Is There Corruption of the Election System?

Several years ago while at a dinner party, the conversation got around to the burden that illegal immigration was putting on the country’s welfare system.  The hostess, a generally thoughtful and well reasoned person, disagreed asserting that she had worked … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, 2016 Presidential Election, 2018 Election, Corruption, Fake News, Gov. Kitzhaber, Gov. Kulongoski, Illegal Immigration, Public Employee Unions | 3 Comments

Bringing accountability and transparency to Salem

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Governor Kate Brown pledged to increase transparency and accountability in Oregon state government after she took office in early 2015 following Governor John Kitzhaber’s resignation under a cloud of ethics challenges related to alleged influence peddling. … Continue reading

Posted by at 08:28 | Posted in Corruption, Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government reform, Oregon Government, Oregon House, Oregon Senate | Leave a comment

Poll: Brown, Pierce locked in tight battle for Oregon governor

Clout Research A new Clout Research telephone poll of likely General Election voters shows the race for governor of Oregon very close, with incumbent Democrat Kate Brown leading Republican challenger Bud Pierce, 45% to 43%. The survey showed three other … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber | Leave a comment

PERS – And Then She Cried

In a recent report before a joint meeting of the Oregon Investment Council and the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) Board it was revealed that the unfunded future liability of PERS is estimated at $22 Billion – an amount … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Corruption, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber, Gov. Kulongoski, Gov. Neil Goldschmidt, Government corruption, Government reform, Leadership, Metro, PERS, Public Employees Retirement System, State Budget, State Government | Leave a comment

Kate Brown’s ‘House of Cards’

Bud Pierce for Governor  

Posted by at 06:55 | Posted in 2016 Election, Cover Oregon, Cylvia Hayes, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber | 4 Comments

Calling All Sex Offenders: Oregon Awaits

Are you a sexual deviant? Are you a serial rapist? A child molester? A sexual predator? Well welcome to Oregon, the government has got your back. Have you repeatedly raped a thirteen year old child over a three year period? … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Corruption, Cylvia Hayes, Education, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber, Gov. Neil Goldschmidt, Liberalism, Mayor Sam Adams, Oregon Government, Preident Bill Clinton, Sex Offenders | 477 Comments

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

Turmoil & mismanagement in Oregon state government

by Sen. Doug Whitsett It is becoming increasingly clear that management problems and funding issues are the “new normal” among Oregon state government agencies. Arguably, as many as a dozen agencies have been suffering from management and funding problems for … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:40 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber, Oregon Government, Scandals, State Government | 4 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

Oregon Senate passes whistleblower protection bill

Office of Rep. Knute Buehler Bend, OR – Oregon whistleblowers will receive enhanced protections and transparency thanks to legislation passed yesterday by the Oregon Senate. The bill was championed by Representative Knute Buehler who initially introduced whistleblower legislation last session … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Gov. Kitzhaber, Government corruption, Government reform, OR 78th Legislative Session | 2 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

Ending state agency abuse of attorney-client privilege

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Attorney-client privilege is an uninfringeable pillar of our legal system. That system rightfully and unambiguously protects disclosure of those communications. Further, attorneys are specifically excluded from being compelled to testify regarding most communications with their client … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Abuse, Oregon Government, Transparency | 1 Comment

State agency rulemakers ignore their own rules

by Sen. Doug Whitsett In past newsletters, I have warned how the controversial Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) threatens to increase costs of energy for poor and working Oregonians, under the guise of protecting the environment. The LCFS was originally … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:36 | Posted in Energy, Environment, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Regulation, Green Energy, OR 78th Legislative Session, State Government, Uncategorized | 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

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

Kate Brown’s failing leadership

Bud Pierce for Governor And some wonder why the public is fed up with career politicians who say one thing and do another. In the case of Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s position on statewide tests—do one thing and say another? … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Education, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber | 12 Comments

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