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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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  • Gov. Inslee and Gov. Raimondo write op-ed supporting Dreamers October 20, 2017
    Governor Jay Inslee and Governor Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island wrote an op-ed featured in Newsweek yesterday. The op-ed praises the contributions Dreamers make to the United States and was a call to action for Congress to play their part in protecting these individuals. Governors Inslee and Raimondo begin the op-ed by focusing on the responsibility […]
  • Washington Healthplanfinder Adds More In-Person Assistance Sites for 2018 Open Enrollment October 19, 2017
    Six full-service enrollment centers, seven broker affiliate sites to offer help to Washingtonians signing up for coverage  OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington Health Benefit Exchange today announced that 13 statewide locations will offer in-person assistance to Washington Healthplanfinder customers during the upcoming open enrollment period taking place Nov. 1, 2017-Jan. 15, 2018. These customer support […]
  • Morning Wire: McLeary, Amazon, Sound Transit October 18, 2017
    Good morning. We have some big ticket items on our radar screen: ballots, Amazon, and the Supreme Court. We detail all of those for you in this edition of the Morning Wire.  Of course, our 2017 Re-Wire Policy Conference is also on the horizon. We’re recruiting speakers and sponsors now, so if you want to […]
  • Transit Today: Marketing Over Mobility October 20, 2017
    Denver’s Regional Transit District (RTD) won an award for its airport rail line. But the award was not for the line itself, which continues to suffer from technical failures more than a year after it opened, but for the agency’s marketing campaign for the train. This is a sad commentary on the state of the […]
  • 2nd Quarter Home Price Indices October 19, 2017
    Someone just paid $1.1 million for a tear-down/fixer-upper in Mountain View, California. That’s not really news, as prices in Silicon Valley have been increasingly outrageous. What’s news is that they bought the house with the provisos that the existing owner will get to live there for seven years; the buyer didn’t get to see the […]
  • Taxing and Regulating the Competition October 18, 2017
    Here’s a difference between government-run businesses and private businesses: when private businesses face competition, they are forced to innovate to survive. When government-run businesses face competition, they can regulate or tax their competitors out of business. Blackberry was once the dominant smart phone. Then came the iPhone, which reduced Blackberry subscribers from 85 million to […]