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Oregon driver-card ballot title rewrite advances to Senate, referendum process comes under fire

Despite repeated suggestions that the Oregon House of Representatives was thwarting the will of the citizens of Oregon, the House voted 36-24 Thursday to rewrite the ballot title of a November referendum.

House Bill 4054, which now goes to the Senate, would change the title’s language from “Provides Oregon resident driver card without requiring proof of legal presence in the United States” to “Establishes limited purpose, duration driver cards for individuals who prove Oregon residency, meet driving requirements.”

Lawmakers spent considerable time debating the bill. Many, including Republican representatives Kim Thatcher, Jason Conger, Sal Esquivel and Bruce Hanna, reasoned that residents of Oregon who hadn’t approved of the bipartisan Senate Bill 833 that was passed last year authorizing the driver cards, had used the people’s long-established process, and the House was now trying to subvert that effort.

“We’re tinkering with the process that was meant to get around us, the Legislature,” Conger said.

“We passed a law the people didn’t like. They jumped through all the hoops, made a good-faith effort and qualified it for the ballot,” said Esquivel. “We’re not letting the people exercise their rights.”

“It’s a slap in the face to those people who want to make their voices heard,” said Rep. Cliff Bentz.

But Democrat lawmakers such as Rep. Phil Barnhart countered by saying that the bill did not change any rules. He pointed out that many Republican-controlled Legislatures had changed the language of ballot titles as well, and pointed to it being done regularly as seen in 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2010.

He said writing an accurate ballot title was necessary so that voters can say whether they want to support the actions of the Legislature.

Ballot title are written by the state’s Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum. Choosing one is not without controversy because it can have an effect on voter perception.

Unlike initiatives, lawmakers have the option of writing a new title for referendums in the same fashion they draft language for legislative referrals.

Rep Vic Gilliam, R-Silverton, broke from party ranks and supported the bill. He said he thought the attorney general’s work on the title was sloppy, and noted that the ballot title language must match with the intent of the original bill’s language.

Jim Ludwick, communications for Oregonians for Immigration Reform, which spearheaded the signature drive to qualify the ballot measure said the organization was disappointed. It hoped the Senate would not be as easily swayed.

“In my estimation, it’s gotten far away from the driver-card issue and now become an issue on the referendum process,” Ludwick said. “We’re being cut out of the process of checks and balances.” Read more about Oregon driver-card ballot title rewrite advances to Senate, referendum process comes under fire

Do you hear it, too?

It's the sound of flushing our wonderful country going down the toilet. 

Every morning, I wake up and think I must have been having a nightmare - this can't be true.  And, every morning it's even worse.

Many states are under attack - just to name a few:

New Mexico continues to give driver licenses to illegal aliens - in spite of the increasing fraud and ID theft they have been struggling with for over 10 years.

Colorado now has dangerous drug cartels taking advantage of their new legalized marijuana laws.

Washington is on the brink of allowing illegal alien students (already granted an in state tuition benefit) to access grant money.

Oregon, is on the brink of granting driver privilege cards to illegal aliens, if PODL isn't successful in overturning the new law in November.

And now, the GOP leadership announces its plans and principles for immigration reform...

What the hell is going on here?  I keep asking myself this question - over and over again.

Are our elected officials so indebted to big business donors, are they so swayed by lobbying bands of charismatic illegal aliens and their smooth talking advocates, are they so corrupt, or heaven forbid - are they just so stupid they don't see the handwriting on the wall.  Do they stand on any principles whatsoever or do they even have any kind of moral compass?  It would appear the answer to those questions is NO!

Our country is being sucked down the crapper with the guiding hand of many of our elected officials from both sides of the aisle!  Our nation's sovereignty and everything our great nation stands for is at risk.  These politicians are willing to flush all the men and women who fought and died for our freedom, all the immigrants who followed the rules and came here the right way and all the hard working, tax paying, law abiding citizens are going down with it.

After the big flush - think about what will be left of our country.  That's where the nightmare really begins.

Every single one of you that reads this post must call your Congressman and tell them that if they don't do everything in their power to stop this train wreck of 'immigration reform', if they support it in any way, you will do everything in your power to see they never return to Washington for another term.

Let's stop this nightmare and shine a light on the politicians flushing our great country down the toilet!

Start calling today!

To find the information you need click here.

Also, please call:

  • House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) 202-225-0600 and
  • House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) 202-225-4000

Had enough? Want to get involved? Learn how this Saturday!

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You can take in a full day of training that will give you the tools you need to be a more effective activist or volunteer. Additional courses will be offered to those interested in applying or running for local public office, those interested in building their local grassroots organizations, and for veterans who want to participate more effectively in the communities they helped to protect.  Cynthia Kendoll - OFIR President and Authorized Agent for the Protect Oregon Driver Licenses successful veto referendum campaign, will be speaking about how to manage a grassroots referendum or initiative campaign. Click on the agenda link for time and location of each break out session.

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KXL Radio, the Lars Larson Show, Cascade Policy Institute, Oregon Capitol Watch, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, I-Spy Radio, and author and entrepreneur Sam Carpenter are sponsoring the debate. The night before the conference there will be a reception at the hotel free to all registrants featuring live music and hot appetizers. This promises to be the premiere grass roots training event of the year. Registrants can submit questions to be asked during the debate and will assist in enforcing time limits. This is going to be a FUN, INFORMATIVE, and INSPIRING.

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Colorado pot shops likely targets of cartels, say experts

As the smoke settles from the first week of legal marijuana sales in Colorado, experts are warning that sanctioned pot dealers could become targets for the very folks they put out of business.

Taking over a trade once ruled by drug cartels and turning it into an all-cash business could make pot shops prime targets for extortion, black-market competition and robbery. One veteran border narcotics agent told FoxNews.com Colorado's legal pot industry will find it hard to keep the criminals from horning in on a lucrative business they once controlled.

"What is quite possible is that cartels will hire straw owners who have clean records who can apply for a license, then sell large quantities both legally and on the black market."

- Denver DEA office spokesman Albert Villasuso

"Mexico is already in Colorado without the risks," the agent, who requested anonymity, said of the state's heavy pre-existing cartel presence. "Legal businesses will likely see a rise in extortion attempts while law enforcement will see a lot of backdoor deals being made."

Cartels, especially the Juarez and Sinaloa, who have a strong presence in Colorado, could not have been happy with the estimated $1 million in sales Jan. 1, the first day of legalized retail sales. In 2012 the Mexican Competitiveness Institute issued a report saying that Mexico’s cartels would lose as much as $1.425 billion if Colorado legalized marijuana. The organization also predicted that drug trafficking revenues would fall 20 to 30 percent, and the Sinaloa cartel, which would be the most affected, would lose up to 50 percent.

Faced with such losses, the violent cartels could force their way in as black market wholesalers or simply rob pot dispensaries, which take only cash and have not been able to establish accounts with banks because of lenders' fears of violating federal laws. But the general consensus is that the Mexican cartels will not quietly relinquish the Denver market.

The owner of the Colorado Springs dispensary told the Denver Post he is planning to get a concealed-weapons permit, for protection when he has to move money out of the store.

"Any way you plan it out, there's going to be a large amount of cash around," he said. "And that's extremely scary."

Denver police are taking a wait-and-see posture as to what may emerge.

“It’s only been a week, so we still have to sit back and see how this will play out,” Denver Police spokesman Sonny Jackson told FoxNews.com. “We’re a police department, we’re always concerns about what may happen.”

Jackson said he would not speculate as to if or which cartels may decide to infiltrate the legitimate businesses or how.

“We’re concerned with the public consumption right now,” Jackson said.

The Marijuana Enforcement Division of the Colorado Department of Revenue, the primary enforcement office responsible for overseeing the production and sale of the retail marijuana, did not return repeated attempts by Fox News.com for comment.

Denver DEA office spokesman Albert Villasuso said with some 50 retail outlets in operation, the agency can only monitor if, how and when the cartels decide to move in to the legalized retail industry in Colorado.

"What is quite possible is that cartels will hire straw owners who have clean records who can apply for a license, then sell large quantities both legally and on the black market," Villasuso said. "We still don't know what the fall out will be but when there is this much money involved the potential is great for groups to want capitalize."

Villasuso also said that even if legal stores do face extortion efforts by cartel groups it is unlikely law enforcement will even be made aware of it if merchants are too frightened to come to police. Extortion has proven to be a lucrative ancillary enterprise for cartels in Mexico resulting in thousands of businesses closing rather than pay the quota, as it is called, or the store owners face the threat of death, which too has occurred.

One group who hopes to mitigate any risks is the Blue Line Protection Group, which specializes only in security for the marijuana stores.

Seeing a growing market, Ted Daniels started the company and uses ex-military and law enforcement to provide security for the stores' money and supply shipments, and the growing operations. The highly-trained and combat-experienced guards are heavily-armed with assault rifles and protective vests.

"This was an industry here that created a lot of challenges," Daniels told WDVR television news in Denver Jan. 7. "This group I put together is designed specifically to protect product, people, and money." Read more about Colorado pot shops likely targets of cartels, say experts

DMV: Most Fail Test For Driver Authorization Card

Will this same problem be coming to Oregon?  It will be very likely, if we don't overturn SB 833.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles officials have advice for (illegal) immigrants seeking a driver authorization card: study.

They estimate 75 percent of applicants have failed the written test needed for the card under a new law...

...Thousands more Nevada (illegal) immigrants jammed DMV offices on Saturday to obtain the cards...

Read the full article about driver cards for illegal aliens.

 

  Read more about DMV: Most Fail Test For Driver Authorization Card

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The New Year promises to bring a new fight in the continuous effort by Congress to pass a mass amnesty bill. Active, grassroots organizations like OFIR have been successful in stopping any bills from getting through Congress again this year. Contributions from our members have kept us involved and in the fight.

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Oregon Voters Delay Law Giving Licenses to Illegals

Oregon voters have successfully delayed the implementation of a state law that would give illegal immigrants driver's licenses when enough of them signed a petition to put the issue on the ballot in the November 2014 elections. The law, which was scheduled to go into effect at the start of 2014, cannot be implemented until after the November 2014 referendum.

After Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) signed the law in May, Oregonians for Immigration Reform "gathered 71,000 signatures in just a few months to refer the measure to the November 2014 ballot," and it succeeded when just over 58,000 were determined to be valid by Oregon's Secretary of State.

As Judicial Watch notes, Oregon's Senate Bill 833 allows "special driver cards" to be given to illegal immigrants so long as they pass a driving test and prove they have been an Oregon resident for a year. It also allows the "Department of Motor Vehicle offices" to "accept foreign identification cards issued by the consulates of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico and South Korea" so long as they are not expired.

Kitzhaber said the measure would allow illegal immigrants to "come out of the shadows" and “contribute to our economic recovery.”

Oregon is attempting to join California, Illinois, and ten other states that have passed laws granting licenses to illegal immigrants.

"If the results of the election reverse the legislation, DMV will cancel all work on the Driver Card program, but if the election upholds the legislation, we'll launch 30 days after the results are official," an administrator said. Read more about Oregon Voters Delay Law Giving Licenses to Illegals

SB 833 - is the Oregon Legislature representing you?

David Cross, heard weekly on the Lars Larson radio show, has written a great opinion piece, published today in the Statesman, that lays out just how citizens were shut out of the legislative process regarding SB 833. 

Even more important however, is how citizens actively responded to being shunned by our elected officials with the referendum petition that was recently verified with an impressive validity rate.

Hopefully, this sends a powerful message to those in the Legislature that choose to pander to illegal alien advocate groups, businesses that rely on illegal alien workers and other special interest groups.

In November, we are confident the message will be even louder!  The citizens of Oregon expect Legislators to work for the best interests of Oregon and her legal residents!
  Read more about SB 833 - is the Oregon Legislature representing you?

Referendum approval draws support

The Bend Bulletin published a great editorial about SB 833 and their support of the referendum process.  They agree that citizens should have the right to vote - and overturn - the new law giving driver cards to illegal aliens.

  Read more about Referendum approval draws support

Coming soon...

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October 22, 2013
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OFIR and PODL would like to thank all of our wonderful volunteers, donors and supporters that helped us throughout the summer as we worked diligently on the referendum petition to get SB 833 on the ballot.  Our success is sweet! 

Now, we take a deep breath and begin preparing for the upcoming campaign.  We hope that each and every one of you will, once again, be by our side as we head toward the November 2014 election.

The Protect Oregon Driver License website will be going through a metamorphosis over the next few weeks as it transforms from a signature gathering website into a campaign website loaded with ideas about how you can help with the upcoming campaign. 

OFIR and PODL extends a great big thank you to Fred Elbel, our talented web designer.

The PODL website generated more single signer signature sheets than any initiative or referendum campaign in Oregon history.  We collected over 10,700 e-sheets just from our website.
 

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