Key Dems played politics with marijuana dispensaries bill

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The saga of Maryjane dispensaries was performed on the legislative stage throughout the 2014 session. The tale would actually be comedy if the subjects were not so serious and if some of the characters were not … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:18 | Posted in Marijuana, OR 77th Legislative Session, Uncategorized | 9 Comments

Rep. Kennemer responds on HB 4029 (Damascus)

by Rep. Bill Kennemer (R-Oregon City) Recently in NW Connections there were inaccuracies and meanness regarding my sponsoring House Bill 4029, a bill to encourage Damascus to fulfill its legal obligation to become a fully functioning city and stop the … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:30 | Posted in OR 77th Legislative Session, Oregon House | 1,928 Comments

Short session: Political games, legislation behind closed doors

by Sen. Doug Whitsett few legislators knew that the budgets include about $350 million in increased compensation for all public employees Your Oregon Legislature adjourned last Friday, March 7th. It completed a disorderly and disappointing 35 day legislative session that … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in OR 77th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate | 12 Comments

Are Oregon firearms background check records purged after 10 days? No

by Dan Lucas During testimony before the Oregon Senate Judiciary Hearing on SB 1551 on Feb 6, 2014, the question of how long firearms background check records are kept came up. Tricia Whitfield, Director of the Oregon State Police Identification … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2nd Amendment, Gun Control, OR 77th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate | 437 Comments

Dems playing politics is not what voters were promised with short session

Oregon Senate Republican Office Oregon House Republican Office Republicans agenda focused on areas of bipartisan agreement Oregon Senate Republican Office Salem, OR – Oregon’s 35 day session ended with a whimper on Friday afternoon, failing to have the promised focus … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:09 | Posted in OR 77th Legislative Session, Oregon House, Oregon Senate | 3 Comments

Oregon “Short Session” ends – 77th Legislative Assembly

by NW Spotlight Oregon’s 77th Legislative Assembly adjourned the 2014 Regular Session “Sine Die” at 5:00pm today in Salem. This 2014 Regular Session was the shorter session of the 77th Legislative Assembly, lasting about a month. Last year’s 2013 Regular … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:51 | Posted in OR 77th Legislative Session | 8 Comments

Dems fail in attempted political payoff to trial lawyers

Oregon Senate Republican Office Democrats turn closing days of session into chaos and partisanship Salem, OR – Senate Democrat leaders forced a polarizing and controversial bill to the Senate floor on Thursday morning, despite bipartisan opposition and numerous compromise proposals. … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:20 | Posted in OR 77th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate | 5 Comments

Oregon Republicans push bills to protect children from sex offenders

Oregon Senate Republican Office Salem, OR – Demonstrating the type of bipartisan and consensus oriented leadership that should define a short legislative session, Senate Republicans have brought two bills to the Senate floor that protect children from sex offenders. Both motions … Continue reading

Posted by at 04:07 | Posted in OR 77th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate | 2 Comments

The slippery slope of gun control

Gun control proposals are part of a grander scheme by Dan Lucas Oregon’s “universal background check” gun control bill, SB 1551, is being promoted as a reasonable step toward ending gun violence. Gun control advocates have learned to use safe … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2nd Amendment, Gun Control, OR 77th Legislative Session | 440 Comments

Is Tina Kotek the new Kevin Spacey?

by NW Spotlight Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek (D) may be spending too much time in Hollywood – now she’s starting to act like Kevin Spacey’s character in the Netflix hit House of Cards. Yesterday’s episode in the Oregon House … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:00 | Posted in OR 77th Legislative Session, Oregon House | Tagged | 24 Comments

HB 4143 is political payoff under guise of Legal Aid

Oregon Senate Republican Office Democrats cut funding to Legal Aid over last two budget cycles Salem, OR – A bill pending before the State Senate masquerading as a way to boost funding for Legal Aid programs in reality provides only minimal funding … Continue reading

Posted by at 04:21 | Posted in OR 77th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate | 3 Comments

House Republicans toughen Cover Oregon reforms

Oregon House Republican Office Salem, OR – Amendments from House Republicans to strengthen reform and oversight of Cover Oregon were made a part of SB 1562-B. Specifically, the amendments will require the public release of all independent investigations as well as … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:13 | Posted in Cover Oregon, OR 77th Legislative Session, Oregon House | 614 Comments

Oregon Insurance Commissioner violated the law

Oregon Legislative Counsel: Oregon Insurance Commissioner’s decision to circumvent new health care reform law “exceeded her legal authority” Rep. Dennis Richardson On November 15, Governor John Kitzhaber, through his Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali, announced that Oregon health insurance companies would be allowed … Continue reading

Posted by at 09:46 | Posted in Gov. Kitzhaber, Health Care Reform, OR 77th Legislative Session | 3,319 Comments

Tina Kotek goes to Hollywood

by NW Spotlight Yet another legal way for Dems to use our tax dollars to fund their campaigns During this year’s regular legislative session, House Speaker Tina Kotek (D) voted for more Oregon tax breaks for Hollywood – increasing the … Continue reading

Posted by at 09:00 | Posted in 2014 Election, OR 77th Legislative Session, State Taxes | 2,024 Comments

Is Oregon ready for a sales tax?

by Dan Lucas As I’ve noted before, state spending in Oregon doubled in ten years, growing from $30 billion to $60 billion. The Oregon All Funds budget doubled from the budget ending in 2001 to the budget ending in 2011. The … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:36 | Posted in Gov. Kitzhaber, OR 77th Legislative Session, State Taxes | 308 Comments

Oregon Dems support sexual abusers, as long as they’re public employees

by NW Spotlight Even California’s “Governor Moonbeam”, a Democrat, has more moral fiber than Oregon Democrats. California Gov. Jerry Brown recently vetoed a bill that would have given preferential treatment to sexual abusers who happened to be public employees. Gov. … Continue reading

Posted by at 11:44 | Posted in Education, Gov. Kitzhaber, OR 77th Legislative Session, Public Employee Unions | 256 Comments

Rep. Bruce Hanna: Special Session Recap

by Rep. Bruce Hanna (R-Roseburg) Many of you have followed the events leading up to the “one-day” Special Session of the Legislature with great interest.  Because so many of you have written my office regarding the various issues under consideration, I wanted … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:41 | Posted in Gov. Kitzhaber, OR 77th Legislative Session, Oregon House, PERS | 7,774 Comments

Like it or not, Grand Bargain is now Oregon law

by Sen. Doug Whitsett (R- Klamath Falls) The three day special legislative session called by Governor John Kitzhaber concluded Wednesday with the passage of five bills. I voted in favor of four of those bills including: · SB 891 further reduced the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Gov. Kitzhaber, OR 77th Legislative Session, Oregon House, Oregon Senate, PERS, State Taxes | 5,745 Comments

Manhattan was purchased 387 years ago

by NW Spotlight In 1626 Dutch settlers purchased Manhattan Island “from the Indians” for 60 guilders (in trade goods). Trade goods would have been things like axes, iron kettles, wool clothing and possibly beads. The 60 guilders is often converted … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:19 | Posted in Gov. Kitzhaber, OR 77th Legislative Session, PERS | 2 Comments

Gov. Kitzhaber’s “Grand Bargain” passes

by NW Spotlight All five bills of the “Grand Bargain” package were passed by the Oregon House and the Oregon Senate today. The Oregonian noted the Governor’s success: “For Kitzhaber, the session’s success came as one more in a string of … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:40 | Posted in Gov. Kitzhaber, OR 77th Legislative Session, PERS | 724 Comments

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