by Sen. Doug Whitsett
Oregon’s 2016 primary election is scheduled to take place on May 17. Voters should be receiving ballots in their mailboxes this week.
The results of that election will determine which candidates the Republicans and Democrats choose to represent their respective parties for various races to be decided in the November general election. Of those contested statewide races, one of the most important is the selection of our next Secretary of State.
Our current Secretary of State, Jeanne Adkins, was appointed to her position by Governor Kate Brown early last year following the resignation of former Governor John Kitzhaber. His resignation led to Brown’s appointment as governor, which caused the Secretary of State position to become temporarily vacant. Adkins came out of retirement to fill that position, but is not running for another term. Because of that process, it will be an open seat. Continue reading
Oregon Senate Republicans
So-called ‘Coal to Clean’ plan won’t even reduce carbon emissions in Oregon
Salem, Ore. – Senate Republicans issued the following statement on Wednesday following the signing of SB 1547, an expensive new renewable energy mandate, by Governor Kate Brown in Portland: “Today, Governor Brown gave her stamp of approval to a new renewable energy mandate that will cost residential electricity customers in Oregon $190 more each year until 2040,” said Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day). Continue reading
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon PAC,
The Hoffman Group & Oregon Family Council released a new poll of 550+ Oregon voters this week showing strong backing for Presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Question: The Republican Primary Election for President of the United States were held today, would you vote for John Kasich, Ted Cruz, or Donald Trump?
Donald Trump – 43%
Ted Cruz – 26%
John Kasich – 17%
Undecided – 13% Continue reading
Who’s winning Oregon’s money race?
Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Hillary Clinton , Bernie Sanders?
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon PAC
We looked at the total donations and number of donors for each of the Presidential candidates coming from Oregon. This data is just a large snap shot sample (of the total amounts) with limitations. Our sample results are very illuminating.
The total Oregon donation shows that Ted Cruz has been effectively working Oregon, almost better than all the Presidential candidates combined.
Right From the Start
I like to think of myself as a rational human being. But there are a few things that drive me to irrationality simply by their frequency, duration, and in-your-face public display. In this case we are talking about the abuse of handicapped plates and stickers. (Okay, the other two are Justin Beiber and “the electric slide.”) I have written about this before and will probably write about it again.
There is nothing that drives me nuts more than watching a three-quarter ton pickup that needs a step ladder to enter and exit pull into a handicapped spot at Costco and then watch a twenty-something sprite dressed in cutoffs and a halter leap from the driver’s seat and race in to pick up a couple more cases of beer for “the boyfriend” who is waiting with his speed boat down at the river. It and other abuses are so frequent that I have even stopped people in the parking lot and asked them if they are handicapped. Invariably, there is an embarrassed reply that the car/pickup/van is “owned by John’s uncle or Sarah’s grandmother, or Bill’s cousin – none of whom are ever present or being transported. Or there is the belligerent response – “none of your effing business” – usually delivered by some hulk who looks like an interior lineman gone to seed. Continue reading
Taxpayers Endorse Allen Alley, Dennis Richardson and Sam Carpenter
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon PAC
The Taxpayer Association of Oregon PAC is endorsing these statewide candidates:
Oregon Governor: Allen Alley
Oregon Secretary of State: Dennis Richardson
United States Senate: Sam Carpenter Continue reading
by NW Spotlight
KATU is reporting the “deadline for Oregonians to register to vote or change your political party online is 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, April 26. Any registration cards must be postmarked by Tuesday.”
KATU further notes “People can also take care of registration at their local county elections offices, and many are open until 5 p.m.” and that “Oregon has closed party elections, meaning if you want to vote for a particular president, candidate, governor or any other partisan office, you have to choose that political party. Unaffiliated voters cannot vote in Democratic or Republican primary races – only on issues or other non-partisan offices.” Continue reading