Demonstrators taking place in a national “Save the Post Office” peacefully mingle with those manning a Recall Kate Brown/Voter Registration booth outside the United States Postal Service building in The Dalles. The Saturday protest rally was organized locally by Indivisible Columbia Gorge and Protect Oregon’s Progress (POP). The recall booth in The Dalles has been present at times for the past three months, according to an organizer. The Recall petition is the third filed against Gov. Brown, submitted by Bill Currier on June 2. Signatures for the recall are due on Aug. 31. Both prior recall attempts failed to gather enough signatures to move forward. The “Save the Post Office” rally occupied all four corners of the intersection for approximately an hour.
Even if the campaign garners enough signatures, the Oregon Secretary of State will still need to count and verify each signature, a step that past efforts to recall the governor haven’t even reached.
Bill Currier, chair of the Oregon Republican Party, did not turn in a similar petition last year due to a lack of sufficient signatures.
Currier is also the organizer behind this year’s campaign, dubbed “Stop the Abuse: Recall Kate Brown.”
Neither the GOP recall petition nor Michael Cross’ “Flush Down Kate Brown” petition managed to gain the needed signatures to trigger a recall of Oregon’s governor in 2019.
Cross’ petition submission form attested to an estimated 290,000 signatures, but the Oregon Secretary of State determined the “submission fell short of the 280,050 signatures necessary to trigger a recall vote.”
Lane County Republican Party Chair John Large said they plan to continue gathering signatures through the weekend to cancel out any signatures that may be invalid.
“We’re going to increase the number of petitions we have to make sure that there’s no doubt that we have enough signatures. So that’s what we’re doing right now is putting more on top of what we have,” Large said.
In a statement to KEZI 9 News, the Democratic Party of Oregon bashed the recall campaign.
“Oregon voters have spoken time and time again, electing Governor Brown by large margins. But yet again, the conservative fringe is pushing a reckless recall in an attempt to overturn the will of the voters. These reckless recall attempts are a waste of tax dollars and energy, especially now, when Oregonians are in the midst of an unprecedented worldwide public health crisis,” a party spokesperson said.
Brown won reelection in 2018 by more than 119,000 votes.
GOV. BROWN RECALL DEADLINE LOOMS: The latest effort to recall Democratic Oregon Gov. Kate Brown faces a July 31 deadline to submit 280,050 valid signatures. The current effort, led by Oregon GOP chairman Bill Currier, has reported spending just $22,000 so far, a pittance in signature-gathering terms. Although there are rumors circulating in Salem that the signature gathering has been far more successful than four previous stabs at recalling Brown, GOP insiders are skeptical that Currier will come up with the goods this time. “Overall, I’d say there’s a slim chance,” says one GOP insider. “But the GOP is such a goat rope that I wouldn’t bet on it.”
Harlan Wright was hospitalized, and Joshua John Thompson was arrested after the alleged assault was reported to deputies.
A man gathering signatures for the long-running Recall Kate Brown campaign was assaulted in Happy Valley on Saturday, Aug. 22, according to police and media reports.
Harlan Wright told Pamplin Media Group news partner KOIN 6 he was gathering signatures at a booth set up near Highway 212 at Southeast 152nd Avenue around 2 p.m. when a man grew upset at a female petitioner and Wright intervened.
He was taken to a local hospital for treatment after the alleged attack. According to KPTV, Wright’s nose and at least one rib were broken.
Joshua John Thompson, 39, of Damascus, was arrested on charges of fourth-degree assault and second-degree disorderly conduct. He was previously arrested for aggravated assault in 2015 and first-degree burglary in 2010, among other charges, per court records. He is currently being held on $40,000 bail.
CCSO – Joshua Thompson“This is the type of vicious assault that our extreme left mass media outlets fail to cover, even as they falsely blame the right wing for most political violence in America,” Multnomah County Republican Party Chair James Buchal said in a statement to Pamplin Media.
“It is only a matter of time before someone gets killed in Oregon by political opponents,” said Buchal, “and our feckless leaders will share the blame.”
A GoFundMe has been set up to cover Wright’s medical expenses.
JACKSON CO., Ore. – County elections officials say they are putting plans in place for a potential recall election. It would be before the presidential election in November.
As the ‘Recall Kate Brown’ petition gains signatures, Jackson Co. clerk Chris Walker says it’s possible there will be two elections within three weeks. Elections officials aren’t sure how many signatures the movement has gained, but says if the movement gains the 280,050 verified signatures requires. Kate Brown would have five days to resign or submit a statement of justification.
The recall election would have to take place 35 days after that.
What are you doing Saturday, August 15, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.?
Come to the Hoquarton Interpretive Trail and join in the family friendly fun showing support for law enforcement.
In light of the recent nationwide movement to “Defund the police” I decided to organize the first Back the Blue rally which took place July 11 and had an attendance of well over 100 people. During the first rally we picked up approximately one kitchen garbage bag of trash from the area we were gathered in. The July rally had such an amazing, positive energy that many people wanted to do it again. With the help of the many volunteers that came to my aid to pull this all together, we immediately got to work planning the next rally. My goal for this rally was to do more than just hold a sign or a flag. I wanted this rally to not only show support for law enforcement, but to also be an opportunity to give back to the community by hosting a canned food drive.
So grab a can of food and drop it off at the Hoquarton Trail parking lot. While you are there feel free to grab a free mini American flag or Thin Blue Line flag and sign the Kate Brown recall as well as the petition to make Tillamook County a second amendment sanctuary.
Democrats have total control over the three branches of government in Oregon: The governorship (Kate Brown), the House and the Senate with its super majority. They have gone power crazy implementing laws and raising taxes that harm the average Oregonian.
Kate Brown leads the onslaught of income and real estate taxes, special fees and onerous restrictions causing businesses to close and disastrous unemployment. During her reign Oregon ranked 31st for its fiscal health. Mismanaged pension funds led to $26 billion underfunding. Forbes reported that Kate is using taxpayers’ money to fund personal expenses.
Brown has also failed to keep her people safe. Protection is the government’s first duty. Riots, an increase in homicides, suicides, thefts, shootings, opioid addictions, homelessness and filthy parks do not make me feel safe.
Kate and her cronies have lost their moral compass engaging in a multitude of scandals and listening more to their buddies in California and Washington than their own constituents. Remember the disgrace over the effort to squash transparency at the Office of Public Records, and her unethical solicitation of millions in cash from state contractors. Enough!
Help save Oregon. Please sign the recall petition before the end of August.