Another VP pick, another European terror attack

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by NW Spotlight

It’s a sign of the times. A week ago Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s announcement of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his pick for vice president was overshadowed by the terror attack in Nice, France. That terror attack, by Tunisian Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, killed 84 people on France’s Bastille Day when he drove a truck threw the crowd.

Exactly one week later, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s announcement yesterday of Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) as her pick for vice president was overshadowed by the terror attack in Munich, Germany. Yesterday’s Munich terror attack, by German-Iranian Ali David Sonboly, killed 9 people near a shopping mall in Munich – Sonboly used a pistol in the attack.

Posted by at 08:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Terrorism | Leave a comment

Photos from the 2016 GOP National Convention in Cleveland

by NW Spotlight

Oregon state Rep. Bill Post (R-Keizer) and Dan Mason (GOP candidate for Oregon House District 30) travelled to Cleveland, Ohio, this week for the 2016 Republican National Convention. Bill was there as a delegate and Dan as an alternate delegate. They agreed to share their photos of the experience. Click on photos to enlarge them.

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2016 GOP National Convention (photo: Dan Mason)

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Posted by at 06:22 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Republican Party | Leave a comment

Frustration at Oregon DEQ

Jeff Anderson

Jeff Anderson

by Jeff Anderson

The best laid plans.

My lunch hour was to be spent taking my car through DEQ to pass the magic emission test and get new tags. I read the instructions provided by DEQ on how to prepare for my test.

I had all the paperwork ready, I brushed my teeth, combed my hair, brought a blood & urine sample along with driver’s license, passport, proof of address, proof of insurance, registration, title, cash and a happy attitude….attitude is everything.

I was greeted by a cheerful lady as I drove up, she put me through my first quiz, which I passed and she directed me to Lane #3.

After waiting in line, watching cars getting probed up the tailpipe (I’m over 50 so I can sympathize) it was finally my turn. Continue reading

Posted by at 06:09 | Posted in Environment, Oregon Government | 5 Comments

Obamacare is proving to be a failure of epic proportions

Sen Doug Whitsett

by Sen. Doug Whitsett

I wrote a column in June detailing the ongoing issues with national health care reform under the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare. More developments have emerged since then, causing even more severe problems for rural Oregonians and consumers across the United States, as well as the Obama administration’s credibility.

Oregon insurance regulators announced their plans last week to take the first steps to place the state’s Health Co-op into receivership. This July 8 article in the Oregonian states the company’s board has voted to agree to the receivership order. This agreement would enable the state to liquidate the Co-op’s assets. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Health Care Reform, Obamacare | 7 Comments

Portland Schools Need More Than a New Superintendent

CascadeNewLogoBy John A. Charles, Jr.

Portland school superintendent Carole Smith announced her resignation this week after nine years on the job.

The next steps are predictable: The school board will conduct a national search for a successor and eventually sign someone to an expensive contract. After a short honeymoon, the new leader will sink into the bureaucratic quagmire and leave after a short and forgettable tenure.

Management experts know that if system results are disappointing, you need to change the system, not the people. The single most important change Portland could make would be to redesign how the money flows. Continue reading

Posted by at 12:00 | Posted in Children, Education, Ethics, Portland, Portland Schools | Tagged , | 3 Comments

Oregon TV shots from convention

By NW Spotlight,

TV screenshots of Oregon show the State’s delegate reporting (State chair Bill Currier next to State Director Margie Hughes and Young Republican leader Julia Rabadi).

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Posted by at 11:00 | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Tumult in Turkey: Obama’s Latest Mistake

Right From the Start

Right From the Start

Last Saturday elements of the Turkish military, intent on removing President Recep Erdogan from power, staged an attempted coup.  It failed primarily because, for the first time in a long list of Turkish coups, the military failed to act as a unified body.

President Barack Obama called upon people to resist the attempted coup and to support the “democratically elected” government of Mr. Erdogan.  Mr. Obama’s decision will continue an unbroken line of mistakes and missteps on both the foreign and domestic fronts.

First, let’s understand that Turkey is far from a model democratic government.  Mr. Erdogan is just the latest in a long line of democratically installed Turkish governments that almost immediately engage in corruption and repression until the military stages a coup and throws them out.  While it appears that Mr. Erdogan enjoys popular support in Turkey so did now deceased President Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. It did not prevent Mr. Chavez from engaging in a systematic repression of dissent – including imprisonment and execution of his opponents – and it has not prevented Mr. Erdogan from doing likewise. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Foreign Relations, Hillary Clinton, Iran, Israel, Leadership, Liberalism, President Obama | 3 Comments

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