Sixty in Sixty

March 1, 2018

This isn’t just a gubernatorial race. For that reason, rather than limit myself to the traditional political website tact of bullet-pointing my positions and beliefs, I began a Facebook series on September 1st, 2017 entitled “Sixty in Sixty”: sixty pertinent points published in sixty days regarding the 2018 quest for an Oregon Red Trifecta (which consists of a Republican governor in addition to Republican control of both sides of the legislature). Here are the “Points” in chronological order, beginning with the September 1st Facebook introductory post.

Note that I have added occasional updates that are shown in bold type.

My Facebook page is “Sam Carpenter for Oregon

INTRODUCTION

Introduction

September 1st, 2017

Make Oregon Great Again!

I've opened an exploratory committee for the Oregon governor's race. (If my decision is to run, I will file for candidacy by late October.)

Yes, my team and I passionately support the Trump vision. (See my press release.)

Especially note the final paragraph of the press release: it's not enough for us to win the governor's seat in 2018: at the same time let's also turn both sides of our legislature red! (This will be the 2018 Oregon RED Trifecta..

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POINT #1: The 2018 Oregon Red Trifecta

Point #1: THE 2018 OREGON RED TRIFECTA.

September 4th, 2017

In 2018, replacing Governor Kate Brown with a Republican but allowing the blue legislature to remain, is like putting a Band Aid on a bullet wound. If we’re to get this state fixed, we need an Oregon Red Trifecta. This means the House and Senate in Salem must go red, too.

You doubt that’s possible? Consider this: In the U.S. right now there are 26 Red Trifecta states and just 5 Blue ones. (Most recently, via the 2016 elections, 4 brand new Red Trifectas emerged).

The governor's seat? Right now, exactly 70% of our 50 states have Republican governors.

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POINT #2: Leadership: Wildfires and Hurricanes. Contrasting Governor Kate Brown with Texas Governor Gregg Abbott

Point #2: LEADERSHIP: WILDFIRES AND HURRICANES. CONTRASTING GOVERNOR KATE BROWN WITH TEXAS GOVERNOR GREGG ABBOTT

September 12th, 2017

For governor, do we want a figurehead/staff reporter who reports conditions without passion or empathy, or do we want a bare-knuckled leader who is concerned, decisive and clearly in charge? Here, you can decide which is which:

Governor Kate Brown of Oregon re summer 2017 wildfires (It’s short. Watch it to the end)

Governor Greg Abbott of Texas re Hurricane Harvey (you can get the point in just a minute or two of viewing)

(For Governor Abbott's video, I could have substituted one from Governor Rick Scott of Florida, or Matt Bevin of Kentucky, or others. You get the idea).
What do you think?

POINT #3: Rural Oregon: poverty and wildfires

Point #3: RURAL OREGON: POVERTY AND WILDFIRES

September 12th, 2017

How many communities in the state of Oregon have under 5,000 in population? Two hundred and seventy five.

You know it and I know it: economically and socially, heartbreakingly, almost all of these rural communities are shells of what they were before over-zealous (yes, radical) environmentalism in the early 80’s shut down surrounding forests; before progressivism took charge in Salem. Before jobs, wood products and county timber receipts largely vanished. And since then – add insult to injury – these forests have been too-often neglected by their federal masters…and so they are burning.

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POINT #4: Am I running for Governor of Oregon, or not?

Point #4: AM I RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR OF OREGON, OR NOT?

September 19th, 2017

I get this question repeatedly. Yes, I plan to run but can’t officially file with the Secretary of State right now because I have a personal matter (nothing to do with politics, and nothing “bad”) that is demanding my focused attention for the next two to three weeks. In this time, as I continue to spend long hours getting ready for a campaign — and in answering the many inquiries that are coming in right here on this Facebook page — my family and I can’t be additionally engulfed by the media onslaught that will begin the day I file. Like you, my family comes first.

POINT #5: The Oregon Red Trifecta movement is exploding

Point #5: THE OREGON RED TRIFECTA MOVEMENT IS EXPLODING *

September 19th, 2017

The Oregon Red Trifecta movement is exploding more so than my campaign team of six ever expected. To illustrate, our Facebook page has been growing by close to 1,000 Likes per day. And these aren’t “purchased” Likes, every one is a real person who is responding positively to what we're doing.

Here’s what’s clear so far: Grass roots Oregon, rural and city, is passionate; ready to do battle to take back political leadership in what has become, overnight, The 2018 Oregon Red Trifecta Movement

*An Oregon Red Trifecta means we have a Republican governor as well as Republican control of both sides of the legislature.
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POINT #6: I am reading every single comment and message that is posted on this page

Point #6: I AM READING EVERY SINGLE COMMENT AND MESSAGE THAT IS POSTED ON THIS PAGE

September 19th, 2017

I am reading every single comment and message that is posted on this page and I am Liking and commenting back whenever I can. In this way I am communicating with many thousands of voters every day. We are getting enormous feedback. I’m learning so much! I’ve been doing this personal Facebook routine daily since September 1st and have not spent less than ten hours per day doing it. But I love it! PLEASE continue to Like, Share and Comment. I want to hear more, and it helps spread the word...

Yes, soon Diana and I will be physically on-the-road, visiting your community.

POINT #7: Probably the most asked question I get is, “What can I do to help?”

Point #7: PROBABLY THE MOST ASKED QUESTION I GET IS, “WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?”

September 19th, 2017

Right now, my team and I are laser-focused on what you are thinking and in getting this campaign set up properly. (I’m very big on systematic organizing and concurrent documentation. In fact, I wrote the book on creating organizational efficiency: go to workthesystem.com, or Google my name.)

Money? Once I file, of course we’ll ask you to contribute what you can afford (or to pledge an amount, payable when I win the Primary), but as a business efficiency/organizational/communications specialist, we’ll win by spending a fraction of the amounts my Primary election opponent will spend, and the same will hold true for Kate Brown in the General election. Just watch.

The media would have you believe that whomever raises the most money will be the winner. Not true. What wins is, first, the quality of the message, and second, communicating that message effectively. To that end, our message is superior and super-efficient communication is just how we operate.

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POINT #8: My basics as I prepare to run for Governor of Oregon

Point #8: MY BASICS, AS I PREPARE TO RUN FOR GOVERNOR OF OREGON:

September 24th, 2017

Republican, pro-life, pro-second Amendment, pro-small business, pro-school choice, pro-assertive forest management. Viscerally opposed to our sanctuary city/state designations. Yes, there’s more, but you get the idea. Stay tuned.

POINT #9: How “much” of a Republican am I?

Point #9: How “much” of a Republican am I?

September 24th, 2017

In this moment, I am not especially happy with the overall performance of our national party leadership.

POINT #10: A favorite quote

Point #10: A FAVORITE QUOTE:

September 24th, 2017

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same”
–Ronald Reagan

POINT #11: The fundamental premise

Point #11: THE FUNDAMENTAL PREMISE.

September 24th, 2017

Our current Oregon government progressive far-left leadership is not representing us properly, insisting we must be told what to believe, what to think, and what to do. You and I viscerally disagree. We want new leadership that understands government is meant to be our servant and protector, not our master.

POINT #12: I am a multi-company CEO

Point #12: I AM A MULTI-COMPANY CEO

September 24th, 2017

I am a multi-company CEO and one of my small companies specializes in repairing other peoples’ broken businesses. Working directly with the owners of each company, over the last six years we have fixed more than 500 firms across the country and in Canada. We’re very good at it. As an expert in recognizing and then repairing organizational dysfunction, I know this for sure: our Oregon state government – a special form of business – is woefully mismanaged largely because it adheres to a leftist ideology that has little to do with the welfare of the customers and stockholders: you and me, the citizens of Oregon.

POINT #13: Anti-Trump Republicans

Point #13: ANTI-TRUMP REPUBLICANS.

September 24th, 2017

In the run-up to the presidential election last November, many Republican politicians wagered huge personal political capital by damning Donald Trump for some past locker room talk, presuming he would lose in the presidential election. In Trump’s victory, these Republicans now find themselves in the odd political position of not being unhappy should their own Republican President fail. In holding this stance, they’ve entered an unholy alliance with Democrat far-left leadership. Ouch.

POINT #14: I am tired of progressive far-left finger pointing. Aren’t you?

Point #14: I AM TIRED OF PROGRESSIVE FAR-LEFT FINGER POINTING. AREN’T YOU?

September 24th, 2017

Why does the Left continue to blame us for every problem that crops up, especially when we go out of our way to be reasonable, both in Salem and on Main Street?

First, it’s because we ARE reasonable people and a big part of being reasonable is to patiently listen and consider opposing opinions. We’ve always been ready to “cross the aisle.”

And second, it’s because we’ve allowed ourselves to be distracted by the finger-pointing. For literally decades, we've wasted enormous energy and time defended ourselves against one outlandish accusation after another, and yes, even bullied into a quiet submission.

In any situation, being distracted and/or submissive is no way to operate.

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POINT #15: On these Facebook posts, the far-left intimidation/distraction strategy has begun

Point #15: ON THESE FACEBOOK POSTS, THE FAR-LEFT INTIMIDATION/DISTRACTION STRATEGY HAS BEGUN.

September 24th, 2017

Per #14 above, we won’t waste time and energy defending ourselves against progressive far-left character attacks. These attacks are from people who will always hold us in contempt no matter what we say. And anyway, as I’ve said, it’s distracting us from our mission.

So, on this Facebook page, one of my very brief responses to crass, name-calling personal character assaults will be to simply make this comment: “20%.” This references the fact that progressives comprise just 20% of Oregon’s population.

Or instead, I might say, “keep on talking,” as the silliness of certain far-left comments can only help us gain Democrat and Independent votes in the November 2018 general election.

POINT #16: The nutshell basics

POINT #16: THE NUTSHELL BASICS

September 29th, 2017

I’m pro-life, pro-second Amendment, pro-free market, pro-school choice, pro-strong military and A-1 care for our veterans, pro-assertive forest management, and pro-smaller government. I’m against sanctuary state/city designations and government intrusion into our lives and businesses.

POINT #17: As a private sector CEO – and not a politician – I “get” the following statement. (How about you?)

POINT #17: AS A PRIVATE SECTOR CEO – AND NOT A POLITICIAN – I "GET" THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT. (HOW ABOUT YOU?)

September 29th, 2017

To quote Donald Trump: “The fake news keeps saying, ‘President Trump is isolated.’ They say I’m isolated by lobbyists, corporations, grandstanding politicians, and Hollywood. GOOD! I don’t want them. All I ever want is the support and love from the AMERICAN PEOPLE who’ve been betrayed by a weak and self-serving political class.”

Please don’t misunderstand. I’m not saying I’m Donald Trump (unquestionably, there is only one Donald Trump), but like President Trump, I am not part of the establishment; I don’t believe government is here to solve all our problems and, in fact, you and I know full well that government is the source of a LOT of our problems. I’ve spent the last 40 years in the private sector, the last nine years in fixing other people’s ailing businesses, and so I know – deep in my gut – about government over-reach.

As your governor it will be my job to streamline, privatize or simply delete many of the out-of-control state government agencies that are gumming the works of every-day Oregonians. This will mean more jobs, higher wages, lower taxes, fewer regulations, great schools for our kids, and once again, a free-wheeling economy.

And there's this: know that I’ll only answer to you. Not to my party, not to the DC establishment, not to corporate big-wigs, and not to my own ego.

POINT #18: So, at some point you and I must stop

POINT #18: SO, AT SOME POINT YOU AND I MUST STOP

September 29th, 2017

SO, at some point you and I must stop apologizing, refuse to engage in progressive far-left “conversations,” decide what kind of Oregon we want, take control next November via the ballot box, and then get this state back on track.

We are, in this moment, AT that point.

In many of the upcoming “Sixty in Sixty” points, I’ll be discussing a multitude of ways you can volunteer in your community to be a part of making the 2018 Oregon Red Trifecta a reality.

POINT #19 The state of higher education

POINT #19: THE STATE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.

September 29th, 2017

“(Universities have) become ‘safe spaces,’ where students are sheltered from the very expansion of their worldview that is meant to be the purpose of their education.”—Bradley Polumbo.

POINT #20: How much did you make in 1989?

POINT #20: HOW MUCH DID YOU MAKE IN 1989?

September 29th, 2017

If you were a blue-collar worker making $20.00 per hour, just to keep up with inflation, and without climbing even one rung of your career ladder, you should be at $40.00 per hour today. Are you?

If not, you can rightly blame off-shoring, horrible international trade deals, way-too-high energy costs due to false scarcity, high taxes, enormous government expansion and accompanying waste and horribly restrictive business regulations. In these causes, do you see the common thread? Virtually all have been promulgated by government incursion and incompetence. It really IS that simple. (In a comment, please feel free to add to my admittedly short list).

POINT #21: As Governor, I will be talking to you directly

POINT #21: AS GOVERNOR, I WILL BE TALKING TO YOU DIRECTLY

September 29th, 2017

As a governor, I will be talking to you directly, and not relying on mainstream media to accurately interpret what I say. With social media I will stay in charge of my message, not allowing it to be distorted by the traditional media outlets, most of which have a history of twisting the words of conservatives like me. You will hear from me daily.

POINT #22: The purpose of our state government must be adjusted

POINT #22: THE PURPOSE OF OUR STATE GOVERNMENT MUST BE ADJUSTED.

October 1st, 2017

There has to be a transition from progressive generals who, under the pretext of compassion, seek more and more control...to conservative lieutenants with the single purpose of actually serving their citizen/customers efficiently, quickly, inexpensively and without strings.

This mechanical adjustment will be the 2018 Oregon Red Trifecta.

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POINT #23 The ideological bottom line

POINT #23: THE IDEOLOGICAL BOTTOM LINE.

October 7th, 2017

The current far-left leadership of our Oregon government is focused on reforming our family and spiritual lives rather than improving our economic and civic conditions. And as they do this – adding insult to injury – they show contempt.

POINT #24: I’m asked, isn’t the internal machinery of governemt different from that of a private sector business?

POINT #24: I’M ASKED, ISN’T THE INTERNAL MACHINERY OF GOVERNMENT DIFFERENT FROM THAT OF A PRIVATE SECTOR BUSINESS?

October 7th, 2017

Well, the current Oregon government operational machinery certainly IS different, but it shouldn‘t be!

In business or government, each part – each subsystem – of the organization should be intensively managed so the organization is operating at maximum efficiency.

CEO or governor, each has the leadership/management duty to see that this happens.

So, like any well-run business, our state government must focus on the constant improvement and streamlining of its internal systems in order to provide maximum value for its customers: YOU, the citizens of Oregon.

Tell me in a Comment: Do you believe our state government is lean-and-mean and operating efficiently?

POINT #25: But, in the big picture, what is different between a private sector business and a state government?

POINT #25: BUT, IN THE BIG PICTURE, WHAT IS DIFFERENT BETWEEN A PRIVATE SECTOR BUSINESS AND A STATE GOVERNMENT?

October 7th, 2017

If the business is inefficient, either the leader is replaced or the business fails... and another more efficient competing business steps in.

If a state government is inefficient, the leader often serves another term and since there are no competitors, it continues to operate...by raising taxes and borrowing money.

POINT #26: Voters are on fire

POINT #26: VOTERS ARE ON FIRE.

October 11th, 2017

Republican Main stream/grass roots voters in Oregon – in the rural regions and in the cities – are on FIRE. This Facebook page gained nearly 25,000 followers in the last month, 45,000 total. This total far exceeds those of all other Republican and Democrat gubernatorial contenders, including Kate Brown, combined. (Update 1/1/2018 : total is approaching 55,000)

And there is this: we just engaged the neutral and independent Triton Polling agency of Henderson, Nevada to conduct a name-recognition poll. We received the results Tuesday.

Details of the poll: Triton polled 1,000 Republican Oregonians, 98% who said they classified themselves as "I always vote" or "I am very likely to vote" in the Primary.

67.1% said they "strongly approve" of Donald Trump's performance. Another 24.0% said they "somewhat approve." That's a 91.1% approval rating for our President among Oregon Republican voters. "Strongly disapprove" was at 4.4%. (Update 1/1/2018: We've now conducted three Triton internal polls: all three averaged together, show support for our President at 90%, with 70% of those "strongly supportive." A recent Zogby poll, puts me in the lead over Knute Buehler in a head-to-head contest against KateBrown. See NEWSROOM, on the front page of this site.)

Our bottom line: I am just 8 percentage points behind Knute Buehler, who has spent 262K since his announcement on August 3rd. We've spent less than 15K, and I haven't announced yet. (Update 1/1/2018: I filed for candidacy on October 25th. To date, my campaign has spent approximately 60K. Buehler's is approaching 800K.)

Something very powerful is happening. The 2018 Oregon Red Trifecta is not a long-shot. It’s going to happen.

POINT #27: The problem with far-left progressives

POINT #27: THE PROBLEM WITH FAR-LEFT PROGRESSIVES

October 11th, 2017

The Problem with far-left progressive, who are maybe 20% of the population, is they think themselves morally and intellectually superior to you and me, the other 80% (which includes non-progressive Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Non-affiliated, Libertarians, etc.). And because far-left progressives feel that our 80% has created an inferior society, they believe it’s their duty to overrule us by passing laws that will create the “correct society," the society that “should be." Of course, on all counts they are profoundly wrong.

POINT #28: The most treacherous combination

POINT #28: THE MOST TREACHEROUS COMBINATION

October 11th, 2017

The most treacherous combination of human traits? Arrogance and stupidity.

POINT #29: The Oregon Red Trifecta’s smaller and enormously more efficitent government

POINT #29: THE OREGON RED TRIFECTA’S SMALLER AND ENORMOUSLY MORE EFFICIENT GOVERNMENT

October 11th, 2017

Leadership will have no ulterior political motives. There will be no favors to large donors, lobbyists and unions. There will be no bureaucratic strangleholds.

Subtle political power-plays, favors for preferred groups, and/or too much bureaucracy distract from the main goal of serving the people of Oregon. This inefficiency creates sheer waste, as our Oregon society deteriorates into lawlessness and debt.

This is going to stop in November of next year.

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POINT #30: Oregon has gone far to the left, according to this reader

POINT #30: OREGON HAS GONE FAR TO THE LEFT, ACCORDING TO THIS READER.

October 11th, 2017

Here is a comment I received on this Facebook page late Monday night. It's indelicate. The seething frustration is typical of the literally thousands of comments I have received since September 1st. Here it is: “Oregon has gone so far to the left, it's disgusting. The governor is serving her own agenda. At what point did someone give her unlimited power? Aren't the people supposed to vote on the laws? I do not support her sanctuary status for the state, or her freebee abortions for all, including illegals, up to term. Oregon rural communities have turned into welfare towns and drug dens. People believed in working to support their families and now they want to sit back, collect welfare and grow pot. Please try and change things."

POINT #31: Steve Bannon quotes of the day

POINT #31: STEVE BANNON QUOTES OF THE DAY

October 17th, 2017

“There is a time and a season for everything. And right now, it’s a season of war against a GOP establishment.” And Bannon follows up with this: “This is not MY war. This is OUR war, and we didn’t start it. The establishment started it.”

POINT #32: And what war are we taliking about?

POINT #32: AND WHAT WAR ARE WE TALKING ABOUT?

October 17th, 2017

It’s the political class (left and right) vs. you and me, the American people. The good news? Hands-down, we're winning this war.

POINT #33: The Salem swamp draining project

POINT #33: THE SALEM SWAMP DRAINING PROJECT

October 17th, 2017

The Salem swamp draining project will begin in January 2019, and once this Red Trifecta reconstruction work starts it’s going to be relentless; fast and furious.

POINT #34: Kate Brown’s stance regarding the PERS crisis

POINT #34: KATE BROWN'S STANCE REGARDING THE PERS CRISIS

October 17th, 2017

Kate Brown's stance regarding the PERS crisis is look-the-other-way. In 2002 she said: "PERS ought to be fixed, but now is not the time." Now, fifteen years later, Governor Brown still shrugs it off, focusing instead on creating new taxes.

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POINT #35: Reaching you without relying on the mainstream media

POINT #35: REACHING YOU WITHOUT RELYING ON THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA.

October 17th, 2017

As governor I will work with regular news outlets, expecting to be treated fairly. But also, my intention is to communicate with you directly and frequently, warts-and-all, via Facebook, Twitter and other similar means. Why would I want my messages to you to be filtered? I welcome your feedback on this concept.

POINT #36: Iran deal. Fix it or nix it

POINT #36: IRAN DEAL. FIX IT OR NIX IT.

October 17th, 2017

I support our President’s move here: https://israelvideoupdates.com/benjamin-netanyahu-speaks-out-after-president-trumps-courageous-move/?omhide=true. It’s bold, smart and simple. Yes, whether it's President Trump or Prime Minister Netanyahu, THIS is the kind of bold leadership we need in Oregon.

POINT #37: Government is not to be our master

POINT #37: GOVERNMENT IS NOT TO BE OUR MASTER.

October 17th, 2017

It’s to be our servant. And I've had a bellyful of the progressive far-left's unrelenting inference that we working people are not smart enough and/or not sophisticated enough to do our own thinking and to operate our own lives. It's an arrogant generalization.

POINT #38: Stop Oregon sanctuaries

POINT #38: STOP OREGON SANCTUARIES.

October 17th, 2017

You can be part of this, and it’s easy. Just go to http://www.stoporegonsanctuaries.org/ and download and print the form, then follow directions. Many thanks to chief petitioners Greg Barreto, Mike Nearman, and Sal Esquivel, and to Oregonians for Immigration Reform.

POINT #39: Once I file for the gubernatorial race, my intelligence and moral bearing will be publicly challenged

POINT #39: ONCE I FILE FOR THE GUBERNATORIAL RACE, MY INTELLIGENCE AND MORAL BEARING WILL BE PUBLICLY CHALLENGED

October 17th, 2017

Once I file for the gubernatorial race, my intelligence and moral bearing will be publicly challenged by the progressive far-left contingent, and more often than not those assaults will include the standard epithets: that I’m intolerant, bigoted, a selfish rich-guy, stupid, etc.

I just want you to know in advance that my family and I are expecting it.

POINT #40: Personal liberty

POINT #40: PERSONAL LIBERTY

October 22th, 2017

Personal liberty, free enterprise and the American institutions that are the foundations of this great country are under assault: everything from Christmas, to football, to how we worship, to, now, even the dignity of our fallen soldiers. Enough!

POINT #41: I share President Trump’s vision

POINT #41: I SHARE PRESIDENT TRUMP’S VISION

October 22th, 2017

I share President Trump's vision of creating vibrant economic opportunity, with less government interference in our lives, (of course, custom-fit in our own unique Oregon way). To be a bit more specific, I’m pro-life, rely on God’s wisdom, revere our military and first responders, and want a limited government based on our U.S. Constitution.

POINT #42: I love our flag

POINT #42: I LOVE OUR FLAG

October 22th, 2017

I love our flag and I always stand with pride for our national anthem.

POINT #43: In my bid for U.S. Senate

POINT #43: IN MY BID FOR U.S. SENATE

October 22th, 2017

In my bid for U.S. Senate in 2016, I was the single Oregon candidate who publicly endorsed Donald Trump prior to the Oregon primaries.

POINT #44: I've had a bellyful of it

POINT #44: I'VE HAD A BELLYFUL OF IT

October 22th, 2017

I reject the progressive far-left presumption that you and I – the working people of Oregon – are not smart enough to manage our own lives. That’s arrogant and ridiculous, and like many of you I’ve had a bellyful of it. Working people and small business owners, from various political affiliations, BUILT this incredible country.

POINT #45: We will no longer be ignored

POINT #45: WE WILL NO LONGER BE IGNORED

October 22th, 2017

We will no longer be ignored, and then mocked.

POINT #46: Name calling

POINT #46: NAME CALLING

October 22th, 2017

There’s lots of that going on right now. Please don’t let it be you.

POINT #47: Who are the employees?

POINT #47: WHO ARE THE EMPLOYEES?

October 22th, 2017

In our government, WHO ARE THE EMPLOYEES? They are the governor, the legislature, the judicial, and our state workers.

POINT #48: You and I are the customers

POINT #48: And YOU AND I ARE THE CUSTOMERS:

October 22th, 2017

The over four million regular citizens of this state…the people who get up every day to show up on time to work; who contribute and volunteer, who build and maintain – who pay the taxes, who raise the children, who fight for our freedom and keep us safe at home, who watch over our own communities…and, yes, in Oregon especially, who comprise an incredibly diverse array of lifestyles and aspirations, beliefs and political affiliations.

POINT #49: Why are things getting worse

POINT #49: WHY ARE THINGS GETTING WORSE

October 22th, 2017

Why are things getting worse rather than better? First, it’s because the embattled Governor Kate Brown and her leadership cohorts are horribly inefficient bureaucrats. And second, and what makes their inability to manage things much worse, is that their leadership decisions are based on a progressive far-left ideology that ignores the safety and economic well-being of their customers – you and me, and our children

POINT #50: You and I believe

POINT #50: YOU AND I BELIEVE

October 22th, 2017

You and I believe people should rise based on merit: to what they contribute and accomplish. The progressive far-left ideology looks down upon merit-based advancement.

POINT #51: Democratic Party leadership

POINT #51: The DEMOCRATIC PARTY LEADERSHIP

October 22th, 2017

The Democratic party leadership of today is far different that of John Kennedy or of even Bill Clinton. Kate Brown and her pals in DC have drifted far, far left. So for this reason, you won’t see me criticizing “Democrats,” or even “liberals,” whose leaders have strayed. Our nemesis is the Democratic Party Progressive far-left leadership, not the bulk of the party membership itself.

POINT #52: Stimulate the economy

POINT #52: STIMULATE THE ECONOMY

October 22th, 2017

Government will instantly STIMULATE THE ECONOMY by getting out of the way.

POINT #53: We can’t tax

POINT #53: WE CAN’T TAX

October 22th, 2017

We can't tax our way out of the debt crisis. We need to GROW ourselves out of it.

POINT #54: Another favorite quote

POINT #54: ANOTHER FAVORITE QUOTE:

October 30th, 2017

"I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end, when I come to lay down the reins of power, I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me."
–Abraham Lincoln

POINT #55: The new website is up

POINT #55: THE NEW WEBSITE IS UP.

October 30th, 2017

It’s www.makeoregongreatagain.com. All of the “Sixty in Sixty” Points are there (including a Table of Contents), along with an "Issues" section. You can donate on the site too, and there’s a place to sign up to volunteer for the campaign. In any case, be sure to join our email mailing list. This is the sure way to be notified and to be fully informed regarding the campaign and my travels! THANKS!

POINT #56: Will you help us out?

POINT #56: WILL YOU HELP US OUT?

October 30th, 2017

I haven't asked for money until this moment, but will you now make a contribution to my campaign? We have been personally funding everything so far. Even a tiny donation would be great! Go here: www.makeoregongreatagain.com/donate.

POINT #57: Too wordy?

POINT #57: TOO WORDY?

October 30th, 2017

I've had a handful of people complain I’ve been too wordy with this Sixty in Sixty series. Maybe 20 total out of 20,000+ comments and 30,000+ Likes. Yes, I have been aware of this possible complaint from the beginning, but decided the risk of losing some readers was not as important as getting my thoughts out there clearly and thoroughly.

POINT #58: The future of Sixty in sixty series

POINT #58: THE FUTURE OF THIS SIXTY IN SIXTY SERIES.

October 30th, 2017

Yes, I will be continuing the series. Maybe we’ll hit 100 before the Primary. Maybe not. In any case, for continuity, I’ll continue to call this collection of Points “Sixty in Sixty.”

POINT #59: The real war is not between left and right

POINT #59: THE REAL WAR IS NOT BETWEEN LEFT AND RIGHT.

October 30th, 2017

It's between the political establishment and the American people. This establishment class, what I sometimes call the “ruling class,” is comprised of a small minority of Democrats AND Republicans who live and thrive on big government…and yes, it’s not just politicians, political consultants and attorneys, it reaches deep down into what one could call the “administrative state.”

These are government worker unions that extract mandatory dues from their members. As well, there are private companies that feed on government contracts, grants and other favors. Also, there are the “non-profit” and “higher-education” cabals, and even whole industries (“green energy” comes to mind).

This establishment class has its own PC-language and attitudes. Members are easily distinguished once one understands the game.

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POINT #60: We conservatives must stop hammering on the broad descriptors, “Democrats” and “Liberals”

POINT #60: WE CONSERVATIVES MUST STOP HAMMERING ON THE BROAD DESCRIPTORS, “DEMOCRATS” AND “LIBERALS.”

October 30th, 2017

These Americans are not the enemy. More correctly, our nemesis and target is the "progressive far-left." Yes, progressives happen to belong to the Democratic Party, but they are less than half of Democrats...and no more than 15% of all voters.

Most Democrats and liberals are quietly aware that it's their current progressive far-left leadership that has let them down, a leadership that has not represented them properly.

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POINT #61: Scientific Poll

POINT #61: SCIENTIFIC POLL

November 11th, 2017

Per a SCIENTIFIC POLL completed just yesterday (Triton Polling of Nevada; a total of 1,000 3/4 and 4/4 voters; margin of error 3.1%), I am neck-and-neck in statewide name recognition with Knute Buehler.

But there is another result that is more politically shocking:

When asking voters to consider, in a mock vote...

My loss in the 2016 Oregon U.S. Senate primary race, my inexperience in government, my business turn-around expertise, and my pro-life stance,

and...

Knute Buehler's experience in state government along with his stellar medical credentials as a surgeon, his distaste for Donald Trump, and his pro-choice position...

I win the Primary in a landslide...

(Update 1/1/2018. I am the leader against Kate Brown. See new Zogby poll via NEWSROOM on home page of this site)

POINT #62: Our new website is up

POINT #62: OUR NEW WEBSITE IS UP

November 11th, 2017

Go here to see all Sixty in Sixty points. Go here to see my detailed positions on a wide assortment of issues.

POINT #63: I’m a businessman

POINT #63: I'M A BUSINESSMAN

November 11th, 2017

I'm a businessman and understand first-hand the hammer-blows that Oregon's small businesses and workers have taken over the last three decades. The Trump boom is on, no matter the caterwauling of DC and Salem Democrat progressive far-left leadership.

Here is a summary of current economic growth over the first year of Trump's presidency. This is written by my friend Steve Moore, chief architect of the Trump administration's initial deregulatory efforts, as well as the tax relief bill that Congress is now attempting to make into law.

POINT #64: Free Market

POINT #64: FREE MARKET

November 11th, 2017

Really, this is the key to personal freedom and economic good-times for Oregonians, as we compete with one another in the private sector to produce better and better products and services, while government handles limited but necessary regulatory, infrastructure and judicial tasks, working tooth-and-nail to promote economic success, not systematically punish it.

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POINT #65: Internal Triton scientific polling

POINT #65: INTERNAL TRITON SCIENTIFIC POLLING

November 25th, 2017

Our internal Triton scientific poll results released on the 11th shows me neck-and-neck in name recognition with Knute Buehler: Buehler 52%. Carpenter 47%. After my announcement, It took just over two weeks to reach this point. Want to see the summary and the poll itself? Go here.

POINT #66: Oregon Republican League Facebook page poll

POINT #66: OREGON REPUBLICAN LEAGUE FACEBOOK PAGE POLL

November 25th, 2017

Here’s another poll. On the Oregon Republican League Facebook page, it’s ad-hoc and non-scientific. But, consistent with the above mentioned Triton scientific poll, note Buehler's shockingly dismal showing. (This poll is still open: if you wish to vote, you must first join the League.)

POINT #67: Last week presentations

POINT #67: LAST WEEK PRESENTATON

November 25th, 2017

Presentations that I made last week: In Eugene, the University of Oregon College Republicans; In Salem, Oregonians for Immigration Reform; in Hillsboro, the Willamette Valley Chapter of Women for Trump.

POINT #68: Campaign staff

POINT #68: CAMPAIGN STAFF

November 25th, 2017

Campaign staff? We have four paid full-time people, eight active volunteers, and literally hundreds of ground-team volunteers waiting in the wings. Headquarters is being established in the Centratel Building on Greenwood Ave in Bend, and will be staffed beginning January 3rd. Our campaign machine is nearly complete. (No, we're not late getting started...our primary opponent started too early...).

POINT #69: The delay in my announcement

POINT #69: THE DELAY ON MY ANNOUNCEMENT

November 25th, 2017

Oh, about the “for personal reasons” delay in my announcement that I’m running for governor: It was because Diana Bybee and I were married in Kentucky on the 3rd of this month. We wanted to keep the campaign and our wedding/honeymoon as isolated from each other as we possibly could. We knew you would understand! Thanks…

POINT #70: Lars Larson interview

Point #70: LARS LARSON INTERVIEW

November 25th, 2017

Lars Larson interview on 11/22/2017 is here.

POINT #71: Replacing Governor Kate Brown with a Republican

Point #71: REPLACING GOVERNOR KATE BROWN WITH A REPUBLICAN

January 15th, 2018

Here's an update to a post I made on September 4th of last year (POINT #1 in this "Sixty-in-Sixty" series).

Replacing Governor Kate Brown with a Republican, but allowing House and Senate progressive far-left leadership to remain, is like putting a Band Aid on a bullet wound.

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POINT #72: Why We’re Winning and How We’re Doing It

Point #72: WHY WE'RE WINNING AND HOW WE'RE DOING IT

January 25th, 2018

Here are polling results…and the details of how we’re running the campaign. From this, you’ll have a good idea how I’ll perform as governor: transparent, under budget, and ahead of schedule.

First: the polls. We're leading. Following are the overview details. Keep in mind our campaign has expended only about 10% of what our major Republican rival has, spending money (and time) much more efficiently, resulting in a very close race.

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POINT #73: President Trump’s State of the Union Speech: some thoughts, quotes, and a few questions

Point #73: PRESIDENT TRUMP'S STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH: SOME THOUGHTS, QUOTES AND A FEW QUESTIONS

February 1st, 2018

President Trump’s State of the Union Speech: some thoughts, quotes, and a few questions:

  1. President Trump is teaching Republicans how to fight.
  2. It's time to remove Democrat far-left political leadership at every level, national and in Oregon. They don't represent anyone but themselves. For us, no more "crossing the aisle." We simply need to take them out at the polls. Very simple. Do you agree?

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POINT #74: Our Likes are real

Point #74: OUR LIKES ARE REAL

February 6th, 2018

There’s a rumor being spread around by folks backing another contestant in this primary that the 63,000+ “Likes” on this Facebook page were “bought” and are not real people responding to the issues. That’s nonsense! While Twitter (which, so far, we haven’t even been using) is notorious for fake followers (and banning conservatives), these Facebook Likes are real – as evidenced by the literally tens of thousands of comments left here on this page by readers just like you. Comments, by the way, that I am personally reading and responding to.

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POINT #75: Kate Brown would crush Knute Buehler

Point #75: KATE BROWN WOULD CRUSH KNUTE BUEHLER

February 9th, 2018

OPB has a new poll out – it shows Kate Brown utterly crushing Knute Buehler in a potential general election, 46-29. The poll, however, did not include me. Two credible one-on-one polls putting Brown against me show me in the lead. Here’s one of them.

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POINT #76: Kate Brown and her Deep State

Point #76: KATE BROWN AND HER DEEP STATE

February 13th, 2018

Progressive far-left Governor Kate Brown and her radical minions in the Oregon Deep State are at it again. Under their standard guise of compassion, they just raised taxes on your healthcare, and now they want new taxes on every business and industry in the state. Two similar bills moving through the Legislature, HB 4001 and SB 1507, would create what the left calls “cap and invest,” but are really “cap and tax.” These new laws would create huge new bureaucracies to control “greenhouse emissions,” but really are just an excuse to extract billions more in tax dollars from our pockets despite the obvious fact that doing this will further stifle economic growth and hurt regular Oregonians.

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POINT #77: Billy Graham has passed

Point #77: BILLY GRAHAM HAS PASSED BROWN AND HER DEEP STATE

February 21st, 2018

I woke up this morning to the sad news that Billy Graham has left this earth. He was an inspiration to millions, a counsel to every President in my lifetime, a man of unshakable faith in our Lord. Let us all pray for the Graham family – but let us all also rejoice in the message of love and salvation Graham shared with us all, and in the knowledge the Reverend is now beside our Father in Heaven.

Rest in peace, and thank you for your life of service, Reverend Billy Graham, 1918-2018.

POINT #78: Knute Buehler and the Second Amendment

Point #78: KNUTE BUEHLER AND THE SECOND AMENDMENT

February 23rd, 2018

Last week, the Oregon House voted to pass HB 4145 - that's an unconstitutional gun grab bill. It takes away due process rights and threatens constitutional freedoms. I am sad to say, one of my primary election rivals, Knute Buehler, broke with the Republican caucus and sided with the radical progressive far-left to weaken our Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Yesterday the bill passed the Senate and will now go to Kate Brown for her signature – and the radical progressive far-left will move one step closer to purging the Second Amendment.

The horror in Florida is an emotional, gut wrenching tragedy, but leadership means standing true to principles; not bending with the wind in response to every event. I believe in our Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and as governor, I will stand true. The Second Amendment isn’t about duck hunting. It's about our inalienable right to protect ourselves and our communities against violent crime...and ultimately against tyranny itself – and that right Shall Not Be Infringed.

POINT #79: Knute Buehler and the life issue

Point #79: KNUTE BUEHLER AND THE LIFE ISSUE

February 23rd, 2018

It seems my main primary rival, Knute Buehler, is starting to realize what we’ve known all along: you can’t reason with the radical progressive far-left, and you can’t win over the far-left by moderating conservative views.

This is a very simple issue in which to take a position: either you are pro-life or you aren’t. There is no comfortable “middle ground.” Either abortion kills a baby, or it doesn’t, no matter the logic-gyrations of the progressive far-left.

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POINT #80: Drivers licenses for illegal aliens?

Point #80: DRIVER LICENSES FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS?

February 28th, 2018

Remember Measure 88? That was in 2014 when the Legislature tried to give driver licenses to illegal aliens – and we, the voters, replied with a resounding NO! Measure 88 went down by a 2 to 1 margin statewide, and lost in 35 of 36 Oregon counties (and you can guess which one was the outlier).

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POINT #81: Prom King Poll

Point #81: PROM KING POLL

March 5th, 2018

Do you Tweet? There's an ad-hoc, "prom king" gubernatorial poll going on right now, couched in the usual bias. The poll ends soon. Go here

POINT #82: Will you help us make this happen?

Point #82: WILL YOU HELP US MAKE IT HAPPEN?

March 5th, 2018

So many of you have been asking, "how can I help"? Well, here's your chance, and it won't cost you a dime...only ten minute of your time...

Let's start here: We’re reaching another milestone: we'll soon hit 70,000 “Likes” on this Facebook page. It’s humbling to see such support – but it is also inspiring to know the Make Oregon Great Again/2018 Oregon Red Trifecta message is resonating!

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POINT #83: Stop Oregon Sanctuaries initiative

Point #83: STOP OREGON SANCTUARIES INITIATIVE

March 8th, 2018

Rampant, uncontrolled illegal immigration and career criminal aliens hiding out in our communities are a clear and present danger to the safety of ALL Oregonians.

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POINT #84: Are you ready to rock and roll?

Point #84: ARE YOU READY TO ROCK AND ROLL?

March 12th, 2018

Our campaign infrastructure is complete! We’ve been building this "campaign machine" for months, and we're ready to turn it on!

Our administration team in Bend is ready to rock and roll! Are you?

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POINT #85: Pettiness on the campaign trail

Point #85: PETTINESS ON THE CAMPAIGN TRIAL

March 13th, 2018

I really don't have time for responding to pettiness, but I guess I must address the hysterics coming from Bill Post....

He's complaining about “dirty lowdown politics” on his website – but it sure sounds like he is the one being a lowdown, dirty mudslinger.

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POINT #86: Profile of Diana Carpenter

Point #86: PROFILE OF DIANA CARPENTER

March 14th, 2018

This November, we will begin the draining of the Salem swamp!
I'm Sam Carpenter running for Oregon Governor, and today I want to cover a vital topic: Diana, Oregon’s next First Lady!

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POINT #87: Drain the Oregon Swamp

Point #87: DRAIN THE OREGON SWAMP

March 15th, 2018

When we say “drain the Oregon swamp,” what exactly do we mean?

We mean putting an end to 32 years of one-party rule in Oregon that has stacked our government with radical far-left progressives at every level of bureaucratic management and the judiciary.

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POINT #88: Update: Why We’re Winning and How We’re Doing It

Point #88: UPDATE: WHY WE'RE WINNING AND HOW WE'RE DOING IT

March 19th, 2018

There is a myth that in the Oregon gubernatorial race, the Republican candidate must be for the same old business-as-usual/big government platform in order to win. That is exactly wrong. Using that logic, we've been losing every single gubernatorial race for the last three decades.

The winning candidate MUST have a solid pro-family/pro-prosperity/limited-government stance.

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POINT #89: They want to take our guns!

Point #89: They want to take our guns!

March 21th, 2018

“Don’t be silly. No one wants to take your guns,” says the radical progressive far-left…every time they want to take our guns.

Newsflash: THEY WANT TO TAKE OUR GUNS!

The Second Amendment is under attack and we must act NOW. The gun-grabbing leftists have just introduced IP 42 – and it is truly disturbing. This initiative would put an outright ban of so-called “assault weapons” on the ballot. Its definition of an “assault weapon” is so broad it would LITERALLY ban virtually EVERY semi-automatic rifle in existence. And with some liberal interpretation from the courts, it could potentially ban virtually every semi-auto pistol – and even shotguns – as well.

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POINT #90: Among the horrors of this past legislative session

Point #90: Among the horrors of this past legislative session

March 23th, 2018

Among the horrors of this past legislative session was SB 1528. This bill raises taxes on small businesses in Oregon by $244 million this biennium alone – and will raise them over $420 million by 2021! This is on top of the already record revenue – that means, money the government takes from YOU – this year!

While President Trump is cutting our taxes, far-left Kate Brown and her crew are doing everything they can to raise them.

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POINT #91: The 73rd birthday of PERS

Point #91: The 73rd birthday of PERS

March 26th, 2018

This Monday marks the 73rd birthday of PERS – and PERS is the single largest budget-buster in Oregon. PERS began with noble intentions – under Republican leadership – to provide a sensible pension for government employees. But like so many government programs, it quickly grew out of control. Now, decades of mismanagement and neglect – especially from the last 32 years of leftist governors – have created a monster: more than $200 billion of liability with no plan to pay it. We need new leadership that will take this behemoth on and provide dramatic reform that meets our obligations while protecting our financial future. Take a look at my plan here.

To make your campaign donation online or get information for mailing a check, click here.

POINT #92: This is a race for Governor of OREGON

Point #92: This is a race for Governor of OREGON.

March 26th, 2018

Saturday I had the honor of speaking at the Marion County Republican Party and Oregon Women For Trump candidate forum. While other candidates focus on reaching across the aisle and pandering to Portland progressives, I stand firm – this isn’t a race for Governor of Portland; this is a race for Governor of OREGON.

POINT #93: Carpenter surges into Lead

Point #93: Carpenter surges into Lead

April 2nd, 2018

Triton poll analysis by David Gulliver, campaign manager and policy analyst to the Carpenter campaign:

What a difference a month can make….

Back in late February, we commissioned our fourth scientific poll to gauge the state of the Republican gubernatorial primary race. It showed Sam Carpenter in a strong second place at 18%, behind Knute Buehler, who was at 31%. That poll also showed Greg Wooldridge, who had just entered the race, a distant third at 8%. And it showed massive numbers of voters were undecided.

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POINT #94: The rest of the Country

April 4th, 2018

Hey Oregon: the rest of the country is laughing at us. Let's throw it back in their faces in November. MOGA!

To make your donation to the Carpenter campaign online or get information for mailing a check, go here

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POINT #95: Spurning Tax Payers, Kate Brown signs SB1528

Point #95: Spurning Tax Payers, Kate Brown signs SB1528

April 11th, 2018

Late last Friday afternoon, Kate Brown signed SB 1528 into law, seizing for the Oregon swamp, the tax cuts for small businesses passed by the Trump administration. Small businesses are the lifeblood of Oregon. Oregon has over 300,000 that employ nearly 800,000. Most of them are "mom and pop" businesses. Now they will be taxed BILLIONS of dollars more over the next few years.

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POINT #96: Pro-2nd Amendment

Point #96: Pro-2nd Amendment

April 24th, 2018

I support the Second Amendment. No compromise! Vote Sam Carpenter.

POINT #97: Pro-Life

Point #97: Pro-Life

April 24th, 2018

I am 100% pro-life, without hesitation. Are you? Vote for Sam Carpenter!

POINT #98: Kate Brown and her Super Majority

Point #94: Kate Brown and her Super Majority

April 25th, 2018

The latest polling is in, and it is frustrating. Knute Buehler, with his backing from the progressive establishment and billionaire donors, is pulling ahead, while the conservative majority remains divided.

This is why conservatives continue to fail in Oregon – and it needs to stop.

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POINT #99: Pro-Trump

Point #99: Pro-Trump

April 27th, 2018

President Trump is Making America Great Again – and, as governor, I will Make Oregon Great Again. Vote Sam Carpenter!

POINT #100: Newspapers, Guns, and Splitting the Vote

Point #100: Newspapers, Guns, and Splitting the Vote

April 30th, 2018

In the past week I declined four large Oregon mainstream newspaper invitations to their respective “Endorsement Interviews.” Why? First, because those four really are propagators of Fake News and in the past they have routinely distorted my messages, and second, I am their worst nightmare so they would never endorse me anyway. (And yes, I am Kate’s worst nightmare, too.)

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POINT #101: You will be Paying for Abortions Now

Point #101: You will be Paying for Abortions Now

May 2nd, 2018

Kate Brown celebrates signing HB 3391 — the bill that forces all Oregonians to pay for abortions with our tax dollars. I strongly urge you to print and sign Oregon Life United's Initiative Petition #1 to reverse this terrible law. Click here: https://www.stopthefunding.org/sign.

To make your donation to the Carpenter campaign online or get information for mailing a check, go here

POINT #102: I owe No One

Point #102: I owe No One

May 6th, 2018

I owe no one, have minuscule debt, and no liens.

Yes, 25 years ago I almost lost my business, Centratel. There were multiple liens, and my children and I lived in the back room of my tiny office space. But I turned things around. Read the details in my bestseller business book, Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less. Now I fix other people’s broken businesses (and I’ll do the same with Oregon’s government).

Please share this post to stop the smears!

To Knute Buehler: you’re telling lies. Are you panicking? Go here for the facts

POINT #103: Questions for Knute and Greg

Point #103: Questions for Knute and Greg

May 7th, 2018

Knute Buehler’s desperate and pathetic attack accuses me of “lying” about him. What lies have I told, Knute? Was I lying when I said you are pro-choice? You said it yourself in your own “Democrats for Knute” commercial...

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POINT #104: Leadership Is More...

Point #104: Leadership Is More...

May 10th, 2018

Leadership is more than just being in charge. A manager with strong charisma can take control of a group and manage it successfully – only to watch it fall apart as soon as he steps away. We see this in business all the time – a company is successful but as soon as one CEO moves on and a new one steps in, things come unglued.

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POINT #105: I am the One to Defeat Kate Brown

Point #105: I am the One to Defeat Kate Brown

May 11th, 2018

Are you a “single issue” voter? Some people are: they have a litmus-test for the Second Amendment, or abortion, or supporting our President (I pass all three). But as I talk with thousands of Oregon voters, the single biggest litmus test is, “who has the best chance to beat Kate Brown?”

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POINT #106: Upholding the Law

Point #106: Upholding the Law

May 11th, 2018

No, I do not and will not support IP 43.

On the Lars Larson show today, I said that if a bad idea becomes law, I will have to enforce it - which is true. Governors don’t get to pick and choose what laws they will and won’t support. But there’s a LOT of fighting to do before a bad idea becomes law and I do NOT support IP 43 in any way, shape, or form.

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POINT #107: Ty Raddue: True American Hero

Point #107: Ty Raddue: True American Hero

May 12th, 2018

I had the pleasure to have dinner with Ty Raddue tonight. We got to talking about the latest controversies in the campaign and it seemed logical to talk about a couple of them on film - so he graciously offered to make this little video with me. Thanks, Ty!

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POINT #108: Bungling, the Real Problem & Political Chicanery

Point #108: Bungling, the Real Problem & Political Chicanery

May 12th, 2018

Yes, yesterday I bungled Lars Larson’s question regarding IP 43.

Those of you who know me understand I don’t shy away from admitting mistakes, but my mistake yesterday was one of garbled message, not of belief or commitment.

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POINT #109: First they Ignore You...

Point #109: First they Ignore You...

May 14th, 2018

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."

They may try to stop me, but they won’t stop you.

It’s not about me; it’s about the movement that is going to change Oregon forever. Tuesday night will mark the beginning of a new era, where the forgotten, ignored, and abused great people of Oregon will take the state back.

We the people built it and now we will take it back!

But first you have to VOTE! Vote for Sam Carpenter - and remember, you must drop off your ballot in person at your county clerk's office or designated drop site.

Together, we WILL Make Oregon Great Again!

POINT #110: I Want to Give Thanks

Point #110: I Want to Give Thanks

May 15th, 2018

As of course you are aware, the results of the primary are in – and I came in second place. The unofficial numbers as of this posting:

Knute Buehler 46.5%
Sam Carpenter 29.5%
Greg Wooldridge 19.0%

We gave it our all, but in the end we came up short.

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POINT #111: Oregon Petition #1: Oregon Life United

Point #111: Oregon Petition #1: Oregon Life United

June 28th, 2018

Urgent! We're almost there! So far, over 130,000 Oregonians have signed Petition #1 to stop taxpayer-funded abortion. Not all signatures will be valid so we must boost this total number as high as we can NOW. We need your help today!

Sign now at https://www.stopthefunding.org/sign. We're at the final deadline: all petitions must be mailed by THIS WEEKEND.

POINT #112: The wildfires continue to rage and the solutions remain the same...

Point #112: The wildfires continue to rage and the solutions remain the same...

August 14th, 2018

Note: I put this post up back in September of last year, and of course with the chronic bad Salem leadership, chronic problems have persisted, and so I am putting it up again today, almost one year later...

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POINT #113: Conservatives will be blamed for RINO Buehler's loss

Point #113: Conservatives will be blamed for RINO Buehler's loss

November 7th, 2018

Now it begins: conservatives will be blamed for RINO Buehler's loss. Yes there is a problem with Republican conservatives who don't vote, but the reason for that must be clarified for once and for all: we're consistently served up progressive-lite candidates who don't represent us...and the weak-kneed Oregon Republican Party has everything to do with this happening over and over again. Their pet "moderate" candidates haven't won in 30 years. How much more proof do we need of what the real problem is? ORP leadership needs to be turned on its head this February. It must be Trump-centric and must represent the vast bulk of Oregon Republican voters: the 90%.

POINT #114: Announcement and Update: it’s time to talk about what’s up

Point #114: Announcement and Update: it’s time to talk about what’s up

November 13th, 2018

A LOT has been going on over the past months and now that the elections are over, it’s time to talk about what’s up. The best way for me to keep this simple and short is to mechanically list the key points with the understanding there will be more information coming along soon.

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POINT #115: Red Pill or Blue Pill?

Point #115: Red Pill or Blue Pill?

November 19th, 2018

Note: Below is an excerpt from my new book, "Making Oregon Great Again," to be published next month (December). This is the first of ten "blue Oregon" myths that I discuss. If you like it, please consider sharing with your friends. Thanks....

(One other point, unrelated: I am running for Chairman of the Oregon Republican Party, with PCP delegate elections in mid-February. I'd sure appreciate your support. We have an applecart to turn over!).

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POINT #116: I’m running for Chair of the Oregon Republican Party

Point #116: I’m running for Chair of the Oregon Republican Party

November 23rd, 2018

I’m running for Chair of the Oregon Republican Party. Joining me is a full slate of officers who think like me. Elections by PCP (Precinct Committee Person) delegates will be held February 16th in Salem. Our position? ORP leadership doesn’t just require a reboot. It must rise from the dead.

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POINT #117: Making Oregon Great Again: The Grassroots Revitalization of the Oregon Republican Party (and the Defeat of the Ruling Class)

Point #117: Making Oregon Great Again: The Grassroots Revitalization of the Oregon Republican Party (and the Defeat of the Ruling Class)

November 28th, 2018

Following is the first part of the Preface of my new book, "Making Oregon Great Again: The Grassroots Revitalization of the Oregon Republican Party (and the Defeat of the Ruling Class)."

The book is in final editing now, and we'll release it soon.

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POINT #118: Most of the rest of the United States has “gone red.”

Point #118: Most of the rest of the United States has “gone red.”

November 30th, 2018

Most of the rest of the United States has “gone red.” We Oregon grassroots Republicans have swallowed the assumption of “Blue Oregon” for little more reason than our own propensity for being intimidated. Per the 2018 election results, nationally:

  • There are twenty-three “red trifecta” states, and fourteen blue
  • The majority of our governors are Republicans
  • The majority of our state Senates are Republican controlled
  • The majority of our state Houses are Republican controlled
  • Republicans have solid control of the U.S Senate
  • The President is Republican

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POINT #119: "Fascinating" travelogue of Portland, Oregon

Point #119: "Fascinating" travelogue of Portland, Oregon

December 4th, 2018

"Fascinating" travelogue of Portland, Oregon. You'll want to share it.

After watching this, Diana and I feel an incredible respect and awe of our Portland law enforcement professionals who battle this drug-addled nightmare every day. It also reminds us that the America we love is in serious jeopardy. Our prayer is that God will provide a hedge of protection around these men and woman, all across Oregon, who have dedicated their lives to protecting us.

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POINT #120: Why Knute Buehler lost Portland (and the election)

Point #120: Why Knute Buehler lost Portland (and the election)

December 10th, 2018

Buehler’s ultimate demise? Consider deep-Portland, where in some areas he tallied just 7% of the total vote. (How did THAT happen? His campaign office was in Tualatin, he catered to the Left, he thumbed his nose at his own base...and his travel bus and yard signs were oh-so-blue...).

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POINT #121: No surprise in this. Oregon Blue-Metro conclaves, get ready.

Point #121: No surprise in this. Oregon Blue-Metro conclaves, get ready.

December 14th, 2018

No surprise in this. Oregon Blue-Metro conclaves, get ready.

Here is an article from Daniel Greenfield, one of my favorite writers, regularly featured on Frontpage Mag. (The Frontpage blog's motto? "Inside every Progressive there is a totalitarian screaming to get out.")