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Update on Kate Brown Recall: We’re almost there! You are about to make history in Oregon. Please continue collecting signatures so we not only get this across the finish but also have a buffer. KateBrownRecall.org

Update on Kate Brown Recall: We're almost there! You are about to make history in Oregon. Please continue collecting signatures so we not only get this across the finish but also have a buffer. KateBrownRecall.org

Posted by Bill Currier on Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Peaceful Politics

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Mark B. Gibson | Link

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. 

‘I THINK WE’RE GOING TO MAKE IT,’ RECALL KATE BROWN ORGANIZER SAYS

Republican leaders say a petition to recall Gov. Kate Brown from office has crossed an important threshold.

Aug 26, 2020 | Posted By: Jacob Roberts  | Link

LANE COUNTY, Ore. — Republican leaders are optimistic a petition to recall Gov. Kate Brown will garner enough signatures.

Organizers of the petition clarified on Wednesday that numbers provided by Lane County Republican Party Chair John Large were inaccurate.

Carol Williams, who is responsible for counting the signatures, said the party’s recall petition has not surpassed the 280,050 signatures necessary to qualify for a recall. 

“Were almost there but we still need more,” Williams said. 

Williams was unable to give an accurate tally of signatures, but said that information should be available on Monday, the filing deadline. 

“In my gut I think we’re going to make it,” Williams said. 

RELATED: PETITION TO RECALL GOV. BROWN PICKING UP STEAM, ORGANIZERS SAY

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.

Wallowa County recall Kate Brown petition proves popular

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ENTERPRISE — As the Monday, Aug. 31, deadline for filing signatures to recall Gov. Kate Brown looms, it’s obvious that if it was up to Wallowa County, Kate Brown’s recall would be a sure thing.
“As of Aug. 22, more than 1,900 people have signed the recall petition,” said Annette Lathrop, Wallowa County Republican Party chairwoman. “That’s more than a third of the county’s registered voters.”
Statewide, a total of 280,050 valid signatures of registered voters are required to force a recall election. According to the Oregon Secretary of State’s office, if the required number of signatures is received, Brown will have five days to resign or submit a statement of justification. The recall election would have to occur within 35 days after that, likely during the second week of October.

Brown would be replaced by the secretary of state, currently Bev Clarno, to fill out her term.
Three efforts to recall Brown were launched this year. One filled by Kurt Saidon and the other by Kelsey Massey, failed to file any signatures by their late-July deadline.
The remaining petition, which was filed by Bill Currier, chairman of the Oregon Republican Party, has circulated in Wallowa County and across the state. The signatures must be submitted to the Secretary of State’s Office on or before Aug. 31.
“I’m incredibly pleased with the number of signatures we collected in Wallowa County,” Lathrop said. “I really did very little of the signature gathering. We had a lot of young, enthusiastic people doing all the work.”
Volunteers set up booths in towns throughout the county and also worked on a more personal, one-on-one level to gather signatures, Lathrop said.
The signature booth at the Back the Blue rally in Enterprise on Saturday, Aug. 22, garnered 145 signatures in just three hours. Most signers were local, but a few visitors from the Portland area signed as well.

“It’s hard to find one of these petitions to sign in Portland,” said signer Steve Silva. “I’m really glad we came over here today.”
Lathrop said that the response at their booths has been almost entirely positive.
“There hasn’t been a lot of responses that were negative or ugly, but there have been some,” she said. “All the volunteers did not respond in any way that was inappropriate or negative.”
Why has this petition gotten so many signatures in Wallowa County?
“I wouldn’t say it’s not just the county,” Lathrop said. “It’s the whole state. Last fall, Brown was the most unpopular governor in the United States. I think her approval rating was around 39%. And she has not won any friends since last fall.”
Will the petition for Brown’s recall be on the November ballot?
On Aug. 21, Currier said on the Stop the Abuse — Recall Kate Brown website, that the state Elections Division has “thrown up some new requirements that are not based in law or rule, but are new requirements placing an undue burden on our staff in preparing the petitions for submission to the election division on Aug. 31. I can assure you that the governor’s office is trying to stop this from happening.”
“We’ll know (whether we’ll have the recall election) in just over a week,” Lathrop said. “The numbers could be astounding to some people. I’m not making any predictions, but I know what I’ve heard, and we’ll see what happens.”

Murmurs: Gov. Brown Recall Deadline Looms

By WW Staff | August 26, 2020 | Link

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.”

Man assaulted at Recall Kate Brown booth in Happy Valley

Zane Sparling Tuesday, August 25, 2020 | Link

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.”

GoFundMe has been set up to cover Wright’s medical expenses.