Severe consequences of biofuels for people in colder rural areas – including school children who are left standing outside in freezing temperatures waiting for buses with plugged fuel filters
by Sen. Doug Whitsett
Much has been made over the years regarding Oregon’s urban-rural divide, and for good reason.
Nearly 75 percent of the state’s population lives in the Willamette Valley. The people there are often unaware of the struggles facing residents in the state’s more sparsely populated areas. The elected officials in the Portland metropolitan region dominate Oregon politically and sometimes create public policies that can adversely affect people in the more rural areas. They tend to think in terms of city blocks travelled, whereas we think in terms of hours travelled. Continue reading
Oregon Right to Life
Salem, OR – HB 2758, the final bill of the 2015 legislative session that would expand abortion in Oregon, passed out of the House Health Committee on Monday, April 20. It is up for a vote next week. HB 2758 would permit abortionists to charge parents’ insurance policies for their daughters’ abortions without their consent or knowledge.
Gayle Atteberry, Oregon Right to Life’s executive director, said: “It’s not enough for Oregon’s abortion industry that a girl can get an abortion without her parents’ knowledge or consent. Now they want her parents to pay for her secret abortion!” Continue reading
Right From the Start
Last week, a moron flew his gyrocopter onto the White House grounds without incident. He penetrated the heavily fortified defenses of the White House with ease and without triggering an armed response. The pilot, Doug Hughes, was arrested and subsequently released on his “own recognizance” – which means without being required to post bail. He is under modified house arrest meaning that he has to wear an ankle bracelet that records his movements.
Despite the enormity of his actions, Mr. Hughes is in no danger of being jailed now or in the future for two simple reasons:
- His actions are in furtherance of the far left’s political agenda and that far left currently controls the presidency and the Justice Department (Attorney General Eric Holder) who will determine what charges, if any, Mr. Hughes faces.
- Mr. Hughes is a member of the public employees unions that provide an unlimited amount of campaign cash and services to the Democrat Party.
Oregon House Republican Office
Oregonians Will Have Opportunity To Testify From 3:00 pm To 10:00 pm On Wednesday, April 22
Salem, OR – It was announced Monday that Senate Bill 941, legislation to expand background checks to the private sales of firearms, has been scheduled for a public hearing on Wednesday, April 22, in the House Committee on Rules. An Informational Meeting with invited testimony on the bill will occur from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, followed by an open Public Hearing from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Oregonians wishing to testify either for or against the bill are invited to share their testimony beginning at 3:00 pm. Continue reading
By Kathryn Hickok
Tax Freedom Day arrives this year on April 24, six days later than it was two years ago. Tax Freedom Day is a calendar-based measure of Americans’ cumulative tax bill. It is calculated as the day on which Americans have worked long enough to pay all their taxes. Americans will have worked 114 days to earn enough money to pay this year’s combined federal, state, and local taxes. These taxes include personal income taxes, payroll taxes, corporate income taxes, and property and sales taxes.
However, this is only what Americans actually pay, not what government spends. According to the nonpartisan Tax Foundation, “Since 2002, federal expenses have surpassed federal revenues, with the budget deficit exceeding $1 trillion annually from 2009 to 2012 and over $800 billion in 2013….If we include…annual federal borrowing, which represents future taxes owed, Tax Freedom Day would occur on May 8….” Continue reading
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by NW Spotlight
The injuries Sen. Mark Hass (D-Beaverton) received after being nearly stepped on by a wooly mammoth are minor, and are not expected to require hospitalization.
Sen. Hass was at an event promoting SB 913, which is intended to close loopholes in the sale of ivory, when the accident occurred. Sen. Hass sponsored SB 913, which makes buying or selling ivory or rhino horns in Oregon a misdemeanor. The ban on buying or selling includes the ivory from elephants, hippos, mammoths, narwhals, walruses or whales. Continue reading
American Forest Resource Council
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) recently announced it will consider changing the status of the Northern Spotted Owl (NSO) from “threatened” to “endangered” as owl populations continue to decline. The species’ listing in 1990 led to a 90-percent decline in federal timber harvests and restrictions on other forest management activities. 24 million acres of federal land in the Pacific Northwest have largely been set aside for the owl, including 12 million acres of forestland identified as critical habitat. Unfortunately the USFWS’ approach has failed to address the real threats to the species while devastating the socioeconomic health of many rural communities. Continue reading