“Obama said Sue me. So we are.” Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) expressed frustration on Wednesday regarding what he described as President Obama’s willingness to sidestep Congress to write his own laws. Chaffetz joined Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) on a conference call to discuss the resolution being voted on Wednesday ev [...]
The coming tax season brings new forms, which apparently will need to be filled out and included with your return in order to satisfy the requirements of newly-added Line 61 on your Form 1040: Health care: individual responsibility. New this year for your computational and documental pleasure: Form 1095-A, Form 1095-B, and (assuming you were [...]
Despite the fact that Lois Lerner’s emails were destroyed to protect her from prosecution mysteriously vanished, investigators have retrieved some of the missing emails. Newly uncovered emails reveal Lerner’s bias against Republicans, including calling them “assholes”.
In a press release today, Rep. David Camp (R-MI), [...]
[Reposted from my blog at http://hillsboroerik.com .]
Today we continue our discussion of the politically biased and racist Equity training materials, provided by the organization “Uniting To Understand Racism”, that I began describing in my last blog. These materials have been used to train staff members in how to achieve Equit [...]
Like many others, it seemed curious to me that the notorious Cover Oregon website was opened to insurance agents but never to private individuals. Oracle, who built much of the site, says it came down to politics over proficiency.
Software vendor Oracle provided information last week to the U.S. House and Energy Committee claiming the website [...]
More details are emerging in the ongoing drama of fingerpointing between Governor John Kitzhaber, Cover Oregon, ObamaCare and software developer Oracle. KATU reported on Sunday evening that, according to Oracle, the Cover Oregon site that they built was functional and ready to use in February 2014, and was only shut down for political reasons [...]
Amanda Pratt is a 28-year-old survivor. She’s undergone five surgeries to remove a massive tumor in her brain and now she’s fighting a new battle: the battle to afford life-saving care under ObamaCare.
Prior to ObamaCare, Amanda paid far less for her treatment. MRIs cost her $800 out of
English: President Barack Obama’s signature on [...]
English: John Kitzhaber (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This morning, The Taxpayers Association of Oregon issued a press release highlighting two polls on John Kitzhaber, showing that his reelection bid is in deep trouble. The bad news for John Kitzhaber is a continuation of a strong trend among Oregon voters that show just how badly Kitzhaber̵ [...]
[5440 note: originally published 5 March 13 at WatchdogWire.org/Oregon. This post has been reproduced in its entirety here for the sake of posterity.]
Senator Ginny Burdick (D-18) has long been a proponent of regulating the purchase and ownership of firearms. As we reported last week, gun legislation has been a very hot topic in Oregon during [...]
This is a response to the recent ad campaign by Cover Oregon.
As native Oregonians, we found it strange that a large-scale, federally-funded ad campaign is trying to twist the meaning of “the Oregon Spirit.”
Quoting the Oregonian – ‘Mark Ray, co-owner and creative director of North [who created the ad campaign], said t [...]
Reposted from Heritage.org:
With the weekend’s grand slam appearance on the Sunday talk shows by yet another official unqualified to talk about Benghazi, the Obama Administration has again shot itself in the foot.
White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer attempted to defend U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s mischaracterization of the Beng [...]
A union of government tax collectors that opposes small-government Conservatives & anti-tax Tea Parties–and Obama doesn’t want a special prosecutor…Coincidence?
[cross posted from RedState: LaborUnionReport]
At a protest in downtown Manhattan last week, a group of federal workers chanted: “Hey, hey, ho, ho, sequestrati [...]
In response to the growing scandal around the IRS controversy of targeting of tax exempt status of conservative non-profit groups for extensive scrutiny, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) released a statement on May 15. While Merkley’s statement denounced the actions, he left more questions than answers regarding a 2012 letter he cosigned that dem [...]
Over at Townhall.com, former Congressman Bob Beauprez has an excellent review of the unanswered questions about Benghazi and the coverup still being perpetrated by the Obama administration. It’s well worth a read.
Benghazi: Still looking for Answers:
It has been nearly eight months since Ambassador Chris Stevens, his diplomatic aid Sea [...]
A good working definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, always expecting a different result. By that definition, the American legacy media are collectively nuts.
Note to legacy media: it may be about time to consider shutting the hell up. Let’s face it – you’ve never been right; you’ve been droolin [...]
The Environmental Protection Agency quietly announced on Friday that, after much delay, it had been unable to decide this year on a rule setting levels for the amount of biofuel it would require to be blended into conventional vehicle fuels. The post EPA Postpones Setting Standards For Biofuel Blends appeared first on Washington State Wire.
The Association of Washington Business (AWB) has had concerns about the Department of Revenue’s (DOR’s) internal appeal system for years, including basic questions of transparency, said Amber Carter, director of governmental affairs for tax and fiscal policy at the AWB. One of the biggest concerns is the lack of transparency that permeates the internal proce
Gil Brewer is senior director of tax policy at the Department of Revenue (DOR). He provided an interview to the Washington State Wire for a story about criticisms that the agency’s appeals division was “rubber stamping” decisions against the taxpayer. Brewer explains that the internal – and low-cost – appeals process is not designed to […] The post Q&A W
1) Today in Nigeria, 2 female suicide bombers killed 21 people in a busy market in the Northeastern part of the country, an area known for being the center of a Islamic insurgency. While people attempted to help the victims of the first bomb, the second attack happened. Boko Haram is suspected of being behind […]
Life is a risk. Everything we do and everywhere we go are all fraught with risks. You could get hit by a car while walking the dog, or slip in your bathroom and crack your hip. The point is everything in life, relationships, the workplace and in our hobbies all contain an element of risk. […]
1) Tens of thousands of people have come out to protest in Mexico City in response to the 43 missing (most likely massacred) students. Today President Nieto condemned the protests after they took a violent turn which involve setting fire to the door of the presidential palace. 2) Today the U.S. has blacklisted 2 Houthi […]
Former University of Illinois professor Steven Salaita received a standing ovation from Middle East scholars and academics from around the world on Saturday afternoon. Salaita, who was terminated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty in September for a series of viciously anti-Israel tweets during the Gaza War, seemed overwhelmed by the
The evidence continues to grow that so-called transit-oriented development (TOD) is more oriented to subsidies than it is to transit. A new GAO report found lots of places where rail transit failed to stimulate new development. In many if not most of the places it found TODs, “supportive zoning, planning, infrastructure investments, and tax incentives” […]
John Naviaux, an undergraduate student at UC Irvine, compared the greenhouse gas benefits of getting people out of their cars and onto buses and found that, while it saved a little carbon dioxide, it wasn’t worth the huge subsidies required. As his faculty mentor, David Brownstone, comments, “there are no significant CO2 emissions benefits from […]
Count on someone at the Washington Post to play the race card in the postmortems over the Arlington streetcar. “Lower-income, racially diverse South Arlington has been counting on the Columbia Pike and Crystal City streetcar projects to deliver a jolt of growth,” says Post columnist Robert McCartney. The county board’s decision to kill the streetcar […]