Right From the Start
by Larry Huss
I initially wrote this column prior to the results of the Indiana primary race. While had predicted a substantial win for Donald Trump, I did not anticipate the sudden collapse and suspension of the campaign by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). I have written previously about the flawed candidacy of Mr. Cruz and this past week the former Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R-OH) put an exclamation point on those flaws by declaring that Mr. Cruz was “Lucifer in the flesh” and the most “miserable son of bitch” with whom he had ever dealt.
In the end, Mr. Cruz proved to be a great orator and an even better organizer. Many of his wins came in states that did not rely on the popular vote in a primary – caucus states and states where the Republican leadership controlled the nominating process. In most instances where the popular vote was used, Mr. Cruz lost – the voters too found Mr. Cruz to a “miserable son of bitch.” Continue reading
Sen. Kim Thatcher
Salem, Ore. – Senator Kim Thatcher (R-Keizer) released the following statement following a press conference held by Governor Kate Brown and U.S. Senator Ron Wyden on their desire to expand vote-by-mail nationwide:
“Oregon’s election process should get a strong vote of ‘no confidence’ after being plagued by issues this Primary election,” said Senator Thatcher.
“This isn’t about one political party. Our vote-by-mail system is strangled with problems like 20,000 duplicate ballots in two counties, voters getting their party registration changed unknowingly, or voters receiving multiple ballots and told to simply ‘use the second one.’ While we haven’t seen election fraud yet, our Secretary of State needs to do more to reassure voters – beyond spouting a Haiku poem – that their ballots are being processed accurately. Continue reading
by Dan Lucas
A recent report on the Status of Oregon Marijuana Programs from the State of Oregon’s Legislative Fiscal Office contained this interesting note “There are currently 24 states plus the District of Columbia that have legalized medical marijuana.”
The report also notes “As of November 2014, Oregon became one of 4 states (as of the time of this writing), plus the District of Columbia, that have legalized recreational marijuana.”
I have put the word “legalized” in italics because those states can’t actually legalize marijuana. Marijuana is still very much illegal in the U.S. Continue reading
Governor Debate: Bud Peirce & Allen Alley
Oregon Executive Club
Wed. May 4, 7:00pm
Airport Portland Shilo Inn
$20 Dinner optional
Oregon Republican Governor candidates Bud Peirce and Allen Alley will be speaking and debating at the Oregon Executive Club this Wednesday night at 7:00pm.
Colm Willis for Congress
Taxpayers Association of Oregon picks Willis to take on Schrader
Stayton, OR — Yesterday, the Taxpayer Association of Oregon, a prominent taxpayer watchdog group in the state of Oregon, endorsed Colm Willis in the Republican primary for Congressional District 5.
“Oregonians in the 5th District are tired of being represented by tax and spend career politicians. Taxes are just too high and we need to stop the federal government from taking more of our hard-earned dollars. I’m proud to stand with the Taxpayers Association of Oregon. As your congressman, I will work to keep your money in your pocket and out of the hands of big government.” Continue reading
By John A. Charles, Jr.
Governor Kate Brown opposes a plan by the Coquille Indian Tribe to build a casino in Medford.
In her public statement, the Governor said, “even a single additional casino is likely to lead to significant efforts to expand gaming across Oregon to the detriment of the public welfare.”
What she actually means is she’s opposed to more gambling if it’s not run by state government. Continue reading
by Sen. Doug Whitsett
Oregon’s 2016 primary election is scheduled to take place on May 17. Voters should be receiving ballots in their mailboxes this week.
The results of that election will determine which candidates the Republicans and Democrats choose to represent their respective parties for various races to be decided in the November general election. Of those contested statewide races, one of the most important is the selection of our next Secretary of State.
Our current Secretary of State, Jeanne Adkins, was appointed to her position by Governor Kate Brown early last year following the resignation of former Governor John Kitzhaber. His resignation led to Brown’s appointment as governor, which caused the Secretary of State position to become temporarily vacant. Adkins came out of retirement to fill that position, but is not running for another term. Because of that process, it will be an open seat. Continue reading