Hypocritical judgment of Kentucky county clerk

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by Lars Larson

This week the eyes of the nation have been focused on Rowan County, Kentucky where a [Democratic] county clerk refused to issue gay marriage licenses.

Personally I think she’s wrong to substitute her religious beliefs for public policy. But what I find really kinda funny is the outraged cries of gay marriage fans.

You see, 11 years ago in Multnomah County those same people were cheering when four county commissioners conspired in secret to pull a similar stunt. Diane Linn, Serena Cruz, Lisa Naito and Maria Rojo de Steffy substituted their beliefs for the law and the state constitution. They ordered the County to begin issuing gay marriage licenses in violation of state law. Thousands of licenses were issued. In the end, the attorney general and the courts slapped down the outlaw commissioners. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Marriage | Leave a comment

2016 Oregon Lottery Local Control Act: A Citizens’ Initiative

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Lottery Local Control Committee

The 2016 Oregon Lottery Local Control Act is a grassroots Citizens’ initiative that protects current Oregon constitutional requirements on spending lottery revenues while granting each County across Oregon the control of how these dollars are spent locally. Petitioners have begun gathering the 117,578 signatures required to place the initiative on the November 2016 ballot.

When passed, 50% of Oregon Lottery net proceeds would go back to the counties they were generated from using similar spending allowances that exist today. The Act protects all current Oregon Lottery spending constitutional requirements but would allow each County to decide how to allocate the 50% “Local Control” funds in the expanded categories of public education, economic development, public safety, or natural resources. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Initiative & Referendum, Oregon Lottery | Leave a comment

Prozanski recall near 11,000 names – Deadline looms!

petitionBy Oregon Citizens to recall Floyd Prozanski

“We are almost there and we need every signature we can get” said Patricia Duffy, chief petitioner of the Floyd Prozanski recall effort. “Friday at 5 pm is the deadline for us to turn in enough signatures and it is going to be really close”.

The recall campaign, Oregon Citizens to Recall Floyd Prozanski, expects to turn in over 11,000 signatures of registered voters in Senate District 4 by Friday. Yesterday, they turned in 8,663 and are preparing several thousand more for turn in. Continue reading

Posted by at 02:00 | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Will Hillary Withdraw?

Right From the Start

Right From the Start

The hottest topics of conversation at the moment in circles that care about politics are two:

  • Will Hillary Clinton (D) drop out of the presidential race in light of the criminal investigations relating to her use of a private email server for all purposes, including receipt and transmission of classified materials, during her tenure as Secretary of State?
  • Will Vice-president Joe Biden (D) enter the primary race for the Democrat nomination as Ms. Clinton’s electability numbers continue to decline?

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Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Bernie Sanders, Carly Fiorina, Congress, Foreign Relations, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden | 11 Comments

Executive Club: Rethinking Union power

knottdDavid Nott, President Reason Foundation
Oregon Executive Club Guest Speaker
Wed. Sept 2nd, 7:00pm
Portland Airport Shilo Inn,

David Nott. Stanford-educated in Economics and Petroleum Engineering,David is President of Reason Foundation, the non-profit think tank advocating for free minds and free markets, and publisher of Reason magazine.   Nott is an expert on union politics and will come with insights, analysis and answers to the union dominance in politics.   Continue reading

Posted by at 04:47 | Posted in Uncategorized | 7 Comments

Environmentalists jeopardize schoolchildren safety for corporate profits

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by Sen. Doug Whitsett

Parents in most communities throughout Oregon are sending their children off to their first week of the 2015-16 school year. They ensure that their children arrive at the bus stop and expect them to return from school safely. However, some seriously flawed public policies are making this process much more complicated and sometimes more dangerous than it needs to be.

Oregon’s Willamette Valley lawmakers have rushed to enact laws to implement biofuels mandates in the name of saving the environment. The involvement of government’s heavy hand in these markets has created winners and losers and political cronyism of the worst kind. The winners are the out-of-state purveyors of “clean” renewable biofuels. The losers are the children in many eastern Oregon school districts. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Energy, Environment, Green Energy, OR 78th Legislative Session | 8 Comments

New Orleans’ Miracle School District

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Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina devastated the southeastern United States, displacing more than 372,000 school-aged children. Today, New Orleans’ school population has returned to more than two-thirds its pre-storm level, but a lot has changed for the better in the public school district.

Before Katrina, a Louisiana state legislator called New Orleans “one of the worst-run public school systems in America.” Almost two-thirds of students attended a “failing school.” After Katrina, the state legislature transferred more than 100 low-performing Orleans Parish schools to the Recovery School District. Now, the district has 57 charter schools operating under nonprofit charter management organizations. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, State Government | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

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