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Bill’s Guests for: Friday, February 9, 2018:

6:35: Kevin Ring, President of Families Against Mandatory Minimums, and editor of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s book: “Scalia Dissents: Writings of The Supreme Court’s Wittiest, Most Outspoken Justice,” talks with Bill.

Virtually all federal prisoners will leave prison and rejoin society someday. According to a recent study, nearly one-half (49.3%) of federal prisoners were rearrested for a new crime or rearrested for a violation of supervision conditions within eight years of their release. Everyone is safer when prison policies and programs reduce the likelihood that returning citizens will reoffend.

In August 2016, FAMM conducted our first-ever survey of federal prisoners to learn as much as we could about the frequency, type, and quality of programs and education they are currently offered. More than 2,000 individuals responded, offering extensive details about the programs, jobs, and educational opportunities available to them in prison. The survey results will give policymakers a better understanding of what federal prisons currently provide and what reforms are needed to advance the goal of reducing recidivism.

READ:Trump’s Conservative Approach to Criminal Justice Reform.”

You can find out more at: FAMM.org.

7:10: It’s the Friday, Water World Boat & Powersport Outdoor Report with Mr. Outdoors himself, Greg Roberts from RogueWeather.com.

7:20: Ron Gibson, a Josephine County resident joins Bill by phone. Ron is going to be holding a town hall style meeting this Sunday.

The agenda for this meeting will be for anyone who wishes to learn about true private property rights which we, as a group, are being systematically convinced that private property rights don’t really exist anymore. More and more of us are being subjected to overreach by government in general, which is hampering our ability to reach our individual goals, raise our families and enjoy our private property without interference from government.

The time is more than ripe for us to learn the LAW, not the legal system, I’m talking about the LAW. It’s great to carry your pocket Constitution with you at all times, but if you don’t understand the real LAW behind and around those rights, you have nothing but a paper-bound book with no teeth. This meeting will be about understanding the real power we possess and how to accurately use it to protect your God-given rights, (and your responsibilities).

WHEN: Sunday, February 11, 2018. 3:00PM

WHERE: The Williams Grange, 20100 Williams Highway.

7:35: Brad Bennington of the Builder’s Association of Southern Oregon talks with Bill, live from the 2018 Southern Oregon Home Show, which begins today, and runs through the weekend.

WHEN: Friday, February 9, 2018 to Sunday, February 11.

WHERE: The Jackson County Expo.

Admission: Saturday & Sunday $5. Kids under 12: Free.

Find out more information at: BuildSO.com.

8:10: Mr. X, crack researcher and expert on all things Gang Green, leaves the safety of his hidden Southern Oregon bunker, and dons his mask to join Bill live in studio.

We’ll be digging further into Smart Meter policy, where it came from, and how you can help to fight against it.

8:35: Congressman Greg Walden (R-Hood River), calls in to bring you the latest on the budget-busting deal that happened just in the last couple days.

You can interact with Congressman Walden at his website: Walden.House.Gov

Twitter: @repgregwalden          Facebook

Bill’s Guests for: Thursday, February 8, 2018:

6:35: Dennis Richardson, Oregon Secretary of State calls the show to tell you about his office’s audit of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s marijuana rules, and other things that he’s been up to in Salem.

See more on the audit and other things at: OregonSOS.com.

7:35: Dennis Linthicum, Oregon State Senator (R-Klamath Falls) comes on the show to bring to you a Legislative update from Salem, but also, why he’s supporting some state intervention on drug pricing in Oregon.

Here’s an exerpt from his latest newsletter.

This week I joined as a Co-Sponsor of HB 4005 – the Prescription Drug Price Transparency Act because for the past twenty years pharmaceutical prices have been sky-rocketing upwards. US drug prices have long out-paced historical norms and there is no foreseeable downward pressure on the cost curve.

I’ll be the first to admit that government intervention is problematic because it creates a constant clamor for more government. Once some segment of any industry gains a legislated upper hand then everyone else rushes in for more legislation and government grows. Congressional meddling, over-regulation and unintended consequences, stemming from well-meaning healthcare policy initiatives, has caused a large part of these price increases.

HB 4005, however, is not invasive government intervention but a well-crafted surgical strike focused on the cost of prescription drugs. It will shed light on drug pricing whenever a drug manufacturer has a steep price increase or when they bring a new expensive blockbuster drug onto the market.

President Trump mentioned the problem in his State of the Union address, He said, “One of my greatest priorities is to reduce the price of prescription drugs. In many other countries, these drugs cost far less than what we pay in the United States. That is why I have directed my Administration to make fixing the injustice of high drug prices one of our top priorities.”

It will be fascinating to see how Congress handles this challenge because they created the lopsided environment where complexity reigns and patients lose.”

Click here to sign up for Dennis’ newsletter, and stay informed.

Here are some documents on HB4005 that Senator Linthicum is co-sponsoring.

HB4005: Introduction

HB4005: Testimony

HB4005: Powerpoint Slides

8:10: Will Reishman, local financial expert joins Bill, live in studio. We’ll be talking today about the recent swings in the stock market. Could this be a sign of coming market break downs?

Bill’s Guests for: Wednesday, February 7, 2018:

6:35: Dr. Merrill Matthews, Resident Scholar for the Institute of Policy Innovation talks with Bill today. We’re talking today about something that President Donald Trump mentioned during the State of The Union Address.

Trump May Have a Prescription for High Drug Prices

In his State of the Union address, President Donald Trump said he would soon focus on bringing down the high cost of prescription drugs.

Democrats have been singing that song for decades, but they only have one verse: government-imposed price controls.

To be sure, some brand name drugs are very expensive—in excess of $100,000 a year. Still, it’s a little misleading to talk about “the high cost of prescription drugs” as if they are all equally expensive.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in the United States about nine out of 10 prescriptions are filled with less-expensive generic drugs. While some generics can be expensive, many of them will cost between $10 and $20.

And the New York Times recently reported that generic drug prices are actually falling. “Blockbuster drugs that have recently taken this path include Lipitor and Plavix, the cholesterol-lowering and blood-thinning pills that now cost as little as $10 for a monthly prescription,” according to the Times.

So what can Trump do? Well, he took a positive step in choosing Dr. Scott Gottlieb to run the FDA. Gottlieb has a number of innovative ideas for controlling drug costs, many by shrinking the role of government rather than expanding it.

Another factor: Most developed countries have some version of a government-run health care system that demands significant discounts before they will allow consumers to access a new prescription drug.

As a result, U.S. consumers pay the lion’s share of drug company profits, up to 78 percent, according to recent research published at MarketWatch.com. The authors suggest that the U.S. should “press other countries to pay their fair share.

“Getting other countries to do so has been difficult. Some countries, especially developing countries, have given branded drug companies an ultimatum: Sell us your brand name drug at an extremely low price or we will issue a “compulsory license”—in essence, the country will co-opt the drug and make it in their own factories.

However, with Trump wanting to renegotiate bilateral, rather than multilateral, trade agreements, he may be able to address this problem.

As the largest and richest economy in the world, other countries want access to U.S. markets and consumers. Trump has made it clear he wants more intellectual property protections. Pressing other countries to bear a greater share of pharmaceutical R&D costs—just as he wants allies to bear a greater share of defense costs—might help in reaching his goal of lowering prescription drug costs, at least for Americans.

See more at: IPI.org. Twitter: @IPI          Facebook

7:10: Rachel Alexander, Senior Editor at The Stream and founder and editor of Intellectual Conservative talks with Bill.

Rachel interviewed former New York Jets and Oakland Raiders safety Burgess Owens on why the left seems to be out to get Black conservatives. Owens believes that one of the biggest problems facing blacks today are “elitist blacks,” saying that they will “vote with no shame against black kids and mothers by promoting abortion. The believe in Marxism and atheism above all else.

READ:Former NFL Player Becomes Conservative Author.”

You can listen to Rachel’s interview with Burgess Owens by clicking here.

Follow Rachel on Twitter: @Rach_IC          Facebook

7:35: Sgt. Julie Denney of The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department drops by the studio to bring to you The Crime Stopper’s Case of The Week.

This Week: Kierstin Ashli Michaels

Bill’s Guests for: Tuesday, February 6, 2018:

6:35: Maria Espinoza, National Director for The Remembrance Project joins Bill by phone. The Remembrance Project honors and remembers Americans and legal residents who have been killed by illegal aliens.

You can see more at: TheRemembranceProject.org.

READ: “Dreamer” Talks Aim to End Budget Impasse.”

Also, just recently, “Indianapolis Colts Linebacker Edwin Jackson and his driver were allegedly killed by a drunk driving, previously deported illegal alien Sunday morning near Indianapolis.

The suspect fled the scene on foot after crashing into their vehicle. Indiana State Police officers arrested the reported driver later that morning.

Police arrested a man who identified himself as Alex Cabrera Gonsales, a 37-year-old Mexican national, after he allegedly crashed his black Ford F-150 into a car parked along Interstate 70 near Indianapolis, according to a statement obtained from the Indiana State Police.

The driver of the car, 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe, and his passenger, 26-year-old Indianapolis Colts Linebacker Edwin Jackson, were both killed in the crash.

8:10: Kevin Starrett of the Oregon Firearms Federation chats with Bill today. We’ll be talking about the first gun bills that will be moving through the state Legislature tomorrow.

Get more information at OregonFirearms.org.

8:45: Brent Homan and Randal Lee, the men from Advanced Air & Metal join Bill, in studio for today’s edition of “Whose Business Is It Anyway?”

Get more information on Advanced Air & Metal’s amazing deals and other great stuff at: AdvancedAirandMetal.com. Or, if you prefer talking to a living, breathing human being, give them a call for a free quote at: 541-772-6866.

Bill’s Guests for Monday, February 5, 2018:

6:15: Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government talks with Bill. We’re talking about the Memo and a new government shutdown on the horizon? Rick Manning brings you the latest shenanigans out of The Swamp.

You can check out more at: GetLiberty.org, and NetRightDaily.com.

7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors from RogueWeather.com calls in to bring to you the Monday, Water World Boat & Powersport, Outdoor Report.

7:20: Mark Seligman, a local cannabis activist talks with Bill today.

8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers, retired Professor of Business Law and local historian joins Bill in studio for today’s edition of “Visiting Past & Present.” Don’t forget. You can pick up Dr. Powers’ new book, at Hellgate Press.

James Collier, The Patron of The Performing Arts


Dennis Powers

Born in 1938, James (Jim) Morrison Collier grew up in Des Moines, Iowa; he earned a B.A. degree in English from the University of Iowa and an M.A. in English Education from Drake University (1970). Jim taught English in Wisconsin and California during his 35-year career, including 20 years at alternative high schools for troubled youths. Considered a kind and gentle man, he took on the role of a philanthropist after inheriting what was called a “significant” amount of money from his mother and stepfather, Mary and Raymond Baker.

Raymond Baker met Pioneer Hi-Bred founder Henry Wallace in 1926. Fascinated by Wallace’s work with corn hybrids, Baker two years later became Hi-Bred’s second employee. As Pioneer Hi-Bred’s lead plant-breeder for 43 years, Raymond Baker developed many of the company’s hybrid seed corns and helped bring it to becoming the world’s largest seed-corn company. He retired in 1971 as a Vice President and died in 1999 at age 92. DuPont bought for cash and stock the remaining 80% of Pioneer Hi-Bred in 1999 that it didn’t already own.

In the early 2000s, Jim Collier made “generous” gifts to the Des Moines Opera, Drake University, Des Moines Symphony, and Roosevelt High School (his high school). He donated Steinway pianos, funded scholarships, endowed care for the elderly, and funded an Apprentice Artist program with the Des Moines Opera. For his donations to Drake, he was nominated in 2006 as the Outstanding Philanthropist of Central Iowa.

As his Master’s thesis was written on Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar–and with his deep interest in classical music and the performing arts–it was natural for him to be drawn to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (“OSF”) and this area. After his retirement from teaching, Collier in April 2003 moved to the Rogue Valley Manor in Medford; once settling here, he became a major benefactor of the arts.

Jim Collier was the driving financial force with the building of the new Camelot Theatre with a “substantial but undisclosed” series of gifts; in appreciation, the Camelot’s new 164-seat facility was named the James Morrison Collier Theatre. On opening night in June 2011, he dressed as a king and made an entrance to say, “Long live Camelot!” to the audience.

The Craterian was next. In August 2012, the long-time Craterian Theater supporter gave it a “very substantial,” but also undisclosed amount of money. In appreciation, the board renamed it as the “Craterian Theater at The Collier Center for the Performing Arts.” A few years later, the Holly Theatre restoration project released the news in 2016 that he had made a “substantial gift in the six figures” to pay for an elevator at the historic Holly Theatre.

Jim Collier frequently underwrites programs at the Rogue Valley Symphony, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon, Britt Festivals, Rogue Valley Chorale, Siskiyou Violins, Southern Oregon Repertory Singers, and numerous others; these supported groups play throughout the region, including at the Collier Center, SOU’s Music Recital Hall, the OSF, and the Collier Theatre (Camelot). Affectionately known as “the Piano Man,” he has also donated 18 grand and upright pianos (at this time) to organizations here and in Iowa.

The Executive Director of the Craterian at its re-naming was quoted: “I’m not sure who he isn’t supporting.” And Southern Oregon is so much the better for this.

Sources: “Drake University: Drake honors outstanding alumni achievements, loyalty,” May 31, 2006, at Gift to Drake University; Bill Varble, “‘Sweeney’ brings life to Camelot’s new stage,” Mail Tribune, June 26, 2011, at Camelot Donations; Bill Varble, “Craterian renamed for donor,” Mail Tribune, August 31, 2012, at Craterian Renaming. “James Collier funds elevator at the Holly Theatre,” Mail Tribune, February 24, 2016, at Holly Theatre.



Bill’s Guests for: Friday, February 2, 2018:

6:35: Eric Peters, automotive jounalist and Libertarian thinker talks with Bill this morning. Mazda is making some amazing engine advances. But, will the federal government allow it?

READ:Mazda’s Solution That Works…If Uncle Will Allow It.

Also, don’t forget, you can check out Eric’s reviews of the latest cars, trucks and bikes at EPAutos.com.

7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors himself from RogueWeather.com calls in to bring to you the Friday, Water World Boat & Powersport Outdoor Report.

7:35: Jennifer C. Braceras, Senior Fellow with the Independent Women’s Forum talks with Bill. Jennifer says that reformers are advocating, successfully, to eradicate grades as we’ve known them in the American educational system. She says that the move away from grades will hurt hard-working students and students from middle class families.

READ:The War on Grades Deserves To Fail.”

7:50: Steve Richie & Kevin Houston from the Jackson County Republican Party join Bill in studio to tell you about the upcoming Lincoln Day Dinner, hosted by KMED’s own Bill Meyer.

The Skinny:

WHEN: Saturday, February 24, 2018. Check in begins at 4:30pm. Dinner begins at 6:00pm.

WHERE: The Rogue Valley Country Club. 2660 Hillcrest Rd. Medford.

There’s only 60 seats left! Click here to make your reservation for the dinner now!

8:10: Dr. Steven Greenleaf, “Steve The Marine,” calls in to talk with Bill. Yes. Nuclear war IS more survivable than conventional wisdom would have you believe. We’ll discuss his findings.

Bill’s Guests for: Thursday, February 1, 2018:

7:10: Dennis Richardson, Oregon’s Secretary of State talks with Bill. Audits are showing big problems for the state’s foster care system, emergency preparedness and more. We’ll discuss it.

8:10: Annie Holmquist, Senior Writer at Intellectual Takeout talks with Bill. Annie has written an article, that talks about a medical report that says adulthood should be delayed until age 24.

READ:Medical Journal: Extend Adolescence Until Age 24.”

You can also find more great content from IntellectualTakeout.org.

In the spirit of Conspiracy Theory Thursday, Bill presents evidence of the plan to put smart meters on all of our homes.

Read the evidence for yourself in the links below:

Part I 2012 Oregon PUD Order to Pac Power

Part II 2016 Oregon PUD Order,

Part III OSU document detailing Privacy issues re smart meters