State of Oregon Archives: on Principles & Values


Kevin Stine: Separate church & state, but some leeway for societal norms

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Keep God in the public sphere"?

A: Oppose. I believe in separation between church and state, but I give some leeway on matters that are societal norms.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Oregon Senate race with OnTheIssues Jan 1, 2016

Bob Niemeyer: Separating church & state doesn't pull God out of government

We must begin this discussion of the Separation of Church and State with "God". The highest to lowest authority is God's Word, God, God's church, the Ordained, the Flock, and finally the People. Six levels of authority that the founding fathers used to pattern this Nation after.

[In government], the highest to lowest authority is Independence, Constitution, Government, the Elected, the Political Parties, and finally the People. Six levels of authority that have been around since the founding of this Nation.

The Separation of Church and State has nothing to with pulling God out of government or preventing religion from being part of Government. The Separation is nothing more than two separate sets of authority to believe in. There is no difference between what your faith believes to be true and what U.S. citizens believe to be Independence. The only difference between God's Word and Independence is that Independence gives you the freedom to believe in what you believe to be the truth.

Source: 2016 Oregon Gubernatorial campaign website, BobNiemeyer.com Oct 9, 2015

Mark Callahan: Religious freedom is under attack by political correctness

Statement of Faith: I am a Christian and I believe in God. I believe in Christ and the Bible. As you may know, most of America's founding fathers publicly proclaimed their Christian faith. I am not shy about expressing my belief in God either. I was raised in a family that was Protestant Christian. In our country, political correctness has taken over and become a means of division that plagues every aspect of our lives. As Americans, we have been taught to "walk on eggshells" and be afraid of "offending" someone all in the name of political correctness. Our religious freedom is under attack by political correctness. Those that claim to have been bullied in the past have become the bullies. In my opinion, political correctness will be the death of our great nation.
Source: 2016 Oregon Senate campaign website, CallahanForOregon.com Oct 9, 2015

Kevin Stine: Served in Navy for 9 years; on City Council for 1

Stine, 29, was elected to the city council in 2014. He said he was in the Navy for nine years, serving three submarine deployments. He is married and has a 2-year-old daughter. He says he is studying political science at Southern Oregon University.
Source: The Oregonian on 2016 Oregon Senate race Sep 21, 2015

John Kitzhaber: 36 years in government: state House; state Senate; Governor

I remember standing in this chamber in 1979--36 years ago--being sworn in as a freshman in the Oregon House of Representatives. And I remember the first time I sat on this dais 30 years ago as a newly elected Senate President in 1985. I have spent most of my adult life in this building and I love it very much. I have just been sworn in for the very last time--what I would like to accomplish over the [next] four years--which will complete the arc of my political career.
Source: State of the State address to 2015 Oregon Legislature Jan 12, 2015

Monica Wehby: Declined to debate on live TV in Senate primary

Wehby has turned down what would have been the only live televised debate of the primary race between her and state Rep. Jason Conger. Wehby rejected an offer to debate Conger on KGW TV in the last weeks of the race.

KGW, in partnership with The Oregonian, has for several years held several influential political debates that reach a statewide television audience, and it's been rare for candidates to refuse offers to participate. Said KGW's Executive News Director, "I can't remember the last time it's happened" [that KGW was turned down].

Wehby's campaign manager said that Wehby had already agreed to another debate [that same day] before being approached by KGW, adding, "We have done 11-plus debates so far."

But Conger's campaign manager dismissed most of those events as joint appearances before small crowds that included other candidates in the race. [There has been only one] head-to-head debate between the two [frontrunners], and its organizers did not allow the event to be recorded.

Source: The Oregonian on 2014 Oregon Senate race Apr 30, 2014

Monica Wehby: AdWatch: Parents trust her as a pediatric neurosurgeon

Monica Wehby features a patient whose child she helped as a pediatric neurosurgeon in a new emotional television ad. The ad, titled "Trust," runs a minute long and highlights the story of Lexi Liebelt, whose daughter needed reconstructive surgery on her spinal cord shortly after she was born. In the ad, Liebelt tells the story of how Wehby helped her daughter that day:

"She just hugged me and kissed my forehead and she said, 'It's gonna be okay sweetheart. I've got her and I'm gonna see you in a couple hours,'" Liebelt recounts. "I gave her the most precious thing I had. I trusted her." A shot of Liebelt's daughter, now 12, flashes on the screen, with Wehby brushing her hair from her face, as Liebelt touts the candidate for Senate. "Dr. Wehby would make an incredible senator. She will always do the right thing. She will act with integrity. All of Washington needs to be full of people like Dr. Wehby," she says.

Source: AdWatch by The Hill e-zine on 2014 Oregon Senate race Apr 23, 2014

Ron Wyden: FactCheck: No truth to rumors that Wyden lives in New York

Ron Wyden's campaign has been crying foul in recent days over a dishonest smear effort on behalf of his opponent, Jim Huffman. Republican officials, radio propagandists and campaign gossips have been quietly spreading the lie that Wyden doesn't live in Oregon anymore. This is false, as The Oregonian's Charles Pope reported in a story last week. It is a lie revolving around Wyden, his wife, Nancy, their 2005 marriage and her role as co-proprietor of the famous Strand bookstore in New York City. That this stays alive is mainly Huffman's fault for not calling efforts to inflate a non-issue into a persistent but baseless canard. Consider this Aug. 31 exchange, for example, between Huffman a radio show host:

Q: Wyden's new wife, with whom he has toddler twins--that they essentially live in New York?

Huffman: Well, I understand that he's got some real estate here in Oregon.

Q: Does he have a trailer somewhere?

Huffman: It could be.

Q: He does appear now more and more to be a carpetbagger.

Source: OregonLive.com coverage of 2010 Oregon Senate debate Aug 31, 2010

Gordon Harold Smith: Works often with Sen. Wyden (D-OR) & Sen. Obama (D-IL)

Smith made frequent reference to his ability to work both sides of the political aisle. He often cited his ability to work with Sen. Ron Wyden, his Democratic counterpart representing Oregon. He said he also has taken on Bush on several issues over the years and has worked with Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee for president.

But Merkley said he has been endorsed by Wyden. “Sen. Wyden needs a partner in Jeff Merkley,” he said. Merkley said Smith has voted with Bush 90% of the time.

Source: 2008 Oregon Senate Debate, in Southern Ore. Mail Tribune Oct 14, 2008

Jeff Merkley: Endorsed by Sen. Wyden; I’ll be his partner

Smith made frequent reference to his ability to work both sides of the political aisle. He often cited his ability to work with Sen. Ron Wyden, his Democratic counterpart representing Oregon. He said he also has taken on Bush on several issues over the years and has worked with Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee for president.

But Merkley said he has been endorsed by Wyden. “Sen. Wyden needs a partner in Jeff Merkley,” he said. Merkley said Smith has voted with Bush 90% of the time.

Source: 2008 Oregon Senate Debate, in Southern Ore. Mail Tribune Oct 14, 2008

Jeff Merkley: I’ve lived a pretty unconventional life

In his mid-20s, Jeff Merkley hopped a bus with a friend in Los Angeles and headed south for what would become a hairy, life-changing journey through revolution-torn Central America. Merkley raced midget motorcycles as a child, and once owned--and crashed--a Harley. He roomed with an impoverished family in Ghana as a teen, hitchhiked across Israel as a young man and went on, as he puts it, to help shut down one of Portland’s worst crack alleys. “I’ve lived,” he says, “a pretty unconventional life.”

Yet for all that, he has become best known as the “establishment” candidate in a field of less-experienced upstarts. “I started this race unknown to Oregonians,” Merkley says. “What they hear is ‘speaker of the House.’ That sounds pretty uninteresting. There’s no way to convey in a 30-second ad the history of your life.”

Source: The Oregonian, “Oregon House speaker” May 1, 2008

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