Oregon Family Council
Portland, OR, May 19th, 2014: Regardless of your view on same-sex marriage, May 19th, 2014 will be remembered as a tragic day for Oregonians and our cherished system of representative government.
From every appearance, key elected officials in collusion with special interests and a single federal judge have taken the sacred constitutional process of lawmaking and turned it into a coordinated publicity stunt. Continue reading
By Kathryn Hickok
This week in 1804, Thomas Jefferson wrote to an Ursuline nun in New Orleans, who had asked him to clarify her religious community’s rights under U.S. law after the Louisiana Purchase. President Jefferson assured her that the American government would never interfere with the nuns’ property, ministries, or way of life.
Jefferson wrote, “The principles of the constitution and government of the United States are a guarantee to you that it will be preserved to you, sacred and inviolate, and that your institution will be permitted to govern itself according to its own voluntary rules, without interference from the civil authority.” Continue reading
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden
At many of my meetings in Oregon, the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya come up because people demand the truth. For nearly two years, the House has worked tirelessly to get answers about that night—when four brave Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens and Oregonian Tyrone Woods lost their lives—and its aftermath. Time and time again, the Administration has stonewalled the House and the American people, and it’s time for them to come clean.
That’s why I strongly supported a resolution passed by the House last week to set up a Select Committee on Benghazi, chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy. This is an extraordinary step, but it’s needed to force accountability from the Obama Administration and get the truth. Continue reading
By Western Liberty Network
YOUNG OR OLD, IT’S TIME TO TAKE CHARGE.
Whether you are a student activist or an experienced one, you won’t want to miss Western Liberty Network’s Second Annual Youth Conference and Expo! Themed “PASSING THE TORCH!”, the conference will offer training on:
1. How Young People Can Serve in Public Office NOW
2. How Traditional Activists Can Attract Youth Involvement
3. How Activists of EVERY AGE Can Be More Effective
The conference will start at 8:30 AM on Saturday, May 24, at the Valley River Inn in Eugene located at 1000 Valley River Way. Also participating in or sponsoring the conference are Sam Carpenter, Oregon Capitol Watch, Cascade Policy Institute, Project Liberty, and the National Association of Parliamentarians. Full details are available on the WesternLibertyNetwork.org website.
The Leadership Fund
Corvallis, OR – Sarah Gelser (D-Corvallis) received $5,000 from the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association Political Action Committee this week, mere months after she supported controversial legislation to give trial lawyers a raise under the guise of funding Legal Aid. House Bill 4143, supported by Gelser, was ultimately defeated in the Senate thanks to a bi-partisan coalition of Senators.
“Sarah Gelser voted to give trial lawyers a huge payday, disguised as a fight to fund legal aid,” said Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day). “This is the first installment of the special interest slush fund that will fuel Gelser’s campaign. The cards are on the table and this shows where her priorities lie.” Continue reading
by NW Spotlight
Yesterday, the White House sent out notice that “America’s Roads and Bridges Are Crumbling.”
There’s even some great infographics on the White House web site, and this dire warning “The funding to fix our nation’s roads and bridges is quickly running out — and it’s up to Congress to act. 65% of America’s major roads are rated in less than good condition, and 25% of our bridges require significant repair or can’t handle today’s traffic. If Congress doesn’t reauthorize transportation funding, more than 112,000 construction projects and nearly 700,000 jobs will be at risk.”
Wait, this sounds familiar. Continue reading
Right From the Start
[Mr. Huss is traveling this week. We have resurrected one of his favorite columns that first appeared in the Medford Mail Tribune in October 0f 2005]
The Supreme Court of Oregon has just released its newest opinion on “free speech.” It is a profoundly clumsy act of judicial self-gratification. More importantly, it is just plain stupid, and precisely the kind of opinion over which critics of judicial activism rend their garments (an ironic protest in this case). It is the kind of opinion that should make lawyers blush at its banality and legislators see red due to its obvious interference in policymaking.
Let’s make sure we know precisely what we are talking about here—a strip club. If you are easily offended stop right here.
I would like to quote directly from the court’s opinion but the MailTribune is a family newspaper and even the court’s description of the strippers’ offending conduct is too graphic. So let’s put it this way, in one instance, the stripper masturbated and in the other two strippers got overly friendly with their customers and each other. Continue reading