by Tom Partin, American Forest Resource Council
Since the release of Senator Wyden’s O&C legislation this week I am sure many of you are working to figure out exactly what it means for the O&C counties, communities and forests. We are beginning to take a closer look at the legislation and hope to have more conclusions to share with the media soon. However, the public currently lacks the information necessary to compare the legislation to other proposals and draw any conclusions about likely harvest volumes, revenues to counties, etc. Continue reading
by NW Spotlight
National Journal Hotline is calling Sen. Jeff Merkley’s (D-Oregon) seat one of fifteen U.S. Senate seats “most likely to switch.” Merkley’s seat comes in at #15.
Hotline notes “Merkley is facing a field of untested Republicans. But disappointment over the 2010 health care law could resonate more in Oregon, which created its own exchange but has struggled to get it started. Even if the federal government gets its website fixed soon, Oregon’s portal might not be up until mid-December.” Continue reading
by NW Spotlight
We have so much to be thankful for. While many of us will be enjoying turkey, football and too much food today, there are brave men and women standing watch around the world to keep us safe.
The USO has come up with a way to thank these brave men and women: the Top Five Gifts for Troops this Holiday Season.
If you’d like to make a contribution to give back to those who are keeping us safe, please click here. Continue reading
Right From the Start
In July of this year, I wrote a column about “political correctness” stretched to the level of incompetence. In that column I discussed the actions of Jack D. Graham, Portland’s Chief Administrative Office (CAO) and Director of the Office and Finance and Management and Baruti Artharee, former chairman of the Black Justice Committee and Portland Mayor Charlie Hales’ handpicked Director of Public Safety for Portland. Both Mr. Graham and Mr. Artharee are persons of color. Both Mr. Graham and Mr. Artharee committed acts serious enough to warrant their termination. The essence of my comments was that “Portland’s uber liberal politicians’ testicles shrivel at the fear of being cast as racist for criticizing or disciplining a person of color.”
Well Mr. Graham is back in the news and lo and behold it is because Portland Mayor Charlie Hale has “fired” him. Wait now – don’t be thinking that the Mayor has actually grown a pair. You need to look carefully at the facts surrounding Mr. Graham’s termination. So let’s go back to the original dust-up. Continue reading
by NW Spotlight
First Sen. Jeff Merkley voted for Obamacare without understanding the ramifications – something he now admits.
This is the same Sen. Merkley who STILL has this on his web site: “If you like your current health insurance, you will be able to keep it.”
Then, last Friday Sen. Merkley was asked on MSNBC to explain Oregon’s health exchange problems. (The Associated Press reported that Oregon has yet to enroll a single person through its exchange.)
Merkley blamed the vendor, Oracle. Continue reading