by NW Spotlight
There is a Grimm’s Fairy Tale about a shoemaker who goes to bed and wakes up to find elves have finished his work for him. In Oregon politics, Democrat Chuck Riley is the shoemaker and Hillsboro-area Libertarians are his elves.
A Libertarian candidate has helped Riley get elected, again. That’s right – this isn’t the first time a Libertarian candidate has helped get Democrat Chuck Riley elected in a Hillsboro legislative race. In fact, that’s how Riley got his start.
Republican Sen. Bruce Starr posted on his Facebook page on Monday that he had congratulated Chuck Riley last Friday evening on winning the race for Senate District 15. The 2014 SD15 race was extremely close. Some votes are still being counted, but Chuck Riley is ahead by 283 votes (18,152 to 17,869). Riley has 45.69% of the vote, Sen. Starr has 44.98% and Libertarian candidate Caitlin Mitchel-Markley has 9.04% (3,592 votes). Continue reading
by NW Spotlight
Nigel Jaquiss at Willamette Week is reporting that Terry Bean “was arrested today on charges of sex abuse in a case involving a 15-year-old boy.” Bean “will be charged with two counts of sodomy in the third degree, a felony, and sex abuse in the third degree, a misdemeanor.”
Bean is a very prominent Democratic figure in Oregon and nationally.
WW reports “He has also been a central figure in national Democratic politics. As WW reported in June: ‘No Oregonian has raised more money for President Barack Obama. At a 2009 Human Rights Campaign dinner, Obama called Bean a ‘great friend and supporter.’ The president in 2012 hosted Bean on Air Force One, and when Obama visits Oregon, Bean has had the honor of greeting him as the president gets off his plane.'” Continue reading
by NW Spotlight
The White House is announcing that “tomorrow night, President Obama will address the nation to lay out the executive actions he’s taking to fix our broken immigration system.”
The Washington Post found yesterday that President Obama had flip-flopped on using executive action on illegal immigration, and gave him their Upside-Down Pinocchio rating for his “clear but unacknowledged ‘flip-flop’ from a previously-held position.” The article recalled Obama’s Jan 2013 comment “I think it is important to remind everybody that, as I said I think previously, and I’m not a king. I am the head of the executive branch of government. I’m required to follow the law.”
Right From the Start
This article is not about the content of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) or even the efficacy of government supervised universal healthcare. It is about the process used by President Barack Obama and his supporters in Congress to affect the adoption of legislation that has fundamentally disrupted and changed the best healthcare system in the world. This is an article about the fundamentals of democratic governance and the preservation of power in the electorate – not the government.
One of the fundamental principles of law in America is that a contract obtained by fraud is voidable – that is, the injured party may cancel the contract. Most courts utilize a five-fold test for determining such fraud:
- There has been a misrepresentation of a material fact.
- That such misrepresentation was made knowingly
- That the purpose of such misrepresentation was to deceive another to change his or her position
- That the other person justifiably relied on the misrepresentation.
- The other person was injured as a result.
by Dan Lucas
I recently wrote an opinion piece for the Salem Statesman Journal and Oregon Catalyst on why people don’t trust the media. Over the weekend, a Statesman Journal reader wrote a letter in response to my opinion piece. He concluded his letter with this statement attempting to defend CBS for their “deplorable” (his words) protection of the Obama administration: “However, given the spectacular rise of Fox News catering to their market niche after President Reagan rescinded the ‘Fairness Doctrine,’ what are their competitors supposed to do?”
It conveyed a misconception I’ve heard before. Continue reading
By Matthew Hayes
Amid this month’s election excitement, Arizonans overwhelmingly approved their “Right to Try” referendum, allowing terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs that have completed basic FDA safety testing but are still awaiting further approval. With seventy-eight percent of the vote, Arizona becomes the fifth state to pass Right to Try legislation this year. Momentum is building with wide bipartisan support. Is there any reason for opposition?
Opponents worry that Right to Try may harm the drug development process by pushing patients away from clinical trials. One way to deal with this concern is the Colorado approach, which requires patients be ineligible for trials in order to participate in Right to Try. Continue reading
American Forest Resource Council
Legislation is Unanimously Opposed by Oregon’s Forest Products Industry, Opposed by the O&C Counties, and Lacks Support from Reps. DeFazio, Schrader, and Walden and Governor Kitzhaber
Groups representing Western Oregon’s timber industry have sent a letter to the Chairwoman and Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee outlining their opposition to the latest version of Senator Wyden’s flawed O&C legislation (S. 1784), which was approved by the Committee yesterday. The letter outlines how the latest version of the Wyden O&C proposal fails to restore sustainable harvest levels and corresponding timber revenues to county governments, or provide a solution to the environmental litigation that has crippled Western Oregon’s rural, forested communities. In fact, Wyden’s legislation would tip the scales further in the opposite direction, making the situation worse. Continue reading