Atiyeh Service Planning Committee
Prominent officials plan to attend Gov. Atiyeh memorial
A number of prominent public officials in Oregon have confirmed they plan to attend the public memorial service for the late Governor Vic Atiyeh at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, September 3, at the Capitol in Salem.
The list includes:
- Governor John Kitzhaber and First Lady Cylvia Hayes.
- Former Governor Ted Kulongoski and First Lady Mary Oberst.
- Former governor Barbara Roberts (who will deliver remarks at the memorial service).
- U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley.
- U.S. Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Kurt Schrader and Greg Walden (the latter will deliver remarks at the memorial service).
- Legislative leaders, including Senate President Peter Courtney, House Speaker Tina Kotek, Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli, and House Republican Leader Mike McLane.
- Statewide elected officials, including Treasurer Ted Wheeler, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, and Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian.
- Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas A. Balmer and U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit Judges Diarmuid O’Scannlain and Edward Leavy.
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Our first poll helped show the early results of the nationally watched GOP Senate Primary. Our next poll showed Gov. Kitzhaber close to losing his race for Governor.
In this poll, we targeted the most talked about race on the ballot — the driver card Measure 88. In our postscript, we show how many other states are wrestling with this issue and why this issue deserves a deeper look regardless of whether it passes or not.
A professional and scientific poll of 400+ Oregon voters was conducted by local polling firm NW Market Research in August 2014. Continue reading
By Steve Buckstein
Last week, the American College Testing organization (ACT) released the results of its national college admissions examination consisting of tests in English, Reading, Math, and Science. Thirty-six percent of Oregon’s 2014 high school graduates took the tests. Only 30 percent of those students scored high enough to be ready for college in all four subject areas.
One conclusion we might draw from these findings is that we shouldn’t spend more money on our higher education system until we can honestly say that our K-12 system is preparing most college-bound students to actually succeed there. Otherwise, we’re just paying twice for remedial courses to teach college students what they should have learned in high school. Continue reading
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Dr. Monica Wehby for U.S. Senate
Good Enough For Us, But Not For Them
Portland – Hypocrisy is the scarlet letter of modern day politics, and Jeff Merkley is wearing it. From Main Street to Wall Street, Senator Merkley’s actions rarely match his rhetoric. Saying one thing, and doing another is the recipe by which Merkley and his political cohorts hold on to power, proving his allegiance lies not with the people of Oregon, but rather D.C. special interests.
The third act of hypocrisy we’ve caught Senator Merkley in is his vote against compelling members of Congress to acquire their insurance through the Obamacare exchange. While not surprising Senator Merkley would commit something so hypocritical, many Americans were outraged Congress was playing by a different set of rules than the rest of us. Continue reading
by Rob Taylor
The saga of The Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge & Mosquito Preserve is continuing to unfold as the people of the Coquille Valley are learning to live with what the US Fish & Wildlife Service is calling an “acceptable amount” of mosquitoes.
Of course, there are differences of opinion on the term “acceptable.”
The officials at Bullards Beach State Park, which is next to the Bandon Marsh, released this advisory in July, “US Fish and Wildlife Service has been applying larvacide to the Bandon Marsh since early May. The larvacide has reduced the saltwater mosquito population significantly. Due to the dry conditions this year the drainage ditches at Bullards Beach have been dry for at least a month. As a result we have seen very few of our “normal” mosquitoes, but a few are present. Coos County Health Department has traps set up at the park to monitor the mosquito population.”
What is “normal” and who decides those standards based on what evidence?” Continue reading
Dr. Monica Wehby for U.S. Senate
Hypocrisy is the scarlet letter of modern day politics, and Jeff Merkley is wearing it. From Main Street to Wall Street, Senator Merkley’s actions rarely match his rhetoric. Saying one thing, and doing another is the recipe by which Merkley and his political cohorts hold on to power, proving his allegiance lies not with the people of Oregon, but rather D.C. special interests.
The second act of hypocrisy we’ve caught Senator Merkley in is the Internal Revenue Service scandal involving the targeting of groups based on their political leanings. In May 2013, Mr. Merkley called the IRS targeting of political groups “wrong and absolutely unacceptable”, but had pressured the IRS to investigate those same political groups in March 2012. What a difference a year makes! Continue reading
by Dave Fiskum
The passing of former Oregon Governor Victor Atiyeh last month has prompted an outpouring of positive comments about the last Republican governor in Oregon, both for his accomplishments, as well as for the positive way he conducted himself while he held the state’s top political job.
Memories abound for me because I had the privilege of serving in the Atiyeh Administration from 1979-87, including a stint as the Governor’s press secretary.
Senator Peter Courtney captured the man well in his tribute: “Governor Vic Atiyeh was a kind and gentle man. He had a great smile and a great way of dealing with people. He was the ultimate public servant in the truest sense of the word. There was no greater role model. He led our state during the most difficult of times. He found a way to make things work when everything was going against us. He brought out the best in people by appealing to the best in each and every person. He never focused on the negative. Oregon is saying goodbye to one of its greatest statesmen and one of its most remarkable citizens.” Continue reading