Stay Informed: Read Secretary Richardson’s Audit of ODOT Waste

By Reagan Knopp The Secretary of State’s Audits Division has released its first audit of a state agency under the Richardson Administration. The Oregon Department of Transportation is one of the larger state agencies, spending over $400 million on a year … Continue reading

Posted by at 08:49 | Posted in ODOT, Oregon Secretary of State | Leave a comment

Kate Brown’s Math Problem

By John A. Charles, Jr. For the past 18 months, the Oregon Land Board has been working to sell the Elliott State Forest. The decision to seek buyers was based on the fact that the Elliott is losing money, and … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Environment, Gov. Kate Brown, Natural Resources, Oregon Government, Oregon Secretary of State, State Government, State Treasurer | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Forbes Magazine calls out Brad Avakian abuses

by NW Spotlight Oregon and its arrogant one-party rule by Democrats has once again drawn negative national attention. This latest national attention is on Oregon’s Labor Commissioner, Brad Avakian, who is now running for Oregon Secretary of State. Yesterday, Forbes … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:25 | Posted in 2016 Election, Government Abuse, Government reform, Oregon Secretary of State, State Labor Commissioner | Leave a comment

Responding with the truth about Brad Avakian

Dennis Richardson for Secretary of State It’s disappointing that my main opponent has run a campaign short on ideas and long on negative attacks. With each new endorsement I’ve received, his attacks have become more shrill, and misleading. I have … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:06 | Posted in 2016 Election, Oregon Secretary of State | Leave a comment

Reminder: Brad Avakian’s history of delinquent taxes

by NW Spotlight Brad Avakian is the current Oregon Labor Commissioner and he’s the Democratic candidate for Oregon Secretary of State. He supports Measure 97 – the largest tax increase in Oregon’s history. Avakian’s also someone who should understand how … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Measure 97, Oregon Secretary of State, State Labor Commissioner, Taxes | Leave a comment

Sen. Alan Olsen calls for action on Department of Energy audit

by Sen. Alan Olsen Salem, Ore. – Last week, the Joint Interim Committee on Department of Energy Oversight discussed a recent audit of the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) program. The first independent audit of … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:59 | Posted in Energy, Gov. Kate Brown, Government Waste, Green Energy, Oregon Secretary of State, Oregon Senate | Leave a comment

Dennis Richardson launches ‘From the Heart’ TV ad campaign

Dennis Richardson for Secretary of State Oregonians share how the Secretary of State can create positive impacts for families Central Point, OR – Candidate for Secretary of State Dennis Richardson yesterday launched his “From the Heart” television campaign featuring reform-minded … Continue reading

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Oregon Land Board Low-Balls Elliott Timber with Fixed-Price “Bidding”

By John A. Charles, Jr. On July 27 the Oregon Department of State Lands announced the “fair market value” of 82,450 acres of Common School Trust Lands within the Elliott State Forest as $220.8 million. The number was picked by Roger … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Gov. Kate Brown, Oregon Secretary of State, Portland Schools, State Treasurer, Timber | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Trust Lands Should Be Auctioned to High Bidder to Benefit Schools

By John A. Charles, Jr. In his recent guest column in The Oregonian, Director of the Oregon Department of State Lands Jim Paul summarizes the history of the Elliott State Forest. He correctly notes that the Common School Trust lands within … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Environment, Gov. Kate Brown, Natural Resources, Oregon Government, Oregon Secretary of State, Rural Oregon, State Government, State Treasurer, Transparency | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

IP28, Hillary and Kate Brown lead in new Oregon poll

by NW Spotlight A poll conducted in Oregon in late June found that IP28 currently enjoys majority support, Hillary Clinton has a double-digit, 14-point lead over Donald Trump, and Governor Brown takes a 7-point lead into the summer against Bud … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:38 | Posted in 2016 Election, 2016 Presidential Election, Gov. Kate Brown, Oregon Secretary of State, State Treasurer | 4 Comments

Does Brad Avakian know he’s NOT supposed to be making laws?

by NW Spotlight Brad Avakian recently chose Father’s Day to speak up for “abortion rights.” He wrote “I am a father, a husband, a legislator — and I am a man for choice.” In addition to the inherent problem with … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:35 | Posted in 2016 Election, Government Overreach, Oregon Secretary of State, State Labor Commissioner | 9 Comments

Dennis Richardson on Cover Oregon: Oregonians deserve the truth

Dennis Richardson for Secretary of State Dennis Richardson Statement on US Congressional Review of Cover Oregon Central Point, Oregon – Secretary of State candidate Dennis Richardson, who as an Oregon state legislator and Ways and Means Co-Chair, blew the whistle … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Cover Oregon, Crime & Sentencing, Oregon Secretary of State | 10 Comments

Oregon’s election process deserves vote of ‘no confidence’

Sen. Kim Thatcher Salem, Ore. – Senator Kim Thatcher (R-Keizer) released the following statement following a press conference held by Governor Kate Brown and U.S. Senator Ron Wyden on their desire to expand vote-by-mail nationwide: “Oregon’s election process should get … Continue reading

Posted by at 11:13 | Posted in 2016 Election, Oregon Secretary of State, Voting | 15 Comments

Oregon Secretary of State race is critical

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Oregon’s 2016 primary election is scheduled to take place on May 17. Voters should be receiving ballots in their mailboxes this week. The results of that election will determine which candidates the Republicans and Democrats choose … Continue reading

Posted by at 08:17 | Posted in 2016 Election, Oregon Secretary of State | 4 Comments

Election of Oregon statewide candidates without prior government experience rare

by Reagan Knopp I was asked to research the last time a candidate of either major party was elected statewide with no prior government experience. I haven’t had the time to put together an in-depth look at the official records … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:05 | Posted in 2016 Election, Oregon Secretary of State, State Labor Commissioner, U.S. Senate | 6 Comments

Oregon Filing Day 2016 – follow Reagan Knopp’s live blog

by NW Spotlight Reagan Knopp will be blogging live during today’s Oregon Filing Day from the floor of the Oregon House of Representatives, giving updates on the Secretary of State’s boards that list of all candidates running for statewide and … Continue reading

Posted by at 12:46 | Posted in 2016 Election, Oregon Secretary of State | 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

Dennis Richardson announces candidacy for secretary of state

Dennis Richardson for Secretary of State Central Point, Oregon – Former twelve-year Oregon lawmaker Dennis Richardson announced today that he’ll be filing for the position of Secretary of State.  Richardson, an attorney and decorated military veteran, cited concerns about a … Continue reading

Posted by at 11:29 | Posted in 2016 Election, Oregon Secretary of State | 16 Comments

Brad Avakian is wrong on Uber drivers

by Sid Leiken This week, Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian sent out an advisory opinion determining in the eyes of Oregon law that drivers affiliated with Uber, the popular ride-sharing mobile application, were to be considered employees. … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:51 | Posted in 2016 Election, Oregon Secretary of State, State Labor Commissioner | 20 Comments

Transportation package essential to Oregon’s future

by Sid Leiken As co-chair of the Association of Oregon Counties (AOC) Transportation Committee and member of the National Association of Counties Transportation Committee, I, along with my colleagues – comprising of Oregon’s County Commissioners and County Judges – submitted … Continue reading

Posted by at 12:08 | Posted in 2016 Election, Oregon Secretary of State, Transportation | 4 Comments

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