About Dan Re

I have lived in Oregon my entire life, except for six years serving in the US Army and four years of  law school.  I am 61 years old and I could not understand how Oregon’s public employees had taken control over the government of Oregon during the last 25 years.  I decided to find out what happened.  The purpose of this blog and my website, inrethepeople.com, is to let  concerned Oregonians learn what I have discovered.  If enough people learn what Oregon’s lawmakers and other elected representatives have done the current situation will change.  It can only continue if most of the people are uninformed.  If you find this information informative, let your friends know about.


8 Responses to About Dan Re

  1. Tom Huxley says:

    March 20, 2011


    I live in Brookings and consider myself more awake and aware of the PERS debacle than 99% or the local citizens and yet sadly, I did not happen upon your great articles until today. As I do not have an email address for you that I can attached files, below is part of testimony I submitted March 17, 2011. If you have interest in the three documents I submitted, please provide an address I may send to you.

    That said, my question for you is would you please provide the names of the Justices who voted to strike down the Measure 8 ballot measure (1994) in their 1996 opinion or give me some direction on how I might locate that information. Brookings is very small and not near any law library which might have that information. I’m not sure how to even locate the actual case number online.

    I intend to get your articles linked to the Brookings TEA Party newsletter which is published every two weeks and sent to over 400 people.

    Once again, you articles were outstanding. Below is part of my testimony on HB-2475 regarding PERS and, the reason for my question.

    Thank you.

    Tom Huxley

    The creation of a public record was requested from the PERS records department in March 2011. The record was in part a request for the status of the seven Oregon Supreme Court Justices who rendered the 1996 “opinion” above. Specifically, who were and who were not members of PERS at the time of their “opinion.” PERS records staff advised prior to the search that some of the Justices may not be located. They explained this was not necessarily because they were not PERS members but rather, because of the nature of their huge database and search limitations using just a first and last name.

    Of the seven Justices, two were not found. Justices Gillette and Van Hoomissen. The other five Justices (Carson; Fadeley; Unis; Graber; Durham) were all PERS participants long before they ever heard the 1996 case.

    Of the current Justices on the Supreme Court two were also not found. Justices De Muniz and Kistler. The other five Justices (Durham; Balmer; Walters; Linder; Landau) are PERS participants.

    If another “Measure 8” Oregon Constitutional Amendment were passed, who would hear the case when it made it’s way to the Supreme Court given the clear conflict of interest (PERS) the current Justices would have? Yes, the same clear conflict of interest the Justices also had in 1996.

  2. Curtis Hart says:

    Please call me, Curtis Hart – 541 475 3488 has info.
    See Hart v. Governor > M-71 Case > 11C14777 >oral arg, Dec. 2. 2011.
    Oregon “system of Gov. unsustainable” > Oregon’s prep. for bankrupcy > an end to PERS.

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  4. Justin says:

    Daniel, I learned about your suit today in the Sunday Oregonian. As a liberal, I feel the fiscal irresponsibility of PERS crosses party lines, and that citizens need to come together to rein in this behemoth before it’s too late. I’m disappointed that judges would be would be allowed to rule on cases from which they materially benefit, such as legislation affecting PERS. To me this is akin to the credit ratings agencies receiving their income from the very companies who produce the products they evaluate. I don’t know if this can reach the Supreme Court of the US, but I would think an unbiased presence would be required to inject some objectivity and fairness into the issue. Please continue fighting. You have the support of concerned Oregonians of both stripes who want the best for our state.

    • Dan Re says:

      Justin, Thank you for your comments. I agree that the right to impartial judges is not a partisan issue. It is an issue of fundamental fairness that concerns every Oregonian. I will keep fighting against this injustice and am confident of success.


  5. Janine says:

    Thank you so much, this was so informative! I will pass this along any way I can. I wish I understood more ways to apply it-I am very upset over a bond that passed in my school district, (though it took 6 years), and they basically, pushed the public into it, though they initially voted against it, (I think every one of the school board members were PERS beneficiaries). I know at least est. 580 some people that would love to bring a lawsuit on the district.

    • Dan Re says:

      Thank you, Janine. The most effective action we can take at this time is to inform Oregonians about the trust regarding PERS and the fact that PERS members in the legislature and on the Oregon Supreme Court have created the current PERS laws and that they have total control over changing those laws. Hopefully, that will eventually result in an Oregon legislature that represents the interest of everyone when PERS laws are made, instead of representing just the interests of PERS members which has been the reality in Oregon for the last 43 years.

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