Oregon Citizens' Lobby is Back

Governor Kitzhaber

Do you think that nobody speaks for you in Salem? Do you think all lobbyists are bad? You might want to think again. A group called Oregon Citizens’ Lobby (OCL) has created an effort to lobby on behalf of plain old Oregon citizens. Oregon Citizens Lobby employs a system where bills are analyzed based on five core principles: fiscal responsibility, local control, free markets, limited government and personal choice and responsibility. With a long session getting ready to start in a couple of months and Republicans being badly outnumbered, these principles are going to need all the champions they can get.

The results of this analysis is presented on a site called Track Their Vote. Here, you can look up your individual State Representative or State Senator and see how they voted on each issue. You can also see how they rank against their peers, within their chamber. Nowhere else can voters get this kind of information on their legislators. With literally thousands of bills being considered each session, this site presents each legislator’s activity in a simple format.

One of the great things about Oregon Citizens’ Lobby is that you don’t have to live in Salem to participate. Much of the activity is web-based. If you do live within commuting distance of Salem, you can participate in the War Room – it’s held each Thursday from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Capitol. The War Room provides opportunities for all levels of advocates: From those just learning, to passionate analysts, to seasoned veterans ready to roll up the sleeves and testify at a hearing. Even those who just want to watch are welcome.

Contact Oregon Citizens’ Lobby if you are interested.

Fall Closure

Goodbye, bumper sticker.

We both knew when this started that this was going to be a tough battle for name recognition. You sure did your part, up and down the highways, at stop lights and in various parking lots up and down the state. We saw a bunch more just like you as we traveled around this state. Who knows how many eyes saw you and asked "Who is Dennis Richardson?" or said "Go, Dennis!".

Dennis Richardson Bumper Sticker You don't look as crisp as you did when I put you on. Back then you had a shiny white background and your green letters were a bold forest green. Now your white background is cracked, your green letters are UV faded to a sickly pale blue -- all covered with a general election season's worth of road grime.

In a way, you still look good, though. Like a sage old man who has stood for what is right in the face of all manner of political correctness. You can be proud of your scars and blemishes.

I'm going to peel you off now. Your work is done. You'll make room for another candidate in 2016 -- or heck, maybe even earlier, if we get some good ballot measures.

Goodbye, bumper sticker. You were a beacon of hope for Oregon.


Dennis Richardson Unveils Oregon Reboot Plan

State Representative and candidate for Governor Dennis Richardson has unveiled the first cut of The Oregon Reboot - a plan that will reboot Oregon's economy, reform its education system, and restore trust in state government.

The first leg of the plan deals with rebooting Oregon's struggling economy. Oregon has endured 18 consecutive years of unemployment higher than the national average. Last month, as the U.S. economy continued to improve, Oregon's unemployment rate actually ticked up to 7.2 percent.

Dennis Richardson

Here's the plan:

Equal Pay for Women

Our current governor believes that appointing a committee to study the issue of pay equity will solve the fact that his office pays women only 79¢ for every dollar he pays men. My office will lead by example and make sure everyone is paid equally for equal work. (My wife and 8 daughters know, as Governor I won’t need a study to tell me women should receive equal pay for equal work.)

RNC Announces "Principles for American Renewal"

Yesterday, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus delivered remarks on the GOP's "Principles for American Renewal," which outline the core ideas driving the Republican Party and policy makers. The principles unite Republicans as a party and demonstrate the commitment the party has for better leadership in America.

Reince Priebus made the following remarks during the unveiling:

"Republicans across the country have the ideas to get Americans back to work and to get our country back on the right track, and these eleven principles are a good tool to ensure our ideas become a reality. Election Day is only 33 days away, and it is important that the party, now more than ever, inform voters of the difference between the Obama agenda and responsible solutions for our country."

Priebus Oregon Republican Party Chairman, Art Robinson agreed with Priebus, stating the following:

"These principles cover 11 key topics: jobs, spending, health care, our veterans, national security, education, poverty, values, energy, immigration and, most importantly, the Constitution. These are the things that most voters are concerned with, as opposed to the radical agenda that Barack Obama and the Democrats are trying to ram down our throats. The principles unify every local and state party across the country and signify a solid stand against President Obama's declared mission to 'fundamentally transform America'.

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.

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