Republicans on the Path to Self-destruction

When it all began, there were sixteen candidates for the Republican presidential nomination. Of that sixteen, eight (Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL), Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ), business woman Carly Fiorina (R), Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA), Gov. John Kasich (R-OH), Gov. Rick … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Bernie Sanders, Carly Fiorina, Congress, Crony capitalism, Donald Trump, Government corruption, Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney, Preident Bill Clinton, President Obama, Ted Cruz | 10 Comments

The Trump Effect

Political pundits and media elites (all cut from the same cloth) are wringing their collective hands over the fact that despite Donald Trump’s blow torch rhetoric and overblown (often internally contradictive) promises to deal with America’s major problems, he still … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Congress, Donald Trump, Federal Government, Leadership, U.S. Senate | 13 Comments

Is DeFazio calling for fed crackdown on marijuana in Oregon?

by NW Spotlight It seems that NOW Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio (D) wants the U.S. Department of Justice to enforce federal laws in Oregon. DeFazio recently “gave a fiery speech on the U.S. house floor” on the “armed militia protest … Continue reading

Posted by at 12:00 | Posted in Congress, Federal Government, Marijuana, Oregon Attorney General | 2 Comments

Donald Trump and the OMG Chorus

I am not a Donald Trump fan. He doesn’t even finish in my top three candidates. (They are, in alphabetical order, Carly Fiorina, John Kasich and Marco Rubio). Still, I am fascinated by Mr. Trump’s unerring ability to tap into … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Congress, Donald Trump, Federal Government, Leadership, Media, President Obama | 5 Comments

New Transportation Funding Bill: Going Nowhere FAST

By John A. Charles, Jr. Earlier this month, Congress passed H.R. 22, a five-year transportation funding bill known as Fixing America’s Surface Transportation, or FAST. Under the terms of FAST, the federal Highway Trust Fund will take in about $208 billion … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Economy, Federal Budget, Federal Government, Taxes, Transportation | Tagged , , , | 14 Comments

Revisiting Republican Congressional Campaign Commitments (3rd Edition)

This is the second update to a column I wrote in April of this year and updated in July. It will also be the last because nothing has changed. Nothing is likely to change and the thought of revisiting the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Congress, Foreign Relations, Government Waste, Illegal Immigration, Leadership, Obamacare, Paul Ryan, Taxes | 8 Comments

Hillary Clinton vs. the Benghazi Committee

For those of you expecting new revelations on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s involvement in the Benghazi disaster, or her use of a private email account and unsecured server for State Department business, or the convenient timing of donations … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Benghazi, Congress, Gov. Kate Brown, Hillary Clinton | 23 Comments

Better Leadership for Congress

The United States House of Representatives has set Thursday, October 8 as the date for choosing the successor to Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) as Speaker of the House. By all accounts Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is the odds-on favorite to … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Carly Fiorina, Congress, Hillary Clinton, Leadership | 3 Comments

Realigning the Priorities of Congress

Last week Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) “stunned” the political world by announcing that he was resigning as Speaker and from the United State House of Representatives at the end of October. I’m not sure why the “political … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Abortion, Congress, Federal Budget, GOP, Government corruption, IRS Scandal, Leadership | 11 Comments

Re-energizing the Authority of Congress

Former Secretary of State and current presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is scheduled to appear before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on October 22, 2015. For those of you expecting anything near the truth to be outed during this hearing, … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Abortion, Benghazi, Congress, Federal Government, GOP, Government corruption, Hillary Clinton, Impeachment, President Obama, U.S. Senate | 3 Comments

Will Hillary Withdraw?

The hottest topics of conversation at the moment in circles that care about politics are two: Will Hillary Clinton (D) drop out of the presidential race in light of the criminal investigations relating to her use of a private email … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Bernie Sanders, Carly Fiorina, Congress, Foreign Relations, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden | 21 Comments

Revisiting Republican Congressional Campaign Commitments (2nd Edition)

This in an update to a column I wrote in April of this year. The italics reflect the previous column while the updates are in regular type: During the 2014 congressional campaigns the Republicans told us that if we would … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2014 Election, 2016 Election, 2016 Presidential Election, Congress, GOP, Government reform, Hillary Clinton, Illegal Immigration, Leadership, Obamacare, President Obama, Taxes | 7 Comments

U.S. House passes bill for voluntary labeling of GMO foods

Bill will preempt states from requiring additional and inconsistent GMO labeling standards Oregonians for Food & Shelter Agriculture, biotechnology and sound science had a win this week. The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food … Continue reading

Posted by at 12:39 | Posted in Congress, GMO | 1 Comment

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