5-11 to 5-15-2020
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Bill’s Guests for Tuesday 5/12/2020
6:35 Steve Milloy, publisher of www.JunkScience.com and today we discuss Michael Moore’s new documentary, which torches the gang green sacred cows.
7:35 State Senator Herman Baertschiger on the shutdown, Gov Brown playing “Hide the Money” with the counties.
8:10 2nd District U.S. Congressional Candidate Cliff Bentz
Bill’s Guests for Monday 5/11/2020
6:35 Jake Ward, is President of the Connected Commerce Council (3C), a membership organization for small businesses empowered by digital tools and technology. Free Membership and help for small businesses is available at www.Connectedcouncil.org
7:10 I discuss an interesting article countering the “Lord of the Flies” theory on what happens in tough times. Read: The Real Lord of the Flies
7:10 Greg Roberts from Rogue Weather, and today’s Outdoor Report
7:35 Jackson County Commissioner and Board Chair Colleen Roberts discusses the frustrations in ending the shutdown, and holding Gov. Brown accountable for overreach.
8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers, “What Made Southern Oregon Great”. News and opinion on politics and finance, and today’s profile of the late Sen. Lenn Hannon:
By Dennis Powers
A back-hoe operator, heavy-equipment worker, and truck driver for the City of Ashland for years, Lenn Lamar Hannon was a state senator during that time and afterwards. He was born on July 4th, 1943, grew up in Ashland, and graduated in 1962 from Ashland High School. After attending Southern Oregon State College for one year, he dropped out to work for the city, which he did for twenty-five years before becoming an insurance agent. He married a Medford lady, Dixie Gibbs, in 1966 and was married to her for his entire life, over forty years.
In 1974, union leaders convinced Hannon to run for the state senate in his district, an area that covered much of southern Jackson County, including Ashland. Running as a Democrat, he won by 37 votes. Not liking the attempts to influence his votes on proposed labor legislation, Hannon returned a $500 contribution back to the Oregon AFL-CIO leaders who had backed him one year before. He fought off challengers to his seat, despite criticism from local Democrats over his stance on gun control and other issues; this resulted in his switching to the Republican Party in 1980, despite this making him only one of seven Republicans in the 30-member Oregon Senate.
Over the years, he successfully won re-election for every term, including fighting off two recall movements. One effort lost when his critics failed to meet a filing deadline; they wanted in 1979 to unseat him for refusing to support state control of Oregon federal lands. In 1994, he won his sixth term and with twenty years in the legislature, he was the senior Republican in the Senate. With years on the Joint Ways and Means Committee, Hannon in 2001 was named the chairman of the powerful committee, which plans how state spending will be for the next two years.
In that capacity he helped to create a bipartisan solution to the 2002 budget crisis, and one year later, an evenly divided senate brought about an unusual power-sharing arrangement: Lenn Hannon and Peter Courtney of Salem became co-leaders, Hannon as president pro tem and Courtney as president. In 2004, he left his near 30-year, 8-term legislative career to accept a seat on the Oregon Parole and Post-Prison Supervision Board in Salem.
Having represented Ashland and southern Jackson County for over 29 years in the Senate from January 13, 1975, to January 31, 2004, Hannon was the longest-serving state senator in the current Capitol building and the second longest one in Oregon history. His colleagues named a room at the corridor end behind the senate chamber in his name and honor. The political-maverick Hannon was known for his honesty, feistiness, integrity, and ability to work across the aisles.
Using his seniority and bi-partisan approach, Hannon brought about project funding for Southern Oregon facilities that are part of everyday life. Some of these were the Craterian Theatre, Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport, Bear Creek Greenway, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Medford Armory, and Southern Oregon University. For his efforts in securing the bond funding for SOU’s new library, the facility was named the Lenn and Dixie Hannon Library in 2004.
He died in 2010 at the age of 66. Oregon political leaders from both parties and the Democratic governor lauded him for his efforts for the state, including a social consciousness from promoting health care to student tuition aid. Often the swing vote on controversial issues, he and Dixie twice accepted the Oregon Food Bank’s challenge to live for one month on the set monthly food-stamp amount. Lenn Hannon set a standard for others to try and follow.
Sources: Damian Mann, “Lenn Hannon: ‘He told it to you straight’,” Mail Tribune, April 3, 2010, at Lenn Hannon (With Images); Jeff Mapes, “Lenn Hannon, longtime Oregon senator, dies,” The Oregonian, April 2, 2010, at Synopsis.