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Help Relaunch 54° 40′ Or Fight!

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We have an aggressive marketing plan to relaunch 54° 40′ Or Fight! – and we need your help! This includes moving it back to WordPress, buying server space, advertising, email marketing and a whole host of other proactive efforts. The goal is to make 54° 40′ Or Fight! the premier online portal in the Northwest, […]

Hospital Drug Program 340B Being Abused, Needs Oversight

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When a government program to provide help to the needy turns out to be well-targeted, effective, and efficient, most Americans are eager to stand up and applaud. When such programs deteriorate over time because of abuse, neglect, and poor oversight, then it’s up to taxpayers to call for reform. We are at just such a […]

ANALYSIS: Oregon Tea Party Makes Presidential Endorsement

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Oregon Tea Party Endorses Ted Cruz for President in 2016. The Oregon Tea Party PAC has made a foray into presidential politics in the all important 2016 election cycle. It’s an interesting endorsement in many ways. The process, the candidate, and the reasoning all signal a mature and deliberate analysis of  the issues at hand, […]

Convicted Sex Offenders Still Draw Washington State Teacher Pensions

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Explosive report shows that teachers who are barred from teaching again in Washington State are still drawing generous teacher pensions at state expense. King 5 aired an investigative report that exposed more than $2 million per year of wasted taxpayer’s money. Research showed that in some cases, former teachers who had been barred from teaching […]

Connecting The Dots: Oregon Democrats John Kitzhaber And Kate Brown Share Much In Common

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As Democratic Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber’s announced resignation approaches – set for 10am on Wednesday, February 18 – it’s time to examine his successor. Democratic Secretary of State Kate Brown, by all appearances, is further to the Left politically than even Kitzhaber was. She also enjoys some of the same liberal billionaire connections that Kitzhaber […]

AUDIO: Interview On Saturday Night Cigar Lounge Re: Kitzhaber Scandal

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Jeff Reynolds joined the Saturday Night Cigar Lounge radio program to discuss the Kitzhaber scandal and resignation of Oregon’s Democratic Governor. The discussion included cigars, cronyism, scandal, billionaires, dark money, and the resignation of John Kitzhaber. The interview starts at the 34 minute mark:     Like this:Like Loading…

Double Barreled Federal Blasts: Feds To Investigate Kitzhaber ON TWO FRONTS

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Congress AND the Feds Investigate Kitzhaber: Friday evening, hours after Democrat John Kitzhaber announced that he will resign effective February 18, the State of Oregon was hit with a double dose of federal problems. First, as Willamette Week reported, the US Department of Justice has issued broad subpoenas for records pertaining to the Governor and […]

In Resignation Announcement, Kitzhaber Slams Former Democratic Allies

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On Friday the 13th, Democratic Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber announced his resignation, effective Wednesday, Feb 18 at 10am. In his announcement, Kitzhaber slams members of his party for their lack of loyalty. In his statement, Kitzhaber blasts his former political allies: I must also say that it is deeply troubling to me to realize that […]

GOP Senate Minority Leader Ted Ferrioli Refuses To Attend Swearing In Ceremony Of New Governor

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At a press conference today in advance of the expected announcement of Democratic Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, State Senate Minority Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) had some pointed words along with some breaking news. According to the Oregonian, Ted Ferrioli says he has been invited to Kate Brown’s swearing in ceremony as Governor, but refused: […]

Continued: More Reports That Billionaire Tom Steyer At Heart Of Kitzhaber Scandal

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The Washington Free Beacon is now reporting that there is much more to the Tom Steyer connection to John Kitzhaber and Cylvia Hayes than most people realize. Following up on an earlier post, we now have a far more complete view of Tom Steyer’s connections to John Kitzhaber. Lachlan Markay, investigative reporter for the Free […]

Kitzhaber Expected To Resign Friday Afternoon

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KOIN 6 News is reporting that multiple sources are saying that Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber will resign Friday afternoon. Twitter has exploded with images of vehicles leaving Kitzhaber’s private Portland residence. KOIN reports that Kitzhaber is expected to announce his resignation today: Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is expected to resign Friday, perhaps in the early […]

REPORT: Billionaire Tom Steyer At Heart Of Kitzhaber Scandal

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The Washington Times reports today that billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer was connected to the off-books payment received by Cylvia Hayes that started the scandal. In the Friday edition of the Washington times, a report has dug deep into the connections between Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber, his First Lady and environmental activist Cylvia Hayes, and […]

Cylvia Hayes Must Release All Emails – Why This Is A Big Deal

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Late Thursday evening, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum ordered Cylvia Hayes to disclose all emails relating to public business under a public records request by The Oregonian. This order was at least in in part a response to the bombshell revelation that the office of Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber requested the destruction of several thousand emails […]

Lulz: Oregon Tea Party Smacks John Kitzhaber While He’s Down

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I don’t care who you are, that’s funny right there. h/t Oregon Tea Party. Apologies to John Kitzhaber and David Wu #sorrynotsorry Like this:Like Loading…

UPDATE: Two Huge Developments In The Kitzhaber Scandal

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This afternoon, two major breaking news items hit back to back, indicating that the water is reaching full boil under Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber. So far, all indications are that he’s still digging in his heels, but he appears to be in significant legal trouble. The Kitzhaber scandal is about to get a whole lot […]

Kate Brown Issues Bizarre Statement Regarding Return to Oregon

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Oregon’s Democratic Secretary of State, Kate Brown, issued a statement this morning that indicates bizarre behavior by embattled Governor John Kitzhaber. As reported by KPTV Fox 12 News: One day after unexpectedly returning to Oregon from Washington D.C. with rumors swirling about the possibility of Gov. John Kitzhaber resigning, Secretary of State Kate Brown described […]

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    As pot prices trend downward, there could be positive and negative consequences for states. Since pot is taxed by sale, falling prices mean each sale results in fewer dollars for the state government. However, cheap marijuana could end up pushing more people to abandon the black market and stick with purchasing legal pot. The post […]
  • Social Service Shortfalls Hinder Health, Boost Medical Spending May 5, 2016
    States that spend more money on social services and public health programs relative to medical care have much healthier residents than states that don’t, a study out today. Professor Elizabeth Bradley, lead author of the study, is urging more efficient — not more — government spending. The post Social Service Shortfalls Hinder Health, Boost Medical […]
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    For the first time in 32 years the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) was unable to agree with Puget Sound treaty tribes over the details of a required federal application to share the catch. WDFW announced that as of Sunday May 1 all fishing was indefinitely cancelled The post State-Tribes Dispute Shuts Down […]
  • Today’s Top 3 International Stories: Syria, Libya & Uganda February 23, 2016
    1) The U.S. and Russia have come to a decision on a ceasefire for Syria, which will include all warring parties except the two largest terrorist blocks, Al-Nursa and ISIS. Previous agreements to stop violence and provide aid have failed to stay in place. Sec. of State John Kerry said if the current deal fails […]
  • Today’s (Late) Top 3 International Stories: Bahrain, Libya & Russia February 18, 2016
    1) On Sunday, four American members of the press were arrested in Bahrain, while covering protests marking the anniversary of Bahrain’s 2011 Arab Spring uprising. Family members now report that on Tuesday, Bahrain released Anna Day and her camera crew after being interrogated. They have left Bahrain. The government claims the four participated in an […]
  • Today Top 3+ International Stories: Egypt, Mexico, France Plus Syria February 12, 2016
    1) In Egypt, thousands of doctors in Cairo turned out to protest after reports circulated that two doctors at a hospital in the capital had been beaten by police. It is not clear why the doctors were targeted, but it could be because they treated or sympathized with dissenters in opposition to former military leader […]
  • The Dishonorable Nevada Land-Grab Act May 5, 2016
    The federal government owns so much of Nevada–nearly 85 percent–that it has put a crimp in the state’s economy. The Antiplanner has designated it, along with Alaska, a remnant of the “Old Feudalism” in which the government or a few private parties own so much land that it is hard for individual residents to own […]
  • Happy Birthday, Jane Jacobs May 4, 2016
    As noted in today’s Google doodle, today is Jane Jacob’s 100th birthday. No doubt many people will write positive things about her. However, as the Antiplanner has noted before, her book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, is overrated. Jacobs made two points, one of them right, and one of them wrong. Her […]
  • Antiplanner’s Library: Who Owns the World May 3, 2016
    While doing research for my map of the New Feudalism, I found this 2010 book by Irish journalist Kevin Cahill. Despite the shrill cover rhetoric, the book is basically a nation-by-nation (and, in the United States, state-by-state) inventory of land ownership patterns. There are a lot of question marks about some countries, but it helps […]