Republicans Protest "Dirty" State Government at the Capitol - Democrats block Anti-Corruption Reforms in Senate

Wilsonville, OR – Republicans protested "Dirty" state government on February 12th on the capitol steps in Salem, while Senate Democrats marked the occasion on February 15th by killing two anti-corruption reform bills on a party line vote.

"This past Friday we sent a loud and clear message that Oregonians have had enough of the rampant cronyism, cover-ups, kickbacks, abuse of power, and brazen lack of accountability that led to the resignation of our last Governor," said Oregon Republican Party Chairman Bill Currier.  “Democrats ignored this message and voted to ensure their corrupt practices and secret policy making can continue unabated.”

"By marking the one year anniversary of when disgraced ex-Gov. Kitzhaber resigned for corruption, we also exposed just how bad the Culture of Corruption continues to be in Salem under interim Gov. Kate Brown and her party's legislative leadership,” added Chairman Currier.  “They promised to address this Culture.   Instead, they've offered only phony reforms and, even worse, increased corruption.  On Monday, Senate Democrats wasted an obvious opportunity to make good on their promises.  Sadly, they choose to protect their kickbacks and cover-ups.  We’ve just learned that Gov. Brown’s office silenced state public utility regulators when making her new energy policy.  This just proves once again that the One Party State is addicted to Dirty Government in order to stay in power and deliver for their special interest paymasters.”

Last fall, the Oregon Republican Party conducted a statewide listening tour to hear from average citizens and community leaders affected by Dirty Government.  The lessons from this tour led the state party's grassroots members to add a new section to the party platform titled Government Transparency-Accountability-Honesty that spells out the solutions to this growing crisis.  An opinion piece by Oregon Republican Party Chairman Bill Currier was recently published in the Statesman Journal that lays out the case in more detail: Kitzhaber culture of corruption continues 1 year later.

“Oregon Republicans are shining a light on a problem that should transcend partisan politics.  We are dedicated to offering Oregonians the open, honest, and accountable government they expect and deserve through real reform and new leadership in Salem.”
The Oregon Republican Party is the state’s arm of the Republican National Committee. It’s Chairman and officers are dedicated to promoting Republican principles within the state of Oregon and to improving the lives and livelihoods of Oregon’s working families through economic freedom and equal protection under the law.


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