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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, […]

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 […]

Rumor Mill: Is Kitzhaber Angling For A Full Pardon?

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Oregonians were left dumbfounded and dismayed that Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber reportedly changed his mind, choosing not to resign despite reports to the contrary. What’s going on? Credible speculation around Salem is that Kitzhaber, seeing the writing on the wall, is fully prepared to walk away from the governor’s mansion, but only if he and […]

Is Kate Brown Any Improvement Over John Kitzhaber?

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If appearances hold and Democrat John Kitzhaber resigns as Oregon Governor, what will the next administration look like under Democrat Kate Brown? Despite his repeated refusal to comment, embattled Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber appears poised to resign soon (although the Oregonian is reporting otherwise). Should this resignation occur, what can we expect from Democrat Kate […]

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  • A Review of Research on the Effect of Lower Class Sizes: Many Studies Find “No Improvement in Learning” April 24, 2015
    Researchers at the left-leaning Center for American Progress describe class size reduction policies as a “false promise.” Center for American Progress analysts also conclude that extensive class size reduction policies in California, Florida and other states have not been cost-effective. Bottom line, policies that retain bad teachers in the classroom do more harm to student […]
  • Progress in Focus: More Funding for Education Means Better Opportunities for Students April 24, 2015
    While much of the education conversation in the Legislature right now is centered on the money, it should be focused on what’s at stake – equal opportunity for future generations to reach their full potential. The post Progress in Focus: More Funding for Education Means Better Opportunities for Students appeared first on Washington State Wire.
  • The Politics of Rent Control, Seattle-Style April 24, 2015
    Those who support rent control, including Sawant, have an enormous obstacle blocking their path: a statewide ban. For Seattle to even consider it, the state Legislature would need to pass a measure allowing municipalities to decide for themselves. The post The Politics of Rent Control, Seattle-Style appeared first on Washington State Wire.
  • Today’s Top International Stories: Pakistan, South Africa & Iran April 24, 2015
    1) Today President Obama apologized for all counterterrorism drone strikes including one from January that killed U.S. and Italian hostages hoping for rescue. This particular strike targeted an Al-Qaeda stronghold in Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan. The two hostages killed were American Warren Weinstein, captured in 2011 and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto, who went […]
  • Today’s Top International Stories: Yemen, North Korea & Italy April 23, 2015
    1) Despite promises to end its airstrikes in Yemen, Saudi Arabia has continued to target Houthi-held areas. At least 20 airstrikes took place today, the death count for the raids is unverified but the Houthi health ministry claims 951 people have died and 3,311 have been wounded.   2) China says that North Korea is […]
  • Today’s Top International Stories: France, Ukraine & Yemen April 22, 2015
    1) France authorities announced they thwarted a planned terrorist attack that would have taken place in Paris this past Sunday and focused French churches. They have arrested a 24-year-old man who had weapons, ammunition and clears plans to carry out an attack. Few details about the man in custody have been released so far, but […]
  • The Men Who Started the Hugo Awards Controversy April 25, 2015
    A prominent editor of speculative fiction (a term that encompasses both science fiction and fantasy) pinpointed 2012 as the year that the genre “moved away from the white male Anglo Saxon Mayberry of its youth and towards a more mature, diverse, and inclusive future.” His words were an encapsulation of trendy opinion among certain sorts […]
  • Chamber Music April 25, 2015
    In 1800 and 1802, respectively, two boys were born in Peebles, a small town in the Scottish Borders, each with twelve fingers and twelve toes. The locals thought their extra digits lucky. They may have been right. Shuffling around in their attic, the elder of the two found an ancient set of the Encyclopædia Britannica. […]
  • Super Bowl Champions Troll Obama April 24, 2015
    America’s most beloved football team visited 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on Thursday. At every turn of their White House visit, the Patriots trolled President Obama.
  • U.S. Land Worth More Than $23 Trillion April 23, 2015
    A new study from the Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates that America’s land, exclusive of buildings or other improvements, was worth nearly $23 trillion in 2009. It has undoubtedly increased since then. The analysis, which was summarized in a Wall Street Journal blog post yesterday, presents estimates by state (for the lower 48 states only) […]
  • A Source of Humiliation April 22, 2015
    Japan has test-run a mag-lev train at faster than 600 kilometers per hour, a fact that is ” further humiliating the US rail industry,” says Business Insider. As an American, I feel totally humiliated by this test. After all, after spending more than $100 billion (about $350 million per mile) on infrastructure that will require […]
  • Because We Don’t Want Them April 21, 2015
    “Why can’t America have great trains?” asks East Coast writer Simon Van Zuylen-Wood in the National Journal. The simple answer is, “Because we don’t want them.” The slightly longer answer is, “because the fastest trains are slower than flying; the most frequent trains are less convenient than driving; and trains are almost always more expensive […]