Bud Pierce for Governor
SALEM, Ore. – Oregon gubernatorial candidate Bud Pierce will join Oregon Republican leaders in calling for the immediate resignation of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Matthew Garrett. Evidence shows Garrett and members of Governor Brown’s office knowingly provided questionable facts on greenhouse gas emissions last session to legislators.
“Governor Brown should have asked for Garrett’s resignation when his failure to present accurate numbers scuttled a delicate deal on a transportation package. It’s now clear why she did not. The governor’s office did so to further her political agenda. This is an appalling breach of the public trust on the part of Garrett, Governor Brown’s staff, and yes, Governor Brown,” said Pierce. Continue reading
by Rob Taylor
Despite the irrational warnings coming from the gun control alarmists, 8,905 Coos county voters decided to preserve a valued right of the individual to keep and bear arms by successfully ratifying the Second Amendment measure 6-151 with a 61% majority.
In turn, and in a display of sheer dissatisfaction with the leadership on the Board of Commissioners, those same voters rejected another government grab for the people’s hard-earned cash by vetoing the Transient Occupancy Tax, measure 6-152.
One of the better resulting factors of the election was the national media coverage debating the legal validity of the preservation ordinance, which keeps the issue at the forefront of discussion. Continue reading
Senator Ted Ferrioli
Documents Show ODOT Director Matt Garrett Failed to Notify Lawmakers of Key Details Involving Transportation Negotiations
Salem, Ore. – Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) yesterday called for the immediate resignation of Oregon Department of Transportation Director Matthew Garrett. Ferrioli issued the call after reviewing documents from a public records request related to the 2015 session transportation package negotiations that reveal Director Garrett misled transportation workgroup members by providing inaccurate carbon reduction numbers. Continue reading
By Kathryn Hickok
Yesterday the Senate Interim Education Committee of the Oregon Legislature held an informational hearing on Educational Savings Accounts, or ESAs. The focus of the hearing was the recently passed ESA legislation from Nevada, which will make 93% of Nevada students eligible for ESAs in 2016 and all students eligible by 2027 (at the latest).
Educational Saving Accounts allow public school students to take money the state would spend on them and put it on a restricted use debit card. Parents can spend this money on a wide variety of approved educational options, such as private school, individual tutoring, and distance learning. Any money not used is rolled over for parents to spend in the future. Continue reading
Right From the Start
So last week, former Secretary of State and now Democrat candidate for president, Hillary Clinton, guffawed at a comment from a supporter that every time he sees Carly Fiorina’s face he wants to choke her. Ms. Clinton dismissed the uproar from Republicans over threats of violence against women as “just a joke.” And how do we know it was a joke? Because Ms. Clinton said it was – good enough for the mainstream press and the professional victims’ choir.
Apparently there are a number of people who have trouble with Ms. Fiorina’s face. Donald Trump, in one of his many famous personal attacks on his rivals, said of Ms. Fiorina:
“Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?”
by Sen. Doug Whitsett
Some of the first governance meetings held in Oregon were convened in 1843, due to concerns over wolves killing livestock. It required more than 100 years of concerted effort before the last Oregon wolf was presented for bounty in 1946. Due entirely to their ill-advised reintroduction, the same issue is being actively debated today, more than 170 years after the first control efforts began.
Last week, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted 4-2 to delist the Canadian Gray Wolf from the state’s endangered species list. The Commission’s decision came following an entire day of testimony from more than 100 people who signed up to sound off on the matter. Continue reading
By Jason Williams
Jason is the director of the Taxpayer Association of Oregon
When I first heard about the Paris attack I was on a plane returning from Iraq on a short term mission charity trip to help refugees who had escaped from ISIS. At times I was 50 miles from the ISIS front lines and very afraid but determined. The stories I heard and the people I met in Kurdistan, Iraq were astounding.
The man in the photo is named Abraham, he is a Yazidi refugee who narrowly escaped for his life. ISIS is waging a modern holocaust on the Yazidi people by executing all males and forcing all women into sex slavery. Already nearly 4,000 women have become slaves. Continue reading