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Oregon Legislative Counsel: Oregon Insurance Commissioner’s decision to circumvent new health care reform law “exceeded her legal authority”
Rep. Dennis Richardson
On November 15, Governor John Kitzhaber, through his Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali, announced that Oregon health insurance companies would be allowed to extend current policies through December 31, 2014 (Click here). In doing so, the Governor and Insurance Commissioner violated Oregon law and the Oregon Constitution. Even if his intentions are good, as chief executive the Governor only has the authority to execute the laws passed by the Legislature, not to supersede them. Continue reading
PORTLAND, ORE – State Rep. Jason Conger (R-Bend) yesterday said Western Oregon’s forested communities need a U.S. Senator who will fight for an effective, balanced solution on federal O&C timberlands.
As a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, Rep. Conger said he supports restoring active management to O&C lands and other federal forest lands to create middle class jobs, help struggling rural families and communities, and save the state’s remaining timber industry. Continue reading
Throughout history, a few special people have been able to transcend differences and change the world for the better. Nelson Mandela was one of those people who had a vision for human rights and equality.
Those beliefs made him the father of multi ethnic democracy in South Africa. All freedom loving people will miss him but we will never forget his sacrifice and his achievements. My prayers and my thoughts are with him and with the people of South Africa.
by Bob Clark
5 Reasons to Oppose the Oregon Opportunity Initiative (state wide Initiative 402)
The 2013 Oregon legislative session approved for referral to Oregon voters state Treasurer Wheeler’s Oregon Opportunity Initiative (Senate Joint Resolution 1). Oregonians should vote No, as the Oregon Opportunity Initiative as currently designed is fraught with excessive costs and risks. Continue reading
Portland, Oregon: Today, the campaign of Dr. Monica Wehby hand delivered a letter to the Portland office of Senator Merkley inviting him to join her at a public forum with college students at Portland State University to discuss the Affordable Care Act this Saturday at 7:00pm.
It has been nearly three months since Senator Merkley has held a public forum with the voters of Oregon according to his official website. Seeing as how President Obama has recently launched a tour of the country to explain the failures and his solutions to the Affordable Care Act it is only logical that Senator Merkley should do the same here in Oregon. Continue reading
According to the national media, the opportunity for significant tax reform is all but dead for another two years – if not forever. If you recall, the extreme partisanship between the Democrat Senate and the Republican House and spurred on by President Barack Obama has resulted in a stalemate on virtually all fiscal policy matters. So poor are the relationships between the parties that they resorted to the “sequestration” option in hopes of making a failure to find a compromise so painful that both parties would find a way to agree. What we found out in the aftermath is that there is no end to the bickering and posturing in Congress and the ‘pain” from sequestration turned out to be a minor annoyance to the public and really only impacted the public employees unions.
The second round of sequestration cuts are due beginning in 2014 unless a compromise is found. The dire warnings of imminent catastrophe are muted this time around since the public has twice demonstrated that they simply don’t believe the politicians despite Mr. Obama’s attempts to make any cut in spending unnecessarily burdensome to the American public. The current budget compromise being discussed in Congress is described as a “small deal” in which some of the required cuts are reduced through a combination of cuts in other programs and “user” fee increases for other programs. Continue reading