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My Picks on the Ballot Measures:
Measure 102 – Bonding Authority for Affordable Housing – NO, Housing is less affordable because of state land use control and high SDC and other fees. Getting cities and counties (and taxpayers) in bed with local developers for affordable housing is a bad idea. The people supporting this measure include a phalanx of gang green, tax-wasting, hard left unionized and other usual suspects controlling Oregon.
Measure 103 – No Sales Tax permitted on Groceries – YES – some say making sure Groceries can’t be taxed helps pave the way for a future sales tax on everything else. I’m not buying those fears..
Measure 104 – Defines raising revenue for the three-fifths vote requirement for bills raising revenue. YES – Dems have been playing games in the legislature, raising taxes without the required 3/5 majority by claiming that they’re not raising taxes, just reducing DEDUCTIONS, for example, which raises taxes. This fixes that B.S.
Measure 105 – Repeals law forbidding state resources from being used to apprehend persons violating federal immigration laws (No Sanctuary State/Cities) a super big YES!
Measure 106 – Prohibits public funds from being spent on abortions. Does not ban abortions, but if you want an abortion, pay for it yourself. YES!
Jackson County 15-181 – Expands Definition of Firearms and Limits Enforcement of Firearms Laws – YES
The Jacksonville Meals Tax, the Ashland and Eagle Point School Bonds? If you live there, it’s your business, but I’d vote no on all of them. Especially Ashland – Declining enrollment, and raising school taxes again? But that’s your call. We’re all still in love with polishing the dead fish of government school education, and hoping new buildings will lead to new accomplishment. It just never seems to work out that way. I predict 10 years from now, way fewer children will go to brick and mortar schools.
Bill’s Guests: Friday, November 2, 2018
6:35: Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government talks with Bill. It’s the weekly Swamp Update.
7:10: Sheriff Nate Sickler joins Bill in studio. We’ll talk the issues of law enforcement with the Sheriff.
7:35: Judy Metcalf, Economic Director for the Coquille Tribe, talks with Bill.
We’re discussing a Washington Times article detailing big campaign contributions from the Cow Creek Tribe, and Coquille believes undue influence used against its proposed casino in Medford.
8:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors from RogueWeather.com calls in to bring to you the Outdoor Report.
8:10: Brian Shumate, Medford School District Superintendent and Michelle Cummings, an academic officer join Bill, in studio. They’re here to talk about improving test scores throughout the district.
8:35: Congressman Greg Walden calls in to bring you an update.
Bill’s Guests: Thursday, November 1, 2018
6:35: Hadley Heath Manning, Policy Director for the Independent Women’s Forum, talks with Bill.
Both current system and proposed changes to Medicare drug pricing are flawed
Heading into the midterm elections, drug prices continue to be on the top of voters minds. And according to Axios, most Americans believe just about everyone in Washington is dropping the ball.
Last week, President Trump announced he would bring down the costs of prescription drugs for Medicare beneficiaries by benchmarking the cost of drugs to prices in foreign countries – in effect, creating an “international pricing index.”
Let’s be clear, the current payment model in Medicare is not a free market or a perfect system. There’s already price-setting going on and Medicare’s costs need addressing. Trump is right that American consumers pay more for drugs while consumers in other countries pay less. This isn’t fair, and we can’t control what other nations do. But there are also flaws with the new pilot program.
It would change the way prices are set, giving more power to the government. The government will be able to leverage its buying power and force private companies – that spend years and billions of dollars bringing life-saving drugs to market – to sell their intellectual property for less. Problematically, the benchmark prices are pegged to countries whose single-payer systems have already instituted artificial price controls for these drugs.
As IWF has written previously, “The answer is not for the U.S. to follow what other nations do and artificially hold down prices, because the result would be less investment in the research and development.”
The proposal is a break with both Democratic and Republican orthodoxies and could put the U.S. on track to impose larger, socialized price control models.
Instead, we should be looking to reform drug pricing in the U.S. to allow for greater competition, using Medicare Part D as a model.
Read more over at IWF.org.
7:35: Trent Comartie, Director – Title IX Equity Project for Stop Abusive and Violent Environments talks with Bill.
Trent Cromartie, Director – Title IX Equity Project for SAVE – Stop Abusive and Violent Environments. (SaveServices.org) Cromartie’s life was upended while he was a Cadet at West Point with false allegations of Sexual Assault which were disproven, but he was still expelled from West Point. Trent has gone on to become an attorney and pro Due Process advocate, and is here today to tell his compelling story.
Julie Swetnick’s allegation of sexual assault has been referred to the DOJ for investigation because she repeatedly changed her story against now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
But Swetnick is just one of many that have made the serious allegations of sexual assault only to walk it back. 10% of persons report they have been falsely accused of sexual assault, domestic violence, or child abuse according to a survey conducted by S.A.V.E., Stop Abusive and Violent Environments. This epidemic of false allegations is threatening the very foundations of the American legal system.
And false allegations of sexual assault do incredible damage to the individual accused as well. Trent Cromartie, once on track to success as a West Point cadet found himself under attack after being accused of sexual assault.
8:10: Jerry Evans from the Jacksonville Inn drops by the studio. We’ll be talking about the proposed Meals Tax for the city, which Jerry is opposed to.
8:35: Wayne Douma from the Medford Rifle and Pistol Club joins Bill in studio.
They are having their annual turkey shoot on Saturday, Nov. 3rd. at the Jackson County Sports Park.
Bill’s Guests: October 31, 2018: Happy Halloween!
6:15: Mark W. Smith, constitutional attorney and author of the book, “Disrobed,” talks with Bill this morning.
President Trump wants to end birthright citizenship, by executive order in the United States. Mark W. Smith in his book: “Disrobed,” talks about this extensively, and he’ll talk with Bill today about it.
7:10: Mark Roberts, an Independent candidate for Congress District 2 joins Bill in studio.
7:35: Lt. Mike Budreau from the Medford Police Department drops by the studio for the Crime Stoppers Case of The Week.
8:10: John B. Wells, talk show host of “Ark Midnight,” which airs on Saturdays from 7 to 10pm on KMED and KCMD, chats with Bill.
Operation Classified, billed as the largest-ever event supporting General Michael Flynn, is being conducted in Texas November 9-11 and features a who’s who list of political leaders, each outdoing themselves in supporting who they call a great American patriot and hero.
Bill’s Guests: Tuesday, October 30, 2018
6:35: Christopher C. Horner, an attorney with Climate Litigation Watch talks with Bill today.
Climate Litigation Watch, a project of the public interest law firm Government Accountability & Oversight, P.C., has released a new ad informing Oregonians of recently unearthed details of Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum’s involvement in a national scheme, placing privately funded special prosecutors in state attorneys general offices to pursue issues of concern to the donor. By statute, these “Special Assistant Attorneys General” have the same authority as the AG; by agreement, they are expressly to pursue an ideological agenda, using the state’s top law enforcement office in a mercenary fashion, as a tool to investigate individuals, businesses and organizations who oppose that agenda.
The ad is based on a recent report, “Law Enforcement for Hire”, which cites to hundreds of source documents, many revealed for the first time and all obtained after more than two years of investigation, document requests and, in numerous cases, litigation. Citing to a dozen key emails from the Oregon AG’s office, the exposé lays out this unprecedented arrangement between a “Center” funded by New York billionaire activist Michael Bloomberg, and various state AGs across the country. Attorney General Rosenblum and other politicians specifically requested the outside group provide attorney salaries and benefits, as well as other “services that may be available to your offices on individual matters”, including still more attorneys, and public relations advocacy.
In a September 11, 2018 opinion to State Sen. Jackie Winters, Oregon from Senior Deputy Legislative Counsel Marisa James concluded, inter alia, “This arrangement does not comply with [Oregon Revised Statute] 180.140 (4).”
The ads will run on radio, TV and online. The transcript of the advertisement:
Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has let billionaire Michael Bloomberg privately hire a special prosecutor for our state’s top law enforcement office, to promote Mr. Bloomberg’s radical environmental agenda.
This is outrageous.
The Office of Legislative Counsel agrees: this unprecedented arrangement violates Oregon law.
Sign the petition, and tell your elected representatives:
In Oregon, law enforcement should not be for sale.
“The trust of the people in Oregon is violated when unelected, activist donors underwrite the formation and execution of policy in the Attorney General’s office,” said Climate Litigation Watch’s Chris Horner. “This plainly violates Oregon law, as the state’s Legislative Counsel agrees. This shows the AG’s Office is not capable of self-policing, and cries out for some adult supervision in the form of oversight,” concluded Horner.
7:10: Bill Froehlich, candidate for Jackson County Sheriff joins Bill, live in studio. We’ll be digging into law enforcement issues, and Bill’s ideas on what would happen if he wins the election.
Check out more at: ElectBillSheriff.com
8:35: Carl Worden, a resident of Eagle Point, and outspoken liaison of the Southern Oregon Militia talks with Bill. We’ll be talking about the massacre at a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh. Carl is Jewish, and we’ll be discussing why so many Jews appear to be anti-gun, given their history of persecution.
Bill’s Guests: Monday, October 29, 2018
6:35: Sidney Powell, former federal prosecutor and author of: “License To Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice,” talks with Bill today.
We’ll be talking with Sidney today about the approaching migrant caravan from Central America. She says that they law actually supports President Trump and his effort to stop them from entering the U.S. illegally.
Read the article over at, Breitbart.com: “Former Federal Prosecutor: Trump Has Authority To ‘Stop All Immigration’.”
Get your copy of Sidney’s book right HERE.
7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors from RogueWeather.com calls in to bring to you the Monday, Water World Boat & Powersport, Outdoor Report.
8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers, retired Professor of Business Law and local historian drops by the studio for this week’s edition of “What Made Southern Oregon Great,” history segment. Don’t forget to drop by Dr. Powers’ website to check out more great stuff! DennisPowersBooks.com.
A back-hoe operator, heavy-equipment worker, and truck driver for the City of Ashland for years, Lenn Lamar Hannon was a state senator during that time and afterwards. He was born on July 4th, 1943, grew up in Ashland, and graduated in 1962 from Ashland High School. After attending Southern Oregon State College for one year, he dropped out to work for the city, which he did for twenty-five years before becoming an insurance agent. He married a Medford lady, Dixie Gibbs, in 1966 and was married to her for his entire life, over forty years.
In 1974, union leaders convinced Hannon to run for the state senate in his district, an area that covered much of southern Jackson County, including Ashland. Running as a Democrat, he won by 37 votes. Not liking the attempts to influence his votes on proposed labor legislation, Hannon returned a $500 contribution back to the Oregon AFL-CIO leaders who had backed him one year before. He fought off challengers to his seat, despite criticism from local Democrats over his stance on gun control and other issues; this resulted in his switching to the Republican Party in 1980, despite this making him only one of seven Republicans in the 30-member Oregon Senate.
Over the years, he successfully won re-election for every term, including fighting off two recall movements. One effort lost when his critics failed to meet a filing deadline; they wanted in 1979 to unseat him for refusing to support state control of Oregon federal lands. In 1994, he won his sixth term and with twenty years in the legislature, he was the senior Republican in the Senate. With years on the Joint Ways and Means Committee, Hannon in 2001 was named the chairman of the powerful committee, which plans how state spending will be for the next two years.
In that capacity he helped to create a bipartisan solution to the 2002 budget crisis, and one year later, an evenly divided senate brought about an unusual power-sharing arrangement: Lenn Hannon and Peter Courtney of Salem became co-leaders, Hannon as president pro tem and Courtney as president. In 2004, he left his near 30-year, 8-term legislative career to accept a seat on the Oregon Parole and Post-Prison Supervision Board in Salem.
Having represented Ashland and southern Jackson County for over 29 years in the Senate from January 13, 1975, to January 31, 2004, Hannon was the longest-serving state senator in the current Capitol building and the second longest one in Oregon history. His colleagues named a room at the corridor end behind the senate chamber in his name and honor. The political-maverick Hannon was known for his honesty, feistiness, integrity, and ability to work across the aisles.
Using his seniority and bi-partisan approach, Hannon brought about project funding for Southern Oregon facilities that are part of everyday life. Some of these were the Craterian Theatre, Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport, Bear Creek Greenway, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Medford Armory, and Southern Oregon University. For his efforts in securing the bond funding for SOU’s new library, the facility was named the Lenn and Dixie Hannon Library in 2004.
He died in 2010 at the age of 66. Oregon political leaders from both parties and the Democratic governor lauded him for his efforts for the state, including a social consciousness from promoting health care to student tuition aid. Often the swing vote on controversial issues, he and Dixie twice accepted the Oregon Food Bank’s challenge to live for one month on the set monthly food-stamp amount. Lenn Hannon set a standard for others to try and follow.
Sources: Damian Mann, “Lenn Hannon: ‘He told it to you straight’,” Mail Tribune, April 3, 2010, at Lenn Hannon (With Images); Jeff Mapes, “Lenn Hannon, longtime Oregon senator, dies,” The Oregonian, April 2, 2010, at Synopsis.
8:35: Diana Katona, joins Bill in studio today. We’re going to discuss her, on the ground experience, with Southern Oregon’s homeless.