Archive | February, 2017


Oregon GOP Legislators seek abortion ban after 20 weeks gestation

Oregon Republicans in the House Thursday introduced HB3017, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks gestation and impose counseling requirements. The bill is cosponsored by 15 of the 25 House Republicans and 8 of 13 Republican Senators. But what’s the current state of law in Oregon? What are current Oregon restrictions/laws on abortions? Oregon currently […]

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Pay to Play: The Currency of Politics

Pay to play, sometimes pay for play, is a phrase used for a variety of situations in which money is exchanged for services or the privilege to engage in certain activities. The common denominator of all forms of pay to play is that one must pay to “get in the game,”  Oregon has no limits […]

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Representatives Esquivel and Nearman have a bill that could cost us plenty

Rep. Sal Esquivel, R-Medford, and Rep. Mike Nearman, R-Independence, have introduced a bill (House Bill 2921) that would require Oregon’s cities and counties to comply with federal immigration detainer requests. This bill is contrary to the Fourth Amendment and the equal protection clauses of the United States Constitution and could cost taxpayers plenty. Every single […]

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Unusual Table of the Day:

Complete voter registration statistics were published today on the Secretary of State web site for January, 2017. Rather than month to month changes today I looked at a 6 year window and compared major party growth. I was surprised. Since January, 2011 the Independent Party of Oregon has actually added more members than the Republican […]

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Nkenge Harmon Johnson on non partisan redistricting panel?

In a series of tweets late last night, the Oregon Independent Party suggested that Secretary of State name Urban League President and CEO Nkenge Harmon Johnson to his redistricting panel. @OregonSoS we recommend @TrueNkenge as  participant on your redistricting task force #overqualified #reformswanted The Secretary of State responded We would be honored to have @TrueNkenge […]

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