Parents’ Rights in Education
On November 18, 2014, a KOIN 6 investigative report exposed shocking details about the Adolescent Sexuality Conference (ASC) held in Seaside, Oregon. The state responded:
- 12/01/14 – Oregon Department of Education (ODE) quietly announced the termination of Sexuality Specialist, and Oregon Teen Pregnancy Task Force (OTPTF) Chairman, Brad Victor.
- 12/10/14 – Rob Saxton, Governor Kitzhaber’s Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction sent a letter to some Oregon school district superintendents who sent attendees to the 2014 ASC.
By Kathryn Hickok
January 25-31 is National School Choice Week. Every January, National School Choice Week highlights the need for effective educational options for all children “in a positive, forward-looking, fun, nonpolitical, and nonpartisan way.”
Planned by a diverse coalition of individuals and organizations, National School Choice Week features special events and activities that support school choice programs and proposals. School Choice Week began four years ago with 150 events. Since then, it has grown into the world’s largest celebration of education reform. The 2015 School Choice Week will feature more than 10,200 independently planned events nationwide. Continue reading
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon
The future of Oregon marijuana could be caught up in the history of Oregon’s over-taxation of tobacco. Tobacco taxes were just increased in Oregon just barely over a year ago & now we are witnessing a flood of new tobacco & vaping taxes (Hb 2066, Hb 2074, Hb 2134, Hb 2160, Hb 2162, Hb 2163, Hb 2166, Hb 2555, SB 14). Right after the passage of the marijuana legalization Measure 91 there were over 50 cities that considered a local marijuana tax. Even before there was even a ballot measure written there were lawmakers considering a tax medical marijuana. Continue reading
by NW Spotlight
After Willamette Week’s Nigel Jaquiss began uncovering a series of problems with Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes, many other members of the Oregon media began requesting information about Hayes and her potential blurring of lines between her public and private activities.
Gov. Kitzhaber (D) successfully stonewalled most of those requests until after the November 2014 election. The Oregonian wrote in frustration about the stonewalling back in October, before the election. The article noted that Willamette Week had been waiting on requests since July, and that the governor’s staff was also stonewalling The Oregonian and the Associated Press. Continue reading
by Rep. Mike Nearman
Get on the bandwagon
First of all, I’m not a Republican because I like the color red or because I like elephants. I’m a Republican because the party articulates principles that I hold. You can look them up in the party platform. For me, success is not measured by gaining Republican numbers or even by Republicans winning elections. It’s measured by the advancement of those principles.
For far too long, the Democratic party has laid claim to the loyalty of people whose principles are not being advanced, including pro-life Catholics, socially conservative Latinos, blue collar workers, opportunity-seeking minorities and more. Over generations, these emotional ties erode and ideas become more important. Additionally, parties themselves no longer hold the sway they once did. Continue reading
by Sen. Doug Whitsett
Oregonians are about to be reminded that elections do matter.
At least 45 bills relating to energy have already been introduced for the 78th Legislative Assembly. Most, if enacted, will be bad news for Oregon’s economy.
The list of bills cited here are representative of what is being planned, but is by no means complete. The measures generally fall into three categories.
1. Artificially Increasing Fossil Fuel Costs Continue reading
by NW Spotlight
After years of zigging and zagging on energy policy, President Obama has final found a strategy he can embrace: take credit for what other people are doing.
That’s the key takeaway from the State of the Union speech last night where he touted the domestic oil and natural gas boom that is driving down the price of fuel for Americans from Boston to LA. It’s a moment that surely gave his environmental base heartburn, but he knows smart politics when he sees it.
Unfortunately for him, he can’t lay claim to any of his own policies that are driving this energy boom. The exploration and production of domestic oil and gas is taking place almost entirely on private land, not through leases on public lands or offshore reserves. The success, however, is undeniable. Continue reading