Woodburn, OR – One of Senate District 11’s largest newspapers endorsed Patti Milne (R-Woodburn) on Thursday in her race to unseat Senator Peter Courtney (D-Salem). The Woodburn Independent chose Milne for her experience, close connection to the community, approachability and kindness.
The Woodburn Independent joins an impressive array of groups and individuals who believe Milne is the better choice for Senate District 11, including Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers, Marion County District Attorney Walt Beglau, Salem Mayor Anna Peterson, Taxpayers Association of Oregon PAC, Marion County Farm Bureau, and National Federation of Independent Business. Continue reading
Dr. Monica Wehby for U.S. Senate
Now that you know Monica supports marriage equality, here are just a few more examples of where she’s willing to put Oregon ahead of partisan politics….
1. Will Fight for Term Limits: Fixing the mess in Washington, D.C. requires changing the way Congress works. That’s why Monica will press for term limits to end the corrosive cycle of control that long-term incumbents have on our system. Monica has already pledged to serve only two terms, but she understands we need more than the power of example to change Washington. Monica knows it’s time for politicians to stop talking about term limits and start enacting them into law. Continue reading
Oregon Senate Republicans
Embattled agency expected to spend $200,000 a day for remainder of the year
Salem, OR -Without legislative intervention, the defunct Cover Oregon agency is planning to spend an additional $20 million on operation costs through the remainder of the year, or $200,000 per day in a five day work week. A growing number of legislators are calling for an emergency legislative special session to close Cover Oregon.
“It’s yet another reason to immediately shut down Cover Oregon, rather than waiting for a session that is six months away,” said Senator Jeff Kruse (R-Roseburg). “There is too much money at stake, too few answers and a track record of too many failures. It is foolish to maintain the same course knowing how much money will be wasted.” Continue reading
Right From the Start
For the past couple of weeks there has been an ad playing on the radio by one of the companies that sell, lease or install solar panels. That ad asks the question as to whether solar power is now so competitive that it is making the utility companies nervous.
Let me help them with the answer. No! Solar power is not competitive and, in fact, would not be commercially viable except for massive subsidies by the government at virtually every turn of the screw. The same can be said of the wind energy industry.
Supporters of wind and solar energy are quick to point to “subsidies” received by the oil and gas industry as justification for the massive government subsidies received by their industries. The trouble is there is no comparison in size, method, or taxpayer risk in those subsidies. The oil and gas industries receive accelerated depreciation treatment for acquisition and development of oil and gas properties. The wind and solar industry receive subsidies through – well, just about everything. A February 8, 2014 article by Larry Bell in Forbes estimated that the level of subsidies to the wind and solar industries is about fifty times greater (per megawatt hour of electricity) than that available to the coal industry and twenty times greater than available to the oil and gas industry. Continue reading
by NW Spotlight
As the United States came out of its recent recession, 40 percent of the new jobs created between 2007 and 2012 were energy jobs. This one industry sustains our economy more than any other.
This makes Wednesday’s Senate Finance Committee hearing on reforming our outdated energy tax code all the more important. Our own Sen. Ron Wyden will be among the Senate members speaking, along with industry leaders, analysts and educators. Continue reading
by Dan Lucas
England has recently been rocked by a child sexual exploitation scandal. A report released late last month revealed the horrific sexual exploitation of 1,400 children, some as young as 11, over a 16-year period. The report was from an independent inquiry commissioned by the town council of Rotherham, in the north of England. The report actually said the number of 1,400 children was a “conservative estimate.”
In summarizing the problem, the report said “It is hard to describe the appalling nature of the abuse that child victims suffered. They were raped by multiple perpetrators, trafficked to other towns and cities in the north of England, abducted, beaten, and intimidated. There were examples of children who had been doused in petrol and threatened with being set alight, threatened with guns, made to witness brutally violent rapes and threatened they would be next if they told anyone. Girls as young as 11 were raped by large numbers of male perpetrators.” Continue reading