Milne leaves commissioner seat to focus on senate race

Patti Milne for State Senate Patti Milne (R) running for State Senate seat held by Peter Courtney (D) Salem, OR – Marion County Commissioner Patti Milne gave notice today that she would step down from her seat on the Marion … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:58 | Posted in 2014 Election, Oregon Senate | 2 Comments

Local control of marijuana dispensaries is reasonable approach

by Sen. Jeff Kruse (R-Roseburg) Last week I attended a special meeting of the Roseburg City Council as they discussed the issue of marijuana dispensaries. My purpose in being there (at their request) was to explain what had happened during … Continue reading

Posted by at 08:44 | Posted in Marijuana, Oregon Senate | 4 Comments

Streamside forest buffers based on false assumptions, flawed science

by Senator Doug Whitsett Oregon was the first state to adopt a Forest Practices Act. The widely supported 1971 Act was intended to protect forest streams against potential negative timber harvest impacts. It required the maintenance of sufficient undisturbed forest … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Environment, Natural Resources, Oregon Senate, Timber | 5 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 | 4 Comments

Sen. Floyd Prozanski draws Republican opponent

by NW Spotlight Republican┬áCheryl Mueller is running for the state senate district currently held by Sen. Floyd Prozanski (D-Eugene), SD#4. Cheryl Mueller is a former Cottage Grove School Board member and she is also the sister of Sen. Larry George … Continue reading

Posted by at 04:03 | Posted in 2014 Election, Oregon Senate | 5 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 | 2 Comments

Governor responds to Sen. Baertschiger advocacy for timber communities

Senator Herman Baertschiger Salem, OR -State Senator Herman Baertschiger (R-Grants Pass) commended Governor John Kitzhaber (D) Thursday for his help in efforts to re-open the recently shuttered Rough and Ready Lumber Mill. “I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:04 | Posted in Gov. Kitzhaber, Oregon Senate, Timber | 4 Comments

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