Gun rights: Unlike Oregon, Vermont Dems follow constitution


by NW Spotlight

A tale of two Democratic state Senate Judiciary chairs


Vermont’s Senate Judiciary Chairman, a Democrat, doesn’t see a need to expand background checks on gun purchases. Additionally, he sees state background checks as being at odds with the 16th Article of the Vermont Constitution, which says:

“The people have a right to bear arms for the defense of themselves and the State.”

He says he reads this as being stronger protection of Vermont gun owners’ rights than the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution: Continue reading

Posted by at 09:30 | Posted in 2nd Amendment, Gun Control | 3 Comments

Romney not running for president in 2016

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The Hill is reporting that Mitt Romney will not run for president in 2016.

The Hill reports “In a call with supporters early on Friday, the former Massachusetts governor said it’s time to ‘give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee.’

In an article in the Oregonian this morning, the Associated Press notes “But in the days since, as Romney tried to rally support for another campaign, he discovered that several of his past supporters and major fundraisers had defected to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.”

Posted by at 08:33 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election | 3 Comments

Bill Sizemore: Grateful to have felonies removed

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by Bill Sizemore

On Thursday of this week, Marion County Judge Claudia Burton signed an amended judgment converting my 2011 felony tax evasion “convictions” to misdemeanors. The new judgment is retroactive to August of 2011 and replaces the old one, so now I no longer have to state on job applications that I am or was ever a convicted felon. That feels pretty good.

In a nutshell, in August of 2011, I was all but forced to plead guilty to filing state tax returns late, notwithstanding the fact that I had paid tens of thousands of dollars in estimated taxes and notwithstanding the fact that my 2008 tax return was only a few months late when then Attorney General John Kroger indicted my wife and me for felony tax evasion. Continue reading

Posted by at 07:30 | Posted in Initiative & Referendum, Oregon Attorney General, Public Employee Unions | 10 Comments

Legislative update: No shortage of bad ideas

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by Sen. Doug Whitsett

Oregon lawmakers were sworn in to office two weeks ago. Since that time, we have had the opportunity to read through some of the more than 9,000 pages of proposed legislation that have thus far been submitted for consideration.

We were concerned that there would be no shortage of bad ideas proposed. Unfortunately, that anticipation is being fully realized.

Many of this year’s bills have appeared in previous legislative sessions where they either died in committee or were defeated in chamber floor votes. They have been reintroduced for one more attempt to be enacted into law by the new progressive liberal Democratic supermajorities. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Government, Oregon House, Oregon Senate, State Taxes | Leave a comment

Beer tax bills mount as state teases us to buy $4,000 brew kits?

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Just as the Legislature looks as three early bills to raise local alcohol taxes (HB 2135, HB 2163, SB 12) at the same time your tax dollars are paying for slick television ads hinting that people should spend $4,000 on home brew kits. The ads are the Oregon’s ads. They explain that people can save $4,000 on their health insurance if they sign up on the government website. The ad shows all the things you can do with the $4,000 saying, “…it means you could save 1300 gallons of gas you don’t have to pump, it means you can buy the greatest home brew kit ever…” with compliment pictures.

Welcome to the twisted world of government reasoning. Continue reading

Posted by at 04:55 | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

All Kitzhaber’s scandals in a single cartoon

All of Governor Kitzhaber’s scandal headline friends at one sitting!
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon

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Posted by at 05:05 | Posted in Uncategorized | 11 Comments

Lars Larson: Cylvia Hayes profiting from ‘low carbon fuel’ pillow talk


by Lars Larson

We all heard a lot about Cylvia Hayes, the girlfriend of Governor John Kitzhaber, who scored more than 80 thousand dollars in consulting contracts, by using her position as a so-called energy advisor to the governor. In fact, we heard about most of the story before Oregon voters re-elected Kitzhaber to another term in office.

But now the Portland Tribune is reporting that Hayes did even better than that. She received two contracts worth more than a hundred thousand dollars from a Washington D.C. energy foundation pushing a low carbon fuel standard. Continue reading

Posted by at 04:55 | Posted in Cylvia Hayes, Energy, Gov. Kitzhaber, Green Energy | 4 Comments

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