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Posts tagged Oregon Legislature

OR Secretary of State Exonerates Darnell: Salem-Keizer Sentinel

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The Salem-Keizer Sentinel is reporting this evening that David Darnell, Republican candidate for Oregon House District 18, has been cleared of any wrong doing in his voter’s pamphlet statement by the Secretary of State, despite a complaint filed and negative campaign literature to the contrary: May 17, 2014 The Oregon Secretary of State has cleared David […]

Senator Jeff Kruse Comments On First Week Of Oregon Legislative Session

We are at the end of the first week of the Legislative Session, and it has been interesting. While each Session develops its own “personality” over time, for the most part they usually start out slow and build pace over time. The feeling and intensity in the building this week has made it feel like […]

Guest Post: Rep. Dennis Richardson – Oregon Budget Creation Process Begins for 2013-15

The State of Oregon budgets on a two-year “biennial” basis. The current State Budget for 2011-13 ends on June 30th.  The primary purpose for the current Legislative Session is to draft, vote on and pass the 2013-15 State Budget, which will begin July 1st.  In fact, although thousands of bills will be heard in Senate […]

Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson Celebrates Independence Day Like Barack Obama – Me, Me, Me, I, I, I, Send Me Back To Salem

This email just crossed our transom about 15 minutes ago. It really captures the spirit of Independence, the Founding Fathers and American Exceptionalism, doesn’t it? Anyone want to guess what party she belongs to? Dear Friends and Neighbors, Simply put, the most powerful thing in turning out the vote – and kicking up democracy this […]

A Trip Down Memory Lane With All Around Great Guy, Dave Hunt

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[Cross posted from Common Sense Oregon] Dave Hunt knows something about Dysfunction Dave Hunt says he wants to fix a Clackamas County Commission that he calls “dysfunctional.” He wants to promote “greater citizen involvement” and “partner” with private sector businesses.  It all sounds grand – just what voters probably want to hear from someone running […]

NEW FEATURE: I Spy On Salem – Today’s Minute

NEW FEATURE: I Spy On Salem – Today’s Minute

Today, we are launching a new feature. Each day, the folks at www.ISpyOnSalem.com produce a one minute podcast. Good info, and it’s only one minute out of your life. Check it out! I Spy Minute April 2 2012 About the Show Do you ever get the feeling that things are just… not right? That government, […]

Guest Post: The High-Risk Game of Raising Taxes in Oregon

[5440 note: We ran across this blog post by a research fellow at the Wyoming Liberty Group. It’s ironic that even other states are looking at Oregon as a poor model for public funding. Reposted by permission from The Liberty Bullhorn.] The High-Risk Game of Raising Taxes in Oregon The push for higher state and local […]

Guest Post: Oregon Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-04) Discusses The State Budget Rebalancing

Guest Post: Oregon Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-04) Discusses The State Budget Rebalancing

Crisis in Oregon Budget Rebalance? The rumors in the State Capitol and news media this week were that the Governor had torpedoed the Legislature’s Budget Rebalance Plan and the fragile agreement between the Democrat and Republican Co-Chairs of the Ways & Means Committee was in jeopardy. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Legislature […]

Oregon’s education “transformation” means “a lot more money” but not much reform

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“Transformation” is the word of the year in the Oregon Legislature.  Not only is the Legislature looking for ways to transform Oregon’s healthcare delivery system and jump  head first into Obamacare, the legislature is sprinting toward the finish line to transform Oregon’s education system from pre-school to post-grad. The Oregonian reports on the legislature’s progress […]

Guest Post: Oregon Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-04) Sounds The Alarm On State Budget

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5440 note: This is Dennis Richardson’s newsletter. He has been very accurate in predicting state revenue declines, and was instrumental in creating a reserve fund (since spent due to reduced revenue) in the 2010 biennial budget. January 25, 2012 I am State Representative Dennis Richardson and I need your help in resolving Oregon’s State Budget […]

Limited Benefits, Massive Costs of Medicaid Expansion in Oregon

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h/t Eric Fruits for bringing our attention to this post. The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) has recently conducted a study of the costs of the 2008 expansion of Oregon’s Medicaid program that added 10,000 new, previously disqualified low-income adults to the program. The offering was so popular (90,000 applications for 10,000 spots) that […]

Metro Area Mayors Form New Association, Give Finger To Metro Government

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For years, the questions have been whether Metro Regional Government should even exist. Tensions and jealousies have been created by the seeming uneven application of Metro edicts from city to city within its jurisdiction. Background: Oregon has what are regarded as the most jacked-up land use laws in the nation. In the early 70s, Oregon’s […]

POLL – Is Gov. Kitzhaber constitutionally authorized not to carry out executions?

POLL – Is Gov. Kitzhaber constitutionally authorized not to carry out executions?

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Force Oregon Legislature to get it right

Force Oregon Legislature to get it right

We need more conservatives like Dan Chriestensen on our school boards, willing to stand up against Big Government and defend taxpayers, teaches, parents and students against the special interests! On Dec. 10, 2009, the Gresham Barlow Board of Directors adopted a resolution supporting measures 66 and 67. I was the lone dissenting vote. While I cannot and […]

Oregon Legislature Violated State Constitution

Oregon Legislature Violated State Constitution

Article VIII, Section 8 of the Oregon State Constitution stipulates: “Adequate and Equitable Funding. (1) The Legislative Assembly shall appropriate in each biennium a sum of money sufficient to ensure that the state’s system of public education meets quality goals established by law” Dan Chriestenson, Board Member of the Gresham-Barlow School District, points out that the […]

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  • Sonics | Special Session | Snow Storm April 25, 2017
    Here are five things we think are worth keeping your eye on in Washington state politics this week – from DC to Olympia to Seattle.  We’re building this Monday morning email to be a briefing of things we thing merit your attention for the week ahead. If you have suggestions on what to add, we’d […]
  • Bringing the Sonics Back to Seattle April 25, 2017
    More than five years ago, our Seattle-based partnership began the long and thorough process of developing the SODO Arena.  Our sole focus is to bring the NBA and NHL back to Seattle. We believe our proposal to build a privately funded, state-of-the-art Arena at the southern end of Seattle’s zoned Stadium District, directly south of […]
  • Event: Breakfast with the Wire, A Review of the Regular Session April 21, 2017
    As the legislative session draws to a close, we look forward to dissecting the moving parts of the 105-day Regular Legislative Session and thinking about how the impacts of this session will play out in the Washington State economy. So, we are working with our sister site www.stateofreform.com to invite some of the most quietly impactful […]
  • Andrea Mitchell Refers to Anita Hill’s Testimony As ‘Celebrated Hearings’ in Tweet April 25, 2017
    MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell referred to Anita Hill's controversial testimony that Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her as “celebrated hearings” in a tweet promoting their interview Tuesday. The post Andrea Mitchell Refers to Anita Hill’s Testimony As ‘Celebrated Hearings’ in Tweet appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.
  • Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Executive Order on Sanctuary Cities April 25, 2017
    President Donald Trump's executive order to withhold funds from “sanctuary cities” that shield undocumented immigrants and fail to comply with federal immigration laws was blocked on Tuesday by a federal judge in San Francisco. The post Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Executive Order on Sanctuary Cities appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.
  • New Jersey Democrat Claims She Was Left Off Primary Ballot Because She’s Black April 25, 2017
    Deborah Andrews, a committeewoman for the Democratic Party in Edison, New Jersey, claimed her party's chairman excluded her from a primary ballot after discovering she was black. The post New Jersey Democrat Claims She Was Left Off Primary Ballot Because She’s Black appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.
  • Reason #3 to Stop Subsidizing TransitFew Use It and Fewer Need It April 25, 2017
    In 1960, when most of the nation’s transit was private (and profitable), 7.81 million people took transit to work. By 2015, the nation’s working population had grown by nearly 130 percent, and taxpayers had spent well over a trillion dollars improving and operating urban transit systems. Yet the number of people taking transit to work […]
  • The Rail Transit Money Pit April 24, 2017
    After more than a year of shut-downs, slow-downs, and break-downs, the Washington Metro rail system still faces a huge maintenance backlog. Meanwhile, rail opponents in Hawaii placed a full-page ad in the Washington Post begging President Trump to cancel funding for that city’s increasingly expensive rail project. Click image to download a PDF of this […]
  • Reason #2 to Stop Subsidizing TransitSubsidies Haven’t Increased Ridership April 21, 2017
    In 2015, the American Public Transportation Association issued a press release whose headline claimed that transit ridership in 2014 achieved a new record. However, the story revealed that 2014 ridership was the highest since 1956. That’s no more a record than if it was the highest since 2013. The truth is that America’s urban population […]