Elections officials preparing for possible recall election

by Madison LaBerge | August 17, 2020 6:14 pm | Link to article

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.

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Letters to the Editor: Sign the recall petition

August 13, 2020 | Link

Recently there was a viral photo on Facebook of Oregon Governor Kate Brown violating her own edict for face masks while being protected by her security detail.

This from the same Governor who wants to defund the police for the rest of us.

Makes sure you sign the recall petition for this hypocrite, let’s get a governor in office who will get this state open and working again while bringing law and order back to our streets.

Joe Wilson

Gold Beach

Tillamook backs the blue

  • Tiffany Jacob | Back the Blue Rally | Link

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.

OpEd: Recall Gov. Kate Brown

by Mail Tribune readers | Wednesday, August 12th 2020 | Link

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.

Anne Zauner

Medford

Opinion: Get impeachment written in

Link to Op-Ed | August 9th, 2020 (from the Register-Guard)

I’m neither a registered Republican nor a Democrat, and I am sick and tired of Gov. Kate Brown and her minions who have done so much to destroy Oregon, who don’t have the guts to stand up to Antifa and Black Lives Matter leaders, avowed Marxist/socialists.

Every nation and state taken over by Marxist/socialists has proven to be a disaster, but our leaders have ignored this. I support recalling Brown and a number of other state and federal leaders.

There is another way to remove public officials. This is through impeachment. The Oregon Constitution is the only one in the United States lacking an impeachment provision.There have been attempts to correct this oversight. Bills have made it through House committees and the floor.

State Sen. Peter Courtney has prevented them from having hearings in the Senate, although he has promised to do so. It would benefit Oregon if our legislators had the courage to revive these bills.

We have had two bad governors in a row. Brown has been the most damaging.

When are Oregonians going to wake up?

Erin B. Thurber, Sweet Home

Gov. Brown Admits Umatilla, Morrow Rollbacks Political Stalemate

John McKay |August 3, 2020 | Link to article

Saying a ‘political stalemate’ and an unacceptable rise in cases was the culprit, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said the drastic rollback in Umatilla County from Phase 2 to lockdown was necessary, as well as Morrow from Phase 2 to Phase 1.

July 31st. the East Oregonian reported Brown said “if we did not act immediately this could spread like wildfire”. Now the county will return to a stay at home for at least 21 days, with only essential businesses such as gas stations and grocery stores remaining open. A source close to the Hermiston Chamber of Commerce said this shutdown is expected to have a significant impact on the local economy.

A look at data from the Umatilla County Health Department shows beginning in late June and early July, an increase in cases that officials say coincided with the county’s move to Phase 2.   The Umatilla County Health Department does not specify on their site, but the way the data is presented it’s presumed these are daily new cases. From single digits, the counts began to range from 35-40 per day, peaking around 58 on July 23. Then they showed a falling pattern again around July 25 (34) and by July 27 (6) and July 31 (-0-) they had dropped again. The week prior to the shutdown, active cases had dropped from 223  to 194.

41 of those reportedly came from a July 25 weekend ‘visit’ by 38 members of the Oregon State University COVID Trace teams, who canvassed neighborhoods in Hermiston. They claimed based upon their data (extrapolating and models) that 3,000 of the 18,000 people in the city had it, but most didn’t know. State health officials appeared to ‘run’ with those numbers, and widespread media reports came out that as much as 17% of the city was potentially infected.

Gov. Brown claimed the state had been trying to get Umatilla and Morrow to voluntarily enact more restrictions and perhaps drop from Phase 2 to 1 like Union County did, but says the state was rebuffed by county commissioners. They said they would only enforce the official state mandates and requirements.

Two Hermiston-area sources have told Newstalk870 (one from business, one from government) they find the timing very “curious” as to the arrival of the COVID Trace teams. They have been making their way across Oregon, but these two believe it’s no accident they showed up in Hermiston/Umatilla County on the heels of local government resistance.

They and others also say they would not be surprised if this were also in response to massive support in the county for the recent recall petition started against Brown several weeks ago. These sources say number of signatures and loud support for the drive in Umatilla County is some of the highest in the state.  During a visit to Pendleton three weekends ago, we saw two different recall signup booths alongside the road.

These sources do not believe the Umatilla County numbers warranted such a severe set back from Phase 2 to lockdown. Perhaps Phase 2 to 1, but they believe lockdown is overkill.

Reports say Gov. Brown and officials referred to the Umatilla County numbers as ominous, but 7-31 figures from the UCHD do not seem to paint that picture.

Aside from rising case counts, here are the numbers:

  • Total cases (since COVID tracking began: 1961. based upon the 2018 county population of 77,950, that’s 2.51 percent.
  • Total inactive cases (meaning passed or recovered) 1624. You would subtract these from the total cases.
  • Total ACTIVE and Presumptive cases (probables): 314, and 99. Total 412. That is 0.52 percent of the county population.
  • Total deaths: 23.  That is a death rate of 1.17 percent vs. 1961 cases since day one.
  • Total number of hospitalized persons as of 7-31:   13.

We have not been able to determine what percentage that is of total number of persons in county hospital beds. But 13 appears to be rather low.

The UCHD also has this statement posted on their site, a statement that calls into question perhaps some of the validity of their data:

 “While the demographic data shared is representative of COVID-19 infection in Umatilla County, the sample size of positive cases in our county is too small for statistical analysis of disease trends.”

Such statistical analysis is important to get the full accurate picture of the impact of COVID-19 without subjecting the public and others to inaccurate information and unnecessary fear and stress.

To view the UCHD data for yourself click on the button below.

UMATILLA COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

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Gov. Kate Brown recall effort gathers steam in Douglas County

CARISA CEGAVSKE | Senior Staff Writer | The News-Review | Jul 28, 2020

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Douglas County residents who want to replace Gov. Kate Brown were lined up outside the door at Douglas County Republican headquarters in Roseburg Monday morning, waiting to sign a recall petition.

As of Friday, about 7,000 county residents had signed the petition, according to Douglas County Republican Central Committee Chairwoman Valynn Currie.

Currie said it’s not just Republicans signing.

“We’re getting people switching from Democrat to Republican right and left,” she said. Non-affiliated voters are also signing up, she said.

Taxes and restrictive regulations, particularly on businesses, topped the reasons for supporting the recall. The governor’s more recent handling of demonstrations in Portland and COVID-19 ranked a distant second and third.

As Currie summed it up, “(Brown) already dug that grave before corona ever happened. She just made it deeper, so she’s just digging a bigger, deeper hole.”

Republican Precinct Committee Person Chairwoman Kathey Linn said some cited the continual changing of COVID-19 regulations, such as who has to wear masks.

“They just can’t make any sense out of the rules. I mean, you know, it’s one time kids can’t get it so they don’t have to wear masks and then boom, all of a sudden five-year-olds,” she said.

And then there’s the cost to businesses.

“People are going out of business because of all these rules and regulations. They’re having to sell their businesses. And these businesses will never open up again. That’s harsh,” she said.

The recall campaign has until Aug. 28 to collect the requisite 280,000 signatures statewide. They’re pushing to collect 450,000 to be sure they have enough valid signatures from registered voters to qualify for the ballot.

If they’re successful, a special election would be held, most likely in October.

And that’s when the campaign would face its biggest challenge: converting or counteracting the voters who favored Brown in the 2018 election. Brown was already unpopular in Douglas County then, with voters favoring Republican Knute Buehler by a 3 to 1 margin. But Brown cruised to the finish with strong support in much more populous Multnomah, Washington and Lane counties.

Linn said she thinks the key to a successful recall is to get out the vote, and she believes those who want Brown out are motivated to do it.

“People are getting their families, friends and neighbors and bringing them in. I’ve not seen this kind of cooperation ever,” she said.

At Kovachy’s Coin and Jewelry in Canyonville, owner Bud Kovachy said he’s been collecting about a dozen signatures a day.

Kovachy believes the governor’s failure to bring an end to the Portland riots is a “good demonstration of her inability to govern.”

But his main concern is the effect of taxes and regulations on businesses. He said businesses like his have been harmed by the corporate activity tax on gross sales, which has impacted his ability to buy gold and silver bullion and his ability to make large sales to clients in Oregon.

He said he’s looking for a new governor who respects individual liberties. Instead, he said people can’t even go down to the river and do a little gold dredging or fish with their kids without running into a lot of red tape.

“Basically Oregonians I think are very self-reliant, independent-type people, especially the ones that don’t live in Portland. And they just don’t like to be told what to do all the time,” he said.

Bob Murray of Bob Murray Trucking in Roseburg said signature gathering was going well at his place, too.

Murray opposes Brown mainly on economics, and on her governing style — which he described as dictatorial.

Although Oregon voters have repeatedly refused a sales tax, the governor approved a corporate activity tax that Murray said amounts to the same thing.

“Even though it was directed at corporations, you know who’s going to pay all that tax at the end. All the people, the consumers are,” he said.

Murray also opposed Brown’s executive order on carbon emissions, which he said punishes sawmills and trucking companies that depend on carbon-based fuels. He said an incentive program would be a better idea because you “get more done with sugar and honey.”

The bottom line, he said, is that Brown acts like a dictator with a magic wand she uses to create whatever she wants for the citizens of Oregon.

“That’s not the way I think our state should be ran,” he said. “I think our state should be ran by its citizens.”

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213.

Albany pro-police rally draws U.S. Senate nominee, “Recall Kate Brown” canvassers

Nia Tariq | Jul 25, 2020

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Oregonians from Sweet Home to Salem gathered in Albany on Friday evening to support police in a “Back the Blue” rally.

Corvallis resident Heather Brown, who also organized a Corvallis “Thin Blue Line” rally last week, hosted the event after mid-valley residents requested she do something similar for Albany police.

Brown is one of pro-police citizens nationwide who have begun to hold rallies in response to the Black Lives Matter movement. Recent altercations between protesters and law enforcement in Portland especially, she said, are a motivational factor for her rallies.

“I don’t feel safe enough to go up to Portland and do this,” said organizer Heather Brown. “I felt like I needed to do it where I could.”

Brown’s rally in front of the Albany Police Department garnered a better turnout than that of the Benton County Courthouse rally. More than 50 demonstrators showed within its first hour, including veterans, children, a political candidate and a pet mallard duck named Boo.

Brown said she called the rally “Back the Blue” because events of that name have become more common across the country. That crop of rallies began as an ACT for America activism campaign, according to ACT’s website. However, the Southern Poverty Law center, a nonprofit civil rights advocacy group, has labeled ACT as a hate group, especially toward Muslims.

“With radical leftist protesters constantly vilifying our local heroes, it is our job to stand up and defend their honor,” the ACT’s Back the Blue webpage reads.

Brown is not anti-BLM, she said, and wants everyone to feel loved. This is despite the names of either of her rallies — especially regarding Thin Blue Line’s association with Blue Lives Matter, which is a countermovement to BLM. Rather, she said, she wants to show mid-valley police that there are people in the community who appreciate the dangerous job they do.

The preservation of “law and order” was a common wish among the rally crowd, especially with Republican U.S. Senate nominee Jo Rae Perkins. Although the Albany resident said she is not anti-BLM — rather, anti-Marxist — and that “every life matters,” she said, she’s also “absolutely appalled” by the riots she’s seen in Portland.

“I think it’s important that we stand firm for law and order,” Perkins said. “These men and women … they see things and deal with things that the vast majority of us will never see.”

Linn County representatives from the Stop The Abuse – Recall Kate Brown movement were canvassing for petition signatures during the event. Both Brown and Perkins said they were in support of that effort as well.

Sweet Home resident Lela Danforth said she attended both rallies in remembrance of officers who’ve lost their lives to violence.

“You can’t correct a right with two wrongs,” she said. “A lot of officers have put their lives on the line.”

Local and federal law enforcement officers have been injured during the Portland riots, but none as of Friday evening have been reported killed.

Reporter Nia Tariq can be reached at nia.tariq@lee.net.