Columbia River Crossing alternative: Western arterial

Traffic Columbia River Crossing alternative: Western arterial

by Ron Swaren

Gridlock on the Interstate 5 (and I-205) highway through Portland continues at epidemic levels. I was out there on three afternoons last week and noticed it seemed to start earlier now, too. As early as 1 pm for the afternoon rush. A huge portion of the traffic is freight trucks—-and a sure indicator of economic recovery is the movement of freight.

But one overriding economic factor is Washington County growth. With recent announcements by big employers the growth–and the traffic–will continue. This does translate into more tax revenue for the state of Oregon, but with no equivalent of the I-205 highway on the west side of Portland, commuters from SW Washington will continue to be stalled. And freight shipments will also be stalled and wasting time and money. Continue reading

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Oregon’s Public Employee Unions and Pay-to-Play

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Right From the Start

Sunday’s Oregonian carried an article on political contributions by corporations authored by David Sirota, a writer for web-based PandoDaily. Mr. Sirota is not a journalist or editorialist for the Oregonian nor for any of the wire services or major news services routinely used by the Oregonian. I point this out to demonstrate that the Oregonian had to go out searching for this one-sided article reflective of the general anti-business attitude of the Oregonian.

The essence of this article is to criticize Republicans for challenging the Security Exchange Commission’s prohibitions against corporate contributions from Wall Street investment firms who manage state pension and investment funds. These prohibitions are often referred to as “pay-to-play” prohibitions. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Bill of Rights, First Amendment, Free Speech, PERS, Public Employee Unions, State Government, Unions, Voting | 6 Comments

The case for Rick Perry

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry

by Jacob Daniels

Rick Perry’s indictment looks like the ultimate political gift… as of today.  Regardless of your opinion of America’s Longest Serving Governor, political junkies and those who avoid politics seem to agree: Rick Perry is a victim of a political witch hunt led by an overreaching government.

Even President Obama’s longtime friend and architect of his 2008 presidential campaign tweeted that the indictment seems “sketchy.” Furthermore a well-known Harvard Law professor has spoken against the indictment.  It is rare when Perry and a Harvard Law professor agree on anything.

But the question remains, will this indictment turn into a nightmare?

The legal process is complicated and will allow many opportunities for Perry opponents to spin public opinion against him.  Add to that another layer of complication; the upcoming 2016 presidential election. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election | 4 Comments

Web Poll: Ferguson’s biggest mistake?

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The Brown shooting has turned the City of Ferguson into an unfolding crisis and a national debate over how the City & local law enforcement handle a volatile situation.  Commentators point to three controversial decisions that may have added to the turmoil (1) Police withheld name of officer (2) City curfew & ban on night protests and (3) Police too militarized  (as in wielding machine guns, law enforcement in military attire) for the situation.

PLEASE VOTE ON RIGHT HAND MARGIN of this website on your opinion on this case and how government leaders make decisions.

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Decision to deny Morrow’s permit hurts Oregon’s economy

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Alliance for Northwest Jobs & Exports

Portland, OR – Today, the Oregon Department of State Lands announced the denial of a removal-fill permit, required to build a dock facility serving the Morrow Pacific Terminal. The permit decision follows a lengthy comment period, in which many area businesses expressed concern over the state’s extraordinary scrutiny of a widely used, administrative permit important to many waterway businesses. Continue reading

Posted by at 04:35 | Posted in Government Overreach, Government Regulation, Jobs, Oregon Government | 7 Comments

Join a Union or Pay? Not So Fast, Say Oregonians

CascadeNewLogo e1342826659899 Join a Union or Pay? Not So Fast, Say OregoniansA public opinion poll released this week reveals that 84% of Oregonians agree that employees should have the right to decide, without force or penalty, whether to join or leave a labor union.

The poll of 500 Oregon adults was conducted for National Employee Freedom Week, a grassroots campaign of 77 organizations in 44 states dedicated to helping union employees learn about their right to leave their unions. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Right-to-Work | Tagged , , | 11 Comments

Jodi Bailey gets recognition from national GOP group

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Oregon House Republicans

Jodi Bailey Chosen As One Of 14 “Right Women, Right Now” Candidates To Watch In 2014
House District 51 Candidate And Happy Valley Resident Highlighted By Republican State Leadership Committee

SALEM, OR – In an election year with 558 new female candidates running as Republicans for state-level races across the nation, the Republican State Leadership Committee’s “Right Women, Right Now” initiative announced House District 51 Candidate Jodi Bailey as one of the “14 in ’14″ races to watch this election cycle. Continue reading

Posted by at 11:59 | Posted in 2014 Election, Oregon House | Leave a comment

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