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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 […]

Hidden Agenda | the whitestick papers

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[5440 note: reprinted in full by permission of the author. Original post: Hidden Agenda | the whitestick papers.] There always have been, and always will be, sub-groups within the Republican Party. Some are based on demographic similarities; Young Republicans, College Republicans, the Federation of Republican Women and the like. Most of these have links to […]

Guest Post: Making sure Republicans lose

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[5440 note: Making sure Republicans lose, originally published at the whitestick papers. Reprinted by permission of the author.] Almost since its founding in the late 1850’s, the Republican Party has been plagued by internal strife. It’s a party of moral righteousness (and, often, self-righteousness) that takes founding principles very, very seriously. Clashes between firebrand ideologues […]

My friend Stacy lays waste to the White Privilege Conference

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  Check out how my friend Stacy lays waste to the White Privilege Conference. Related articles White Privilege Conference 2014 Part 1 of 4: Leftists Claim Racism Was Invented In The American Colonies (Video) White Privilege Industrial Complex exposed Kyle Olson Exposes White Privilege Conference 2014 on ‘The Kelly File’ (Video) The Kelly File – […]

False Premise Number One: “Something vs. Nothing” | JSL Consulting

Guest post from my buddy John LaRosa. Good read as always. via False Premise Number One: “Something vs. Nothing” | JSL Consulting. I’m tired. I’m really, really tired. Am I getting old? Yes. But while I certainly prefer aging to its alternative, my sprint toward transitional assisted living and perpetual underground residency is not what […]

Guest Post: “RINO” vs. “Moderate Republican” | JSL Consulting

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My buddy John LaRosa has a compelling new post at his blog: “RINO” vs. “Moderate Republican” | JSL Consulting.   In case you haven’t noticed, there is a battle going on, and I’m not talking about the “war on” poverty, drugs, illiteracy or terror. The conflict I’m talking about is taking place within the Republican Party. In […]

Doctor Gosnell: The Cold Reality of Abortion

  Now I want to preface this story with a little bit of information about me. I am not one of those people you will see out on Facebook posting pictures of fetuses. I’m not the guy who pickets abortion clinics or makes the abortion debate his #1 issue. But what I am is a […]

Morons & Geniuses

Morons & Geniuses

It’s rare I disagree with Rush Limbaugh but I can’t disagree with him more on Mitch McConnell’s “plan” to stick Obama with the sequester. No transcript, you’ll have to listen – I Spy Minute for Feb 27 2013   Follow Mark Anderson on Twitter @iSpyRadioShow Like this:Like Loading…

Response to DPO 2012 Legislative Agenda

The Democratic Party of Oregon came out with their “2012 Legislative Agenda Items” so I decided to respond to each of the agenda Items to show from a Republican point of view what we felt about them (but these are my words, and I do not represent the republican party): 1.       Not surprising they want […]

Obama’s War on History

Obama’s War on History

There are a number of things about Obama that bug me. Foremost that he’s president–but that’s not really his fault, is it? But what perhaps bugs me the most is his ongoing War on History–constantly distorting and twisting and misinterpreting it. And usually to distort the importance of government. Take a listen: I Spy Minute […]

Demented Democrat Trashes Pledge – Violates US Flag Code – Insults Veterans

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Suffering from dementia? Carolyn Tomei the “Demented Democrat Dean of the House” made up her own version of the Pledge of Allegiance. You would have to be crazy.  One of the leaders of the newly elected, Democrat-led House of Representatives began this session by doing the equivalent of spitting on the United States Flag and […]

An Apology to Our Founding Fathers

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    My buddy Laurin posted this note on Facebook today, and I found it compelling enough to repost. Dear Founding Fathers: I’m sorry that after all we have been through as a nation that we cannot see when something is wrong under our very eyes. I’m sorry that we have become so dependent on […]

Union Pricing

Union Pricing

If unions are good for industry, then being treated like a union should be good for union workers, right? I can’t help but wonder, though, if they’d buy their own economics… Take a listen! I Spy Minute for Wed Dec 12 2012. Or read the transcript, below. Follow Mark on Twitter @iSpyRadioShow and look for […]

November 12 is the first anniversary of 54°40’ Or Fight!

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I am proud and humbled to celebrate the first anniversary of this blog. It has evolved quite a bit in its first year. I am most proud of the contributors who have agreed to post their stories at 54°40’ Or Fight! We now have 21 active contributors from around the State of Oregon. Several veteran […]

Will Ferrell Wants To Eat Your Hair, For Obama

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Will Ferrell will grovel on a billiards table, wearing a lounge suit made from the finest threads, as long as you agree to vote for Barack Obama. Seriously, he’ll make you a meal of roast flamingo and seared perch. He’ll bungee jump from the Golden Gate Bridge wearing nothing but an ill-fitting trash bag. He’ll […]

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  • Washington state House Democrats ask Congress to find a solution to keep DACA recipients here September 22, 2017
    This week, all 50 members of the Washington state House Democratic Caucus sent a letter to Speaker Ryan and Majority Leader McConnell requesting that Congress take action in response to President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Washington state is home for nearly 18,000 young people who are able to […]
  • Morning Wire: Reichert for Gov?, Seattle Seahawks, Rep. Joe Schmick September 20, 2017
    The purpose of the Washington State Wire is to provide smart, strategic content with thoughtful brevity. We create original content, and we lean on the good work of others. We see our role as helping you look ahead just a little bit, to better know where the policy, political, and economic landscape is heading. Your […]
  • Public policy, the will of the voters, and the Seattle Seahawks September 19, 2017
    “Across all demographics, the 12s are contagious. It’s for everybody.” In this quote, King County Council member Jeanne Kohl-Welles was reflecting on the role of the Seattle Seahawks as a unifying force for the Seattle community. It may be hard to remember for some, particularly the new fans that winning has recruited over the last […]
  • Black Population Trends September 25, 2017
    Between 2015 and 2016, the total population of the San Francisco-Oakland urban area grew by 13,773 people, but the black population shrank by 5,839, suggesting that Bay Area land-use policies continue to push low-income people out of the region by making housing unaffordable. The Austin urban area, to its shame, saw a decline of 4,439 […]
  • More 2016 Commuting Data September 22, 2017
    People who earn more than $75,000 a year are more likely to ride transit than people in any other income bracket. Most of those high-income transit riders live not in big cities like New York or Chicago but in suburbs of those cities. That information is from table B08119 from the 2016 American Community Survey. […]
  • Housing Affordability in 2015 September 22, 2017
    Today the Antiplanner continues reviewing 2016 American Community Survey data by looking at housing affordability, a common measure of which is median house prices divided by median family incomes, or value-to-income ratio. Median family incomes are in ACS table B19113, while median home prices are in table B25077. To save you time, I’ve downloaded these […]