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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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    Representative Pramila Jayapal, along with the other co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus introduced a bold infrastructure proposal yesterday, entitled 21st Century New Deal for Jobs. The proposal is in part a response to President Trump’s campaign rhetoric of creating jobs and investing in infrastructure, which Rep. Jayapal feels was ignored in President Trump’s budget. […]
  • Senate majority leader optimistic, confident about second special session May 24, 2017
    Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, issued the following statement after Gov. Jay Inslee called the Legislature into a second special session for 2017, starting at noon today. I absolutely believe we will come to an agreement on a new two-year budget and how to fully fund Washington’s education system. We did not come here […]
  • Issaquah City Councilmember Tola Marts Announces Campaign For Congress May 23, 2017
    Issaquah City Councilmember Tola Marts announced his campaign today for Congress in Washington’s Eighth Congressional District. “I decided to run for Congress because I worry that America’s standing as a place where dreams can happen, and opportunity can be seized, is slipping. I also worry that with all the political division and partisanship, we’re losing […]
  • New York City’s Only Hope May 26, 2017
    Back in 2010, when the Federal Transit Administration admitted that the transit industry had a $78 billion maintenance backlog, America’s largest transit system seemed to be in the best shape of those with legacy (older than 40 years) rail lines. Having undergone its own crisis in the 1970s, the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority appeared […]
  • FTA New Starts Report for 2018 May 25, 2017
    The Federal Transit Administration released is annual recommendations for 2018 federal capital grants to local transit projects, a.k.a. New Starts report. Usually, the report went through all sorts of gyrations rating each projects by various criteria. This year, the criteria, or rather criterion, was simple. Had the FTA already agreed to fund the project with […]
  • Administration Blinks in Budget Showdown May 24, 2017
    The Trump administration released its proposed 2018 budget yesterday to great fanfare and gnashing of teeth over proposed cuts to the so-called safety net. The truth is that the document released yesterday actually has less information in it than the budget blueprint that was released a couple of months ago. More significant is the decision […]