Kevin Mannix Update June 6, 2007

Dear Oregonians,

We are continuing to circulate Initiative Petitions 40 and 41, relating to public safety. These have done extremely well, and I expect to see them on the ballot next year.

We are also presently circulating IP 54, which will empower communities to restrict strip clubs. This is very much a volunteer effort.

We are just about done with the ballot titles on several initiatives.

Most of my time is spent working with the Rejuvenation Group, which is strengthening activities among Republicans in the Portland area. Otherwise, I am spending a considerable amount of time at the Capitol, helping efforts to resist bad legislation.

I have worked with the Republican Party on a series of resolutions, which will probably be considered at the June 9 central committee meeting. These resolutions take a solid position on several of my key initiatives, which will probably be on the ballot next year. I am attaching below the draft resolutions, which I have provided to the Resolution Committee regarding initiatives.

For your information, there will also be resolutions supporting the referenda petitions on HB 2007 and SB 2.

Best regards,

Kevin Mannix

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The Central Committee of the Oregon Republican Party, on behalf of the Oregon Republican Party, endorses initiative petition 3 and asks all citizens to support this initiative because this initiative shows respect for Oregon taxpayers, many of whom are subjected to double taxation because they pay Oregon taxes on taxes paid to the federal government. This happens because the state does not allow full deductibility of federal income taxes when Oregon taxes are paid.

The Central Committee of the Oregon Republican Party, on behalf of the Oregon Republican Party, endorses initiative petition 19 and asks all citizens to support this initiative because it allows a reasonable amount of time for immersion into English for students but ultimately expects students to use English in their education.

The Central Committee of the Oregon Republican Party, on behalf of the Oregon Republican Party, endorses initiative petition 20 and asks all citizens to support this initiative because it grants merit pay to teachers based on classroom performance rather than simply giving pay increases based on seniority.

The Central Committee of the Oregon Republican Party, on behalf of the Oregon Republican Party, endorses initiative petition 21 and asks all citizens to support this initiative because it allows property owners to improve their properties up to $35,000 without being subjected to time-consuming, difficult, and expensive building permit requirements. The measure includes safety standards and requires compliance with restrictions such as height limits and setback requirements.

The Central Committee of the Oregon Republican Party, on behalf of the Oregon Republican Party, endorses initiative petition 40 and asks all citizens to support this initiative because it establishes tougher criminal sentences for predators, such as drug dealers, identity thieves, auto thieves, and burglars.

The Central Committee of the Oregon Republican Party, on behalf of the Oregon Republican Party, endorses initiative petition 41 and asks all citizens to support this initiative because it enhances public safety. It provides full dedicated funding from the lottery, without tax increases, for Oregon criminal investigation, forensics and crime lab operations. It also provides counties with desperately needed funds for early childhood programs for children who are at risk; criminal investigation and field operations of county sheriffs; and prosecution funds for district attorneys.

The Central Committee of the Oregon Republican Party, on behalf of the Oregon Republican Party, endorses initiative petition 54 and asks all citizens to support this initiative because it will empower state and local governments, reflecting community values, to establish restrictions on strip acts.

The Central Committee of the Oregon Republican Party, on behalf of the Oregon Republican Party, endorses initiative petition 81 and asks all citizens to support this initiative because it establishes common sense standards regarding the number of state police patrol officers needed to protect Oregon’s citizens based on population. Once fully implemented, these staffing standards will mean that Oregon will, again, have reasonable levels of police protection on Oregon’s highways, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Central Committee of the Oregon Republican Party, on behalf of the Oregon Republican Party, endorses initiative petition 87 and asks all citizens to support this initiative because it will ensure that only United States citizens are participating in that most precious of all actions, voting.

The Central Committee of the Oregon Republican Party, on behalf of the Oregon Republican Party, endorses initiative petition 88 and asks all citizens to support this initiative because it will eliminate the hypocrisy of government officials refusing to help enforce immigration laws and will, instead, require them to cooperate and assist in the enforcement of those laws.

The Central Committee of the Oregon Republican Party, on behalf of the Oregon Republican Party, endorses initiative petition 89 and asks all citizens to support this initiative petition. It will protect our precious initiative and referendum rights from being restricted by legislation because it requires a vote of the people for such restrictions and it will also nullify anti-initiative legislation passed by the 2007 session of the legislature.

The Central Committee of the Oregon Republican Party, on behalf of the Oregon Republican Party, endorses initiative petition 90 and asks all citizens to support this initiative petition. It will protect our precious initiative and referendum rights from being restricted by legislation, because it requires a vote of the people for such restrictions.

The Central Committee of the Oregon Republican Party, on behalf of the Oregon Republican Party, endorses initiative petition 91 and asks all citizens to support this initiative petition because it will respect the choice of parents who incur education expenses on behalf their children. It covers Kindergarten through twelfth grade and gives parents a $400 annual tax credit per child for such expenses. This helps all parents meet the educational needs of their children, including homeschoolers.

The Central Committee of the Oregon Republican Party, on behalf of the Oregon Republican Party, endorses initiative petition 92 and asks all citizens to support this initiative petition because it closes a massive gap in current Oregon law by which persons who are not legally present in this state are able to get a driver’s license. This initiative will require that all persons seeking Oregon driver’s licenses provide evidence that they are legally present in Oregon.

The Central Committee of the Oregon Republican Party, on behalf of the Oregon Republican Party, endorses the petition to place House Bill 2007 on the ballot. This petition protects the integrity of the will of the voters, who overwhelmingly supported Measure 36 (Definition of Marriage). The people should be heard on this issue.

The Central Committee of the Oregon Republican Party, on behalf of the Oregon Republican Party, endorses the petition to place Senate Bill 2 on the ballot because Senate Bill 2 gives certain people special rights and privileges and is so loosely written as to encourage discord and litigation.

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  • anon

    I hope Kevin is working to stop the Besty Johnson swindle … SB807 – the bill that would make rural airports the equivalent of Pearl District condos by drawing an “urban rural boundary” in a 10-mile radius around rural airports. Future property tax growth would be diverted to (no-bid contract) infrastructure improvements. The financing idea is the brainchild of – you guessed it – a Portland consultant.

    Stopping this insider-corruption special will be something of a bell-weather for GOP effectiveness.

  • Richard

    My first opinion is excessively amount initiatives. I feel we need t go for the top five and hold the rest in reserve. Less we over whelm the voter and give a cause to democrats who want to impede the initiative process, their argument will be there are to0 many initiatives we need to control the number.

    AS for the initiative themselves all seem to ok with me except 54 and 91 and perhaps 2. I am for property rights therefore what the business does with their property is no concern with me. While I find strip clubs moral repugnant, I find hypocrisy more repugnant. We can not on one hand say we support property rights a la Measure 37 and at the same time want to regulate property rights a la 54. AS for drivers license, there should be only one purpose, that the operator can operate a motor vehicle, it should never be used as a citizenship test.

    • CRAWDUDE

      I agree with you on both your points Richard. In fact, if all the illegals were to be sent home there would be no need for the drivers license to be anymore than that. Let’s hope they send them home before this National ID thing morphs out of control.

    • Captain_Anon

      what’s also interesting about the measure to limit strip clubs is that such limitations have gone before voters *HOW MANY TIMES?* This completely reeks of hypocrisy. if on one hand republicans say “the people have spoken, listen to them!” and decry the bill that puts Measure 37 before the voters again, how can they with any kind of integrity put a strip club limitation before the voters for the umpteenth time??

      • Chris McMullen

        Nothing hypocritical about it, Cappy. No one is ramming an anti strip club bill through the legislature like the anti-M37 forces are doing.

        • Captain_Anon

          from Mannix’s pen: “We are also presently circulating IP 54, which will empower communities to restrict strip clubs. This is very much a volunteer effort”

          trying to restrict the strip clubs. it’s been to the voters at least twice. voters said no, we don’t want restrictions. here they come again. It’s the same happenings as the pro-Measure 37 folks are saying is happening with the anti-measure 37 folks.

    • T&T

      The Dems were banking on this. If we have too many petitions the voters will not care to sign any.

  • NME

    many initiative proposed few make ballot, few get approved.
    The public is a tough but worthy critic

  • DeVietro

    I like Mannix a lot but he is destroying himself by becoming just like Sizemore with the propose everything and hope that something stick approach to the initiative process. It is individuals like him that have motivated the legislature to propose more restrictions on the initiative process.

    • Kevin Mannix

      These initiarives are not all mine. The resolutions relate to many viable pending intiatives. I am chief petitioner on the two public safety initiatives, plus the education tax credit, the strip clubs local control, and the amendment top protect the intiative process.
      As for restrictions on strip clubs, prior votes were on “sexually oriented business” (very broad) and were direct regulation pieces. This intiative authorizes local control of strip clubs. It will be up to each community to decide. Right now you cannot even zone them away from day care centers,churches, etc.

      • DeVietro

        I did not meant to attack your morals or judgement or imply that all of these were your work. My point was on that throwing too many petitions at the wall hurts all of us.

  • Rick Hickey

    Guys, a Drivers License is much more than just the OK to drive, whether you like it or not it is PHOTO ID for everything, to include opening a Bank account, Renting a Van/Truck & getting on an Airplane…HELLO?
    3 of the 6 at FT Dix had this photo ID even though they were not supposed to be here and fly around and even were confronted by Police over 50 times and let go. Illegal Aliens could be Terrorists or Drug dealers and without ID Police then have reasonable suspicion. Also Terrorist and other data bases of info are compromised without strict ID standards.

    Mr. Mannix, Thank you for trying to make Oregon a safer place and using the power of the people, as the Democrats do not care about OUR security and think they are Kings & Queens obviously.

  • Steven Plunk

    Whether you agree with them or not both Mannix and Sizemore show leadership. Leadership that is lacking from conservatives in the legislature.

    I don’t agree with everything being proposed here but for gosh sakes how can I disagree with letting the people vote on it? I fear less from the initiative process than I do from the legislature when it’s in session. To get on the ballot thousands of people must support an idea, a single legislator can introduce something totally idiotic. Once qualified the people of Oregon have a good long time to deliberate over the decision to be made. The legislature guts and stuffs bills at the last minute to rush them through with little public debate. What a way to make law.

    I applaud Kevin Mannix and those like him who work for the people of Oregon as hard as they do.

    • crawdude

      Good Points!

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