By Steve Buckstein
The debate over “income inequality” has simmered for some time, but now seems to be upfront as a key dividing line in American politics. President Obama uses the concept to make his case for raising the federal minimum wage. And, the Oregon Department of Employment reports on the so-called growing wage gap between rich and poor in our in state as though that were our primary economic problem.
But many who see income inequality as a major problem tend to have a fuzzy understanding of how our economy works―and who is to blame for our economic problems. They seem to think capitalism is evil. They seem to think “rich people” are evil, and they assume rich people gained their wealth by stealing money from the rest of us. Continue reading
Rep. Jason Conger
Jason Conger for U.S. Senate
Criticizes Her Embrace of Wyden-Merkley Healthcare Plan
Seaside, OR – Jason Conger faced his primary opponent Monica Wehby in their first one on one debate at the Dorchester Conference over the weekend. With roughly six hundred in attendance, the two candidates sparred over issues including: Crimea, higher education and healthcare. Conger emerged as the obvious victor, demonstrating a much stronger command of the issues and blistering Wehby over her support of a healthcare bill cosponsored by Democratic Senators Wyden and Merkley.
The Oregonian reported last week that Monica Wehby supports the Wyden-Merkley health care plan, calling it “a good plan”. Wehby went on to say that she and Democratic senator Ron Wyden, “think a lot alike when it comes to health care”. The Wyden-Merkley plan, also known as the Healthy Americans Act, contains an individual mandate, IRS penalties for those who don’t purchase government approved health care, new federal standards that would result in the cancellation of individual health plans, and tax increases on small businesses. Continue reading
Monica Wehby and Jason Conger emerge as top contenders in Dorchester straw poll, Wehby takes top spot.
The Annual Republican conference Dorchester issued a straw poll of their 675 delegates for United States Senator candidates in Oregon. The list included all known candidates including , Mark Callahan, Jason Conger, Tm Crawley,Jeff Merkley, , Jo Rae Perkins, Monica Wehby and others.
Here is the results of the Oregon U.S. Senate candidates straw poll.
53% – Monica Wehby (182)
38% – Jason Conger (131)
4.6% – Tim Crawley (16)
3.8 % – Other candidates (13)
– Other candidates names not known at time of posting. JW
Dorchester poll results are in on on same-sex marriage ballot measure, NSA spying policies & troop withdraw from Afghanistan
By Dorchester update
Over 675 paid delegates attended the 50th anniversary of Dorchester, making it a near record year for the conference. Three key issues stood out. The first was on the emerging ballot measure that legalizes same-sex marriages in Oregon, the second was opposition to the National Security Agency polices on collecting personal data on citizens and the third issue was about removing troops from Afghanistan in 2014.
1. Same-Sex Marriage Measure
Support – Yes 59% (233 votes)
Oppose – No 41% (162 votes) Continue reading
by NW Spotlight
More than 750 people attended today’s Rally to support Religious Liberty, Life & Fiscal Responsibility at the Monarch Hotel in Clackamas. Organizers pulled the event together in ten days, and had such a big response that they had to stop accepting registrations prior to the event.
Carol Tobias (President of National Right to Life) spoke at the rally, as did Rep. Jason Conger (candidate for U.S. Senate), former state Rep. Shawn Lindsay, former state Sen. Kevin Mannix, Gayle Atteberry (Executive Director of Oregon Right To Life) and Allen Alley (former Oregon Republican Party Chair and past candidate for Governor and State Treasurer).
The current Oregon Republican Party Chair, Art Robinson, attended the rally, as did past ORP Chairs Allen Alley and Kevin Mannix. Continue reading
Senator Herman Baertschiger
Salem, OR -State Senator Herman Baertschiger (R-Grants Pass) commended Governor John Kitzhaber (D) Thursday for his help in efforts to re-open the recently shuttered Rough and Ready Lumber Mill.
“I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the Governor was helping out this iconic southern Oregon company,” said Baertschiger. “I believe that several of my conversations with the Governor about the plight of saw mills around the state are paying off, and are part of the reason for his involvement with Rough and Ready.”
Baertschiger cautioned that the underlying issue affecting Oregon’s rural, timber dependent communities has not been addressed. Baertschiger believes that more raw logs need to be harvested off of O&C Lands if depressed local economies are ever going to be strong again. Continue reading
Senator Jackie Winters
Salem, OR – On Wednesday the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) announced Senator Jackie Winters (R-Salem) as a 2014 Future Majority Caucus (FMC) Advisory Board member. Winters will join the Future Majority Caucus in its mission to proactively grow the Republican family.
The Future Majority Caucus is Co-Chaired by Governor Susana Martinez of New Mexico and Governor Brian Sandoval of Nevada.
“I am honored to be chosen to join this impressive group of leaders who are leading the way in the critical task of growing the Republican party to reflect the nation’s changing demographics,” said Winters. “The Future Majority Caucus provides key support to candidates, helping our party recruit, train and elect more diverse candidates from across the country. I thank the FMC for the opportunity to serve on the Advisory Board and look forward to working with my colleagues to elect more Republicans this fall.” Continue reading