Problems in many state agencies likely to continue under Gov. Kate Brown’s tumultuous administration

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Prior to the start of every Legislative Assembly, the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) releases its State Agency Legislative Contact Directory. This document is very useful for lawmakers, not least because it provides information on how … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:10 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, Government reform, Government Regulation, Government Spending, Government Waste, Oregon Government, State Government | 4 Comments

Where Did President Obama Stay in Cuba?

By Steve Buckstein Last week, Barack Obama became the first U.S. President in nearly 90 years to visit the country of Cuba. While security concerns may have prevented him staying in a private home rented through Airbnb, he would have had … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Cuba, Economy, Foreign Relations, Government reform, Political Correctness, President Obama, Transportation | Tagged , , , , , | 12 Comments

No Fake Emergencies

By Steve Buckstein I’ve written and spoken about the damage that minimum wage laws do, not only to business owners, but to their customers and their younger, less experienced, and less educated workers and potential workers. Normally, bills become law … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government reform, Initiative & Referendum, Oregon Government, State Government, Voting | Tagged , | 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

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

Sen. Betsy Johnson’s bill to hold state agencies accountable

by NW Spotlight Nigel Jaquiss at Willamette Week is reporting that Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose) is introducing a bill in the upcoming Oregon legislative ‘short session’ to create a Legislative Committee on Accountability. The bill is SB 1577 (LC-0052), and … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:11 | Posted in Cover Oregon, Government Abuse, Government reform, Green Energy, Health & Human Services, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Government | 7 Comments

Why not increase transparency in the legislative process?

Sen. Alan Olsen Salem, OR – For the fifth time, Senator Alan Olsen (R – Canby) will introduce legislation adding transparency in the amendment process. “We have a governor who promised more transparency in her administration, but we keep hearing … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:00 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, Government reform, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate, Scandals, Transparency | 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

Leiken calls on Gov. Brown, Sec of State Atkins to improve transparency

Sid Leiken (candidate for Oregon Secretary of State) SALEM, Ore.- An audit, released this week by the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office, shows that Oregon’s public records system is in need of significant improvements. The findings reinforce concerns voiced by … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Government reform, Oregon Government, Oregon Secretary of State, State Government, Transparency | 5 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

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

New/Old Thoughts on Welfare

Every now and then the Oregonian, perhaps unwittingly, produces an article that should set Americans thinking about changing the status quo. This past weekend was one of those instances. In the September 6, 2015 edition, Joseph Rose wrote an article … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Employment, Food Stamps, Government reform, Government Waste, Individual Responsiblity, Labor, President Obama, Progressivism, Unemployment | 23 Comments

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