by Sen. Doug Whitsett
Political discourse before, during and following the recent elections seems to have been more divisive than usual. The rhetoric has often been inaccurate, sometimes intentionally misleading, or otherwise just plain malicious.
During the past several months, such dialogue was commonly employed at the national, state and local levels. Citizens have protested in the streets carrying acrimonious signage and chanting slogans that many find offensive.
Some of those demonstrations turned violent and resulted in personal injuries and significant damage to private property. Those responsible for injuries and property damage should be held responsible.
Many continue to express their outrage. They allege feeling upset, hurt, offended, or suffering personal insult by seeing, hearing or reading passionately expressed diverse political opinion. Continue reading
Salem, Ore. – House Republican Leader Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte) issued the following statement yesterday regarding the passing of former Oregon House Speaker and Attorney General Hardy Myers:
“As Speaker of the House and as Oregon’s Attorney General, Hardy Myers served our state with great dignity and class. He will be remembered as one of the most distinguished and well respected Attorney Generals of our time. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Myers family today.”
Right From the Start
Remember when the Democrats talked about “tax reform” but they really meant tax increases? With the election of Donald Trump (R) as President and control of the House of Representatives and Senate still in the hands of the Republicans that narrative can change. But, quite frankly, I am not particularly encouraged that it will, particularly after an article in Saturday’s Wall Street Journal:
“Fault lines inside the corporate world are emerging over a proposed rewrite of the U.S. tax code, pitting importers against exporters.
“At the heart of the fight is a Republican plan in Congress that would impose corporate taxes on imports while eliminating them from exports, a move that would upend decades of tax policy.
“The proposed shift in effect would curtail existing incentives for U.S. companies to move profits and operations abroad, but it would also pose new challenges for some global businesses. Retailers selling imported products and refiners using imported oil could be hardest hit, while some exporters could see their tax bills vanish.”
by NW Spotlight
Yesterday, Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a student of Somali descent, attacked students and faculty at Ohio State University using a car and a butcher knife. He was stopped within minutes by a campus police officer with a gun – who fatally shot him.
The attacker used his car to ram a crowd of people – “sending bodies flying into the air.” He then went after people with a butcher knife, “swinging and slashing wildly with the knife.” Then, according to the Columbus Dispatch, OSU Police Officer Alan Horujko confronted the attacker and shot and killed him, just a minute after the start of the attack. Continue reading
By Lydia White
The masterminds behind Portland’s newest inclusionary zoning recommendations have proven once again to be economically illiterate.
The Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission unanimously recommended requiring developers with 20 units or more to make 20% of units “affordable” at 80% of median family income, or 10% “affordable” at 60% median family income.
This policy fails to accomplish the Portland Housing Bureau’s stated intentions to “harness the economic power of the private market to increase the supply of affordable housing.” Continue reading
by Sen. Doug Whitsett
Governor Kate Brown pledged to increase transparency and accountability in Oregon state government after she took office in early 2015 following Governor John Kitzhaber’s resignation under a cloud of ethics challenges related to alleged influence peddling.
Since her inauguration as Oregon’s 38th Governor, editorials and articles published in multiple news outlets throughout the state have questioned whether she has lived up to that pledge.
The fact of the matter is that little ethics reform has been accomplished during the nearly two years since Brown became Governor. Legislators on both sides of the aisle have introduced several ethics reform bills. Continue reading
Right From the Start
Following are a series of vignettes apropos to the conclusion of the recent presidential elections. Some things never change.
Ms. Stahl, born to a wealthy Massachusetts family and a princess of privilege herself, promoted the liberal narrative – that people feared for their safety with the election of Mr. Trump. She pointed to a small group of protestors outside of Trump Tower expressing their outrage that their candidate, Hillary Clinton, lost, When Mr. Trump suggested that among the protestors were professional agitators and Clinton supporters, Ms. Stahl, without a single fact at her disposal, scoffed at the notion. With the number of plastic surgeries apparently immobilizing her lower face, Ms. Stahl carried on with a litany of accusations about Trump supporters confronting the protestors without ever mentioning the acts of intimidation and violence by anti-Trump protestors, including the recent violence and destruction in Portland.