What’s Governor Kitzhaber hiding now? The Salem Statesman Journal reports that John Kitzhaber is refusing to release emails related to his reasoning for placing an unconstitutional “moratorium” on the death penalty in Oregon. Gov. John Kitzhaber’s administration is refusing to release more than 150 emails dealing with internal advice the governor received prior to his […]
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- WSDOT Chief Ousted by Senate Republicans after 3 Years on Job February 6, 2016Governor Inslee’s office called the move “shameful.” During a debate that lasted about two hours, Republican senators blasted the Washington State Department of Transportation, citing frustrations with Interstate 405 toll lanes, problems with the ferry system and delays in the Highway 99 tunnel project. After the debate, Sen. Schoesler showed reporters a letter by the […]
- Democrats Love Universal Pre-K — And Don’t Seem to Care That It May Not Work February 5, 2016As the Tennessee’s education commissioner from 2011 to January 2015, I can’t help being disappointed. Researchers at Vanderbilt University have spent the past six years comparing cohorts of Tennessee pre-K students with their peers. By the time the children reached third grade, the pre-K attendees actually underperformed the comparison group. The post Democrats Love Universal […]
- Number of Uninsured People in Washington State Cut In Half February 5, 2016The number of uninsured people in Washington state has been cut in half since health care reform took effect, but there are still about half a million uninsured people in the state, the insurance commissioner’s office reported Wednesday. Adults who don’t have insurance this year- through work or Medicaid or the individual market - will […]
- Today’s Top 3 International Stories: Syria, Turkey & Zika February 1, 20161) After an entire week’s delay, Syrian opposition finally in Geneva for UN-run peace talks, despite a suicide attack by ISIS over the weekend which killed over 40 people. The UN hopes to find agreements on humanitarian aid and prisoner exchanges, but any progress, no matter how small, will be a victory at this point. […]
- Today’s Top 3 International Stories: Russia, Syria & the Refugee Crisis January 28, 20161) Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called for a new “Reset” with the West, erasing the previous U.S. Reset on Russian relations under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2009. Lavrov made clear that the reset would take place on Moscow’s terms and would ignore many contentious issues with the U.S. such as the […]
- Today’s Top 3 International Stories: Syria, Cameroon & Denmark January 26, 20161) ISIS has claimed a suicide attack in Homs, Syria, which killed at least 24 people. The double explosion, caused by a jihadist wearing a suicide vest and a car bomb, wounded more than 100 people in the government-controlled city. The bombing is another example of continued violence in Syria despite the UN’s announcement of […]
- Rubio Slams Mainstream Media and Hillary Clinton on Abortion February 7, 2016The post Rubio Slams Mainstream Media and Hillary Clinton on Abortion appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.
- Donald Trump and Jeb Bush Spar Over Eminent Domain February 7, 2016The post Donald Trump and Jeb Bush Spar Over Eminent Domain appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.
- Kasich: ‘I Ought To Be Running in the Democrat Primary’ February 7, 2016The post Kasich: ‘I Ought To Be Running in the Democrat Primary’ appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.
- 2014 Transit Data February 5, 2016In mid-December, the Federal Transit Administration posted 2014 transit data on line, then withdrew it–but not before the Antiplanner was able to download most of the data tables. Two tables that were not available then were “Service” (including such things as vehicle revenue miles, passenger miles, and average daily trips) and “Vehicle Inventory” (including the […]
- Are Oil Prices Too Low? February 4, 2016Remember peak oil? Remember when oil prices were $140 a barrel and Goldman Sachs predicted they would soon reach $200? Now, the latest news is that oil prices have gone up all the way to $34 a barrel. Last fall, Goldman Sachs predicted prices would fall to $20 a barrel, which other analysts argued was […]
- $44 Per Ride Subsidy February 2, 2016Last week, the Antiplanner commented on a proposed passenger train between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Yesterday, The Advocate, a New Orleans weekly, published an op-ed on the same train. The article calculates that the subsidy per ticket will average $44. Considering that the proposed fare is only $10 for the first few years, rising […]