Sara Gelser, the Democratic candidate for state senate in Senate District 8 (Albany/Corvallis), has her campaign face. Candidate Sara Gelser says she will “be a champion for the environment.” She’s getting big support from an out-of-state billionaire who wants to elect candidates who will support extreme environmental positions. Candidate Gelser is also getting support from the Oregon League of Conservation Voters – and they in turn are also getting out-of-state help from their national group.
Yesterday I filed a complaint with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission as a result of reports from the Willamette Week newspaper concerning possible ethics violation by Cylvia Hayes.
My legislative career included participation in a 2008 Oregon Law Commission workgroup which substantially reviewed and updated Oregon’s ethics statutes. Because of that work, I believe that the proper and appropriate agency to investigate the issues which have been raised is the Oregon Government Ethics Commission. Continue reading →
It has been an interesting relationship for the past twenty years, since we hooked up in 1994. Those cowboy boots and blue jeans, no matter the occasion…the stylish grey hair and folksy manner used to make some of us swoon. We knew you were a doctor, so we trusted you with our health care…although that Oregon Health Plan practically emptied our bank accounts. Even you admitted it was a failure.
Then there was the time you walked out the door and declared Oregon ungovernable. We thought the relationship was over at that point, but you came back and ran again. Continue reading →
The favorite past time of Oregon legislators is passing laws without consequences. They enjoy it so much that they keep passing and revising the same laws without consequences in serial fashion. They do this so that they can look earnest, resolute and decisive while knowing full well they have done nothing to disrupt, impede or punish a single would-be voter. Second only to this is their propensity to enact criminal laws banning the same conduct but with different names – think of violent crimes that also disturb their sense of political correctness.
With regard to the former let me give you three of my favorites – handicap parking violations, cell phone use while driving, and littering. Each has been the subject of initial prohibitions including fines and followed routinely thereafter by an increase in those fines on a periodic basis. And yet despite all of the attention given by Oregon’s legislators, the freeways look like garbage dumps (except when a prison posse is sent out to clean small areas), every third car that passes by has some nitwit thrashing away at the air as (s)he gestures while talking on a phone or stares blankly as (s)he thumbs another text message, and parking lots with acres of handicap parking are littered with twenty something sprites alighting from monster pickups that a handicapped person would need a step ladder to enter. All of this in spite of fines that now reach $6250 for littering, $500 for talking or texting, and up to $2000 for handicap parking violations. Continue reading →