The Edwards’ Scandal: Another One Ignored by the Mainstream Media (Reprint)

Wednesday’s column dealt with the bias and corruption of the mainstream media.  In that column I noted that the mainstream media has now become the propagandists for the Democrat Party.  In large part is has as much to do with what they refuse to write as it does with what they do write.  Following is a reprint of a May 2012 column I published in OregonCatalyst (  During this year’s presidential election the mainstream media has paid scant attention to the massive scandal attendant to Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton (pay-to-play, Benghazi, use of an unlawful email and server, destruction of public records, lying under oath, etc.) while focusing singularly on allegations of  sexual misconduct by Republican candidate Donald Trump.  There is considerably less evidence supporting the accusations against Mr. Trump than there was regarding former Democrat vice-presidential and presidential candidate John Edwards.  This four-year old column notes the difference in treatment and reinforces the bias and corruption of the mainstream media.

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Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Corruption, John Edwards, Media, Media Bais | Leave a comment

Poll: Brown, Pierce locked in tight battle for Oregon governor


Clout Research

A new Clout Research telephone poll of likely General Election voters shows the race for governor of Oregon very close, with incumbent Democrat Kate Brown leading Republican challenger Bud Pierce, 45% to 43%.

The survey showed three other candidates winning less than 2 percentage points each, with another 6% yet undecided in the race.

Both Brown and Pierce are struggling somewhat to gather the support of voters in their respective parties, as Brown is winning just 75% of Democrats and Pierce wins just 77% of Republicans, but Pierce enjoys a 11-point advantage among political independents, an all-important demographic group which is keeping him in the race, the survey shows. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber | Leave a comment

More questions on Avakian’s campaign violation case

WatchdogMore questions on Brad Avakian’s campaign violation case
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon,

This week, Forbes dropped a bombshell on Democrat Brad Avakian, Oregon’s labor commissioner who is running for secretary of state.

The article claims that Avakian has regularly commingled his official duties with his campaigns for his current position for the secretary of state post he is seeking. In particular, it is alleged that three employees at Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries headed by Avakian, worked on his political campaigns while on-the-clock at BOLI. It also alleges that the BOLI employees, Charlie Burr, Jesse Bontecou, and Paloma Sparks were paid bonuses out of Avakian’s campaign warchest.

Burr received payments totaling of $3,000, Bontecou $1,000 and Sparks $500 in payments from the Committee to Elect Brad Avakian. In The Oregonian it states that he, Bontecou, and Sparks “volunteered” for Avakian’s campaign in 2015 and 2016. Webster provides a simple definition of volunteer as “a person who does work without getting paid to do it.” Continue reading

Posted by at 04:55 | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Will the Mainstream Media Turn on Hillary?

Right From the Start

Right From the Start

The mainstream media doesn’t really like Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.  Mostly because she has for years chosen to ignore press conferences and decline to answer questions from the press.  You can add to that they know whatever she tells them is most likely to be a lie and that each succeeding response is likely to also be a lie.
But the mainstream media loathes Donald Trump.  While the media cites all of their favorite “politically correct” rationale for their loathing, the greater evidence is that they loathe him because he has shined a bright light on their bias, their failures, their hypocrisy and their corruption.  The once lordly perception of the mainstream media as the “government watchdogs” has been shattered and the evidence mounts daily that they are simply propagandists for the Democrat Party.  According to an April 17, 2016 Associated Press article, the mainstream media’s credibility lies in tatters – approximately equal to the politicians they cover:
“Trust in the news media is being eroded by perceptions of inaccuracy and bias, fueled in part by Americans’ skepticism about what they read on social media.
“Just 6 percent of people say they have a lot of confidence in the media, putting the news industry about equal to Congress and well below the public’s view of other institutions. In this presidential campaign year, Democrats were more likely to trust the news media than Republicans or independents.”

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Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Corruption, Donald Trump, Ethics, Government corruption, Hillary Clinton | Leave a comment

Forbes Magazine calls out Brad Avakian abuses

Brad Avakian

Brad Avakian

by NW Spotlight

Oregon and its arrogant one-party rule by Democrats has once again drawn negative national attention.

This latest national attention is on Oregon’s Labor Commissioner, Brad Avakian, who is now running for Oregon Secretary of State.

Yesterday, Forbes Magazine wrote about Avakian“a powerful state commissioner” – who “acts as if rules are only for other people.”

The Forbes article reveals “Public records show that Avakian has a ‘compliance for thee, but not for me’ attitude. Avakian enjoys cracking down on the private sector but is flagrantly mixing public and campaign funds and functions as he tries to move-up to Secretary of State in this election cycle.” Continue reading

Posted by at 06:25 | Posted in 2016 Election, Government Abuse, Government reform, Oregon Secretary of State, State Labor Commissioner | Leave a comment

Metro’s $32 Million Broken Promise

CascadeNewLogo— Why You Should Vote Down Metro’s Natural Area Levy

By John A. Charles, Jr. and Allison Coleman

In 2006, the Metro Council submitted to the voters a general obligation bond measure in the amount of $227.4 million to fund natural area acquisition. The measure was approved.

In a little-noticed appendix to Resolution No. 06-367A, the Metro Council stated that greenway lands acquired with bond funds would be land-banked with limited maintenance beyond initial site stabilization and possible habitat restoration. The Council noted that it had the financial means to carry out this promise:

“Once the 2006 Natural Areas Bond Measure is approved by voters, Metro will commit existing excise taxes to this basic level of maintenance, with Metro having sufficient resources currently to manage the newly acquired properties in this manner for a period of approximately ten (10) years.”

If the phrase “existing excise taxes” seems puzzling, there’s a reason; almost no one remembers that in 2002, the Metro Council enacted a garbage tax of one dollar/ton for the specific purpose of funding operations and maintenance (O&M) of parks. That amount was raised to $2.50/ton in 2004. Between 2002 and 2015, the garbage tax brought in $46,789,044 for Metro parks. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Environment, Local Taxes, Metro, Portland, Portland Politics, Taxes | Tagged | Leave a comment

New Mike Nearman TV ad: Trust

Republican Rep. Mike Nearman is the current representative for House District 23 (Independence) and is running for re-election.

To visit his campaign web site, please click here: Mike Nearman for Oregon

Posted by at 05:56 | Posted in 2016 Election, Oregon House | Leave a comment

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