Chairman Bill Currier appeared with GOP guest panel on KATU News Show
Your Voice Your Vote: The future of Oregon Republican Party
which aired March 9th 2015

Congratulations to the State Party Officers Elected Feb 28th

From left to right - Vice Chair Tyler Smith, Treasurer Ken Taylor, Secretary Chris Barreto, and Chairman Bill Currier.

The Governor Must Resign

The Oregonian, through its online arm, Oregon Live, asked for the Governor of the State of Oregon to resign.

It's about time. Oregonians expect their laws to be made and executed for the good of the people of Oregon, not for the personal benefit of certain elected officials or their girlfriends.Governor Kitzhaber

What's nearly as bad is the complicity of the media in all of this. Nearly every paper in the state endorsed Governor Kitzhaber back in October, just prior to the election. Much of the basics of this story was known. We've since filled in a few details and added a few numbers, but at the time these media organizations were making their endorsements, they knew -- or should have known -- these facts.

Yet, even as the state's largest daily (are they still a daily?) asks for Governor Kitzhaber's resignation, they offer no remedy should he fail to do so. At this point, the Attorney General is no less complicit if she does not open a real investigation or appoint a special counsel.

It's been said many times before, but maybe it needs to be said again. "If a Republican had done these things..."

Legislature Should Not Move Forward With Policy To Raise Costs For Oregon Families During Ethics Investigation

Governor Kitzhaber

Salem, OR – Legislative Republican leaders today called for House Speaker Tina Kotek and Senate President Peter Courtney to suspend any discussion of Low Carbon Fuel Standards from the session calendar due to recent allegations that Cylvia Hayes received a $118,000 payment for her role in promoting a Low Carbon Fuel Standard policy for the state of Oregon.

“I watched the Governor’s press conference today,” said House Republican Leader Mike McLane. “He indicated that the Ethics Commission will answer whether Cylvia Hayes violated law by being paid by private interests to advocate policy changes to the Governor. Ms. Hayes received payments to influence the Governor on, among other things, the Low Carbon Fuel Standard program overseen by the Department of Environmental Quality. SB 324 will, in effect, implement this controversial program permanently. Due to the investigations on the conflict of interest and the many unanswered questions that remain, SB 324 can no longer be evaluated on merit alone. Therefore, the Legislature must suspend our work on SB 324 until the Ethics Commission's work and all investigations are completed.”

No Second Chance

Governor Kitzhaber

In the last legislative session your gun rights held on by a thread. Many bad bills never made it to the floor of the legislature because the Democrats who were in control then knew that they didn't have enough votes -- in many cases, just by one vote.

This session the numbers are even worse.

This is the time when your action is needed most. We need to keep up the pressure, light up the phones, fill the email boxes, max out the rallies and let our politicians know the meaning of "...shall not be infringed." There are several opportunites to get involved so don't miss out on your chance.

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