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 | 333 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 , , , | 385 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 | 305 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 | 427 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 , , , , , , , , | 259 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 | 700 Comments

The Columbia River Crossing Takes Another Blow

Early in comedian Steve Martin’s career, while he was still performing on Saturday Night Live he created a bit that has become part of cultural history: “You say, Steve, how can I be a millionaire and never pay taxes?” Martin’s … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Columbia River Crossing, Leadership, Liberalism, Oregon Government, Portland Politics, Public Transportation | 428 Comments

IT’S ALIVE! 5 things to know about the CRC

by Shelby Sebens | Northwest Watchdog The replacement bridge from Portland to Vancouver, also known as the Columbia River Crossing, won’t die. Despite opposition from all sides and a lack of funding from Washington state, Oregon’s governor and proponents of the project are just not willing to let … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:51 | Posted in Columbia River Crossing, Gov. Kitzhaber | 562 Comments

Moving Forward from the Columbia River Crossing

By Kevin Sharp With the recent suspension of the Columbia River Crossing project, people are already asking, “What should replace it?” The answer, at least for right now, is, “Nothing.” While it is frustrating that the government spent $170 million … Continue reading

Posted by at 09:21 | Posted in Columbia River Crossing, Transportation | Tagged , , , | 935 Comments

Rumors of the Demise of the Columbia River Crossing Project Are Premature

The Oregonian carried a story on July 1 regarding the “demise” of the Columbia River Crossing project: “Columbia River Crossing managers will begin closing the project today, ending assignments for 96 government workers and consultants in a Vancouver office. “Opponents … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Columbia River Crossing, Government Waste, Liberalism, Portland Politics, Public Employee Unions | 13 Comments

Better alternative to CRC: Third Bridge

by Ron Swaren The “Third Bridge” from Portland to Vancouver most commonly refers to a concept also called “The Western Arterial.”  It is also called the “Port-to-Port” bridge, and was analyzed as an alternative by the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:17 | Posted in Columbia River Crossing, Transportation | 3,706 Comments

New twist on CRC project: hemp bridge

by NW Spotlight The controversial Columbia River Crossing project has just taken a strange new twist. A new plan has emerged to build a hemp bridge to replace the current I-5 bridge. The new plan came from U.S. Rep. Suzanne … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:30 | Posted in Columbia River Crossing | 9 Comments

Where’s the Secret Tax for the I-5 Bridge Proposal?

On Monday, the Oregon Senate passed House Bill 2800, the new Interstate 5 Bridge Replacement Proposal (otherwise known as the Columbia River Crossing), which now goes to Governor Kitzhaber for his signature. Despite its passage, the I-5 bridge plan is … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Columbia River Crossing, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged , , , , | 1,874 Comments

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