American Forest Resource Council
Legislation is Unanimously Opposed by Oregon’s Forest Products Industry, Opposed by the O&C Counties, and Lacks Support from Reps. DeFazio, Schrader, and Walden and Governor Kitzhaber
Groups representing Western Oregon’s timber industry have sent a letter to the Chairwoman and Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee outlining their opposition to the latest version of Senator Wyden’s flawed O&C legislation (S. 1784), which was approved by the Committee yesterday. The letter outlines how the latest version of the Wyden O&C proposal fails to restore sustainable harvest levels and corresponding timber revenues to county governments, or provide a solution to the environmental litigation that has crippled Western Oregon’s rural, forested communities. In fact, Wyden’s legislation would tip the scales further in the opposite direction, making the situation worse. Continue reading
by Mike Nearman
It’s no secret that Oregon Republicans have had a tough time at the polls lately.
Republicans haven’t won a statewide election for an embarrassingly long time. Oregon hasn’t had a Republican Governor in decades. And, like a girl who doesn’t get asked to the prom, the Beaver State GOP faithful had to watch this year’s Republican wave sweep across the country while sweet Oregon sat next to the phone waiting for the call that never came. We have to do something different. Continue reading
Right From the Start
Almost immediately after witnessing the crushing defeat suffered by President Barack Obama in last week’s congressional elections, the political pundits began to ask how Mr. Obama might bargain with the newly elected Republican majority in both houses of Congress. Let me answer that. He won’t. He cannot. He simply doesn’t know how.
Despite Mr. Obama’s almost encyclopedic knowledge of facts on a variety of issues, he lacks the ability to convert that reservoir of data into workable solutions.
To illustrate the point let me begin with an anecdote. When I was in law school we had one test per subject per semester. An entire semesters work (and your likelihood of continuing in law school) hinged on that two to three hour test. The tests usually involved a convoluted statement of facts and conflicts followed by a question or questions relating to your advice to a would-be client. Continue reading
by NW Spotlight
The left-leaning New Republic ran an article a few days ago titled The Obama Whisperer, about senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett. It includes this description of Jarrett’s power from a former Obama communications director: “Her role since she has been at the White House is one of the broadest and most expansive roles that I think has ever existed in the West Wing.” It’s an interesting and worthwhile read.
Jarrett is a long-time friend, mentor and trusted adviser to President Obama. First Lady Michelle Obama used to be an aide to Jarrett – both worked for former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, the eldest son of Richard J. Daley, who had been Mayor of Chicago from 1955-1976. Jarrett worked as Deputy Chief of Staff for Mayor Richard M. Daley and ran his housing and transit authorities. Continue reading
By Steve Buckstein
Did you choose between a left or right in last week’s election? If that phrase sounds familiar, perhaps you watched an emerging leader utter it 50 years ago last month.
In 1964 an actor named Ronald Reagan gave what has become known simply as “The Speech” on behalf of his ill-fated Presidential candidate, Barry Goldwater.
The half-hour TV address, “A Time for Choosing,” wasn’t able to propel Goldwater to the Presidency, but it is credited with launching Reagan’s political career and his eventual landslide victory in 1980 against a sitting president, Jimmy Carter. Continue reading
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Tagged A Time for Choosing speech, Barry Goldwater, election 2014, Ronald Reagan
by NW Spotlight
In his press conference this past week, the day after the stunning Republican victories, President Obama gave Congress a six-week deadline to send him an immigration reform bill or he’d take executive action.
Answering a question on immigration reform, the President said “You send me a bill that I can sign, and those executive actions go away,” followed by a warning reminder that he would “act in the absence of action by Congress. So, before the end of the year, we’re going to take whatever lawful actions that I can take.” Continue reading
by Dan Lucas
A Gallup poll from September revealed that public trust in the media is at an all-time low. Some recent national developments shed some light on why that might be.
The first of those developments is a new book by Sharyl Attkisson. Attkisson is an investigative journalist who worked for CBS News for two decades and had worked for CNN and PBS previously. She has won four investigative journalism Emmy awards and a RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award. One of her Emmy awards was for reporting that was critical of the Bush administration. Continue reading