State of Oregon Archives: on Families & Children

Jo Rae Perkins: Supports parents' right not to vaccinate children

Medical Freedom: Jo Rae Perkins supports the right of citizens to be educated with a full understanding of what is in the recommended vaccinations and all known side effects. She also supports the rights of parents to choose to not vaccinate their children. Jo Rae Perkins will introduce a bill that removes the protection the pharmaceutical companies have that prevents lawsuits due to damaging side effects from "required vaccinations".
Source: 2020 Oregon Senate campaign website Aug 17, 2020

Knute Buehler: Create a "rapid-improvement team" for foster care

A state official will request $50 million from the Oregon Legislature to help fix issues within Oregon's child welfare agency. Republican State Rep. Knute Buehler said he will introduce the proposal for a "rapid-improvement team" to quickly implement recommendations to fix the agency as an amendment to existing legislation. The purpose of the proposed "rapid-improvement team" will be "to immediately stabilize the foster care program," Buehler said.
Source: Seattle Times on 2018 Oregon Governor race Feb 6, 2018

Bud Pierce: Partially support hospice/respite centers

Q: What would you do to improve access to respite care so that more family caregivers can take a break from their caregiving duties and continue their caregiving responsibilities?

William (Bud) Pierce: We should encourage the development of private, lightly regulated (to lower the cost), but good quality respite centers, to assist caregivers by allowing their loved ones to be safely cared for by others, allowing them to rest. We may be able to partially support theses centers, by allowing them to also serve as hospice respite sites. It may be possible to include the funding for these centers as part of "long term care" insurance plans

Kate Brown: I support policies that encourage the recruitment of more qualified workers and ongoing training so patients and family caregivers can feel assured they're receiving the best care.

Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2016 Oregon Gubernatorial race Oct 31, 2016

Kate Brown: Child advocate with Juvenile Rights Project

Brown worked as a child advocate and a juvenile and family law attorney. She taught at Portland State University. She worked with the Juvenile Rights Project and co-founded the Oregon Women's Health & Wellness Alliance.

Kate Brown became Oregon's governor at a difficult time for our state. From 2008 to 2015, Brown served as Oregon's Secretary of State. Brown served 17 years in the legislature, making history in 2004 as the first woman to serve as Oregon's Senate Majority Leader.

Source: on 2016 Oregon Gubernatorial incumbents Aug 23, 2016

Knute Buehler: Early supporter of marriage equality for all citizens

I want to underscore my support for marriage equality and my commitment to equality and civil rights for all Oregonians. I was proud to be an early supporter of the freedom to marry for Oregonians. And during my first legislative session, I supported legislation to ban the cruel practice of "conversion therapy". Patty and I have sought to live our lives and raise our children with an open mind, a tolerant heart and an extended hand of friendship - even with those we may have little in common.
Source: Facebook posting on 2018 Oregon Governor race Jun 30, 2016

Bud Pierce: Alleviate the scourge of sex trafficking

Having children living on the streets to be preyed upon by sexual predators is simply unacceptable. Bud Pierce wants to ensure safe shelters are available for children living on the streets. Many sexually abused children come from highly dysfunctional families. Therefore, he believes we must work harder to identify children at risk and intervene before abuse occurs. Strong families, with well paying jobs, and supportive neighborhoods will do much to alleviate the scourge of sex trafficking.
Source: 2016 Oregon Gubernatorial campaign website Dec 9, 2015

Monica Wehby: 2007: Ex-husband filed police report, but good friends now

The ex-husband of Monica Wehby accused her of "ongoing harassment" as they were going through a divorce in 2007 and also called the police on her in December 2009 over a dispute about seeing their children.

Jim Grant, Wehby's ex-husband, accused Wehby of slapping him with a pad of paper during a verbal dispute, according to a Portland police report from Dec. 16, 2007. "Jim said they are currently in a divorce situation and is tired of the ongoing harassment by his wife," the police report said. "Jim said over the last year Monica has pulled his hair, slapped him and thrown items at him. Jim said he had been violent with her in the past."

Wehby denied touching him with the pad of paper, according to the report. She told police that Grant had been physical with her in the past and that she had documented it with her doctors.

[When asked about] any major issues from her divorce that opponents might dig up, Wehby responded, "No, we live four houses apart. And we're good friends."

Source: The Oregonian on 2014 Oregon Senate race May 19, 2014

Monica Wehby: 2013: Ex-boyfriend filed police report, but now regrets it

Oregon GOP Senate candidate Monica Wehby was accused by her ex-boyfriend last year of "stalking" him, entering his home without his permission and "harassing" his employees, according to a Portland, Oregon police report.

Wehby was questioned by a police officer on April 3, 2013. Miller, the wealthy owner of a timber company, had been romantically involved with Wehby but their relationship was ending at that time, they both say now. Wehby was not arrested in the incident.

Miller has helped fund radio and billboard ads slamming one of Wehby's rivals for the Senate nomination, state Rep. James Conger. Miller has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in recent years backing GOP candidates in Oregon.

Wehby said she was unaware that a police report had been filed over the 2013 incident and downplayed the episode. Miller said he now regrets calling the police on Wehby. The couple had dated for about two years, but broke up in 2013. Miller, divorced with 4 children, said they remain friendly.

Source: on 2014 Oregon Senate race May 16, 2014

Jason Conger: Rated 79% by Oregon Stand for Children

2011: Oregon Stand for Children--Positions: rated Congers at 79%.

Organization description: "Stand for Children is a leading voice for Oregon's children. We bring together people from all walks of life--parents, grandparents, people who work with children, and others who care about the next generation--in order to make children a top political priority. Since 1999, Stand for Children has championed countless policy and budget choices across ten states that continue to benefit millions of children today. For the organization's first 13 years, members in Stand states and chapters worked independently to identify local challenges facing children, and to advocate for effective solutions. In 2012, to ensure that we are maximizing our collective impact, we decided to develop a shared viewpoint on how to accomplish our mission and to prioritize strategies that have proven effective in closing the achievement gap. "What We Stand For" is that shared point of view.

Source: VoteSmart ratings: 2014 Oregon Senate legislative session Dec 31, 2011

John Kitzhaber: Invest in children in early years to prevent tragic failures

Each year in Oregon, we lose thousands of our children to school failure, school drop out and subsequent involvement in the criminal justice system.

If there were a disease that affected this many children we would view it as an epidemic. We would muster our resources and meet the challenge aggressively. There would be no question. Well, this is an epidemic -- and its course is just as deadly sure -- not from an infectious agent, but from drugs or alcohol or violence. from neglect and indifference.

This tragedy is due, in large part, to our failure to make adequate investments in our children in their earliest years. As a consequence, we pay for their failure, instead of benefiting from their success. We know who these children are long before they get into trouble. And we know the kinds of programs and supports that are effective in keeping them on the path to success.

Source: Opening Address 71st Legislative Session of Oregon Jan 8, 2001

Winona LaDuke: Gore and Bush endorse a myth of the American family

LaDuke, whose children are her first priority, feels that family values are very important. She said that the values set by Gore and Bush are mythologized. Today’s families are far more diverse, she said, such as children being raised by single gay parents and gay couples. Being a mom, she said she sees much of what many men do not see, such as the need for an affordable health care system.
Source: (X-ref health) U-wire article, “Native Week at Oregon State” May 23, 2000

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