Twisting the Political Process in Crook County

Each Spring at the annual meeting of my golf club, somebody stands up to propose rule changes.  In virtually every instance it is because the person proposing and/or his golfing buddies aren’t winning and they believe a change in the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government reform, Leadership, Liberalism, Non-partisan elections, Public Employee Unions, Transparency, Voting | 9 Comments

U.S. Supreme Court Illinois SEIU case affects Oregon

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The United States Supreme Court is currently deciding an Illinois labor dispute that may have major implications in Oregon.  Illinois Governors Blagojevich and Quinn have written and issued Executive Orders establishing that health care providers, who … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Employment, Labor, Public Employee Unions, Unions | 15 Comments

Independent Party of Oregon: The Seinfeld Party?

Recent articles in the local newspapers are talking about the possibility that the Independent Party of Oregon (IPO) is close to attaining “major party” status by virtue of exceeding 100,000 registered members.  God knows that Oregon, like the rest of … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Abortion, Economy, Education, Oregon Government, Oregon Republican Party, Public Employee Unions, Taxes | 13 Comments

The Public vs. Private Sector Compensation Conundrum

Salem Statesman Journal editor Dick Hughes just published a lengthy column asking whether public or private sector employees are better compensated. He cites studies that reach contradictory conclusions, depending on their assumptions, and then answers his question by stating, “Who … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Public Employee Unions, State Government | Tagged , , , , | 21 Comments

Union-backed group turning America’s West blue

by Dustin Hurst and Shelby Sebens  | Watchdog.org Examining the Portland, Ore.-based Bus Project, one could use plenty of adjectives to describe the operation’s tactics and activities: aggressive, unique and innovative. The one descriptor that group, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, wants you … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Public Employee Unions, Voting | 179 Comments

Lessons Learned from The Budget Showdown

In the aftermath of the recent congressional showdown over the budget resulting in a partial government shutdown, it appears that everybody but the Republicans knew that, in the end, the Republicans would cave and give President Barack Obama everything he … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Economy, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Spending, Leadership, Obamacare, President Obama, Public Employee Unions | 944 Comments

Five Questions For Improving Our Schools

Last week we attended a dinner of strangers.  It was one of those affairs where seating is so sufficiently random that you are almost guaranteed to join couples whom you have never met before.  As usual the early part of … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Oregon Government, PERS, Portland Schools, Public Employee Unions, Public Employees Retirement System | 283 Comments

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