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?
David 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
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
By Kathryn Hickok
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
National Foundation for Women Legislators
(Alexandria, VA) – The National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) announced their 2015 Elected Women of Excellence Award Winners.
The award was established in 2013 as part of NFWL’s 75th Anniversary Celebration in order to honor the hard work and dedication of women leaders from across the country.
The 2015 Women of Excellence winners will be presented with an award at the Toast to the Women of Excellence ceremony at the Petroleum Club on Monday, September 14th, during the 2015 Annual Conference in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Continue reading
Independent Party of Oregon (IPO)
The IPO has just sent out a press release saying State Lottery Commissioner Chris Telfer has announced her Independent Party bid for State Treasurer.
“We are thrilled to have someone as well-respected and highly qualified as Chris Telfer as our first announced candidate, said party secretary, Sal Peralta.
“She has a strong record in public service. With her experience as a successful small business owner, a CPA, state lottery commissioner, Bend city councilor and state senator, she is certainly the most qualified of the announced candidates for state treasurer. We look forward to supporting her efforts throughout the campaign.”
by Dan Lucas
Republicans have their work cut out for them in Oregon’s 2016 races.
After the November 2014 election, Democrats returned to super-majority status in the Oregon Senate – an advantage they’ve enjoyed for 3 of the past 5 election cycles. They hold 18 seats to Republicans’ 12 seats. In the Oregon House, Democrats are within one seat of super-majority status. Democrats hold 35 seats to Republicans’ 25 seats.
In the past 20 years, every Oregon governor, secretary of state, attorney general and state treasurer has been a Democrat. Continue reading