Beyond the deflated balls: NFL government welfare

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by Rob Taylor

Stereotypes are cruel generalizations aimed at certain segments of the population as a way to demean their position in society.  For example, people picture the average “Welfare Queen” as a poor minority woman with five kids from four different fathers who is always looking for a way to take advantage of our country’s generous entitlement programs instead of finding a means to be more self-sufficient.

Ironically, that image could not be further from the truth.

It would be surprising to most people to find out that today’s welfare queens look more like wealthy white men from the Fortune 500 list, or an overpaid ball player.  Proving this point is the most subsidized nonprofit organization in American history, the National Football League. Continue reading

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Ethics concerns should halt Low Carbon Fuel talks


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Legislature Should Not Move Forward With Policy to Raise Costs for Oregon Families During Ethics Investigation

Salem, OR – Legislative Republican leaders yesterday called for House Speaker Tina Kotek and Senate President Peter Courtney to suspend any discussion of Low Carbon Fuel Standards from the session calendar due to recent allegations that Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes received a $118,000 payment for her role in promoting a Low Carbon Fuel Standard policy for the state of Oregon. Continue reading

Posted by at 09:30 | Posted in Energy, Ethics, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon House, Oregon Senate | 1 Comment

The Rise and Fall of the Welfare State

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by Rep. Mike Nearman

How hard will the fall be, is the question

According to the Declaration of Independence, the purpose of government is to secure rights like “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. Over time, as the nation became more mature and affluent the concept of what is a right broadened into what we now know as the welfare state. As a nation, we’ve been through two phases of rights and it appears we’re about to enter a third – and possibly final – phase.

In the early days of the Republic, times were lean for the newly minted government. Income taxes were illegal back then, and Revolutionary War veterans showed up on the doorstep of the feeble country, demanding to be paid.  The United States of America, unable to pay its bills, should have been sent to a collection agency. Continue reading

Posted by at 07:30 | Posted in Bill of Rights, Government Overreach | 2 Comments

The toxic legacy of Neil Goldschmidt

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by Dan Lucas

Based on what a woman named Elizabeth told the Oregonian’s Margie Boulé, it was forty years ago this month that then Portland Mayor Neil Goldschmidt began sexually abusing her. She was 13 and Goldschmidt was 35. Elizabeth told Boulé that Goldschmidt began grooming behavior with her when she was just 7 or 8, and that Goldschmidt’s serial abuse and subsequent toxic relationship went on for another 14 years. Elizabeth died 4 years ago this month.

The abuse was brought to light in 2004 by Nigel Jaquiss at Willamette Week, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Crime & Sentencing, Ethics, Portland | 3 Comments

Gun rights: Unlike Oregon, Vermont Dems follow constitution


by NW Spotlight

A tale of two Democratic state Senate Judiciary chairs


Vermont’s Senate Judiciary Chairman, a Democrat, doesn’t see a need to expand background checks on gun purchases. Additionally, he sees state background checks as being at odds with the 16th Article of the Vermont Constitution, which says:

“The people have a right to bear arms for the defense of themselves and the State.”

He says he reads this as being stronger protection of Vermont gun owners’ rights than the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution: Continue reading

Posted by at 09:30 | Posted in 2nd Amendment, Gun Control | 3 Comments

Romney not running for president in 2016

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The Hill is reporting that Mitt Romney will not run for president in 2016.

The Hill reports “In a call with supporters early on Friday, the former Massachusetts governor said it’s time to ‘give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee.’

In an article in the Oregonian this morning, the Associated Press notes “But in the days since, as Romney tried to rally support for another campaign, he discovered that several of his past supporters and major fundraisers had defected to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.”

Posted by at 08:33 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election | 4 Comments

Bill Sizemore: Grateful to have felonies removed

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by Bill Sizemore

On Thursday of this week, Marion County Judge Claudia Burton signed an amended judgment converting my 2011 felony tax evasion “convictions” to misdemeanors. The new judgment is retroactive to August of 2011 and replaces the old one, so now I no longer have to state on job applications that I am or was ever a convicted felon. That feels pretty good.

In a nutshell, in August of 2011, I was all but forced to plead guilty to filing state tax returns late, notwithstanding the fact that I had paid tens of thousands of dollars in estimated taxes and notwithstanding the fact that my 2008 tax return was only a few months late when then Attorney General John Kroger indicted my wife and me for felony tax evasion. Continue reading

Posted by at 07:30 | Posted in Initiative & Referendum, Oregon Attorney General, Public Employee Unions | 11 Comments

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