State Senator Alan Olsen: Special Session, A Self Created Emergency

On Wednesday, The Governor issued a proclamation calling lawmakers to convene May 21 in Salem. A legislative joint committee is expected to begin hearings on her tax plan next Wednesday. "According to a recent analysis by state economists, more than 75 percent of the benefit from Brown's tax plan would go to people who earn at least $200,000 a year." The kicker is that they estimate this tax break from the very recent tax increase she just signed into law will only benefit roughly 9000 Sole proprietor businesses out of the hundreds of thousands who just got their raw deal. My Democrat colleagues and Kate Brown really have their priorities all mixed up when it comes to supporting small businesses which are the backbone of Oregon's economy. Back in February as the 2018 short session was getting underway the House Democrats released their session agenda listing their top priorities with one being "Strengthening Our Economy" and to create a friendlier small business environment for Oregon. They stated "Every Oregonian should have the ability to achieve their American dream. That is why we will work to boost small businesses ..We are committed to advocating for policies that level the playing field " So what did they do to help foster a small business-friendly environment that in turn would also "strengthen our economy? They did the opposite and raised taxes on Oregon small businesses putting a bigger strain on them financially and hindering their ability to grow or succeed. Did they promote policies that "level the playing field?" No. They did the exact opposite once again by exempting the Big national C-Corporations from the tax increase SB 1528 imposed on the little guys. while making sure the big guys their Federal Tax break while also maintaining a lower business tax rate. Now they are proposing a tax break that is eligible to very few Sole proprietors and seems to be beneficial only to those who are already successful in their business and financially well off.

Time to Unite

By Traci Hensley
Clackamas County Republican Party Chair

Oregon City, OR – Our 2018 Primary Elections are over. We now have an excellent slate of nominees that will represent the Republican Party well in November, from national, state to local offices.

I would like to congratulate and thank every candidate who stepped up, putting their personal and professional lives on hold, as they spent countless hours reaching out to the voters of Oregon. Whether or not they prevailed, each candidate gave of themselves, putting their personal lives on display for all to see.

This year, most races ran civilly and smoothly. Other races appeared to have divided our Party in Oregon as the candidates’ loyal supporters became overzealous promoting and defending their candidates. As Ron Le Blanc, the CCRP Past Chair put it, “2018 Oregon Primary is like a family squabble, fighting over a family inheritance.” The ballots have been counted, and the estate has been settled.

It is time to stop the squabble. We must come together…WE MUST UNITE! These words from the bible describes it best, “And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand”, Mark 3:25. As a party, we must not be divided if we are to succeed in November.

Our goal as the Republican Party is to defeat Kate Brown by electing a Republican Governor in her place, and to take back control of the state senate and house. The only way this is accomplished is as a united Republican Party, undivided, all supporting our Republican Nominee. Our personal values may not align with this person, but we must set aside our differences to stand united.

I challenge each nominee who won in the Primary to offer an olive branch to their competitors. I challenge each competitor to accept that olive branch and publicly endorse and rally their supporters to likewise back our Republican Nominees. We must publicly come together.

If we use the same energy and emotion to help our Republican Nominees that was used in the primaries, we can win the Governor’s seat, as well as take back control of the state senate and house.

The Clackamas County Central Committee is the highest party authority in the county and has sole authority to adopt rules/resolutions for all matters of the Clackamas County Republican Party.

Wednesday 05/3162018 6:00 AM PT
Contact CCRP Chair Traci Hensley

Clackamas County Republican Party Votes to Oppose IP-43 and IP-44

Oregon City, OR – The Clackamas County Republican Party, at its quarterly Central Committee Meeting on April 21, 2018, voted unanimously to oppose IP-43 and IP-44.

The Initiative Petitions being circulated in Oregon would define ALL semi-automatic rifles as “assault weapons”, prohibiting any future sales in Oregon. They would also require current owners of any semi-automatic rifle to either submit to a background check and register the rifle, or turn it in to law enforcement, make it inoperable or destroy it.

The same would be held true for ANY magazine capable of holding 11 or more rounds of ammunition. EACH magazine would be required to be registered and the owner would be required to submit to a background check to keep a magazine they already own.

The Clackamas County Republican Party has continued to support candidates who believe in and support the gun rights of every citizen as guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The Oregon Firearms Federation assigned a grade to each candidate in the 2018 Primary Election. This grade is based upon the results of a survey sent to each candidate and voting history of current legislators. The grades assigned by OFF can be found on their website at

“With a statewide coordinated effort, with lots of hard work, with the right message to the right people, we will stop, now and in the future, Oregon’s liberal and unconstitutional attempt to take away our right to own and possess guns as guaranteed under the 2nd Amendment of our US Constitution,” said Ron Le Blanc, Past Chair of the Clackamas County Republican Party.

The Clackamas County Central Committee is the highest party authority in the county and has sole authority to adopt rules/resolutions for all matters of the Clackamas County Republican Party.

Monday 04/30/2018 6:00 AM PT
Contact CCRP Chair Traci Hensley


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