Apologists for Islamic extremists are misguided

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by Dan Lucas

The world has been rocked again by another violent attack by Islamic extremists. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has claimed credit for the recent horrific coordinated attacks in Paris that killed at least 130 people and wounded more than 400.

Speaking at the U.S. Embassy in Paris the week after the attacks, Secretary of State John Kerry was attempting to contrast the recent Paris attacks from January’s Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris when he said “There was a sort of particularized focus and perhaps even a legitimacy in terms of – not a legitimacy, but a rationale” to the Charlie Hebdo attack. A “legitimacy,” a “rationale” to the Charlie Hebdo attack where 12 people were killed earlier this year because as CBS noted that French satirical newspaper prints “caricatures of the Prophet Muhammed” which “have frequently drawn condemnation from Muslims.” The Charlie Hebdo attackers had ties to al Qaeda and ISIS. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Benghazi, Hillary Clinton, Iraq, Islam, John Kerry, President Obama, Terrorism | 16 Comments

That “old technocratic central planning impulse” is alive and well in Oregon

CascadeNewLogoBy Steve Buckstein

One of the most memorable and talked about lines from the November 10th Republican presidential debate came from Senator Marco Rubio, who said, “For the life of me, I don’t know why we have stigmatized vocational education. Welders make more money than philosophers. We need more welders and less philosophers.”

The fact-checkers quickly came up with data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to counter his earnings claim; but the larger question might be whether the president, or any level of government in America, should use the power of the state, and taxpayer money, to choose one career path over any other for students in a free society.

In Oregon you can find lots of politicians who are sure that our state education system needs to focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, or STEM for short. Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian wants to return shop classes to high schools. In 2013 the Legislature created the Oregon STEM Investment Council (under John Kitzhaber’s Oregon Education Investment Council, which no longer exists). Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, 2016 Presidential Election, Economy, Education, Employment, Federal Government, Oregon Government, Progressivism, State Government, Unemployment | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

Leiken calls on Gov. Brown, Sec of State Atkins to improve transparency

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Sid Leiken (candidate for Oregon Secretary of State)

SALEM, Ore.- An audit, released this week by the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office, shows that Oregon’s public records system is in need of significant improvements. The findings reinforce concerns voiced by a report from The Center for Public Integrity. The organization gave Oregon an “F” grade for government accountability and transparency. Some of the problem stems from the roughly 400 exemptions in public records law which limit the public’s access to certain information.

The audit recommends state agencies craft procedures to better handle “non-routine or complex” record requests, improvements to the fee structure, and possibly adding an independent ombudsman or commission to handle disputes related to public records requests. Continue reading

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Government reform, Oregon Government, Oregon Secretary of State, State Government, Transparency | 3 Comments

ODOT cover-up is evidence of continued corruption in state government

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Bud Pierce for Governor

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon gubernatorial candidate Bud Pierce will join Oregon Republican leaders in calling for the immediate resignation of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Matthew Garrett. Evidence shows Garrett and members of Governor Brown’s office knowingly provided questionable facts on greenhouse gas emissions last session to legislators.

“Governor Brown should have asked for Garrett’s resignation when his failure to present accurate numbers scuttled a delicate deal on a transportation package. It’s now clear why she did not. The governor’s office did so to further her political agenda. This is an appalling breach of the public trust on the part of Garrett, Governor Brown’s staff, and yes, Governor Brown,” said Pierce. Continue reading

Posted by at 08:19 | Posted in 2016 Election, Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government corruption, Green Energy, Transportation | 2 Comments

Coosville preserves 2nd Amendment and rejects new tax


by Rob Taylor

Despite the irrational warnings coming from the gun control alarmists, 8,905 Coos county voters decided to preserve a valued right of the individual to keep and bear arms by successfully ratifying the Second Amendment measure 6-151 with a 61% majority.

In turn, and in a display of sheer dissatisfaction with the leadership on the Board of Commissioners, those same voters rejected another government grab for the people’s hard-earned cash by vetoing the Transient Occupancy Tax, measure 6-152.

One of the better resulting factors of the election was the national media coverage debating the legal validity of the preservation ordinance, which keeps the issue at the forefront of discussion. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:23 | Posted in 2nd Amendment, Local Taxes, Media, Voting | 7 Comments

Senate GOP Leader calls for immediate resignation of ODOT Director

Sen. Ted Ferrioli

Senator Ted Ferrioli

Documents Show ODOT Director Matt Garrett Failed to Notify Lawmakers of Key Details Involving Transportation Negotiations

Salem, Ore. – Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) yesterday called for the immediate resignation of Oregon Department of Transportation Director Matthew Garrett. Ferrioli issued the call after reviewing documents from a public records request related to the 2015 session transportation package negotiations that reveal Director Garrett misled transportation workgroup members by providing inaccurate carbon reduction numbers. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, OR 78th Legislative Session, Transportation | 13 Comments

Educational Savings Accounts: The “Smartphones” of Parental Choice

CascadeNewLogoBy Kathryn Hickok

Yesterday the Senate Interim Education Committee of the Oregon Legislature held an informational hearing on Educational Savings Accounts, or ESAs. The focus of the hearing was the recently passed ESA legislation from Nevada, which will make 93% of Nevada students eligible for ESAs in 2016 and all students eligible by 2027 (at the latest).

Educational Saving Accounts allow public school students to take money the state would spend on them and put it on a restricted use debit card. Parents can spend this money on a wide variety of approved educational options, such as private school, individual tutoring, and distance learning. Any money not used is rolled over for parents to spend in the future. Continue reading

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in Education, Oregon Government, Oregon Senate, State Government | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

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