Bud Pierce: Solving Oregon’s transportation woes

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Bud Pierce for Governor

Unlike many public policy or political issues, the transportation issue gets personal in a hurry, especially if you’re a Portland area commuter. You see it (and you’re stuck in it) almost every day as you head back and forth to work, go to the grocery story, or ferry the kids to school or activities. It’s getting worse.

So why haven’t our state’s roads, bridges, and transportation arteries kept pace with our population growth and demands of the 21st Century? Why is gridlock costing Oregon jobs and driving up prices for working Oregonians who are wasting time stuck in traffic? Failed leadership in Salem. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:27 | Posted in 2016 Election, Gov. Kate Brown, Transportation | Leave a comment

Oregon ‘short session’: Democrats’ one-party authoritarian regime

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by Rep. Gail Whitsett

In response to a question posed to me recently, it’s my opinion that public input has no value in a completely controlled and strictly adhered to agenda like we are seeing this session. The outcome is pre-determined and the bills that are allowed to a floor vote will pass.

I still urge people to testify and we minority party legislators still speak up on the floor and in committees and vote “no” – but the outcome is fully predetermined. That’s how it is this session and that’s how it was last session. That’s how it is anytime you have a supermajority or near supermajority.

Even the moderate Democrats are so afraid of their leadership and the loss of their committee chairmanships and committee assignments that they concede to the stated agenda and vote party line. Continue reading

Posted by at 07:30 | Posted in OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon House | 3 Comments

Not One Dollar More

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The State of Oregon will sell 84,000 acres of the Elliott State Forest by March 2017, in order to make money for public schools.

However, the lands will not be auctioned to the highest bidder. In fact, they will not be auctioned at all. The State will set the price based on appraisals, and purchasers will pay that price.

If there is more than one offer, the tie will be broken based on which buyer promises the most “public benefits.” Those benefits are defined as public access to at least 50% of the property; preservation of old growth timber; protection of stream corridors; and the guarantee of at least 40 jobs for 10 years. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Environment, Natural Resources, Oregon Government, State Budget, State Government | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

New website on scandals & pay-to-play politics of Salem Democrats

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Promote Oregon Leadership PAC

Salem, Ore.Promote Oregon Leadership PAC launched a website and ad campaign highlighting the scandals and pay-to-play style politics of Salem Democrats. The website, www.SalemDemocrats.com, includes the release of a digital ad featuring ex-Governor John Kitzhaber, former First Lady of Oregon Cylvia Hayes, Governor Kate Brown and House Speaker Tina Kotek, and exposes the corrupt dealings of Oregon’s majority party.

“Salem Democrats control every aspect of Oregon’s Capitol, yet feign surprise when members of their own party are forced to resign and their own state agencies face federal investigations,” said David Huguenel, Executive Director of Promote Oregon. “Instead of cleaning up their act, they’ve done nothing but double down on a partisan agenda, pandering to their out-of-state-donors and special interest allies so they can line their pockets with millions of dollars in campaign donations.” Continue reading

Posted by at 09:30 | Posted in Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Abuse, Government corruption | 4 Comments

Oregon Senate GOP 2016 ethics and transparency agenda

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Oregon Senate Republicans

Salem, Ore. – Thursday, Senate Republicans called for the passage of a package of measures to strengthen ethics and increase transparency in Oregon’s government. The cornerstone of the proposal, introduced on the Senate floor Thursday, is a Senate Republican bill challenging Governor Brown’s apparent campaign kickback corruption that would prevent a Governor from receiving campaign contributions from organizations for which they secure pay raises.

“The pervasive culture of corruption stemming from one-party rule in Oregon continues,” explained Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day). “It’s been nearly a year since Governor Kitzhaber resigned amidst an environmental policy corruption scandal, and despite several promises to strengthen ethics in Oregon from Governor Brown, the legacy of corruption lives on. This package of bills include tangible steps Oregon can take to prevent such corruption in the future.” Continue reading

Posted by at 08:31 | Posted in Ethics, Gov. Kate Brown, Government reform, OR 78th Legislative Session | 1 Comment

More than 1,700 attend Portland conservative rally

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More than 1,700 people attended today’s 2016 Freedom Rally for conservative values at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. The rally, put on by the Oregon Liberty Alliance, was to support fiscal responsibility, life, public safety, family values, and religious liberty.

This was the third year for the rally, and attendance has continued to grow. There were more than 750 people at the first rally in 2014, over 1,500 at last year’s rally and more than 1,700 at this year’s rally. Continue reading

Posted by at 11:01 | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Revelation this week left Oregon Dems scrambling on min wage hike

Sen. Ted Ferrioli

Sen. Ted Ferrioli

Oregon lawmakers urged to thoroughly vet all major policy bills during ‘short session’

Salem, Ore. – Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli released the following statement urging lawmakers to thoroughly vet all major changes to Oregon policy, avoiding unintended negative consequences from the 2016 legislative session:

Tuesday’s assertion by Linn County Commissioner Roger Nyquist that the Oregon Constitution allows counties to not comply with a proposed minimum wage mandate shocked policymakers convinced Oregon needs a higher minimum wage. This major hitch in the minimum wage plan left supporters stunned and scrambling to determine if their plan is enforceable, and if not, how they can compensate local governments for the unfunded mandate. Continue reading

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in Economy, Jobs, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate | 4 Comments

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