Election 2018

Democratic Nominee For Key State Representative Seat Fights Back Against Latest Round of Allegations

The Democratic nominee for State House District 54 is fighting back against the latest allegations against him after a Bend woman accused him of groping her six years ago in an interview with an OPB reporter.
In the interview and a in a post on her Facebook page on Friday, Moey Newbold, The Director is Urban Planning at Central Oregon Landwatch, described an incident that she says happened six years ago during which Dr. Nathan Boddie allegedly reached down Newbold’s pants at a bar and touched her butt cheek.
Her story was corroborated by friends who told OPB reporter, Ericka Cruz Guevarra, that Newbold had told them about the groping after the alleged incident occurred.

On Saturday morning, Boddie, who is also a Bend City Councilor, released a statement in which he denied the allegations, maintained that he had been friends with Newbold for years and had maintained a professional relationship in her work with Central Oregon Landwatch, but also pointed to alleged issues she had had with substance abuse in the past, and insinuated that that may be clouding her memories of the past.
In response to Boddie’s statement, Newbold told Central Oregon Daily that she stands by everything she said in her OPB interview, saying Boddie’s claims about her are “character assassination” and “bullying”.
Boddie also pointed to the efforts of Future PAC, a fundraising arm of the House Democrats, which has also raised allegations about Boddie in recent weeks without furnishing any details or names of accusers.
Last week, Boddie told Central Oregon Daily he had had a disagreement with Future PAC over their fundraising efforts among his friends and acquaintances in Bend, and that they stopped all contact with each other until the political action committee issued a press release about the mysterious allegations which led to several lawmakers and organizations to withdraw their support of Boddie.
Future PAC denies Boddie’s allegations of a disagreement over fundraising.

The Deschutes Democrats and Indivisible Bend had maintained their support of Boddie in the last two weeks, because of the lack of “specifics” in the allegations made by Future PAC, but after Newbold’s allegations were made public on Friday, both of those groups also withdrew their support.

On Friday, Newbold said she decided to come forward after so many years, because of the allegations made by Future PAC, and because she felt Boddie should step aside to allow another progressive candidate to talk on the Republican opponent in the House District 54 race, Cheri Helt.

Boddie is maintaining his innocence and is refusing to withdraw as the Democratic nominee.
The race for House District 54 is a key contest , because Democrats only need to gain one seat to achieve a supermajority in the chamber.

Republicans Knute Buehler and Jason Conger have held the seat in recent years, but the number of registered Democrats now outnumbers the number of registered Republicans in the Bend district, so when Buehler vacated the seat to run for Governor, Democrats saw an opportunity to flip the district in their favor.
The full statements from Moey Newbold and Dr. Nathan Boddie are included below.

Here is the full statement posted by Moey Newbold on her Facebook page on Friday afternoon:

“This week I told my #MeToo story to a reporter. I felt that it was the right thing to do for my community that I care so much about. This was an incredibly hard decision that I wish I never had to make. The incident occurred 5 and a half years ago when I was 23 years old and I have tried my best to move past it and focus on doing what I have always wanted to do which is to do my job and advocate for important issues for Bend and Central Oregon.
Recently, allegations regarding Nathan Boddie’s inappropriate behavior have been in the media because the statewide Democrat organizations withdrew their support for his campaign. I did not make those allegations nor do I know anything about them or the person(s) who made them. However, now that I have seen the insensitive, hurtful, and lie-filled response from the Boddie campaign, I decided that it was time for me to come forward with my story about him because I am concerned for the well-being of the initial accuser(s). I know how incredibly difficult it is to choose to put yourself in this uncomfortable and horrific spotlight and it sickens me that those people are being pressured to come forward publicly and/or intimidated into silence.

I understand that many people have wanted to know more details before deciding for themselves whether to withdraw their own support for someone who has been a progressive champion on many issues. The last thing I would ever want to do is to fracture our local progressive community, but unfortunately the person who many of us thought was our advocate has already done that.

What we need now is for the healing to begin – I hope everyone will consider the larger system that perpetuates the empowerment of the abuser and the silence of the victim. I hope that Nathan Boddie will do the right thing for our community by stepping down so that a qualified progressive candidate can run in his place. Lastly, I know that the next few weeks or months will be very tough for me as people dissect a moment in my life that I have tried to forget, but I will take strength from your support and friendships. Thank you.”

Here is the full statement released by Dr. Nathan Boddie on Saturday morning:

“Yesterday I learned about the latest in a series of strange developments surrounding my race to represent Bend in the legislature. The individual making recent allegations is a friend and someone with whom I have had a great professional relationship for several years. Alice and I sincerely hope that whatever Ms. Newbold has asserted never happened to her and we hope something like that never happens to anyone. It’s not something I was ever around or with which I was ever involved, and I don’t think I’ve ever been alone with her at all. I hold Ms. Newbold in the highest regard and she is helping lead Bend into the future I know we all envision. She’s recently become involved with local government, urban planning, transportation, and many of the dynamic issues Bend faces today.

I met Moey some years ago when she was suffering from a number of medical challenges and although I never served as her physician, she suffered from problems related to substance use like so many other members of our community. On several occasions, Alice and I helped get her out of public while intoxicated and even while finding her unconscious at times. We can only hope that this assertion stems from something that happened during that trying period of her life and not from state organizations interfering with local politics particularly since she shares office space with local members of Future PAC. Our hearts and prayers go out to Ms. Newbold and we wish her our sincere support for her future.”

Here is the full statement released to Central Daily by Moey Newbold in Saturday afternoon in response to Dr. Boddie’s statement:

“Nathan Boddie’s recent statement about me is not true. It is character assassination. It’s sad that he has stooped to this level instead of taking responsibility for his actions. This type of bullying response reinforces why so many women (and men) don’t report assault and harassment. I stand by the interview I did with OPB.”

Since Newbold’s allegations became public, Boddie has seen a number of supporters walk back their support and many have called for him to drop out of the race.

The Deschutes Democrats had maintained their support of Boddie in recent weeks after non-specific allegations of sexist and homophobic remarks had been announced by Future PAC, a fundraising arm in Oregon for House Democrats, without details or names of accusers, but after a Bend woman named Moey Newbold told an OPB reporter about an alleged groping incident involving Boddie six years ago in a bar, the Deschutes Democrats withdrew their support of the candidate and asked that he leave the race.


In a Facebook post, the Deachutes Democrats say they will “hold a public meeting soon to discuss the matter. The procedure to remove or replace a candidate calls for a vote by our Elected Precinct Committee Persons.”

On Monday morning, Sally Russell, Bend’s current Mayor Pro Tem and candidate for Mayor in November, released a statement in which she called for Dr. Nathan Boddie to not only withdraw from the race for State House District 54 but also resign from the Bend City Council in the wake of new allegations against Boddie from a Bend woman who says he groped her at a bar in Bend six years ago.
Here is Sally Russell’s full statement:

“I strongly urge Nathan Boddie to step away from his bid for Oregon House District 54 and resign from the Bend City Council.

The allegations against Dr. Boddie, and his failure to address these issues, are highly disturbing. Sexual harassment must never be tolerated or accepted anywhere.

The recent personal accounts related by Moey Newbold make clear that Dr. Boddie can no longer remain an effective City Councilor representing Bend, or an effective candidate for HD 54. His effort to impune Ms. Newbold’s character instead of acknowledging his actions is unconscionable, and I applaud her bravery in coming forward with her story. As elected officials, it is our responsibility to encourage an open and transparent dialog regarding an issue like this. Instead, Dr. Boddie has worked to obscure the truth and has shown only defensive excuses in the face of facts. Our community deserves better.

We on City Council must and will work to ensure that the City of Bend has a process in place to deal with complaints of this nature. This month I will be introducing a new policy to require mandatory harassment trainings for all city elected and appointed positions.

With something this serious, it will be difficult for Dr. Boddie to effectively work with community leaders and his fellow councilors to serve our city. It’s time for Councilor Boddie to resign.”

The Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel also released this statement on Monday, revoking his support for Boddie and also calling for him to step down:

“I previously supported Bend City Councilor Nathan Boddie’s campaign to represent District 54 in the Oregon House of Representatives. Due to his recent public statements about Moey Newbold and uncertainty about his past conduct in light of allegations made against him, I withdraw my support and urge others to do the same.

When Future PAC went public with vague allegations against Boddie and refused to release the details, I withheld judgment because I respect the presumption of innocence and was aware of no details that would permit me to make up my own mind as to the veracity of the claims. Future PAC handled this matter in a ham-handed fashion and should immediately release the details of the allegations against Boddie so that voters and the entire public can judge their significance for themselves. As a prosecutor, I know that the details matter in cases like this.

Moey Newbold’s allegation on the other hand was clear, detailed, and moving. I know Moey Newbold and find her to be credible and ethical. She does not seek financial gain as a result of her allegation nor is she in Boddie’s opponent’s camp. Rather, by making this allegation, she subjected herself to embarrassment and unwanted attention. I believe Moey Newbold.

Boddie’s public response to Newbold’s allegation was reprehensible and beneath the dignity of a sitting city councilor and candidate for future office. Boddie is entitled to publicly deny the allegation, though his doing so strains credulity. But to trash the reputation of his accuser by sharing with the public what Boddie claims to be Newbold’s medical condition is disgraceful, particularly in light of the fact that Boddie is a physician.

I stand with Moey Newbold and against Nathan Boddie. I withdraw my support of Boddie, and I urge him to withdraw from this race, resign from his city council seat, and reflect upon changes he needs to make in his life to win back the support he used to enjoy in our community.”

Oregon Senator Denied Entry to Immigration Facility

Denial Prompts Questions About Immigration Detention Centers
 
Oregon Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley tried to visit an immigration detention facility in Texas over the weekend. However he was denied access to the building, which prompted the Senator to question what is going on behind the closed doors of immigration detention facilities, some of which house children that have been seperated from their families.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has a closer look at what happened on the Senator’s trip to Texas.

Special Session in Salem

Governor Kate Brown thanked state lawmakers for following through on her promise to pass a tax relief plan, known as House Bill 4301, during a special session in Salem. However, some state lawmakers are questioning both the reasons for calling the special session and the methods used to get the bill passed in just one day. Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has more.

Election 2018: Early Primary Results

RESULTS AS OF 9:12 PM, TUESDAY, MAY 15

GOVERNOR – REPUBLICAN
(134,247 votes counted)

Buehler – 49.84%
Carpenter – 27.52%
Wooldridge – 17.07%

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 2 – DEMOCRAT
(22,029 votes counted)

McLeod-Skinner 44.59%
Jenni Nearing 22.39%
Jim Crary 10.97%

STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 53 – REPUBLICAN

Jack Zika 54.43%
Ben Schimmoller 45.23%

STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 53 – DEMOCRAT

Eileen Kiely 71.77%
Bill Trumble 26.87%

DESCHUTES COUNTY COMMISSION POSITION 1
(6,433 votes counted)

Tony Debone – 72.07%
Ed Barbeau – 27.50%

DESCHUTES COUNTY COMMISSION POSITION 3
(6,646 votes counted)

Patti Adair – 51.85%
Tammy Baney – 47.97%

Gov. Brown Calls for Special Session on Tax Break

We’re learning more about a tax break being proposed by Governor Kate Brown, and it’s the reason why she has called a special session for later this month on May 21st.
Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has the details.

Last week, the Legislative Revenue Office (LRO) estimated that the proposed tax break would provide between 11 and 13 million dollars in tax breaks annually to about 12,000 businesses known as sole proprietors, or about four percent of the businesses in that category.

The LRO also found that more than 40 percent of the tax savings will go to sole proprietorship’s that make more than 500,000 dollars a year.

Under the current tax break proposal as it stands now, the tax rate on income from sole proprietorship’s would drop from nine percent to as low as seven percent.

Election 2018: Republicans Gear Up for Primary Race

A Closer Look at the Republican Gubernatorial Primary Race

The primary elections are a little more than two weeks away and the Secretary of State has mailed out the ballots to all registered voters across the state.
Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel joins us with a look at one of the most hotly-contested races going into the final stretch.

Pro-Gun Ordinance Proposed to Combat I.P. 43

Supporters of the second amendment are trying to fight fire with fire by starting a new initiative that would nullify two propositions aimed at making the sale of semi-automatic weapons and large-capacity magazines illegal in Oregon.

For the past two weekends supporters of the Second Amendment have organized rallies; first in the capitols of all 50 states and then at various locations around Oregon, to draw attention to, and demonstration their opposition against Initiative Petition 43.

On Saturday a group called “Ladies of Lead” helped organize a rally outside Redmond city hall and about 400 supporters showed up to listen to speakers, which included several republican candidates for office in next month’s primary.

I.P. 43 would prohibit the future sale or transfer of semiautomatic rifles and large-capacity magazines and any firearms or ammunition owned at the time that the act becomes effective would have to be registered with state, sold out of state, permanently disabled or given to law enforcement for disposal.

In addition to their opposition of I.P. 43, four Redmond residents have also presented an initiative called the Deschutes County Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance, which would give the sheriff the choice of whether to enforce any local, state or federal gun laws based on whether they are deemed unconstitutional.

Similar Initiatives have presented in other counties across Oregon in an effort to combat the possible adoption of I.P. 43.

Supporters of the ordinance must collect more than 4,000 signatures by August 6 to get it placed as a measure on the November ballot.

Deschutes County Sheriff Talks IP 43

Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson is taking a stand against a gun control proposal that could end up on the November ballot in Oregon.
Initiative Petition 43 has been filed with the Secretary of State’s office, and supporters are trying to get the signatures needed to get it on the ballot.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan sat down with Sheriff Nelson on Monday to ask him about his public opposition to IP 43.

The Sheriff added that, while he doesn’t weigh in on every issue, he commented on the initiative because citizens asked for his opinion on the matter. 

With the initiative quickly becoming a topic of discussion, he decided it was time to make a public statement.

Pro-Gun Rights Supporters Gather at Capitols Across the U.S.

Gun rights supporters gathered at state capitols across the U.S. on Saturday to push back against efforts to pass stricter gun-control laws that they fear threaten their constitutional right to bear arms.

From Delaware to Wyoming, hundreds gathered at peaceful protests to listen to speakers who warned that any restrictions on gun ownership or use eventually could lead to a ban on gun ownership, which is guaranteed under the Second Amendment.

“If you have a building and you take a brick out every so often, after a while you’re not going to have a building,” said Westley Williams, who carried an AR-15 rifle as he joined about 100 people braving blustery weather in Cheyenne, Wyoming, for a pro-gun-rights rally in front of the state supreme court building.

Dave Gulya, one of the organizers of a rally in Augusta, Maine, said about 800 people showed up at the statehouse — a gun-free zone — to make the point that “we are law-abiding.”

Saturday’s protests were planned in dozens of state capitols less than three weeks after hundreds of thousands marched in Washington, New York and elsewhere to demand tougher gun laws after the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17. Organizers of those protests demanded a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and called for universal background checks on potential gun owners.

In Salem, about 300 people gathered at the World War II Memorial in Willson Park on the west side of the Oregon Capitol on Saturday.

They rallied to support the Second Amendment and oppose a potential state ballot measure, Initiative Petition 43, that would require registration for currently owned semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines and would ban their future sales.

Good Guys With Guns (Oregon) recently founded by Kevin Conzo, organized the Salem event. Conzo said he admires the spirit of the Parkland students who organized the March for Our Lives but disagrees with their solutions to the issue of mass shootings.

“The only ones who obey the laws are the good guys”, said Conzo at the rally. “Creating more laws with law restrictions is hindering our natural rights as human beings. If the sword is gone, I guarantee that the pen is next.”

The Salem version of the national March for Science also was being held Saturday at the Capitol. There was a large police presence but no reported problems, and when the March for Science participants marched past the Second Amendment rally, the speakers stopped their speeches and cheered for the science teachers.

The National Constitutional Coalition of Patriotic Americans coordinated the timing of the nationwide events at all 50 state capitols on Saturday.

Sheriff Nelson Speaks Out Against Assault Weapons Ban

Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson spoke out against a proposed gun control measure that could be on the November ballot in Oregon this year.

The organizers behind Initiative Petition 43 met the original deadline of 1,000 signatures by last month, but they will need more than 88,000 valid signatures by July 6th to put the measure on the November ballot.

I.P. 43 is a measure that proposes restrictions on the sale, production and ownership of assault weapons and high capacity magazines. If the measure makes it on the ballot and is passed by voters in November, Oregon residents who currently own an assault weapon would be required to either register the gun with the state, sell it to a registered gun dealer, remove the gun from the state, render the gun inoperable or hand it over to law enforcement.

Under I.P. 43 an assault weapon would be any semi-automatic rifles or pistol with a detachable magazine, semi-automatic shotguns with grip and stock modifications and semi-automatic rifles under 30 inches in length. High capacity magazines are defined as any feeding device that holds more than ten rounds.

The petition was started after the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida and has gained support from local activists and organizers of the ‘March for Our Lives.’

The petition has sparked push back from gun advocates across the state and on Friday, Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson posted this statement to his Facebook page:

“As your Sheriff, I took an oath to support the Constitution of the United States of America and the State of Oregon. In addition to this, I swore to perform the duties of Deschutes County Sheriff to the best of my ability. I support and defend the Second Amendment and oppose IP 43.

I serve the 190,000 citizens of our great county and am charged with public safety. Our office has issued over 14,000 concealed handgun licenses and I firmly believe that every responsible and accountable law abiding citizen who wants to legally own a firearm should do so. Firearms have their lawful place in society and are an important tool in personal protection and ensuring public safety in our county.

I understand the concerns of school violence across the country and the role law enforcement plays. Oregon has a number of laws on the books regarding background checks and age restrictions related to the purchase of a firearm. These laws prohibit the sale of firearms to convicted felons, those convicted of misdemeanor crimes involving violence, those adjudicated as mentally ill, those who have been committed as the result of a Mental Commitment Hearing, those with an active felony warrant, active out of state misdemeanor warrant and those on pretrial release for a felony.

Our office continues to take all threats seriously, and we appropriately vet them in partnership with our DA’s Office, mental health professionals, other law enforcement agencies, our schools, and others in the public safety sector. We immediately respond to, investigate threats of violence or danger, and hold people accountable. We are committed to keeping our children and community safe. Deputies of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office will always respond to assist and protect the citizens we serve, but you must be prepared to appropriately take care of you and your family until we can get there.”