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LOCAL VETERAN WITH THE PRESIDENT TODAY!
Our “local boy” stands with the President! Senior Airman Justin Day (JD Day) of Central Point, Cascade Christian High graduate, with the President at the Wounded Warrior Project event at the White House. (The President talks about JD at 20:26 on the video) JD is to the left of the man in the red tie to the right of President Trump!
Bill’s Guests: Friday, April 19, 2019
6:20: Jay “The Bird” Reese calls the show to bring you a live Sports Report!
6:35: Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government chats with Bill. It’s the Weekly Swamp Update!
Today, we’ll touch on the latest from the Swamp, and the Mueller update. Head over to DailyTorch.com to see more great content.
7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors from RogueWeather.com calls in to bring to you the Friday, Water World Boat and Powersport, Outdoor Report.
7:20: Tamara Martin, the new executive director of the Josephine Country Fairgrounds joins Bill in studio. The Bacon, Brews, & Broncs event kicks off tomorrow at noon to 6 at the Josephine County Fairgrounds – Bacon-oriented foods and brews, live music from Border Patrol, and a lot of fun.
7:35: Jackson County Sheriff Nate Sickler joins Bill in studio to discuss and answer questions about the proposed new Jackson County Jail Project.
Bill’s Guests: Thursday, April 18, 2019
6:40: Rich Karlgaard, Publisher of Forbes Magazine calls the show to talk with Bill. Rich is here today to talk about his new book:
“A groundbreaking exploration of what it means to be a late bloomer in a culture obsessed with SAT scores and early success, and how finding one’s way later in life can be an advantage to long-term achievement and happiness.”
7:35: Mark Seligman, Josephine County activist, talks with Bill this morning. Today, Mark is here to talk about exploring a recall of Josephine County Commissioner Dan DeYoung.
8:10: Mr. X, research Jedi, local activist, all around nice guy and one HECK of a model American joins Bill in studio today.
We’ll be discussing the Oregon Humanities Project, and its funding of all sorts of “Right/Left” discussion groups on the state. Is this simply thought control at taxpayer expense? We’ll dig real deep into this issue.
Check out more from Mr X’s reams of paper over at his new website: MrXFiles.com.
Bill’s Guests: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
6:35: Dave Ray, Communications Director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform talks with Bill this morning.
We’ll be talking with Dave about the latest news about U.S. Attorney General William Barr tightening the rules to keep some asylum seekers detained.
7:35: The Crime Stoppers Case of The Week with Lt. Darrell Graham of the Medford Police Department.
8:05: Royal Standley, President and CEO of Oregon Pacific Financial Advisors, calls in to bring you the daily Stock and Financial Report.
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8:10: Oregon State Representative Kim Wallan calls the show today to give an update on the Legislative session and important bills that could affect you.
8:45: Siskiyou Pump Service is in studio for today’s segment of Whose Business Is It Anyway?
Bill’s Guests: Tuesday, April 16, 2019
6:35: Eric Peters, automotive journalist and Libertarian car guy talks with Bill this morning.
President Trump expresses favor to raising the Federal Gasoline Tax (currently 18 cents per gallon/24 cents for diesel) Is this a wise move for the President who is facing re-election in 2020? We’ll talk with Eric about it.
READ: Orange Mordita
You can read Eric’s reviews of the latest cars, trucks SUVs and bikes all over at: EPAutos.com.
7:10: Jim Ludwick from Oregonians for Immigration Reform talks with Bill.
HB2015, which would restore drivers licenses for illegal aliens, (voters stopped this a number of years ago) is being heard tomorrow. We’ll talk with Jim about what OIR thinks about this blatant disregard for the people’s vote.
A hearing has now been announced on HB 2015, the so-called Equal Access to the Roads Act of 2019, which overturns the successful Referendum of 2014 that nullified an earlier attempt to give driver licenses to illegal aliens.
The Hearing, by the Joint Transportation Committee, is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17, at 5 pm, in Hearing Room F at the State Capitol. If you can attend and speak to the Committee in opposition, please do.
Please contact your state legislators also, and voice your opposition.
We have good evidence that the public does NOT support the continuing effort to erase the requirement for citizenship or legal status to obtain an official i.d. or driver license.
A new statewide poll of likely voters finds that Oregonians still overwhelmingly oppose granting driver’s licenses to illegal aliens. OFIR members and other citizens can cite the poll when contacting their legislators in opposition to HB 2015.
According to this poll, commissioned by the Federation for American Immigration Reform and conducted by Zogby Analytics on March 18 and 19, voters continue to oppose granting driver’s licenses to illegal aliens by a 63 percent to 30 percent margin. Voters even more emphatically reject a new effort by the Legislature and Gov. Kate Brown to override the will of the people who defeated Measure 88 in 2014. That ballot measure struck down a similar law enacted by the Legislature in 2013.
Today, 68.4 percent of voters believe that the Legislature “must respect the decisions made by the voters through the ballot initiative process,” compared with just 18.7 percent who think the Legislature has the right to enact laws “that have been previously overturned by the voters.”
OFIR President Cynthia Kendoll’s comment: “The people have spoken. The Legislature and the governor do not like what they had to say, so they are demonstrating their contempt for the people of Oregon with a blatant attempt to overrule the outcome of democratic election. This sort of arrogance of power is the hallmark of authoritarian dictatorships, not the progressivism that Oregon likes to project to the world.”
Adding to the arrogance of state leaders promoting HB 2015 is that the Equal Access to the Roads Act bill is being proclaimed to be so urgent that an “emergency” clause has been attached, which would prevent opponents of the bill from blocking its implementation through another citizen’s veto referendum. “Frankly, the voters shouldn’t have to say no again. They already have – very loudly, very clearly, and not very long ago. Members of the Legislature don’t have to like it. Gov. Brown doesn’t have to like it. But they should respect the decision of the voters,” said Kendoll.
The poll data should serve as a warning to elected officials in the state. A 63.5 percent majority of Oregon voters indicated that they would be less likely to vote for legislators who defy the will of the people on this issue, including 46.5 percent who said they would be “much less likely” to vote for such public officials. Only 11.8 percent said such action would make them more likely to vote for such legislators.
8:10: Tod Hunt, candidate for Medford 549C School Board, Position 5 joins Bill in studio.
8:45: Cherisse & Michelle from No Wires Media join Bill in studio, for today’s edition of: Whose Business Is It Anyway?
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Bill’s Guests: Monday, April 15, 2019
6:35: Mike Stewart, co-founder of RW Arms LTD, at one time, one of the biggest sellers of bump-stocks in the nation, until Trump’s bump-stock ban.
Fort Worth based retailer, RW Arms, has filed suit in the Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. seeking monetary damages for the fair market value of the 72,400 bump stocks they were forced to destroy in compliance with the Bump Stock Ban that went into effect on Tuesday, March 26th. The ban, which was enacted by the Trump Administration, reclassifies bump stock devices as machine guns, and therefore subject to regulation as part of the Gun Control Act of 1968. The rule requires that previously lawful owners destroy or surrender the device without compensation or be subject to a penalty of up to 10 years in federal prison and $250,000 in fines for each violation.
RW Arms joins retailer The Modern Sportsman in suing the government for this regulatory taking without just compensation, which is a violation of the 5th Amendment of the United States Constitution. Their case, The Modern Sportsman et al., v. United States, was filed Friday, March 29th, 2019, in Washington D.C.
RW Arms is a veteran-owned and operated wholesaler, distributor and retailer of firearms accessories and components, including high capacity magazines, performance triggers, scopes and parts for semi-automatic rifles.
Without legislation, the government was able to overturn the previous ruling on bump stocks effectively turning law abiding gun owners into felons overnight if they were not turned in or destroyed. This is an injustice, overreach, and infringement on our 2nd amendment and 5th Amendment rights. We appreciate the work of Gun Owners of America and Firearms Policy Coalition for continuing to fight for our rights. We at RW Arms have been working behind the scenes preparing our fight and have now filed lawsuit against the government to protect our customers and rights from being infringed any further.
Get more great information at: RWArms.com.
7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors himself from RogueWeather.com, calls in to bring to you, the Water World Boat & Powersport, Outdoor Report.
7:35: Judy Aherns, School Board candidate for Three Rivers School District, Zone 2, joins Bill in studio, to make her pitch for your vote in the upcoming election.
See more about Judy at her website: Judy4Zone2.com.
8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers, retired Professor of Business Law, author and local historian, joins Bill live in studio for this week’s edition of…
What Made Southern Oregon Great!!!
By Dennis Powers
The growth of Josephine County and Grants Pass was based on gold mining and the railroad. Learning about the newly discovered gold finds in Jacksonville in 1852, sailors deserted their ship near Crescent City and found rich gold deposits in the Illinois Valley, 25 miles south of present-day Grants Pass. Known as “Sailor Diggings” (then in Jackson County), its population of several thousands made it an important mining center. Later named Waldo, numbers of the miners left six years later for British Columbia’s Frazier River with the news of its gold discoveries. Gold mining centers in the Illinois Valley as Sailor Diggings, Althouse, and others vanished over time with little remains left behind.
With its importance as a gold mining region, however, Josephine County was carved from a portion of Jackson County in 1856; it was named for Josephine Rollins, the first non-Native American woman to settle in Southern Oregon. Before the easy-to-find gold was exhausted, Sailor Diggings became the first county seat, and later when renamed as Waldo. The settlement was naturally rustic and remote; for example, the courthouse was a log house bought from a local settler. By 1857, however, the population center had shifted to Kerbyville in the Illinois Valley, a town settled earlier by James Kerby—and the county seat again moved.
By 1873, the county’s population was said to be 1,500 and only seven towns were listed: Althouse, Kerbyville, Leland, Slate Creek, Waldo, Williamsburg, and Wolf Creek. Most commercial activity centered on gold mining and supplying the miners with their needs. A few hotels existed but more saloons as tent cities were a basic part of every town; and the miners came and left based on where the gold was.
Orson Gilbert had settled on a donation claim in 1854 that later became Grants Pass. The small village was first named Perkinsville, and was then a little more than a stagecoach stop in the 1860s; however, the coming of the Oregon & California Railroad (“O&C”) changed everything. The stop was located centrally on the railroad’s path, on the Rogue River, and as building track was very expensive, the surveyed line lined up nicely with the settlement of Rogue River, the next selected station stop.
The O&C line was completed to Grants Pass on Christmas Eve, 1883. With the railroad in place, businesses sprang up to serve the train passengers and those who decided to make it their new home. Hotels, stores, saloons, and churches appeared in wood structures along Front Street, or what is now “G” Street. Within five years of the railroad’s coming, the population doubled from 2,500 residents to nearly 5,000.
A leading citizen, Henry Miller, soon built an extensive saw mill that covered nearly 10 acres in the town’s middle; this operation became its largest employer with some 300 employees. Miller then spearheaded the move to make Grants Pass the county seat in 1896 and was successful. He also lobbied the state for an appropriation of $7,000 to build the first bridge that spanned the Rogue River, downstream from the current Caveman Bridge.
Tradesmen, farmers, lumbermen, and orchardists over time settled around the city and replaced the transient miners who moved on. With its location and transportation network, Grants Pass became the county’s trading center. By the 1890s the city had its own opera house, the first of several bridges crossing the Rogue, a water company, and light and power, generated from a dam a few hundred feet west of the present Caveman Bridge.
The town’s name was in honor of General U.S. Grant’s capture of Vicksburg in 1863. When this news reached the area, the nearby stagecoach station was so named. Once Ulysses S. Grant became the 18th President of the United States (1869 to 1877), the name was a fixture. With the railroad’s coming, the post office moved to near the depot, taking the name with it. Even into the 1900s, the town retained the original spelling of “Grant’s Pass,” using the apostrophe—before finally dropping the punctuation.
When gold mining played out, Grants Pass’s fortunes fluctuated with the economics of the timber industry. With the opening of the Oregon Caves to the public with a 1920’s road completion, Grants Pass was on the route to the Pacific Ocean and became more tourist-centered. After the Great Depression, World War II, and into the 1980s, the timber industry had its ups and down but then stagnated. With its fabled Rogue River fishing, river explorations (as the growth of Hellgate Jet Boats), and outdoors becoming popular, the city became more retiree and tourist-oriented, joining farming, dairying, and even planting vineyards as economic activities.
The population of Grants Pass is presently 35,000, or roughly 40% of Josephine County’s 85,000, and a vast improvement from the mining camps that had once been the county seat–and still the center for Josephine County.
Sources: Stacy Stumbo and Patti Richter, “First County Seat was Sailor Diggins, later called Waldo,” Daily Courier, March 11, 2010, at Grants Pass History; Patti Richter, “In this Section: Indians, Gold and a Newspaper’s Birth,” Daily Courier, March 11, 2010, at Additional History.
8:45: Sofia Blanton from Hemp University joins Bill in studio for a longer talk on the Pre Planting Support Workshop, coming soon.
WHEN: Saturday, May 4, 2019. 12 to 7pm.
WHERE: The Arena Room at Southern Oregon University
Learn more at: TheHempUniversity.com.