By Steve Buckstein
The debate over the sharing economy often revolves around the well-known players such as the room rental company Airbnb and the ridesharing company Uber. These firms have harnessed the liberating power of technology to unleash billions of dollars of so-called dead capital, while turning millions of people around the world into entrepreneurs, serving their fellow man and making a profit at the same time.
As the sharing revolution evolves and matures, it promises not only to improve the lives of countless individuals, but it may also help to revolutionize a critical part of our lives that for too long has been dominated by status quo lobbies such as teachers unions and the governments they influence—education. Continue reading
Sen Doug Whitsett
by NW Spotlight
Half of Oregon’s 30 state senate seats are up for election in 2016 – Oregon state senators serve 4-year terms. As was previously reported in Oregon Catalyst “There are 8 Republican seats and 7 Democratic seats up for election.”
On Wednesday of this week, the Oregon Senate Republican Office announced that seven of those eight Republican senators “have announced that they will seek re-election next November.” The one name missing from the list was Sen. Doug Whitsett (R-Klamath Falls), who frequently appears in Oregon Catalyst.
The Bend Bulletin reported this week that “The fate of Sen. Doug Whitsett, R-Klamath Falls, wasn’t immediately clear,” and that “A Whitsett aide said the three-term Republican was in a meeting with two other legislators and wasn’t immediately available to confirm whether he would run to serve another four-year term. The aide said he hadn’t spoken with Whitsett about whether he’d run again.” Continue reading
Rep. Dallas Heard
Salem, OR – Representative Dallas Heard (R-Roseburg) issued the following statement yesterday evening regarding the tragedy that took place at Umpqua Community College:
“There are no words to fully express the heartbreak and sorrow I feel over today’s tragedy. This senseless act of violence has devastated our community and shocked the conscience of our state. I stand together with my friends and neighbors who have been impacted by this horrific event and will do everything possible in the days and weeks ahead to bring peace and healing to our community. I would ask all Oregonians to pray for our family and friends who are mourning with broken hearts tonight, that we may find comfort, strength and steadfast faith.”
Rep. Mike McLane
Salem, OR – House Republican Leader Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte) issued the following statement regarding the tragedy that took place today at Umpqua Community College:
“I am deeply saddened by the terrible tragedy that took place today at Umpqua Community College. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims, our first responders and the people of Roseburg. Oregonians across the state are united in grief with the Roseburg community and resolved to bring help and healing to those impacted by today’s horrible events.”
Rep. Knute Buehler
Salem, OR – Representative Knute Buehler (R-Bend) issued the following statement regarding the tragedy that took place today at Umpqua Community College:
“As someone who grew up in Roseburg and experienced many special times as a youth at Umpqua Community College, I am devastated by the horrific events that took place there today. I stand together with Oregonians across the state in offering my most heartfelt thoughts and prayers. There will be very difficult days ahead, but I know the people of the Roseburg community, as we always do, will emerge stronger and more united than ever before.”
by Sen. Doug Whitsett
Former Governor John Kitzhaber remains the subject of occasional headlines reminding Oregonians of the aftermath of his brief fourth term in office. Nearly eight months after his resignation, news reports make clear state taxpayers are not finished paying for the mistakes of his troubled administration.
Our citizens demand and deserve to have their public officials held to a higher standard. A few steps have already been taken to help prevent the kind of alleged misconduct that lead to Kitzhaber’s ouster. Additional efforts are underway to further strengthen Oregon’s ethics laws. Continue reading
Right From the Start
Last week Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) “stunned” the political world by announcing that he was resigning as Speaker and from the United State House of Representatives at the end of October.
I’m not sure why the “political world” was stunned since Mr. Boehner had talked openly about resigning for over a year. In fact, Republican insiders have acknowledged that Mr. Boehner’s decision was only postponed because of the defeat of then-Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) in the 2014 primary election. It was widely assumed that Mr. Cantor was Mr. Boehner’s choice to succeed him as Speaker. Continue reading