Well-meaning vaccination requirement may actually harm WA foster children

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by Willamette University College of Law Federalist Society

In January Washington State’s Department of Social and Health Services promulgated WAC 388-148-1320, compelling all persons in a licensed foster home with foster children two years of age or younger to have proof of full immunizations. This regulation makes it so that foster homes are restricted from caring for dependent children two years of age or younger if the family does not vaccinate themselves and their children.

Though well intentioned, this regulation further burdens licensed foster homes, restricts adoption, and undermines the reunification of families. It also is an example of how the erosion of our civil liberties can in many cases lead to negative unintended consequences for some of our most vulnerable citizens. If Washington is going to protect its foster children it has to start by protecting its citizens’ freedom of choice. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Overreach, Government Regulation | Leave a comment

Oregon Senate GOP seeks to clear ‘ethical fog’ around Kitzhaber

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Oregon Senate Republicans

Request Correspondence between Governor’s Office and Campaign Advisers

Salem, OR – Today, Oregon Senate Republicans announced they have submitted a Public Records Request for all correspondence between key Kitzhaber political campaign advisers and the Governor’s office from January 1, 2014 to February 18, 2015.

“During this unprecedented time, following the disgraceful exit of former Governor John Kitzhaber, Oregon finds itself in the national spotlight and at a historical crossroads,” said Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day). “We are concerned the ‘ethical fog’ extends beyond Kitzhaber’s administration to political operatives in the Democrat party and believe Oregonians deserve to know the extent of that connection.” Continue reading

Posted by at 05:38 | Posted in Ethics, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government corruption, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate | 1 Comment

Let your voices be heard on 6 bills targeting ‘kicker’ refund

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by Sen. Doug Whitsett

The income tax kicker is Oregon’s only spending limitation

Oregon’s March economic and revenue forecast was released last week. The forecast predicts that the state will receive enough revenue, during the remainder of this budget cycle, to trigger the personal income tax “kicker.”

The “kicker” is a refund of excess income taxes paid by Oregon taxpayers. State economists estimate the refund will total $349 million, about $350 for each Oregon family of four.

“Kicker” refunds will no longer be mailed to taxpayers in the form of a refund check. The refund process was changed by the passage of House Bill 3543 during the 2011 session. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in OR 78th Legislative Session, State Taxes | 7 Comments

No wonder Gov. Kate Brown wants to punish the whistle blowers!

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by NW Spotlight

A few days ago we reported on Gov. Kate Brown’s chilling moves to silence & punish state employees who refused to delete Kitzhaber emails. KATU is reporting today on new findings about Kitzhaber’s dealings in those emails, based on investigation by Willamette Week’s Nigel Jaquiss:

“Emails that former Gov. John Kitzhaber tried to have deleted reveal that he turned decision-making for the troubled state health exchange, Cover Oregon, over to a campaign consultant.” [That consultant was Patricia McCaig – who was not a state employee]

“Kitzhaber secretly turned over Cover Oregon decision-making to McCaig.” Continue reading

Posted by at 11:44 | Posted in 2014 Election, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber, Oregon Secretary of State | 9 Comments

Oregon’s transition from medical to recreational marijuana

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by Rep. Mike Nearman

How’s that going to work out for us?

It’s been 16 years since Oregonians passed Measure 67 and legalized medical marijuana. How’s that working out for us? I don’t dispute that marijuana may possibly have some value in medicine, but I’m skeptical of most medical marijuana usage because most of the medical community and the regulatory structure hasn’t come forward to push for its acceptance as medicine.

As of October of this year, there were nearly 70,000 medical marijuana card holders in the state of Oregon, a little less than 2% of the residents of the state. That makes me skeptical, too. Isn’t it amazing how a recreational drug can become so medically effective? That’s one out of every 50 people who has a card. There are 213 medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon which means that they have an average of about 330 customers each. Can they operate profitably with so few customers? Maybe they have side businesses. Continue reading

Posted by at 07:30 | Posted in Marijuana, Oregon Government | 15 Comments

The Burial of the Kitzhaber Scandal

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Right From the Start

The aftermath of the scandal that forced Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) to resign is like watching a cat bury its poop – a lot of litter is scratched up to cover the mess but the poop is still there and the stench is still redolent.

On its face, this is a run of the mill government corruption scandal – money was taken by a government official to influence government actions that would benefit those who gave the money. The “government official” in this instance was Mr. Kitzhaber’s live-in paramour, Cylvia Hayes, whom he routinely identified as “the First Lady.” Ms. Hayes accepted over $200,000 from the Clean Economy Development Center and tens of thousands of dollars from other environmental activists while providing “environmental guidance” to Mr. Kitzhaber’s administrative agencies – presumptively at the behest of Mr. Kitzhaber since this was his “First Lady.” Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government corruption, Media, Oregon Government, Public Employee Unions | 5 Comments

Cartoon: How SB 324 crushes small business

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Posted by at 02:00 | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

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