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Wyden: End tax penalty for trafficking victims

February 20, 2019 --

Senator Ron Wyden Press Release,

U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Or) and John Cornyn introduced the Human Trafficking Survivor Tax Relief Act, which would exempt civil damages, restitution, and other monetary awards given to human trafficking survivors from federal income taxes.

“Human trafficking survivors are faced with unfair and unnecessary obstacles when trying to seek justice against their abusers,” said Wyden, Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee. “This legislation ends tax penalties on survivors, which will help them afford the legal costs of punishing individuals who have committed such heinous crimes. I’m proud to be a part of this bipartisan measure and will continue to fight this form of modern-day slavery.”

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Rep. Lewis: Simple law fix to restore people’s hearing

February 18, 2019 --

Oregon Optimist blog,

Representative Rick Lewis, R-Silverton, has proposed legislation that will change the number of hearing aids Oregon Health Plan (OHP) grants. Patients who were granted only one hearing aid, every five years, will now have the hope and ability to hear in both ears.

Hearing aids have been inaccessible to low-income patients outside of their Medicare plan, sometimes costing them thousands of dollars. Those with hearing issues find themselves left only able to partially improve their hearing. Under the OHP plan, members were only granted one single hearing aid. Having only one hearing aid prevents the ability to hear from multiple directions.

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Catholics urge removal of Rep. Omar

February 15, 2019 --

By Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights,

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on Rep. Ilhan Omar’s status as a congresswoman:

I stand with my friend Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, calling for Rep. Ilhan Omar to be removed from House committee assignments.

Rep. Omar delights in fomenting anti-Semitism, and has a particular animus against Israel. Her most explicit offensive remark came in 2012 when she said, “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”

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Ex-Foster Care President stole $1M

February 13, 2019 --

Oregon US Attorney Office Press Release,

A federal jury found Mary Holden Ayala, 59, of Portland, guilty of stealing nearly $1 million from an Oregon foster care agency, money laundering and filing false personal income tax returns.

From at least 2008 to 2015, Ayala, a longtime Portland resident, served as the President, Executive Director and primary agent of Give Us This Day (GUTD), a private foster care agency and residential program for youth.

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Church holds gun control rally

February 11, 2019 --

By Faith News Note,

More than a hundred people gathered recently at Augustana Lutheran Church in Portland for an interfaith rally and jazz concert to support new gun control measures.

Speakers and musicians highlighted the Lift Every Voice event, which is advocating for passage of two legislative bills to ban the sale of both assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, according to KOIN 6 News and the Portland Tribune.

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India persecution hits record high

February 8, 2019 --

By Persecution Relief

Christians in India have not faced this level of persecution since India gained it’s independence 70 years ago.

Since 2016 Persecution Relief has registered & supported more than 1200 persecution cases including more than 8 men & women who have been martyred for the sake of the gospel.

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Palau receives more bad news. Prayers requested.

February 6, 2019 --

By Luis Palau Association,

It’s been a few months since we’ve given you an update on Dad. Thank you for your continued prayers. He just went in recently for new blood work and scans to check on progress.

Sadly, the news was not what we had hoped. Although his blood work continues to look great, the doctors confirmed the tumor has begun to grow once again. This comes after several months of very positive response to the immunotherapy treatments.

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Bill: Medical pot and organ donors

February 5, 2019 --

Bill addresses discrimination among organ donors.
By M. Martin,
Oregon writer,

State Representative Rob Nosse has introduced a bill, House Bill 2687, to protect medical marijuana users from discrimination when it comes to receiving a organ transplant from a donor.

HB 2687 reads; “Prohibits transplant center from recommending that potential anatomical gift recipient who is medical marijuana patient be removed from list of potential recipients exclusively based on positive result of drug test for marijuana use.”

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Freedom Rally to host national poverty reformer

February 4, 2019 --

By Oregon Liberty Alliance

The Oregon Freedom Rally on Feb 9th, 2019 will be hosting Star Parker a guest speaker. Parker is an American syndicated columnist, author, and founder the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE). Also at the Freedom Rally will be top religious rights defender Kristien Waggoner of the Alliance Defending Freedom as well as Carol Tobias, President of National Right to Life. Read more about the Feb 9th Freedom Rally in Portland Oregon here.

Here is more about Star Parker:

Star Parker is the founder and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a Washington D.C. based Public Policy Institute that fights poverty and restores dignity through messages of faith, freedom and personal responsibility.

Star consulted on federal Welfare Reform in the mid-90s and then founded CURE to bring new ideas to policy discussions on how to transition America’s poor from government dependency.

Today, Star regularly consults with both federal and state legislators on market-based strategies to fight poverty.

Her organization CURE has three programs:

— A Policy Program that works directly with the White House and the Congress on Welfare Policy ideas;

— A Media Program that includes rapid response and the daily news blog,;

— And a Clergy Program that umbrellas a national network of more than 850 clergy who serve in various hard-hit zip codes around the country.

In 2017, Star joined the White House Opportunity Initiative advisory team to share ideas on how to best fix our nation’s most distressed zip codes.

In 2016, CPAC honored her with the “Ronald Reagan Foot Soldier of the Year”.

She has authored several books; is a regular commentator on national television and radio networks including the BBC, EWTN, and FOX News; and is a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators, which carries in some of the largest newspapers and news websites in the country, reaching 7 million readers weekly.

Read more about the Feb 9th Freedom Rally in Portland Oregon here.

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Super Bowl-based church outreach

February 1, 2019 --

Randy Alcorn
Eternal Perspectives Ministry
Oregon based ministry

I mentioned Football Sunday in a blog a few weeks ago, but this is the week where everything comes together. It’s still not too late for your church to use some or all of the resources to make Super Bowl Sunday a day of outreach and spiritual growth. Even millions of people who aren’t football fans attend parties and gatherings every year on Super Bowl Sunday, which is the single biggest secular event of the year in the United States. Last year an estimated 103.4 million people watched the Eagles beat the Patriots.

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