The Oregonian: Lawmakers may expand flawed program to release prisoners early (Guest opinion)

By NW Spotlight Steve Doell in a guest opinion for The Oregonian: The legislature is again back to its get-out-of-jail-free ways. This time it’s House Bill 3078, which releases violent and non-violent offenders early and reduces the penalties for identity … Continue reading

Posted by at 02:28 | Posted in Crime & Sentencing, OR 79th Legislative Session | 1 Comment

Pursuing the Clintons

One of my favorite movies is The Sheepman starring Glenn Ford.  It is the story of Jason Sweet (Glenn Ford) who won a herd of sheep in a poker game and was bound and determined to graze the sheep on … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Corruption, Crime & Sentencing, Crony capitalism, Donald Trump, Ethics, Government corruption, Hillary Clinton, IRS Scandal, Preident Bill Clinton, President Obama | Leave a comment

Reminder: Lake Oswego police chief supported SB 941

by NW Spotlight Pastor who won AR-15 in raffle: Will Lake Oswego police chief now enforce the anti-gun law he pushed to have pass? Oregon SB 941 became law in May 2015. This anti-gun legislation, “the Oregon Firearms Safety Act, … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in 2nd Amendment, Crime & Sentencing, Gun Control | 19 Comments

Please, don’t ‘Call the Feds’ to ‘Stop Bad Prosecutors’

by Stephen Cooper In a convoluted crackpot of a column called, “To Stop Bad Prosecutors, Call the Feds” (June 6), The New York Times proves that the ideas of journalists, however well-meaning, are not likely to ever be the panacea for meaningful and lasting … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:38 | Posted in Crime & Sentencing, Federal Government | Leave a comment

Who’s to blame for the Cover Oregon failure?

by Dan Lucas A Congressional panel recently released a report on Oregon’s failed $305 million health insurance exchange, Cover Oregon. The Washington Post reported “Republicans on the [U.S. House] committee said they are asking the Justice Department and state attorney … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Cover Oregon, Crime & Sentencing, Gov. Kitzhaber, Obamacare, Oregon Health Authority | 8 Comments

Dennis Richardson on Cover Oregon: Oregonians deserve the truth

Dennis Richardson for Secretary of State Dennis Richardson Statement on US Congressional Review of Cover Oregon Central Point, Oregon – Secretary of State candidate Dennis Richardson, who as an Oregon state legislator and Ways and Means Co-Chair, blew the whistle … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Cover Oregon, Crime & Sentencing, Oregon Secretary of State | 10 Comments

Almost half of states violating federal drug law

by Dan Lucas A recent report on the Status of Oregon Marijuana Programs from the State of Oregon’s Legislative Fiscal Office contained this interesting note “There are currently 24 states plus the District of Columbia that have legalized medical marijuana.” … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:30 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Crime & Sentencing, Federal Government, Marijuana | 21 Comments

New Kitzhaber video ‘Why I resigned’

by NW Spotlight A few weeks ago we reported on former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber resurfacing. Kitzhaber had launched a Facebook page and video – and did an interview with Jeff Mapes, now with OPB. Mapes reported “In the months … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:38 | Posted in Crime & Sentencing, Ethics, Gov. Kitzhaber | 4 Comments

Kitzhaber resurfaces – FBI probe ongoing

by NW Spotlight John Kitzhaber resigned as Oregon governor a little over a year ago, just one month into his historic 4th term. Kitzhaber and former Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes were facing criminal investigations by the Oregon Attorney General, the FBI and … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:06 | Posted in Corruption, Crime & Sentencing, Cylvia Hayes, Gov. Kitzhaber | 5 Comments

What’s the difference between a bike accident and rape?

by NW Spotlight What’s the difference between a bike accident and rape? Don’t know? Well don’t feel bad, apparently neither does Oregon state Sen. Floyd Prozanski (D-Eugene). Using his position as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee last year, Prozanski … Continue reading

Posted by at 09:38 | Posted in Crime & Sentencing, OR 78th Legislative Session | 7 Comments

Media missing real story with Hammonds in Burns, Oregon

by Katie Eyre The take-over of a federal building by an offshoot of Saturday’s peaceful rally in Burns, Oregon is taking over the real story. The real story, best I can piece together: Two men were convicted of setting federal … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Crime & Sentencing, Federal Government, Government Overreach, U.S. Supreme Court | 68 Comments

State police report supports Kitzhaber email whistleblower

by Dan Lucas I finally got motivated to read through the 1,502-page report from the Oregon State Police on the witch hunt into the whistleblower who refused to delete former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s emails. One of the things that kept … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Crime & Sentencing, Cylvia Hayes, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Abuse, Government corruption, Oregon Attorney General | 5 Comments

Oregon Senate Republican Leader: Preventing firearm tragedies

Sen. Ted Ferrioli Salem, Ore. – Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) responded to questions regarding the steps Oregon has taken to prevent firearm tragedies following the tragic shooting at Umpqua Community College last week. “As all of Oregon … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:30 | Posted in Crime & Sentencing, Gun Control, Oregon Government, Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Senate, State Budget | 2 Comments

Oregon remains safe for sexual predators

by Dan Lucas Ughh. Charges were recently dismissed against 67-year-old Terry Bean, who had been “indicted for sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy in 2013.” Willamette Week reported “The reason for the dismissal was that the alleged victim declined to testify … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Crime & Sentencing, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Neil Goldschmidt, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate, Rep. David Wu | 4 Comments

Oregon judge’s connection to illegal immigrant’s murder of Kate Steinle

by NW Spotlight Tragedy on San Francisco’s Pier 14 On Wednesday, July 1st, 32-year-old Kate Steinle was shot and killed on San Francisco’s Pier 14, “one of the city’s most scenic tourist spots.” The ABC affiliate in San Francisco reported … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Crime & Sentencing, Illegal Immigration | 47 Comments

Republicans fight for victims of rape and sexual abuse

Sen. Tim Knopp Salem, OR – A bill that would refer the issue of eliminating the statute of limitations for rape to the 2016 general election ballot was introduced in the Oregon Senate Thursday by Senator Tim Knopp (R-Bend) and … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:00 | Posted in Crime & Sentencing, OR 78th Legislative Session | 2 Comments

Marijuana in Oregon is only MOSTLY legal

by Dan Lucas In the brilliant 1987 movie The Princess Bride, Billy Crystal’s character Miracle Max tells some people asking for his help “your friend here is only MOSTLY dead.” The Oregon Liquor Control Commission was in the news recently … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:30 | Posted in Crime & Sentencing, Marijuana | 16 Comments

Sen. Knopp calls on Legislature to do more for rape victims

Sen. Tim Knopp Salem, OR – Thursday, the Oregon Senate passed a bill raising the Statute of Limitations on rape from 6 years to 12, falling short of the twenty year-limit supported by Senator Tim Knopp (R-Bend), victim advocates, the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Crime & Sentencing, OR 78th Legislative Session | 2 Comments

Buehler applauds decision to suspend whistleblower investigations

Rep. Knute Buehler Buehler says Oregon needs stronger whistleblower protections and calls on leadership to join him Salem, OR – Marion County District Attorney Walt Beglau and Yamhill County District Attorney Brad Berry announced that they would not pursue charges … Continue reading

Posted by at 08:17 | Posted in Crime & Sentencing, Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber, OR 78th Legislative Session | 3 Comments

Stop politically motivated retribution against whistleblower

by Dan Lucas Not much has changed in Oregon in the last several decades when it comes to abuses of power. Decades ago Gov. Neil Goldschmidt got away with alleged serial sexual abuse with at least one young girl. He … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Cover Oregon, Crime & Sentencing, Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government corruption, Oregon Attorney General | 2 Comments

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