Sen. Betsy Close
Bi-partisan legislation enabled local prosecutor to increase charges on accused sex offender
Albany, OR – Last year, Senator Close Betsy Close (R-Albany/Corvallis) reached across the aisle to work with Democrat Senator Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose) on stronger penalties for sex trafficking crimes involving children. The legislation was adopted and signed into law, and last Friday an Albany man was charged under these new statutes.
“I commend Linn County District Attorney Doug Marteeny for using this tool to keep Albany families safe,” said Close. “No child should have to suffer through the horrors of a sex crime. I believe this new law will safeguard our homes and children by taking predators off the street and putting them behind bars where they belong.” Continue reading
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By Everet Rummel
A new issue faces Portland. City Hall is considering waiving development fees for developers of market-rate housing in the Old Town Chinatown district. Chinatown is Portland’s oldest neighborhood and has earned an unpleasant reputation. City Hall claims that waiving these fees, which cover a project’s impact on urban infrastructure, can stimulate building in Chinatown. In the past, only developers of so-called “affordable housing” have been granted this waiver. Continue reading
by Sen. Doug Whitsett
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was debated throughout much of 2009 and eventually enacted on a party line vote of Congress. The president signed Obamacare into law on March 23, 2010.
During the national debate leading up to that vote, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi infamously stated: “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of controversy”. More than four years later, the courts are still debating what is actually in the bill.
The Obamacare mandate requires certain people to purchase health care insurance or to pay a penalty. The administration adamantly and vocally claimed that this mandate was authorized under the Commerce Clause of the US Constitution. It further argued that the Obamacare mandate is not a tax. Continue reading
by NW Spotlight
The Oregonian newspaper reported this week that it will be moving on Monday into its new office space in the Crown Plaza building at 1500 S.W. First Ave in Portland – two floors of office space “designed with a focus on journalism and sales in a digital age.” The Portland Tribune reported in March of this year that “The [Oregonian] has been downsizing and shifting its focus to the internet for several years.”
The Oregonian in Crown Plaza – July 2014 (Oregon Catalyst)
The Oregonian had been in its old location in The Oregonian Building at 1320 S.W. Broadway in Portland for 66 years, since 1948. Prior to 1948 The Oregonian had been in a building at Southwest 6th Ave and Alder St. Continue reading
by Bob Clark
There is now an effort afoot to recall both Portland Commissioner Steve Novick and Mayor Charlie Hales.
Led by chief petitioner, Ray Horton, more than two dozen Portland citizens gathered this past Saturday, July 19, to support and launch an effort to recall both Novick and Hales. These citizens are provoked into such action, in large measure, because the Commissioner and Mayor continue to push their street fee/tax proposal even though it has met with overwhelming opposition from citizens at town hall meetings and in City Council Chambers. Continue reading
Patti Milne for State Senate
Woodburn, OR – The Marion County Farm Bureau has endorsed Patti Milne in her race for State Senate District 11. The Marion County Farm Bureau joins a growing group of organizations and local leaders who are supporting Milne, including Oregon Family Farms, the Oregon Taxpayer Association, Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers and Salem Mayor Anna Peterson.
“Farming families are a big part of our community’s economic foundation,” said Milne. “We must give them the tools they need to be successful. I’m proud of their support, and look forward to serving as their voice in the State Senate.” Continue reading