley and his political cohorts hold on to power, proving his allegiance lies not with the people of Oregon, but rather D.C. special interests.
 
The second act of hypocrisy we’ve caught Senator Merkley in is the Internal Revenue Service scandal involving the targeting of groups based on their political leanings. In May 2013, Mr. Merkley called the IRS targeting of political groups “wrong and absolutely unacceptable”, but had pressured the IRS to investigate those same political groups in March 2012. What a difference a year makes!
 
Here’s how it played out:
 
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Act One: Merkley Cuts Medicare

Hypocrisy is the scarlet letter of modern day politics, and Jeff Merkley is wearing it. From Main Street to Wall Street, Senator Merkley’s actions rarely match his rhetoric. Saying one thing, and doing another is the recipe by which Merkley and his political cohorts hold on to power, proving his allegiance lies not with the people of Oregon, but rather D.C. special interests.

The first act of hypocrisy we’ve caught Senator Merkley in is his outspoken support for Medicare and outlandish attacks on Monica Wehby, despite his own votes to cut the program and the benefits seniors rely on.
 
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Col. Rob Maness Qualifies for Ballot, Calls on LA Secretary of State to Investigate Sen. Mary Landrieu’s Residency Qualifications

This morning, while officially qualifying for the November ballot, Col. Rob Maness (R-Louisiana) today delivered in-person, a letter to Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler, calling on him to open an investigation examining the validity of Sen. Mary Landrieu's (D-LA) residency status.

"It appears that there are significant inconsistencies that warrant an investigation regarding the residency status of one of the candidates who has filed for United States Senate," Maness' letter says.  "On Wednesday, August 20, 2014, U.S. Senator Mary Loretta Landrieu filed for reelection listing the address 4301 S. Prieur St., New Orleans, LA 70125 as her 'domicile address.'  However, representations by Sen. Landrieu, her campaign, and other associates - both in the press and in official state, parish and federal documents - reveal that representation to be untrue."

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Poll: Brown Pulls Nearly Even With Shaheen in N.H.

Scott Brown is back in the ballgame.  The former Massachusetts senator had appeared to be fading in his bid to defeat incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, but a new poll shows that the race is now up for grabs.  In the WMUR/UNH survey released Thursday night, Shaheen led Brown by 46 percent to 44 percent, which is within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

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The Most Interesting Candidate in the World

Jeff Bell was a reform conservative before it was cool. He’s spent his career arguing with a risk-averse Republican establishment. He pushed Ronald Reagan to embrace the supply-side doctrine of tax cuts before deficit reduction. He spent the 1990s warning the GOP that its tax policy favored investment capital over human capital, corporate interests over working families. He designed a family-friendly flat tax that reduced payroll taxes, increased the child tax credit, taxed capital gains and regular income at the same rate, and ended business expensing. Payroll-tax relief and a generous child tax credit are elements of today’s reform conservatism. Bell was there first.

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Jodi Bailey gets recognition from national GOP group

SALEM, OR – In an election year with 558 new female candidates running as Republicans for state-level races across the nation, the Republican State Leadership Committee’s “Right Women, Right Now” initiative announced House District 51 Candidate Jodi Bailey as one of the “14 in ’14″ races to watch this election cycle.

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Richardson, GOP candidates fire up faithful at annual barbecue

More than 100 people turned out Monday night at the Willamette Park Rotary Shelter to hear Republican candidates speak at the party’s annual Benton County barbecue.

“It’s our time, this is our election, this is our year. Let’s vote Republican and change government for the better,” state Rep. Dennis Richardson said in a 14-minute keynote address.

Richardson, who is challenging incumbent Gov. John Kitzhaber in November, criticized Kitzhaber for the high cost of the Cover Oregon health care program and a persistently high unemployment rate and said he wasted millions of dollars on a Columbia River bridge project that never got off the ground.

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Oops! Senator Merkley (D-OR) Tells Seniors At A Senior Event "Sorry You Are Not On The List" SCRAM!

Traditionally when a politician holds events to entice seniors to vote his/her way they allow seniors into the event. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) however has a different way of welcoming seniors.  Last week, Senator Merkley kicked off his August recess with a tour “aimed at explaining why he believes he’s the best candidate to help aging Oregonians, the Senator was scheduled to hold eight events in three days across the state.  The first stop Wednesday with a less than spectacular showing of only three attendees at the campaign’s first stop in Astoria, Oregon. If that weren’t the start the Merkley campaign was hoping for, perhaps they’d be able to right the ship later that afternoon in Hillsboro… or not: …Before Merkley arrived, there was a spat between his campaign staff and some visitors who wanted to attend the roundtable, thinking it was an open event. A handful of people were already seated when they were asked to leave because they hadn’t been invited.

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GOP billboard campaign with positive vibe

This week a local group of Republicans in Clackamas County put up this billboard. A spokesperson for the group said that they are tired of the media saying negative things about the Republican Party. He went on to say that the average voter has no idea all the fantastic things the Republican Party has accomplished over the last 200 plus years. Just to name a few:

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State’s leading small business group endorses Patti Milne for Senate

Woodburn, OR – Oregon’s leading small business advocacy group, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, has endorsed Patti Milne as their candidate of choice for Senate District 11 (Woodburn/Salem). The group believes Milne will be the strongest advocate for family-wage jobs and a healthy business climate.

In NFIB’s endorsement letter to Milne, they noted, “You have proven your willingness and ability to fight for small business in Salem…you understand the importance of small business to our state’s economy [and] have also demonstrated that you will fight to protect our free enterprise system and we appreciate your efforts.”

Read more at the Oregon Catalyst
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Former NFL Pro Explains Why He’s a Republican: Democrats Are Destroying Black Communities

Garry Cobb played football for USC and then for 11 years with the Philadelphia Eagles. He is now running for New Jersey’s 1st District seat as a Republican, and his explanation of why he is no longer a Democrat is very compelling.  Explaining that he kind of discovered that he was Republican due to his upbringing, he said that the massively negative effects of Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty had the most impact:  This was an incentive for the man to leave the home and it’s destroyed African-American families throughout the country.

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Ballot Measure 90: The “Top Two Primary”

The Oregon Republican Party opposes, in its entirety, Ballot Measure 90, which imposes a Top Two Primary system on Oregon voters.

Oregon already has a competitive elections system that allows for groups of citizens to freely form and govern their own associations, called political parties, and for choosing who shall represent them on the ballot as a choice for all voters. All Oregon voters have free choice in a representative democracy to join any political party they choose and to enjoy the  advantages of doing so.

It cannot be denied that Ballot Measure 90 seeks to deprive groups of voters the opportunity to nominate a single candidate to represent them in an election. To deny voters a combined voice in selecting their nominee is fundamentally un-American.

Ballot Measure 90 would take people who want to be represented by the best candidate possible -- the one that reflects the principles and policies they share -- and force them to be represented by candidates who are willing to masquerade as holding their values. This serves to disenfranchise voters, who are already frustrated with inconsistent representation.

In addition, Ballot Measure 90 has the immediate effect of freezing out minor party candidates from the general election. It even is possible for two candidates of the same party to be on the general election ballot! This hardly “promot[es] citizen confidence in their government” as claimed in the measure’s pre-amble. This ballot measure eliminates the election of concerned citizens who wish to be actively involved in the political process.

In direct contradiction to the assertions made by supporters of Ballot Measure 90, this measure would tend to impair thoughtful debate by preventing bold contrasts in general elections in favor of “pale” pastels. Vague issue stances and personality-driven campaigns would dominate,
thereby diminishing voter choice and ultimately discouraging participation in general elections.

Ballot Measure 90 would promote electioneering in favor of established incumbents with high name recognition and big political bank accounts by diminishing organized opposition to them from regular citizens. All this makes worse a common complaint by many voters about the futility of voting. Money and position should not be the deciding factors in elections.

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GOP's Wehby Gaining in Oregon

"Are you kidding?" This is Monica Wehby's amiable response to people who wonder whether she will be able to bear the pressures of office if she wins her race as a Republican Senate candidate. For 17 of her 52 years she has been a pediatric neurosurgeon, holding in steady hands sharp steel and the fate of children's brains.   She probably can cope with the strains of legislative life.   Today, her task is to persuade Oregonians to act on the cogent exhortation of her campaign's bumper stickers: "Keep Your Doctor. Change Your Senator." She is trying to take a Senate seat away from freshman Democrat Jeff Merkley, who was elected in 2008 with 49 percent of the vote when Barack Obama carried the state with 57 percent.

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7 ballot measures make Nov. Ballot

1. Illegal immigrant Driver cards Repeal: Reverses a new law that allows Oregonians who can’t prove they are in the US legally the right to obtain a driver card.
2. Equal Rights Amendment: Amends the Oregon Constitution to make sex discrimination illegal.
3. Legalization of marijuana: Legalizes the use of marijuana for those aged 21and older. Sales would be regulated by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission; tax revenues would go to a variety of public services. Prohibits smoking in public.

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Letter: The value of a job - by Monica Wehby

The Bulletin, Published Jul 17, 2014, Bend, Oregon
Few things in this world have an impact on someone’s life like that of a job. For a recent college graduate, a job is the first step toward realizing a dream; for the unemployed, it is a sense of renewed confidence; for a mother, it is the means by which she can promise her child a future of opportunities. For many, a job offers us hope, gives us purpose, and provides us the means to take care of the truly important things in life.

When we discuss jobs in the course of politics, our discourse is often relegated to numbers and spreadsheets. Our economy becomes a measure of profits and losses, rather than the individuals and families affected by it. In doing so, we lose sight of what it means for someone to lose a job, or for a business to close. Too many politicians today are guilty of that — they forget that the bottom line of a business isn’t just a bottom line; it’s food on someone’s table or the clothes on someone’s child; they forget that bad policy has real-life consequences.

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Cochran up big in general, McDaniel supporters still mad

PPP's new Mississippi poll find Thad Cochran has a strong advantage for the general election- but that the fallout from last month's divisive runoff has left a lot of voters undecided. Cochran's at 40% to 24% for Democrat Travis Childers and 5% for Reform Party candidate Shawn O'Hara, with 31% of voters still undecided.  Cochran's emerged from the primary popular with Democrats (58/22 approval) and unpopular with Republicans (39/52). Cochran is particularly well liked by African Americans, sporting a 59/20 approval rating, and even narrowly leading Childers with them at 37/36. Cochran is only polling at 48% among GOP voters though with 37% still undecided, reflecting a lot of McDaniel supporters who are still so angry they can't bring themselves to say they'll vote for Cochran in November.

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McCumber column: Walker delivers on campaign promises.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Politifact.com have been tracking Gov. Scott Walker’s election campaign promises through an online feature they call the “Walk-O-Meter” and can be found online at PolitifactWisconsin.com. There you will find that Walker has kept an overwhelming amount of his campaign promises out of the 65 they are tracking.

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County Commissioner Democrat race – primary 2014

The only race that was interesting in the 2014 primary was the Democrats race for County Commissioner. The reason is that this race helps us judge the support for Anne Schuster by precinct. If one assumes that people voting for Schuster’s opponents do not want Schuster as County Commissioner, these people may prefer Jerry Jackson to Anne Schuster. It is our job to convince them of this. And, of course, convince all non-Democrats to vote for Jerry.

As expected, the precincts in Corvallis and immediately surrounding Corvallis voted for Schuster. The precincts further away voted for Malone or Kreth. As can be seen from the turnout, only a few precincts have more Republicans than Democrats and they are not in Corvallis. However, the Republicans in the countryside tended to turnout in greater percentages than those in Corvallis.

For those of you that are numbers junkies, as I am, there are two tables below. The first is the turnout by precinct, and the second shows the fractions of Democrats voting for Shuster, her opponents, and not voting.

As one can see, there are many more Democrats in the county than there are Republicans. However, the largest precinct, eleven, has more Republicans than Democrats and a larger fraction of Republicans turned out than Democrats. Moreover, the Democrats in that precinct preferred Malone or Kreth to Schuster. That precinct is North Albany – a fertile place for Jerry, and Betsy Close, to look for votes.

We need to get out every vote in Benton County that we can persuade to vote for our candidates. However, to be efficient, we need to work over the areas with the most Republicans, disgruntled Democrats, Independents, and non-aligned voters first. If you need a voter list and a list of how many people in the different parties live on each street in your get-out-the-vote effort, send me an email at detweij@peak.org and I will send you the lists. You can download precinct maps from the Benton County website in the map section.

Figure 1: Voter turnout in Benton County for Primary race 2014
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Figure 2: Numbered Key Canvas
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The complete list of races by precinct is on the Benton County website. However, the list is password protected. I prevailed on the election office to put them in text format so I could actually use them. If you would like to massage the numbers yourself, again send me an email at detweij@peak.org and I will send you the file.

John H. Detweiler
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Breaking: McDaniel Finds 8,300 Questionable Ballots – Plans Wednesday News Conference

In June Senator Thad Cochran won the GOP primary runoff election over conservative challenger Chris McDaniel after 25,000-35,000 Democrats helped push him to victory. Cochran and the Republican establishment also were behind the racist anti-Tea Party ads that ran in Mississippi prior to the runoff election. Thad Cochran won the election over Chris McDaniel by 6,880 votes in the June 24 runoff.

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Monica Wehby Ad: "Drive"

June 25, 2014 - Dr. Monica Wehby for U.S. Senate: "I'm going to the US Senate to try to change things, to make things better, to stop this gridlock and get back to the work of the people." Visit www.MonicaForOregon.com to learn more.

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Video from Candidate Forum for Benton County Commissioner- Monroe, OR

On Thursday, June 19th, a Forum for Benton County Commissioner Candidates was held in the Monroe Library with Jerry Jackson (R) and Anne Schuster (D) in the spotlight. If you missed the forum, here's your chance to watch it thanks to videographer, S. Thomas Lewis, who kindly posted this series of nine clips. It was quite an evening, which focused on the Bailey Branch line.

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Candidate Wall: Republican Candidates on Benton County Nov. General Election Ballots

Our 2014 Candidate Wall for the Nov. 4th General Election includes photos of Republicans who are running statewide or in districts encompassing all or parts of Benton County. To learn more about these wonderful candidates, please click photos to visit the candidates' campaign websites. They are working hard to win in November. Please consider volunteering to help them!



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Republican Candidate Contact Information

Find contact information on Republican Candidates for U.S. Senate, U.S. Congressional Districts, Oregon Governor, State Senate and House seats, and Benton County Commissioner. These candidates will be on Benton County ballots for the November 4th General Election.



Dr. Monica Wehby - For U.S. Senate (Oregon)

Campaign Website | Facebook | Twitter
Campaign Wisdom: "Keep your doctor, change your Senator!"
Donate Online: HERE
Campaign Committee:
Dr. Monica Wehby for U.S. Senate Committee
PO. Box 3375
Portland OR 97208
(503) 954-2717
Field director:
Tim, (971) 533-9114, Email: tim@monicafororegon.com (use this contact)
Scheduling: schedule@monicafororegon.com or Scheduler: Nick, nick@monicafororegon.com
Opponent: Jeff Merkley (Democrat)




Dr. Art Robinson - For U.S. Congress (Oregon District 4)

Campaign Website | Facebook | Twitter
Donate Online: HERE
Campaign Committee:
Art Robinson for U.S. Congress
PO Box 1250
Cave Junction OR 97523
(541) 255-2785
Email: art@rfc2012.com
Campaign Manager:
Noah Robinson
Email: Noah@rfc2012.com
Opponent: Peter DeFazio (Democrat)



Tootie Smith - For U.S. Congress (Oregon Congressional District 5)

Campaign Website | Facebook
Donate Online: HERE
Campaign Committee:
Tootie Smith for Oregon
PO Box 226
Molalla, OR 97038
Phone: 971-777-3273
Email: tootie@tootiesmith.com
Opponent: Kurt Shrader (Democrat)



Dennis Richardson - For Governor of Oregon
Campaign Website | Facebook | Twitter
WATCH FOR REORGANIZATION UPDATES FOR THE RICHARDSON CAMPAIGN
Donate Online: HERE
Campaign Committee:
Citizens to Elect Dennis Richardson
10725 SW Barbur Blvd., Suite 230
Portland, OR 97219
Phone: 541-601-0083
Chief of Staff: Angela Beam
Email: angela@dennisrichardson.com
Opponent: John Kitzhaber (Democrat)



Betsy Close (Incumbent) - For State Senate (Senate District 8)
Campaign Website | Facebook | Twitter
Donate Online: HERE
Campaign Committee:
Close Friends PAC
PO Box 827
Albany OR 97321
Phone: 541-941-7693
Email: Betsy Close
Opponent: Sara Gelser (Democrat)



Andy Olson (Incumbent) - For State Representative (Oregon House District 15)
Campaign Website | Facebook | Twitter
Congratulations Andy Olson! Without an opponent in the May Primary and no Democrat running for District 15, Rep. Olson was re-elected in the Primary.
Campaign Committee:
Friends of Andy Olson
PO Box 891
Albany, OR 97321
Phone: 541-967-6576
Email: info@FriendsOfAndyOlson.com
Opponent: None





Jacob Vandever - For State Representative (Oregon House District 16)
Campaign Website | Facebook | Twitter
Campaign Wisdom: "Making a Difference for Oregon's Future"
Donate Online: HERE
Campaign Committee:
The Committee to Elect Jacob Vandever
143 NW 10th St.
Corvallis OR 97330
Phone: 541-314-5877
Email: Jacob@JacobVandever.com | info@jacobvandever.com
Opponent: Day Rayfield (Democrat)






Mike Nearman - For State Representative (Oregon House District 23)
Campaign Website | Facebook
Campaign Wisdom: "Mike Nearman—A Man of His Word"
Donate Online: HERE
Campaign Committee:
Mike Nearman for Oregon
2570 Greenwood Road S
Independence, OR 97351
Phone: 503-838-6001
Email: nearman4oregon@yahoo.com
Opponent: Wanda Davis (Democrat)





Jerry J. Jackson, Sr. - For Benton County Commissioner (Position 1)
Campaign Website | Facebook | Twitter
Donate Online: HERE
Campaign Committee:
Elect Jackson Commissioner
580 Canberra Dr.
Philomath OR 97370
Phone: 541-250 9654
E-mail: electjackson@gmail.com
Opponent: Ann Schuster (Democrat)



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Sen. Close and Jerry Jackson: Your hardworking candidates

(Hat tip: Christine Ruck, Linn County Republicans, Facebook)
SATURDAY, June 7, 2014: Senator Betsy Close wrote, "Today we walked in the Lebanon Strawberry Festival parade. Thank you to Mark Thomas Motors for the use of the Jeep, and to Benton County commissioner candidate Jerry Jackson for joining us!" See photos:


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Joni Ernst wins big in Senate primary, DSCC attacks as “the Sarah Palin of Iowa”

Joni Ernst only needed 35% of the vote to avoid a convention fight against her four competitors for the Republican nomination to the US Senate. Instead, she gained a clear majority of 56% and put herself in position to consolidate GOP support across all factions to face Rep. Bruce Braley, the uncontested Democratic nominee for the seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Tom Harkin. Read more at Hotair.com Read More......

Palin on stump for McDaniel: 'Status quo has got to go'

ELLISVILLE--Former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin gave a short but fiery stump speech for GOP U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel on Friday, in what McDaniel described as the biggest event of his campaign so far.

"Chris is running with a servant's heart," Palin shouted to a crowd about 800 gathered in an auditorium at Jones County Junior College in McDaniel's hometown. The crowd frequently roared back during her address and McDaniel's.

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Eric Cantor theater shows immigration reform coming

It usually doesn’t hurt, in trying to analyze Washington, to put events through the most cynical filter possible.

So how else to consider the following: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, facing a primary challenge, is stepping up his rhetoric on immigration. He has sent fliers to voters that boast Cantor has shut down the plans of President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to “give illegal aliens amnesty.”

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‘Tea Party Takeover’: 5 Things to Know About the Texas Runoff Elections

AUSTIN, Texas (TheBlaze/AP) — A tea party leader claimed the Republican nomination for the powerful Texas office of lieutenant governor in primary election runoffs Tuesday night, signaling a further push to the right in the nation’s largest conservative state.

Further, U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall, at 91 the oldest-ever member of the U.S. House, was ousted Tuesday in the Texas Republican runoff by a candidate backed by conservative groups.

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Oregon 2014 Primary Election Results

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Conservatives defeat 3 GOP House incumbents

PORTLAND (AP) — Conservatives appear to be winning the fight for the soul of the Republican Party in the Oregon state House, decisively beating back establishment candidates Tuesday in three of four districts.

Rep. Jim Thompson of Dallas was defeated by Polk County GOP chair Michael Nearman, who had backing from social conservatives. Thompson’s support for a ballot measure that would legalize gay marriage was unpopular on the right. The district includes a wide swath of rural Benton County.

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Benton County Election Results

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Why Republicans and Independents Must Vote

By John Detweiler
In Benton County, Republicans have been turning in their ballots in both primary and general elections at rates less than the Democrats turn in their ballots. Moreover, there are many more Democrats than Republicans, therefore it is imperative that all Republicans turn in their ballots. It is also imperative that Republicans convince as many of the non-Republicans and non-Democrats to vote for Republican candidates as possible. If we don’t, we will surely lose.

I examined the data in the Benton County voter and voter history database of all currently registered voters and found that for the primary and general elections for 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012, Republicans turned in their ballots 5% less often than did the Democrats. Moreover, the difference was statistically significant at approximately the 5% level. It is also apparent that there are less Democrats than the sum of all Republicans and voters that are not Democrats or Republicans. In other words, there are enough non-Democrats to be able to beat the Democrats.

Therefore, we Republicans need to turn out for the primary election in May and vote for someone who can win in the general election when the non-Republicans and non-Democrats can vote for the Republican candidate.

The statistics can be found at www.peak.org/~detweij As time permits between now and the general election, I will analyze this data further, write more articles, and post the statistics on my website.
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2014 Primary Election

Are you a Tea Party Republican?  Or do you consider yourself a moderate or pragmatist?  Wherever you fall in the liberal-moderate-libertarian-conservative spectrum, it’s still important to be involved.  The Oregon Republican Party Primary has a number of contested races this year:

Oregon House District 23 Representative between Mike Nearman and Jim Thompson (incumbent).

Oregon House District 58 Representative between Greg Barreto and John Turner.  

Oregon US Congregational District 2 Congressman between Dennis Linthicum and Greg Walden, the incumbent. 

The race for Governor between Tim Carr, Gordon Challstrom, and Bruce Cuff, and Dennis Richardson.

And of course, the race for Senator between Mark Callahan,  Jason Conger, Tim Crawley, Jo Rae Perkins and Monica Wehby.

We have real and consequential choices to make that will significantly affect Oregon and US Politics.  Yes, by voting or not voting, YOU will affect History! 


Make sure your ballot is turned in to the Benton County Elections Office
by 8:00pm May 20th.
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GOP candidate booted from editorial meeting after calling out 'blah blah' dis

Mark Callahan, a Republican Senate candidate, was kicked out of a local Oregon newspaper's editorial board meeting after daring to challenge a reporter who dissed a fellow candidate, Jo Rae Perkins, by writing "blah blah blah" in his notes instead of her actual quotes. The Willamette Week video of the incident went viral and Callahan was invited to appear on Fox & Friends.
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Jackson endorsed at Oregon Black Political Conference for Benton Commissioner

The Oregon Black Political Conference was held in Portland at the Crowne Plaza Portland Convention Center on April 11-13 to endorse federal, state and local candidates running for public office in the May 20th Oregon Primary Election. To receive the OBPC endorsement, candidates had to receive three-fifths of the eligible delegate votes. Jerry J. Jackson, Sr., candidate for Benton County Commissioner, Pos. 1, was one of only two Republican candidates to win a 2014 endorsement. Sen. Jackie Winters, candidate for reelection to Oregon Senate District 10, was the other Republican endorsed at the conference. The conference was hosted by the Political Action Committee of the Oregon Assembly for Black Affairs (OABA).

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GOP forum: Candidates agree on forest control

Candidates squaring off in the Republican primary, seeking to unseat Democrat Jeff Merkley in November, all support turning Oregon federal forests over to local ownership.

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2014 GOP Candidate Picture Wall with Links to Campaign Websites - Benton/Oregon Primary Election

Our 2014 Candidate Wall includes photos of Republicans who are running in the Oregon Primary Election in districts encompassing all or parts of Benton County. Click photos to visit campaign websites (if available) and learn about these candidates.

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