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

Milton Friedman Legacy Day 2015

By Steve Buckstein Today we join with others around the world to celebrate Friedman Legacy Day. Nobel prize winning economist Milton Friedman would have been 103 years old today. I first met Milton and his wife Rose in Ashland in … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in Economy, Education, Government Abuse, Government reform, Government Spending, Government Waste, Individual Responsiblity, Leadership | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Revisiting Republican Congressional Campaign Commitments (2nd Edition)

This in an update to a column I wrote in April of this year. The italics reflect the previous column while the updates are in regular type: During the 2014 congressional campaigns the Republicans told us that if we would … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2014 Election, 2016 Election, 2016 Presidential Election, Congress, GOP, Government reform, Hillary Clinton, Illegal Immigration, Leadership, Obamacare, President Obama, Taxes | 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

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

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

A Generational Mistake

By Steve Buckstein The Oregon Supreme Court last week struck down key 2013 legislative reforms to the Oregon Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) that would have saved taxpayers billions of dollars. The Court in effect added some $5 billion back … Continue reading

Posted by at 04:30 | Posted in Economy, Government reform, Oregon Government, PERS, Public Employee Unions, Public Employees Retirement System, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged , , , | 21 Comments

Oregon impeachment proposal gets public hearing

Rep. Jodi Hack Sponsored by Rep. Jodi Hack, House Joint Resolution 31 Would Establish a Process for the Impeachment of Oregon’s Executive Branch Officials Salem, OR – Yesterday, House Joint Resolution 31, bipartisan legislation that would establish a formal impeachment … Continue reading

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

Rep. Knute Buehler: Oregonians looking for leadership on Ethics Reform

Posted by at 10:04 | Posted in Ethics, Government reform, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Government | 5 Comments

Oregon Seniors Deserve Truth in Medicare Reform

By Steve Buckstein and Patrick M. Gleason If Congress doesn’t act by the end of this month, when payment cuts to Medicare providers are scheduled to hit, there will be a major health care crisis. Topping the to-do list is … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Federal Budget, Federal Government, Government reform, Government Regulation, Government Spending, Health Care Reform | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

The Case of the Disappearing Backyard

Last week, Cascade Policy Institute released a report investigating the disappearance of backyards throughout the Portland metropolitan region. In 1995, the average lot size for a new home in Washington County was 15,000 square feet. Today, new residential housing projects … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in Government Abuse, Government Overreach, Government reform, Government Regulation, Land Use Laws, Metro, Oregon Government | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

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