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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.”
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com and I will send you the file.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Non-Partisan Candidates (Recommended)
IF YOU'D CARE TO FOLLOW THE CONGRESSIONAL RACES OUTSIDE BENTON COUNTY'S FOURTH AND FIFTH DISTRICTS, we present Congressman Greg Walden (R-CD2 Incumbent) and James Buchal (R-CD3 Candidate). Mr. Buchal is running against Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D), who has been in D.C. far too long!
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.
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Citizens to Elect Dennis Richardson
10725 SW Barbur Blvd., Suite 230
Portland, OR 97219
Phone: 541-601-0083 Chief of Staff: Angela Beam
Opponent: John Kitzhaber (Democrat)
Betsy Close (Incumbent) - For State Senate (Senate District 8)
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
Jacob Vandever - For State Representative (Oregon House District 16)
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
Opponent: Wanda Davis (Democrat)
Jerry J. Jackson, Sr. - For Benton County Commissioner (Position 1)
(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:
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.comRead More......
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.Read More......
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
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. Read More......
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).
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.
STATEWIDE NONPARTISAN POSITION
Note: (I) = Incumbent. Mr. Avakian is a Democrat.
THE CONGRESSIONAL RACES BELOW ARE OUTSIDE BENTON COUNTY'S DISTRICTS (CD4 & CD5), however, the CD2 race between Congressman Greg Walden (Incumbent) and Dennis Linthicum should be interesting to watch and, though James Buchal is running unopposed in the CD3 Primary, he will be running against Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D) in the General Election. Buchal is a long-shot but Blumenauer has been in D.C. far too long!
No information on Judges yet!
Feb. 1, 2014 - Jon Justesen dropped out of the Governor's race.
Mar. 3, 2014 - Brian Cooke filed to run for the Oregon House of Representatives for District 16 but had to drop out when he was informed that he was subject to the Hatch Act of 1938 because his job with Benton County is funded through federal funds. We thank Brian for stepping up to run. It was such a pleasure to meet Brian and his family. He can run for a party office so he has signed up to run for a Precinct Committeeman slot.
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