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Posts tagged Columbia River Crossing

Lulz: Oregon Tea Party Smacks John Kitzhaber While He’s Down

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I don’t care who you are, that’s funny right there. h/t Oregon Tea Party. Apologies to John Kitzhaber and David Wu #sorrynotsorry Like this:Like Loading…

Democrat Townhall Shuts Down Gun Debate

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An eastside Portland townhall put on by state Senator Rod Monroe and state Representatives Jeff Reardon and Jessica Vega Pederson falls apart as they stop taking questions from pro-gun supporters, and they waffle on answering the few questions that had been asked. Mr. Monroe and Mr. Reardon are both sponsors of Oregon’s HB 3200, which […]

$3.4-billion bridge project so far fails to clear opposition, political wrangling « Watchdog.org

OVER TROUBLED WATERS? Both Washington and Oregon state legislatures are considering spending $450 million to replace the I-5 bridge from Portland to Vancouver By Shelby Sebens | Northwest Watchdog SALEM — Washington and Oregon would pay as much as $450 million apiece for a massive bridge and light rail project connecting Portland, Ore., to Vancouver, […]

Ben Unger: Voice For The Working Class, Or Voice Of Rhetoric

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In the just released video Ben Unger addressing the Bus Project kids, Mr. Unger makes several claims and proposals. Let’s examine the video: First off, he says we should vote for him so he’ll go down and fight for better funding and lower class sizes. According to this site, http://www.teachersalaryinfo.com/oregon/teacher-salary-in-hillsboro-school-district-1j/ , the student to teacher […]

Expedition, Hah!

Over the weekend, local media swooned with joy over the news that Barky was  “jump-starting” the long-stalled “Columbia River Crossing” (the proposed new I-5 bridge). Governor Retread and Governor (“Look! We found some more ballots!”) Gregoire issued a joint press release, breathlessly touting the President’s pre-election support while repeating classic mythology: The Interstate 5 bridge structures […]

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  • Senate committee discusses collective bargaining transparency August 17, 2017
    The Senate Commerce & Labor Committee held a work session yesterday on “public transparency in collective bargaining negotiations.” Despite the strong mandate for government transparency declared by the people in the Open Public Meetings Act, government employee contracts are usually negotiated in secret, meaning an important and costly taxpayer expense is hidden until the final bill comes due. There […]
  • WA Republicans on Trump, Women running for office, Georgetown Crossing August 17, 2017
    Every other week, we try to distill a few things down to their essence, and offer those nuggets to you for review. Short, smart content that will inform the work you’re doing in policy and the economy today.  Hopefully you find something on this list that resonates with the work you’re doing. If so, let […]
  • Rep. Orwall to co-chair national Military and Veterans Task Force August 17, 2017
    Earlier this month, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), a bipartisan organization that provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues, selected Speaker Pro-Tem Tina Orwall (D-Des Moines) as co-chair of the Military & Veterans Affairs Task Force. “This is truly an honor and a great privilege,” said Orwall, who […]
  • “Quick Win” for Buses = Loss for Commuters August 18, 2017
    New York City rail transit lines have fallen on hard times, with frequent delays, accidents, and even trains not running at all. While Governor Cuomo has declared a state of emergency, some transit advocates want to make sure buses aren’t forgotten in any multi-billion-dollar fix. Some of their ideas, such as having people pay before […]
  • Black Crater Fire August 17, 2017
    The internet and phone service were both down in Camp Sherman yesterday afternoon and evening, which is when I would normally write the next day’s Antiplanner. So instead I took some night photos of the Milli Fire, which was burning on about 256 3,500 acres a few miles from here. Click image for a larger […]
  • Streamlining Infrastructure Approvals August 16, 2017
    President Trump issued an executive order yesterday aimed at streamlining the federal approval process for infrastructure projects. Contrary to the impression given by press reports, the order doesn’t repeal any environmental laws or rules. All it really does, the White House explains, is require federal agencies to work together to speed existing approval processes with […]