Transportation Bait and Switch

Democrats love to promise “infrastructure spending,” a phrase ripe with the logical fallacy of equivocation where a loaded term means different things. For many businesses across our state, infrastructure most readily means expanding freeway capacity in the Portland area so that our … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Columbia River Crossing, Oregon House, Portland, Transportation, Westside Bypass | 2 Comments

Jeff Gudman for State Treasurer — a Democrat supports a Republican

by Ronald A. Buel Jeff Gudman is running against Tobias Read (Democrat) and Chris Telfer (Independent) for the Position of State Treasurer. Why would a long-time Democratic activist like me be supporting a Republican for this office? I am sure … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Columbia River Crossing, State Treasurer | Leave a comment

The Western Arterial: Makes Sense!

by Ron Swaren Gridlock on the Interstate 5 (and I-205) highway through Portland continues at epidemic levels. I was out there on three afternoons last week and noticed it seemed to start earlier now, too. As early as 1 pm … Continue reading

Posted by at 01:12 | Posted in Columbia River Crossing, Transportation | 7 Comments

Bi-State Bridge Coalition: Real Solutions or more Special Interests?

by Ron Swaren Washington legislators very narrowly halted committing further state revenue to the troubled Columbia River Crossing project when, by one vote, the Washington Senate refused to pass authorization in the 2013 Session.In the meantime, two proposals have originated … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:29 | Posted in Columbia River Crossing | 3 Comments

Columbia River Crossing alternative: Western arterial

by Ron Swaren Gridlock on the Interstate 5 (and I-205) highway through Portland continues at epidemic levels. I was out there on three afternoons last week and noticed it seemed to start earlier now, too. As early as 1 pm … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Columbia River Crossing, Transportation | 251 Comments

Time for a Third Bridge to Vancouver

By John A. Charles, Jr. Recently a conceptual plan for a new bridge over the Columbia River was unveiled at a public forum in Vancouver, WA. The plan, presented by Florida-based Figg Engineering, calls for a four-lane bridge east of … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Columbia River Crossing, Transportation | Tagged , , , | 323 Comments

The High Cost of Liberalism

The high cost of liberalism continues to increase. Tuesday mornings Oregonian reported on another “green energy” fantasy slipping into failure at considerable cost to taxpayers. An article by Molly Young stated: “Portland’s SoloPower Systems has missed another monthly payment on … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Columbia River Crossing, Cover Oregon, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Waste, Green Energy, Leadership, Liberalism, Oregon Government, Portland Politics, Progressivism | 21 Comments

Sen. Bruce Starr: Statement on CRC

Sen. Bruce Starr Salem, OR – Senator Bruce Starr (R-Hillsboro) released the following statement yesterday: Based on the Washington legislature’s demonstrated unwillingness to engage in a bi-state process, as seen by the Washington Senate’s recent passage of Senate Bill 6125, it is … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:05 | Posted in Columbia River Crossing, Oregon Senate | 9 Comments

CRC project still waiting for straight answers

by Sen. Doug Whitsett House Bill 2800, authorizing the construction of the Columbia River Crossing, was passed last March during the regular Legislative Session. The bill determined that it was in the best interest of the people of Oregon to … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Columbia River Crossing, Oregon Senate | 253 Comments

Poll: Clackamas Co. voters oppose Obamacare & CRC traffic

Third Century Solutions Poll Shows Clackamas County Voter Opposition to Healthcare Law and Traffic Impacts of CRC Bridge on I-205 A recent poll of Clackamas County voters taken by Elway Research in early January shows voter opposition to the Affordable … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2014 Election, Columbia River Crossing, Obamacare | 14 Comments

Cover Oregon Adds to a Long List of Democrat Failures

Recently a friend asked why, given my consistently unkind comments about President Barack Obama’s singular legislative achievement – Obamacare – had I not opined on Governor John Kitzhaber’s homegrown version of Obamacare – Cover Oregon?  I told him that these … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Columbia River Crossing, Education, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Waste, Liberalism, Obamacare, Portland Politics, President Obama, State Government | 313 Comments

TriMet Violates Clean Air Act While “Regulators” Stay Silent

By John A. Charles, Jr. In previous decades the Portland region failed to meet national air quality standards for carbon monoxide pollution and was designated a “non-attainment” area under the federal Clean Air Act. As a result, the region was … Continue reading

Posted by at 03:51 | Posted in Columbia River Crossing, Environment, Federal Government, Metro, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, Transportation, TriMet | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 200 Comments

“Run for Cover Oregon” delays Kitzhaber re-election

“Run for Cover Oregon” & Columbia River Crossing (CRC) failures delaying Kitzhaber campaign By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Kitzhaber plans to run for governor. He’s even raising money but is unexpectedly late to announce. Capitol insiders are already saying that … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in Columbia River Crossing, Gov. Kitzhaber, Obamacare | 609 Comments

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