From Senator Bonham: Democrat Corruption as Republicans Hold Firm

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Senator Daniel Bonham

Legislative Update


Welcome back to my newsletter and thank you for reading. 

On Monday, I had crossed the threshold of 10 unexcused absences, which means I may not be able to run for Senate again, according to the unconstitutional Measure 113 that passed last November. Last week I shared my thoughts on the walkout with Mark Bailey on KIHR about the walkout last week. Listen here.

The walkout continues

Today, the majority of GOP Senators have hit their 10-days, meaning there is no turning back now. We are in it for the long haul. Oregon is in a leadership crisis. Democrats in Salem think and behave as if they are above the law. We can play their game or rise above it. We are rising above it.


With decades of control over the Oregon government, prioritizing their extreme partisan agenda, as opposed to focusing on what Oregonians need and want, the Democrats in power have eroded trust in the political process.

The oath of office is essential, and when I swore to uphold the law and the Constitution - I meant it.

I will not sit by and help move along the majority party's extreme agenda - especially with its complete and obvious dismissal of the law.

As a reminder, Senate Republicans and Independents are currently protesting the unconstitutional actions of the majority party by exercising our constitutional right to deny quorum or the minimum number of Senators required to conduct business on the Senate Floor.

Democrat Corruption

The backdrop to the walkout my colleagues and I are engaging in, are some explosive news stories about Democrat corruption.

Many of these stories center around an unhinged marijuana business, La Mota. To kick things off, former-Secretary of State Shemia Fagan was ousted from office after the Willamette Week discovered she had been "moonlighting" as a consultant for the marijuana dispensary to the tune of $10,000 a month. She was using her high-ranking leadership position to advance the marijuana agenda in the state. La Mota's "troubled cannabis couple" were actually in front of a camera when the news of Fagan's resignation broke. 

After that news broke, it was swiftly uncovered that many Democrat leaders had accepted stacks of cash, upwards of $10,000 a month, from La Mota in campaign donations. As elected Democrats in Salem are trying to pass legislation that would give small dollar donations an 8 to 1 match from the state (your tax dollars), it is obvious our state needs meaningful campaign finance reform. Democrats should have known that taking massive sums of cash from a company that owes significant back taxes to the state of Oregon was a bad idea; their actions continues to foster a culture of corruption.

The Kicker

The quarterly Economic and Revenue Forecast was released and indicated record revenue. The Personal Kicker for the 2023-2025 Biennium is estimated to be $5.5 billion.

The Kicker is triggered when the state's revenue for a two-year budget is 2% higher than forecasted.

Senate Republican Leader Tim Knopp said it best: "Republicans trust Oregonians with their tax refund, with their children, and with their families. Meanwhile, Democrats want government to spend your money and parent your children."


As a reminder, at the beginning of the session, Gov. Kotek assured me that she would steer clear of stealing the kicker. The Democrat-controlled legislature needs to do the same. It is imperative Oregonians get their money back to assist with rising costs instead of feeding bloated government or paying off special interests.

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Until then,

Senator Daniel Bonham, District 26

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1726
Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, S-423​​, Salem, OR, 97301