In a recent endorsement of Gov. Kitzhaber for a 4th term as Oregon Governor, the Statesman Journal Editorial Board wrote “A key example is how Kitzhaber worked with the Legislature to have a successful, bipartisan special session last fall on pension reform, mental health care, taxes, school finance and other issues — at the same time the federal government was shut down because of partisan gridlock.”
Christian Gaston at The Oregonian expressed a similar sentiment last October after the “Grand Bargain” session. Gaston wrote “Against a backdrop of gridlock in Congress, Kitzhaber can boast that Oregon stands as a national model of bipartisan cooperation.” That was seven months before the same Christian Gaston left The Oregonian to “work for Gov. John Kitzhaber’s re-election campaign.” Continue reading →
The Taxpayer Association of Oregon PAC has produced a special “small race” Voters Guide because these smaller nonpartisan races lack funds & media attention to adequately communicate with voters. These races get ignored when they are in fact very important. We also list over $100 million in local tax increase measures on the ballot so you can be alerted before you vote.
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County Commissioner #3 Bill Harvey Benton County
County Commissioner #1 – Jerry Jackson
Adair Village Councilor – Bill Currier Continue reading →
by Cascade Policy Institute Monday, October 20. 2014
By Steve Buckstein
One can imagine that blacksmiths and buggy whip makers didn’t take kindly to the automobile revolution that started in the late 19th century. Those at risk of losing their horse-related jobs likely made the case for resisting the new, glitchy, and dangerous metal machines. We all know how that rivalry turned out.
Today, another revolution is beginning. Just as thousands of years of horse travel were largely replaced within a few decades, one wonders what the future of physical classroom education might be in the face of the online education revolution. Continue reading →
Sara Gelser, the Democratic candidate for state senate in Senate District 8 (Albany/Corvallis), has her campaign face. Candidate Sara Gelser says she will “be a champion for the environment.” She’s getting big support from an out-of-state billionaire who wants to elect candidates who will support extreme environmental positions. Candidate Gelser is also getting support from the Oregon League of Conservation Voters – and they in turn are also getting out-of-state help from their national group.
Yesterday I filed a complaint with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission as a result of reports from the Willamette Week newspaper concerning possible ethics violation by Cylvia Hayes.
My legislative career included participation in a 2008 Oregon Law Commission workgroup which substantially reviewed and updated Oregon’s ethics statutes. Because of that work, I believe that the proper and appropriate agency to investigate the issues which have been raised is the Oregon Government Ethics Commission. Continue reading →