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ANALYSIS: What Do We Know About Kitzhaber And Kate Brown’s Return?

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 How likely is a John Kitzhaber resignation? So much speculation is being offered regarding John Kitzhaber’s job status that it’s hard to keep up. We know that the Democratic Governor of Oregon is in deep trouble in his fourth term. We know that Kate Brown is second in line for the job should Kitzhaber resign. […]

Possible Huge News – Kate Brown Rushes Back To Oregon – Kitzhaber Out?

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Is this the beginning of the end for Democrat Governor John Kitzhaber? Reports are that Kate Brown, Democrat Secretary of State of Oregon and first in line of succession, has unexpectedly left the national Secretaries of State conference to rush back to Oregon today. As we detailed last week, Kitzhaber has been embroiled in an […]

BOMBSHELL – Kitzhaber Lied In His Press Conference Jan 30, 2015

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In an extraordinary press conference on Friday, January 30, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber addressed concerns about his fiancee Cylvia Hayes and her tax returns, and whether there were lapses in reporting of income under Oregon ethics laws. Financial disclosure forms require the reporting of all household income to the Oregon Ethics Commission. Allegations of impropriety […]

Public Schools Encouraging Anti-Semitism

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[Reposted from my blog at http://hillsboroerik.com .] When I first started writing this series on the politically biased, racist, logically confused, and embarrassing “White Privilege”-based Equity training materials used by many public school districts, including Hillsboro, earlier this summer, I wasn’t planning to write this article.    After all, if you have read my previous blogs, […]

Advancing Equity Through Ad Hominem Arguments

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[reposted from my blog at http://hillsboroerik.com] This week we continue our discussion of Hillsboro’s (and many other public school districts’) embarrassing Equity training materials, which are based in Critical Race Theory , redefine “racism” so that only white people can be racist, and teach that meritocracy in America is a myth, since most success really […]

How Local Government Works – Or Doesn’t – Might Just Make Your Head Explode

How Local Government Works – Or Doesn’t – Might Just Make Your Head Explode

Public information. What is that? A great working definition, as it pertains to government is: All information originating from the field of work of the public sector bodies and occurring in the form of a document, a case, a dossier, a register, a record or other documentary material drawn up by the body, by the […]

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 […]

Chaffetz: Obama Said Sue Me. So We Are.

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  “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 evening to authorize Congress to […]

Looking Forward To April 15

Looking Forward To April 15

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 somehow able to qualify for […]

Bombshell: Lois Lerner Reveals Bias Against Republicans

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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), Chair of the Ways and Means Committee, sent additional evidence […]

New Report Shows Oregon’s Economy Is Struggling Due To Cronyism

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A new report released today shows that Oregon ranks near the top of all states in special tax breaks, loopholes and corporate cronyism. The report shows that, by choosing winners and losers in the economy and attempting to shape the economy through central planning, Oregon’s economy is falling behind other states that are much more […]

The Battle For The Soul Of The Republican Party

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  [5440 note: this is an adaptation of a presentation given by the author at the TechRoanoke Conference in Bellevue, WA, June 2014] There is a battle on for the soul of the GOP. But to clarify, I’m NOT going to be talking about the 800lb gorilla in the room. The factional infighting, the purity […]

Oregon Planned Parenthood Caught Promoting X-Rated Advice

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Oregon Planned Parenthood gives a 15 year old advice on BDSM, other sexual practices. From the Oregon Is A National Embarrassment Files, #5,792,430: The undercover video, “SEXED: Dangerous Sex Advice for Kids (Episode 3),” is part of Live Action’s nationwide campaign to spread awareness of Planned Parenthood’s track record of offering advice about “BDSM”—a practice […]

POMERLEAU: Enabling American companies to compete at home and abroad – Washington Times

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This is a compelling article on tax reform, well worth a read: POMERLEAU: Enabling American companies to compete at home and abroad – Washington Times. The massive scope of our broken tax code is enough to fill several college courses, and will not be solved in one blog post. But it is important to reiterate […]

One Catholic Hospital Fined $24 Million A MONTH By ObamaCare

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Under the Affordable Care Act, the largest Catholic hospital in New England fears being fined out of existence for refusing to comply with mandates under the law. St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Simsbury, CT, faces fines of $24 Million A MONTH for standing up for its rights of religious freedom in rejecting the […]

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  • Adele Ferguson, “Adella the Hun,” A Freshman Mistake That Had To Be Cleaned Up. 1975 March 4, 2015
    It was sometime in the winter of 1975 when a couple of Eastern Washington freshman House members started grousing about Adele Ferguson’s acidic description of them in her columns. Those were the days when members of the Capitol Press Corps were granted access to the legislative members-only dining area under the House floor. We ate […]
  • Utah MMJ Law Will Cause “Stoned Rabbits” Says DEA Agent-Consumerist Blog March 4, 2015
    There are many arguments for and against using marijuana legally in this country, whether for medical use or for fun, but one drug enforcement official’s reason for his stance against legalizing it in Utah is surely one nobody’s about to forget: He says wild bunnies will get high off the stuff. The post Utah MMJ […]
  • House Passes Minimum Wage Increase to $12, Paid Sick Leave March 4, 2015
    The House of Representatives made quick work of two major labor-backed bills Tuesday, getting 51-46 votes to send over to the Senate an increase in the minimum wage to $12 by 2019, and institute paid sick and safe leave for the vast majority of employers in Washington state. Both votes were on party lines, with […]
  • Top International Stories to Watch Today: Lithuania, Nigeria & Argentina February 27, 2015
    1) Due to fears of Russian aggression, Lithuania has reinstated compulsory military conscription. The Baltic region of Europe that borders Russia has placed a new priority on strengthening their military. The draft previously ended in 2008.   On Friday, Russia held military exercises just on the other side of the Estonian border. While both Estonia and […]
  • Top International Stories to Watch Today: Syria, Afghanistan, & Ukraine February 26, 2015
    1) More than 220 Assyrian have been abducted by ISIS, an airstrike campaign has started in the region. (Also, we now know who Jihadi John is.)   2) A car full of explosives ran into a NATO convoy in Afghanistan, targeting the Turkish envoy, at least one Turkish soldier died.   3) The United Kingdom will […]
  • World Class Hour on #FTRRadio with @astaroska! February 25, 2015
    Guest: Andrew Staroska   Nuclear Iran https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8VuxcQxXgg Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Geneva this weekend to continue on-going nuclear negotiations. The Israeli government has expressed concerns over the talks, so U.S. national security advisor Susan Rice has invited her Israeli counterpart to the White House to […]
  • Empty Nesters Moving into Bigger Homes March 5, 2015
    The Minneapolis Star-Tribune is “surprised” that retirees are moving into bigger homes, not smaller ones like the “conventional wisdom” dictates. Of course, that’s the conventional wisdom of urban planners, not demographers or economists, which means it is more like untested hypotheses, not wisdom. In any case, people who have accumulated a lifetime of toys and […]
  • No Infrastructure Fund March 4, 2015
    A lot of people have proposed that Congress create an infrastructure bank that would fund or finance the reconstruction and expansion of America’s transportation and other infrastructure. One problem is where the money would come from. Another problem is how would it be allocated. Representative John Delaney (D-MD) thinks he has the answers to these […]
  • Amtrak Not Worth State Support March 3, 2015
    The Antiplanner arrived at the Purple Line debate debate last night to find protesters who were apparently upset that anyone would consider not building a train whose projected costs have already risen by more than 40 percent and whose ridership projections are so outlandish that even the Federal Transit Administration uses a lower (though still […]