Sen. Whitsett files for re-election

Sen Doug Whitsett

by NW Spotlight

Salem, OR—Sen. Doug Whitsett (R-Klamath Falls) filed for re-election to the Oregon Senate on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Sen. Whitsett has represented Senate District 28 since 2005. The district includes Klamath, Crook, Lake, southern Deschutes and portions of Jackson counties.

He has served on the budget-writing Ways and Means Committee since 2005 and was recently assigned to the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee.

“I’m looking forward to continued discussions and support of issues that are important to our constituents in rural Oregon,” Sen. Whitsett said. Continue reading

Posted by at 02:09 | Posted in 2016 Election, Oregon Senate | Leave a comment

Oregon Senate Republican Leader: Preventing firearm tragedies

Sen. Ted FerrioliSen. Ted Ferrioli

Salem, Ore. – Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) responded to questions regarding the steps Oregon has taken to prevent firearm tragedies following the tragic shooting at Umpqua Community College last week.

“As all of Oregon struggles to find answers after last week’s tragedy, Oregonians want to know what Members of the Legislature have done and are doing to make it harder for criminals and those suffering from mental illness to access firearms,” said Ferrioli. “In 2014, I requested a new Legislative Counsel opinion regarding the authority of Oregon State Police to investigate “failed” firearms purchase background checks. After confirming the authority of OSP to conduct such investigations, I met with top law enforcement officials to request they make such investigations a high priority.

“As a result of my actions, Oregon State Police (OSP) began investigating failed background checks, ensuring Oregon’s background check laws are fully enforced. Continue reading

Posted by at 07:30 | Posted in Crime & Sentencing, Gun Control, Oregon Government, Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Senate, State Budget | 1 Comment

Reminder to Pres Obama: Your CDC report found guns make victims safer


by Lars Larson

When President Obama shows up in Roseburg on Friday, do you suppose someone should remind him of the CDC report he ordered up two years ago?

CNS news reported back in 2013:

“’Self-defense can be an important crime deterrent, ‘says a new report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The $10 million study was commissioned by President Barack Obama as part of 23 executive orders he signed in January. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2nd Amendment, Gun Control, President Obama | 16 Comments

Better Leadership for Congress

Right From the Start

The United States House of Representatives has set Thursday, October 8 as the date for choosing the successor to Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) as Speaker of the House. By all accounts Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is the odds-on favorite to win that election. DON’T DO IT. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Carly Fiorina, Congress, Hillary Clinton, Leadership | 3 Comments

Exec-Club speaker: John Fund of National Review

johnfundKeynopte Speaker: John Fund
Oregon Executive Club
Wed. Oct. 6th, 7:00pm
Portland Airport Shilo Inn,

John Fund has reported from Washington for 30 years. Formerly on the WSJ editorial board, John is now national-affairs columnist for National Review Online, and a senior editor at The American Spectator.  John Fund will be sharing on the latest insights from Washington D.C.  Fund has been one of Executive Club’s most favorite national speakers and returning guests.   Please join us on Wednesday.


Posted by at 12:10 | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Dems could lose more governorships in 2016

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by NW Spotlight

Roll Call had some good news last week – Democrats are at risk of losing more governorships in 2015 and 2016.

And the picture is already pretty bleak for Dems: “Republicans now control 31 governorships compared with the Democrats’ 18 — their lowest total since the wake of the 1994 elections. (Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is an independent.)”

Part of that bleak picture includes GOP control of state legislatures. As we reported from Real Clear Politics back in January, “The GOP now controls 68 out of 98 partisan state legislative chambers — the highest number in the history of the party.” Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election | 2 Comments

TeachersPayTeachers Creates Learning Entrepreneurs

CascadeNewLogoBy 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

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Education, Free Trade | Tagged , , , , , | 15 Comments

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