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

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

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

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

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

Dodd-Frank: Solving the Wrong Problem

The past week marks the five-year anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Act allegedly designed to protect against another financial calamity like the precursor to the 2008 market collapse and the attendant Bush-Obama recession that for many continues today – seven years … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Bailout, Congress, Economy, Government corruption, Obamacare, President Obama | 7 Comments

The Crisis of Common Sense

By Steve Buckstein I’ve taken two tours of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Though it was full of vivid history about the signers of the Declaration, it was nearly silent about one relatively unsung hero of the American Revolution. Thomas Jefferson … Continue reading

Posted by at 04:00 | Posted in Federal Government, Government corruption, Government Overreach, Government reform, Government Regulation, Government Spending, Government Waste | Tagged , , , , , | 2 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

Dems haven’t learned from Kitzhaber-Hayes scandals

Oregon House Republican Office House Democrats kill comprehensive, meaningful ethics reform proposals Impeachment resolution, HJR 31, remains stalled in senate Salem, OR – On nearly party-line votes, House Democrats yesterday voted down 5 Republican-sponsored bills aimed at restoring trust, accountability … Continue reading

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

Protect whistleblowers: Sign on as citizen co-sponsor

Dr. Knute Buehler Last week, I asked you to join me in supporting an Oregon hero – Michael Rodgers. In the face of indifference at best – or intimidation at worst – Rodgers blew the whistle on potential corruption at … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:30 | Posted in Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government corruption, Government reform, OR 78th Legislative Session | 5 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

Kitzhaber legacy: Chicago on the Willamette

by W. Scott Jorgensen The aftermath of former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber’s resignation in February was surprisingly quiet, and it has been business as usual at the state capitol in Salem ever since. It was almost as if that whole … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Crime & Sentencing, Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government corruption | 8 Comments

Please support an Oregon hero – whistleblower Michael Rodgers

Rep. Knute Buehler This week we learned the identity of an Oregon hero – Michael Rodgers. Like many heroes, Michael Rodgers is neither wealthy nor powerful. But when confronted with a difficult choice, he simply did the right thing. In … Continue reading

Posted by at 08:06 | Posted in Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government corruption | 7 Comments

The Antics of a Postal Union Worker

Last week, a moron flew his gyrocopter onto the White House grounds without incident. He penetrated the heavily fortified defenses of the White House with ease and without triggering an armed response. The pilot, Doug Hughes, was arrested and subsequently … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:52 | Posted in Free Speech, Government corruption, Leadership, McCain, Public Employee Unions | 19 Comments

Large set of Cylvia Hayes emails released online

by NW Spotlight Gov. Kate Brown released 94,000 Cylvia Hayes emails yesterday. They are available online (see link below) and several newspapers have begun analyzing them and reporting on them (see links below). The Statesman Journal reported “The emails released … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:18 | Posted in Crime & Sentencing, Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government corruption, Media | 2 Comments

Gov. Kate Brown’s first major mistake

by Dan Lucas There are about 40,000 state workers in Oregon. Around 800 of those state employees work for the Department of Administrative Services (DAS). Some of those DAS employees demonstrated extraordinary courage and principles earlier this year during the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Ethics, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government corruption, Scandals, State Government | 5 Comments

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