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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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  • Congressional Democrats investing in job creation, infrastructure May 26, 2017
    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 […]
  • LA’s Rail Transit Problem May 29, 2017
    The Los Angeles Times reports that L.A. bus ridership is falling, so the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is “looking to overhaul the system.” Unfortunately, the Times didn’t make the effort to figure out the real problems, instead relying on transit agency claims that they were due to “factors beyond its control.” In fact, in the […]
  • 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 […]