The Ignominious End to Politics and Truth

By Larry Huss, No wonder the political class is universally despised. It is virtually impossible for them to tell the truth about anything. In most instances the truth is found in what the politicians choose to ignore. Here are three … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Cuba, Ethics, Foreign Relations, Government corruption, Hillary Clinton, Iran, President Obama | 5 Comments

Broke as Hillary Clinton

[In the opening scene of The Godfather Don Corleone is receiving people at his daughter’s wedding. One of the supplicants is a local merchant who is asking Don Corleone to avenge the honor of his daughter. Don Corleone listens to … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Corruption, Ethics, Hillary Clinton, Preident Bill Clinton | 9 Comments

The Curious Case of John Kitzhaber.

The Curious Case of John Kitzhaber. Saturday, February 13, marks the one-year anniversary of former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s (D-OR) resignation in the face of a conflict of interest scandal involving the governor and his paramour, Cylvia Hayes. At the time … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kitzhaber, Gov. Neil Goldschmidt, Government corruption, Oregon Government | 50 Comments

New website on scandals & pay-to-play politics of Salem Democrats

Promote Oregon Leadership PAC Salem, Ore. – Promote Oregon Leadership PAC launched a website and ad campaign highlighting the scandals and pay-to-play style politics of Salem Democrats. The website, www.SalemDemocrats.com, includes the release of a digital ad featuring ex-Governor John … Continue reading

Posted by at 09:30 | Posted in Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Abuse, Government corruption | 4 Comments

Oregon Senate GOP 2016 ethics and transparency agenda

Oregon Senate Republicans Salem, Ore. – Thursday, Senate Republicans called for the passage of a package of measures to strengthen ethics and increase transparency in Oregon’s government. The cornerstone of the proposal, introduced on the Senate floor Thursday, is a … Continue reading

Posted by at 08:31 | Posted in Ethics, Gov. Kate Brown, Government reform, OR 78th Legislative Session | 1 Comment

Fresh Droppings on the Campaign Trail – 2016

Last week was a busy week on the campaign trail for the presidential candidates of both parties providing new and/or additional insights less on the policies of the candidates and more on their character. And in several instances it wasn’t … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Carly Fiorina, Crony capitalism, Ethics, Hillary Clinton, Leadership, Preident Bill Clinton, Ted Cruz | 7 Comments

Corruption in Arizona Begins With Attitudes in Portland

Corruption and waste, like so many other governmental viruses, have a tendency to spread. In this case it is the monumental corruption and waste attendant to the far left Portland government’s infatuation with light rail. It is an infatuation that … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Commissioner Jeff Cogen, Ethics, Government Abuse, Government corruption, Leadership, Metro, Portland Politics, Public Transportation | 5 Comments

The Futility of Public Hearings

By John A. Charles, Jr. Over the past four years, TriMet and Metro have been planning something called the SW Corridor Project. Metro describes it as a multi-modal project featuring new transit capacity, local street improvements, and enhancements to trails, … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Ethics, Land Use Laws, Metro, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, Transparency, Transportation, TriMet | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Freedom in Film and Fiction: Truth in Art

By Kathryn Hickok Since 2013, “Freedom in Film and Fiction” has been an occasional series of book and film reviews housed on Cascade’s website. Join us as we explore themes of freedom and timeless truths in literature and art. You … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Ethics, Government Abuse, Life | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Knute Buehler announces legislative agenda for 2016 session

Rep. Knute Buehler Priorities: Preventing prescription drug abuse and protecting whistleblowers Bend, OR – Representative Knute Buehler announced this week the two bills he will introduce during the upcoming 2016 session. Legislators are limited to two bills for even-year legislative … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Drug Abuse, Ethics, Government reform, OR 78th Legislative Session | Leave a comment

ODOT cover-up is evidence of continued corruption in state government

Bud Pierce for Governor SALEM, Ore. – Oregon gubernatorial candidate Bud Pierce will join Oregon Republican leaders in calling for the immediate resignation of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Matthew Garrett. Evidence shows Garrett and members of Governor … Continue reading

Posted by at 08:19 | Posted in 2016 Election, Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government corruption, Green Energy, Transportation | 2 Comments

Oregon Scraping Bottom in State Integrity Rankings

By John A. Charles, Jr. Last week the Center for Public Integrity released a report grading the 50 states on governance. The metrics used to measure integrity included the categories of “Public Access to Information,” “Lobbying Disclosure,” and “Ethics Agency … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Abuse, Government corruption, Government Overreach, Government reform, Oregon Government, State Government | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

Oregon gets an ‘F’ in government integrity

by NW Spotlight The Pulitzer-winning Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity just came out with their 2015 State Integrity Investigation – and Oregon got an ‘F’. The ‘F’ grade was based on assessing the systems in place to deter … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Abuse, Government corruption, Government reform, Impeachment, Oregon Government, State Government | 7 Comments

Sex, Lies and Innuendo at CNBC (Well, Without the Sex)

Somewhere in the middle of what was supposed to pass as an issues debate amongst the Republican presidential primary contestants on CNBC, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) famously responded to yet another sarcastic question by one of the CNBC newsreaders (it … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Carly Fiorina, Donald Trump, Ethics, Liberalism, Media | 7 Comments

Further ethics reform still needed in Oregon

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Former Governor John Kitzhaber remains the subject of occasional headlines reminding Oregonians of the aftermath of his brief fourth term in office. Nearly eight months after his resignation, news reports make clear state taxpayers are not … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Abuse, Government corruption, Government reform | 4 Comments

When Will Oregon See Justice in the Kitzhaber Scandal?

The August 21, 2015 edition of the Wall Street Journal carried a “squib note:” “A federal appeals court on Thursday declined to allow former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to remain free while he appeals his public-corruption convictions to the U.S. … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kitzhaber, Gov. Neil Goldschmidt, Government corruption, President Obama, State Government | 13 Comments

Fresh Droppings on the Campaign Trail

With the first nationally televised primary campaign debate ended, it is safe to say that the quadrennial presidential campaign season is now in full swing. You don’t have to be a big game tracker to understand the importance of “droppings … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Bernie Sanders, Carly Fiorina, Ethics, Hillary Clinton, Leadership | 19 Comments

Free Speech vs. Compulsory Union Dues

Two years ago, in the aftermath of Harris v. Quinn, I wrote the following column. Last week the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear Friedrichs v. CTA which will deal precisely with the issue discussed in my column. There … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 1st Amendment, Bill of Rights, Ethics, First Amendment, Free Speech, Liberalism, Oregon Government, Public Employee Unions, Right-to-Work, Unions | 19 Comments

Oregon Senate Dems block impeachment process proposal

Rep. Jodi Hack (R-Salem) Oregon is the only state in the nation that does not have a mechanism in place for executive impeachment. Salem, OR – Representative Jodi Hack (R-Salem) Friday expressed disappointment over recent reports that Senate President Peter … Continue reading

Posted by at 09:30 | Posted in Ethics, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government reform, Impeachment, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate | 10 Comments

Senate Dems reject attempts to strengthen Oregon ethics laws

Oregon Senate Republicans Salem, OR – Yesterday, Senate Democrats rejected three proposals to strengthen ethics laws for both the legislature and state and local campaigns in Oregon. The Oregon Senate will later consider two bills introduced by Governor Kate Brown … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government corruption, Government reform, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate | 4 Comments

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