Jonathan Lockwood returning to Oregon
SALEM, Ore.—Ahead of the upcoming legislative session, Republican communications director and political consultant Jonathan Lockwood is responding to calls to return to Oregon to participate in the upcoming 80th Legislative Session. Lockwood recently worked in Texas and went down to Broward County, Fla. to help organize activists with #StopTheSteal efforts to hold accountable disgraced elections supervisor Brenda Snipes. Lockwood worked at the Oregon Legislature from 2016 to late 2017 as a spokesman for the Senate Republicans and worked on gubernatorial campaigns, as well as others in the recent election cycle. Lockwood will be returning to Oregon in coming weeks.
Lockwood released the following statement:
“I’m looking forward to participating in the upcoming legislative session under the partisan supermajority that threatens to undermine our values, prosperity, security, health and safety. Oregonians may have voted for Democrats in more districts, in many races by stunningly small margins, but they didn’t bubble in on the ballot: partisan supermajority with a failed governor at the helm.
“The governor has failed to adequately address the lead-laced water spewing out of spigots at schools and juvenile facilities, and has failed to put an end to the Department of Human Services looking more like a Department of Human Trafficking which endangers children and allows them to be starved, abused, and even killed. The governor has also failed to adequately invest in our schools, career-technical education and veterans services as voters directed and she has blocked veterans from access to mental health care services.
“The state of the state is an abject disaster, there is a systemic crisis of leadership under decades-long total Democrat control. Cap and trade, firearms confiscation and more dangerous overreach and economically detrimental policies, will be introduced this coming session and it is Republicans’ duty to stop these policies from being passed, stand up for our principles and collaborate to offer alternative, rational solutions."
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By Jason Hopkins
Oregon Democratic Gov. Kate Brown announced that she will be signing an executive order banning offshore drilling in her state, rebuking the Trump administration’s energy agenda in the process.
“Today I’m announcing that I will sign an executive order to permanently ban offshore drilling along the Oregon coast,” Brown stated Monday. “At a time when the states are doing more than the federal government to protect the environment, the Trump administration is trying to allow oil rigs to be built off of every single coast line in America except for Florida.”
She will not only sign an executive order in the coming days, but also work with Democrats in the state legislature to pass a bill that would permanently keep the ban in place, preventing a governor in the future to simply lift the ban with the “stroke of a pen,” according to Brown’s statement.
“The executive order will make it very clear to the oil and gas industries that Oregon is not for sale,” Brown said during a press conference in Portland, Oregon.
It’s not immediacy clear what specifics the ban will include. The state controls only the land and water three miles out from Oregon’s coastline. Oregon’s government already maintainsa moratorium on oil and has drilling in this area. However, authority over the continental shelf beyond this three-mile region is welded by the federal government.
The Democratic governor — who has long championed environmental causes — said the White House’s inaction has left her with no choice but to move forward with an executive order.
The Trump administration plans to expand oil and gas exploration off the U.S. coastline, with Brown expecting Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to officially add Oregon to a list of coastline states exempt from expansion. However, Brown said she’s waited long enough.
“For the past nine months I’ve been calling on Secretary Zinke to rescind his expansion on drilling for the Oregon coast,” she stated. “Despite his promise to give our state certainty, nothing is happening. Time is up.”
Brown argues the move is meant to protect her state’s coastline. However, others argue the announcement is simply a ploy to shore up her progressive base as she nears the end of a close re-election battle. The incumbent governor is being challenged by GOP state Rep. Knute Buehler, with the RealClearPolitics average showing her in the lead by 3.4 points.
“Kate Brown’s executive order is a predatory campaign stunt and means nothing,” Jonathan Lockwood, a former spokesman for the Oregon Senate Republicans during the last long session, said in a statement to The Daily Caller News Foundation. “She’s exploiting people’s compassion and Oregonians’ natural care for the environment.” (RELATED: Portland One Step Closer To Implementing A New ‘Green Tax’)
Lockwood’s suggestion that the executive order is merely a political move is aided in the fact that many believed offshore drilling would never reach Oregon’s coastline anyway. No developers have drilled off the state’s coast since 1964.
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