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Dr. Monica Wehby for U.S. Senate
Sen. Merkley Champions Medicare, Cuts It, Champions It, Then Attacks Wehby
Portland – Hypocrisy is the scarlet letter of modern day politics, and Jeff Merkley is wearing it. From Main Street to Wall Street, Senator Merkley’s actions rarely match his rhetoric. Saying one thing, and doing another is the recipe by which Merkley and his political cohorts hold on to power, proving his allegiance lies not with the people of Oregon, but rather D.C. special interests. Continue reading
by Dan Lucas
It’s been a very difficult month for the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri. There have been riots, looting, protests and heightened racial tensions in the wake of a police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. One thing that has surprised me has been how quickly many people, especially in the media, jumped to the assumption that the police officer acted improperly. It’s been several weeks now and no one has enough information yet to make any determination — and yet they were making that determination just days after the shooting. Running with that assumption undoubtedly made things worse in an already volatile situation. Continue reading
Joint Statement From Rep. Mike McLane And Senator Ted Ferrioli On Revenue Forecast
Salem, OR - House Republican Leader Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte) and Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) issued the following statement in response to today’s revenue forecast:
“Today’s revenue forecast is a step in the right direction for Oregon’s economic recovery, but it is by no means a full representation of Oregon’s current economic state. After losing 3,000 jobs in June, the state added only 200 jobs back in July, leaving the unemployment rate at 6.9%, one of the higher rates in the nation. Many Oregonians across the state remain unemployed or underemployed and continue to struggle supporting their families and paying their bills. Continue reading
AFRC / Associated Oregon Loggers / Douglas Timber Operators
Groups representing Western Oregon’s timber industry today sent a letter to U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, responding to recent comments he has made in relation to legislation he has introduced to dramatically alter management of federal O&C timber lands.
Recently Sen. Wyden has made comments suggesting Oregon’s timber industry and O&C counties need to be “isolated” in how O&C lands would be managed in the future. Sen. Wyden has referred to the industry and counties as “extreme” and seeking a “fantasy” return to historical harvest levels, which the groups say is completely untrue. Continue reading
I continue to be puzzled by an attitude that if something is difficult to enforce then we should abandon attempts and just legalize it. That is apparently the attitude of Oregon’s politicians (Republican and Democrat alike) and is reflected in the comments of the official spokesman for the government elites – The Oregonian – in its August 23 edition:
“Oregon has had a wink-wink, nudge-nudge relationship with recreational marijuana use since 1998, when legalization for medical purposes created a wide, open system that distributes pot cards to just about anyone with a vague medical claim and the signature of a compliant physician. We’re not suggesting that marijuana has no palliative value to those with genuine medical problems. But let’s be honest: Recreational marijuana is all but legal in Oregon now and has been for years. Measure 91, which deserves Oregonians’ support, would eliminate the charade and give adults freer access to an intoxicant that should not have been prohibited in the first place.” Continue reading
Atiyeh Service Planning Committee
Speakers Named To Honor Governor Atiyeh at September 3 Public Memorial Service
Six prominent Oregonians will deliver remarks at a public memorial service September 3, 2014, for the late Governor Vic Atiyeh.
Atiyeh died July 20 at the age of 91. After being elected to the Oregon Legislature in 1958, he served three terms in the House and four in the Senate. He was elected governor in 1979 and served for eight years.
The memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 3, in the Oregon House of Representatives Chamber at the State Capitol in Salem (900 Court Street). A reception will follow the event. The public is invited to attend. Continue reading