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Oregon HB 2306 Aims To Undermine Political Parties In Oregon

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I do not think it wise to pass HB 2306 for a number of reasons. My understanding is that the effect of this bill will designate all county and city elections as nonpartisan across the entire state, and that it will eliminate the ability of the precinct committee persons in a district to submit suggestions for replacement office holders in the case of a vacancy in local public office.

Keep the Faith

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If there ever was a time to start a movement, that time has come. Did we really think that our everlasting freedom would be won by a few funny tweets, a handful of hashtag hijacks, and a charismatic duo in Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan? To believe that freedom could be won so easily does […]

Is #KorruptKate Brown Covering Up Rep. Boone Campaign Finance Woes?

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It appears that the Oregon Secretary of State (SOS) is preparing to level a record setting fine upon House Representative Deborah Boone as a result of her reporting an amazing and also record setting Cash Balance Adjustment of $7843.58 on her ORESTAR campaign finance account. After a series of hard-hitting articles on MOOCountyNews in 2011 […]

There Are Two Paths

There Are Two Paths

My friend Ben Howe hits it out of the park again.

In the words of Andrew Breitbart, “There are two paths,” which we must choose between in this election.

Which path will we choose? Will we choose individual freedom and the free market? Or will we choose socialism and a culture that expects government to take care of it? These are not pastel colors or shades of gray. These are two distinctly different choices with two distinct destinations.

Oregon’s Secretary Of State Calls Voter ID “The Conservative Right Wing’s War On Voting” | FreedomWorks

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Despite strong support for basic, common sense laws ensuring the integrity of the vote across the country (see here, here, here, here and here), the Left continues to insist that requiring positive identification and verification of eligibility before voting is somehow suppressive, racist and and an evil plot to steal elections for Conservatives. Few public […]

Not To Be Used For Information Purposes

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Portland’s fire chief takes things very seriously, and in light of the appalling statistics associated with fire-dancers in the city (zero major injuries, zero deaths, zero accidents) she’s taking a tough stance. She’s issued an order banning such practices unless spectators are kept at least 25 feet away from the performers. Although no major injuries have been […]

Obama the Boogeyman

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Congrats to Paul Ryan for being selected as the Vice Presidential candidate. Personally, I was excited to see it, given that what conservatives really need are more communicators–especially given who they’re fighting. Take a listen: I Spy Minute, Monday Aug 13, 2012 Or read the transcript, below   One of the things that I used […]

Wingard & Crisis Management

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While I don’t believe in Obama’s never-let-a-good-crisis-go-to-waste mantra or way of thinking, because it’s about him rather than the people in the situation, there are some lessons to be learned from crisis management–and the best place to learn about it is not in politics but from business. Take a listen: I Spy Minute Tue June […]

My Entry in the Mock Year End McLaughlin Group Awards, 2011

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5440 note: Every year since college, my best friend and I have played the Home Game along with the McLaughlin Group – the eternal political roundtable on PBS. Here is my entry for 2011 (as always, opinions are solely those of the author): Biggest Winner of the Year: I’ll go with Pat Buchanan on this […]

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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 […]
  • Trump and FLOTUS to Skip Kennedy Center Honors August 19, 2017
    President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump announced Saturday that they will not attend the Kennedy Center Honors, after multiple honorees said they would boycott. The post Trump and FLOTUS to Skip Kennedy Center Honors appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.
  • Anti-Israel Academics Launch Campus Antifa Group for Faculty August 19, 2017
    Prominent anti-Israel academics launched a campus antifa group earlier this month for faculty across the United States. The post Anti-Israel Academics Launch Campus Antifa Group for Faculty appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.
  • Youth Summer Unemployment Rate Declines to 17-Year Low August 19, 2017
    The unemployment rate for young people aged 16 to 24 years old looking for summer work declined to a 17-year low, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The post Youth Summer Unemployment Rate Declines to 17-Year Low appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.
  • “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 […]