Legislative update on marijuana: tracking and local control

Jeff Kruse

by Sen. Jeff Kruse (R-Roseburg)

I have received a lot of phone calls and emails on the subject of marijuana, which advocates say we should call cannabis, but for the sake of brevity in this update I will call it pot. While a good number of these have been thoughtful and courteous, a large number and been vulgar and even threatening. To those in the latter category, if you are trying to make a valid point with a legislator, you are going about it the wrong way. I can’t speak for my colleagues, but personally I don’t respond to such tactics and have little respect for those who use them.

Before I go any further it might be a good idea to once again tell you why I am qualified to be working in this subject area. First, I am a recovering addict. I have been drug and alcohol free for 29 years; but, among the other things I did, I was a daily pot smoker for eighteen years. Additionally I have been involved legislatively with the medical marijuana program since the passage of the ballot measure in 1998. Continue reading

Posted by at 06:12 | Posted in Marijuana, OR 78th Legislative Session | 22 Comments

Oregon Dems put political agenda ahead of K-12 funding

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Oregon Senate Republicans

Democrats raid K-12 education, rejecting intent of voters to spend corporate kicker on Oregon students

Salem, OR – Senate Democrats are undermining the will of Oregon voters by refusing to spend the corporate kicker on K-12 education, as mandated by the Oregon constitution, argued Senate Republicans today.

“In 2012, Oregon voters chose to redirect extra corporate tax revenue to bolster the education budget so our schools have the resources they need,” said Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli. “By redirecting the corporate kicker to education, Oregonians sent the message that strong schools are the top Oregon value. Now, Senate Democrats want to undercut voters and spend the corporate kicker on other programs without sending a dime to K-12 education.” Continue reading

Posted by at 06:13 | Posted in Education, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate, State Budget | 6 Comments

Tax lesson found in Portland Art Museum?

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By Taxpayer Association of Oregon
OregonWatchdog.com

There I was enjoying the spectacular Italian Fashion history exhibit at the Portland Art Museum when suddenly I stumbled upon a real-life tax lesson.

Near the end of the exhibit was a video highlighting the dire challenges of the Italian fashion industry. Famous Italian designer, Mariano Rubinacci, laid it out boldly in the video “The laws in Italy are terrible. The taxes are unbelievable. I am not political. I am not right or left. I wish only to be in a country where live properly and with reasonable taxes.” Another designer in the video lamented poor support from Italy’s government.

I hope Portlanders got the message and Mariano’s call for “reasonable taxes” because Italy’s taxes are so high that tax evasion hides nearly 20% of the economy. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Taxes | 13 Comments

Reminder: Polar ice cap could be completely gone by 2014!

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Al Gore

by NW Spotlight

Former Vice President Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. It was awarded jointly to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.”

When he delivered his Nobel Lecture on December 10, 2007, Al Gore said “scientists reported with unprecedented distress that the North Polar ice cap is ‘falling off a cliff.’ One study estimated that it could be completely gone during summer in less than 22 years. Another new study, to be presented by U.S. Navy researchers later this week, warns it could happen in as little as 7 years. Seven years from now.” Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Global Warming | 35 Comments

Obama’s Arab Summit: Prelude to a Backstabbing

Right From the Start

Right From the Start

Last week President Barack Obama assembled his ill-fated “summit” with the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman.) Because of the distrust in Mr. Obama held by most of these leaders only two of the six leaders actually attended. So overt was this snub of Mr. Obama that Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa cancelled his attendance in favor of joining Britain’s Queen Elizabeth for a horse show.

The purpose of the meeting was ostensibly to garner support from GCC members for Mr. Obama’s current negotiations with Iran over its development of nuclear weapons. In fact, it was a clumsy attempt to bully those leaders into accepting an agreement that they all know will be violated routinely by Iran and which violations will be ignored by Mr. Obama. They all knew it and thus avoided wasting their time listening to Mr. Obama monopolize the conversation prior to the inevitable photo op.  These men understand that when Mr. Obama is speaking he is simply telling them what he thinks they want to hear with no intention whatsoever of actually following through on it.

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Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Iran, Islam, Leadership, President Obama, Saudi Arabia | 35 Comments

Impeachment proposal receives approval from Oregon House

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Rep. Jodie Hack

Constitutional Amendment, If Approved By Voters, Would Establish Executive Impeachment Process

Salem, OR – The Oregon House of Representatives today approved House Joint Resolution 31, an amendment to the Oregon Constitution that would establish a formal process for the impeachment of statewide elected Executive Branch officials by the Legislature.

Chief sponsored by Representative Jodi Hack (R-Salem), HJR 31 would allow the House of Representatives, upon a three-fifths majority vote, to impeach statewide executive branch officials on the grounds of malfeasance in office, corruption, neglect of duty or other high crimes or misdemeanors. Should the House pass an impeachment resolution, the resolution would then proceed to the Senate for trial, where a conviction would require a two-thirds vote. Continue reading

Posted by at 03:21 | Posted in Gov. Kitzhaber, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon House, Scandals | 3 Comments

Oregonian got it right on useless ‘clean fuels’ bill

Jeff Kruse

by Sen. Jeff Kruse (R-Roseburg)

At the beginning of this Session legislative leadership set up a workgroup to put together a transportation package for the state. I was a member of that group and we met for about two months and we were making some very good progress. I had told both the Speaker and President before the workgroup started I would support a package including a six cent gas tax increase over six years, but only if the low carbon fuel standards bill (LCFS) was taken off the table. I told them I could support the increase if it was going to roads, but not if we were going to do an additional gas tax going to things other than roads. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, Green Energy, OR 78th Legislative Session | 6 Comments

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