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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- Washington Students Seem to Find New Tests More Challenging July 3, 2015Just over half of the children tested in grades three through eight met the standard on the new English language arts tests this year, according to data released Thursday. And just under half the state's elementary students met the standard in math. Last year's results had about 70 percent of elementary students meeting the state's […]
- Small Businesses Hail Ruling That Protects Association Health Plans July 3, 2015Thousands of Washington’s small businesses can feel confident their health-insurance coverage is here to stay, thanks to a decision issued Wednesday by a judge with the Office of the Insurance Commissioner. “While I am disappointed with the ruling, I will not appeal it,” Commissioner Kreidler said in a statement. The post Small Businesses Hail Ruling […]
- Two Citizen Initiatives Likely To Be on November Ballot July 3, 2015Two citizen initiative campaign submitted boxloads of petitions by the Friday deadline, and both appear to have an excellent shot at making the statewide ballot this fall. Tim Eyman turned in what he estimated at at least 334,000 signatures for Initiative 1366. That measure would direct the Legislature to place a constitutional amendment on the […]
- World Class Hour RETURNS! July 1, 2015Due to immigration and time zones, the World Class Hour has taken an extended hiatus, but as of July 13th at 10pm EST we will be BACK! (Only on FTR Radio.) Our shows will now be on Monday nights and I will be your host. All new guests, a little different feel, new producer, but […]
- Today’s Top 3 International Stories: Egypt, Russia & Greece July 1, 20151) ISIS attacked multiple Egyptian checkpoints in the northern Sinai region, killing 50 Egyptian soldiers. About 22 of the 70 militants facilitating the attack were also killed. This is the first planned assault on Egypt of its kind. ISIS has also made threats to Hamas in Gaza for lacking religious piety and not doing more […]
- Russian Troll Armies Wage Propaganda War on Social Media, Target Americans July 1, 2015Photo by Davide Restivo
- Center for American Progress Helped Craft EPA Press Strategy July 6, 2015A prominent left-wing group helped formulate Environmental Protection Agency talking points designed to sell a controversial regulatory scheme to skeptical journalists, internal emails show. The emails show Joseph Goffman, the senior counsel of EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, circulating talking points from Center for American Progress climate strategy director Daniel Weiss among EPA colleagues […]
- Kerry Threatens to Leave Nuke Talks With No Deal July 5, 2015VIENNA—Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday that the United States and Iran may fail to reach a final nuclear agreement despite the talks being extended past their June 30 deadline so that the sides could hash out remaining differences over the scope and scale of the Islamic Republic’s contested nuclear program.
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- Oregon Starts Mileage-Based User Fees July 2, 2015Yesterday, the Oregon Department of Transportation began accepting applications from volunteers willing to switch from paying gas taxes to mileage-based user fees. The experimental program is limited to 5,000 volunteers and apparently the applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Oregon’s gasoline tax is 30 cents a gallon, so if your car gets 30 […]
- WiFi Yes, V2V No July 1, 2015A little-known conflict over the electromagnetic spectrum could shape self-driving cars for years to come. On one side is “an ecosystem of companies” that have developed vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications systems and the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission (NHTSC), which wants to mandate such systems in all cars and trucks, which together want the Federal Communications […]