The Burial of the Kitzhaber Scandal

Right From the Start

Right From the Start

The aftermath of the scandal that forced Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) to resign is like watching a cat bury its poop – a lot of litter is scratched up to cover the mess but the poop is still there and the stench is still redolent.

On its face, this is a run of the mill government corruption scandal – money was taken by a government official to influence government actions that would benefit those who gave the money. The “government official” in this instance was Mr. Kitzhaber’s live-in paramour, Cylvia Hayes, whom he routinely identified as “the First Lady.” Ms. Hayes accepted over $200,000 from the Clean Economy Development Center and tens of thousands of dollars from other environmental activists while providing “environmental guidance” to Mr. Kitzhaber’s administrative agencies – presumptively at the behest of Mr. Kitzhaber since this was his “First Lady.” Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government corruption, Media, Oregon Government, Public Employee Unions | 5 Comments

Cartoon: How SB 324 crushes small business

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By Taxpayer Association of Oregon
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Posted by at 02:00 | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Oregon senate Dems raise car insurance costs, pay back trial lawyer donors

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Senate Democrats Pass Bill Increasing Transportation Costs
SB 411 Lines the Pockets of Trial Lawyers at the Expense of Oregon Families

Salem, OR – Today, the Oregon Senate passed SB 411 in a partisan vote, sending a $110 bill to Oregon families for higher auto insurance premiums. SB 411, part of a Portland-centric anti-transportation agenda set by the Democrat supermajority, raises auto insurance costs for working Oregon families trying to get to work and school.

“SB 411, alongside the hidden gas tax passed in the Senate last week, increases transportation costs at the expense of Oregonians and fails to prioritize maintaining safe roads, signaling rough roads ahead,” said Senator Fred Girod (R-Stayton). “This is nothing more than another unfunded mandate on Oregonians trying to make ends meet.” Continue reading

Posted by at 01:52 | Posted in OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate | 5 Comments

R.I.P. Oregonian PolitiFact?

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by NW Spotlight

Is it dead and buried or just mothballed? The last PolitiFact from the Oregonian was just before the November 2014 election. Since then, there hasn’t been a peep in four months from the left-leaning PolitiFact Oregon.

Past PolitiFact reporters from the Oregonian have moved on. Two have moved to the Bay Area: Janie Har will be joining the San Francisco bureau of the Associated Press and Ryan Kost is now an Arts & Entertainment reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. Dana Tims has been re-assigned to cover Washington County. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Media | 5 Comments

Stunning, dangerous, repressive move by Dem Gov. Kate Brown

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by NW Spotlight

Punishing the whistle blowers who sought to protect emails from deletion??? Are you kidding???

Please read this article just out from the Oregonian. It is very troubling.

Kate Brown launches criminal probe of Kitzhaber email leak; two managers on leave

As the criminal law expert noted in the Oregonian “It wouldn’t be surprising if this investigation turns out to have a chilling effect on future whistleblowers/leakers.”

Wow. Just wow. Continue reading

Posted by at 10:43 | Posted in Crime & Sentencing, Gov. Kate Brown, Government Abuse | 7 Comments

A Refreshing Alternative to Our Top-Down Public Education System

By Steve BucksteinCascadeNewLogo

Many Oregon parents and teachers are standing up to oppose new high-stakes tests designed to measure how well public schools are teaching the controversial Common Core Standards. So-called Smarter-Balanced tests are on track to be given to students in grades three through eight and high school juniors to measure how well they’ve mastered reading, math, writing, listening, research, and thinking.

Opposition to the tests has led Oregon’s “education czar,” Nancy Golden, to announce that although students will take the tests this year, the results won’t be used to evaluate teachers or to compare Oregon schools with one another. Of course, these reprieves won’t prevent an expected 60 to 65 percent of students from failing the tests, according to Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Rob Saxton. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Individual Responsiblity, Oregon Government, State Budget, State Government, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Oregon Senate Dems pass underhanded, hidden gas tax

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But wait, it gets worse! The way they did it means Oregonians won’t be able to put it on the ballot, this was something being pushed by Cylvia Hayes, it puts Oregon’s real transportation needs in jeopardy, and the “green jobs” the bill benefits will go to out-of-state corporations!

by Sen. Jeff Kruse (R-Roseburg)

This week the subject is the passage in the Senate of Senate Bill 324, the Low Carbon Fuel Standards bill. It passed on a 17 to 13 vote, with one Democrat joining the Republicans in opposition. Before I get into the substance of the bill let me tell you about the dishonest way this was accomplished. There is clearly a fuel tax in the measure. The amount is yet to be determined, but estimates say it could be anywhere from a nickel to $1.40 a gallon. Continue reading

Posted by at 09:00 | Posted in Global Warming, Green Energy, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate, State Taxes | 19 Comments

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