Oregonians are proud of their state — from public beaches to the bottle bill, from first-in-the-nation land use planning to vote by mail. In our culture here, what passes for sacred has more to do with protecting the public or keeping it weird as it does anything. One of the iconic events that’s part of every Oregonian’s civic duty is to read their Voters’ Pamphlet.
At a time when social media is manipulated by foreign powers, racists occupy the White House, and major news organizations are owned by Fortune 500 companies who allow lies to go unchecked, an unbiased source for real facts is needed now more than ever. Continue reading
State Rep. Julie Parrish is in hot water in her own district. At a healthcare gathering in her hometown of West Linn, Parrish’s idea of cutting taxes by cutting some 350,000 Oregonians off the Medicaid rolls elicited more than unkind comments. Parrish herself refused to attend the meeting. Here’s the story.
Rep. Parrish Nixes In-District Meeting on Her Scheme to Drop-Kick Oregon Medicaid
By Peter Toll
West Linn Republican State Rep. Julie Parrish wants to reduce taxes on Oregon’s wealthiest by dropping some 350,000 from the state’s Medicaid rolls. She’s trying to get it on the ballot. Sounds like an Oregon version of the cruel Trump-McConnell-Ryan scheme in Congress.
Our Oregon, a coalition of public employee union members, has called a meeting August 1 in West Linn to give Rep. Parrish a chance to explain herself and, in the process, perhaps listen to what her constituents might say about the matter.
Though Ms. Parrish is usually an unafraid bulldog in front of hostile groups, she has withdrawn her agreement to attend this affair. Undeterred, Our Oregon and the Oregon Nurses Association are going ahead with their “Protect Healthcare Town Hall.” Continue reading
How does Clackamas County feel about repealing Oregon’s version of the Affordable Care Act?
Unlike the federal Republican approach languishing in the Senate, West Linn Republican Rep. Julie Parrish wants Oregon voters to undo the recent bipartisan bill passed by the Oregon Legislature.
She’s gathering signatures across the state now for a ballot measure to overturn HB 2391, which taxes hospitals to help pay for services for those who can’t, approximately one in five Oregonians. Continue reading
State Rep. Julie Parrish, R-West Linn, doesn’t think community college tuition should be free. So she and 11 colleagues voted “no” to the idea when SB 81 came before them last week after passing 28-1 in the Senate.
Parrish describes herself as a big supporter of education. However, she is actually a raving fan of charter schools and the conversion of public schools to private. In fact, she has her son in a charter school in the Tigard-Tualatin District, not her home West Linn-Wilsonville District. The latter also has a charter school. Continue reading