by Chris Brass
Public Broadcasting has a reputation of being a liberal station, but the truth is that I don’t see it completely that way.
I would admit that it leans in that direction, even in the case of the local station, but after working with the staff as a volunteer and being on the Community Advisory Board for the past two years I can say without a doubt that I believe that the station and it’s staff do attempt to be impartial in their production and in the programs that they provide. Continue reading
by Katie Eyre
As primary election day approaches, many Republican voters have taken a keen interest in the high profile senatorial primary contest in the state between frontrunners Dr. Monica Wehby and Representative Jason Conger. I resolve to support whichever Republican candidate wins in this primary. However, we all should consider casting our primary votes for the candidate we believe can defeat Sen. Jeff Merkley this November.
As of a few days ago, I have become very concerned with Dr. Monica Wehby’s connection to a criminal child abuse case in Multnomah County described in a May 7 article by Nick Budnick of The Oregonian. I pray for the health and well-being of the child. While I do not believe Dr. Wehby knowingly did anything wrong, her connection to the criminal proceedings will impact her chances of beating Merkley should she win the primary, regardless of any facts. Continue reading
By John A. Charles, Jr.
Last month, Oregon’s first commercial “wave energy” project near Reedsport was officially abandoned.
The lead developer, New Jersey-based Ocean Power Technologies, had been promoting a utility-scale power project featuring 100 buoys, each weighing 260 tons. That plan was downsized to 10 buoys―and then to none. Continue reading
by Bob Clark
If it passes in the May 20 primary election, Ballot Measure 26-156 would provide several benefits that would help slow the rate of increase in Portlanders’ water and sewer bills.
The first of these benefits would be to tame the utility license fees included in city water and sewer bills.
Mayor Charlie Hales and city Commissioner Steve Novick are seeking a new street maintenance fee, which could be as much as $144 per year per household. Other than utility bills (license fees), the Portland City Council is limited in its ability to levy such a new tax without gaining approval from voters through a referendum. Continue reading
by Dan Lucas
Something significant quietly took place in Oregon a few months ago. The number of small-i Oregon independent voters narrowly overtook Republicans in February 2014. These small-i independent voters are not members of a major party – they are non-affiliated or members of a minor party.
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Friends of Religious Freedom
Friends of Religious Freedom Will Seek To Enforce Constitutional Rights in Court
PORTLAND, OREGON: Current Oregon law provides protection to religious institutions and clergy for choosing nonparticipation in same sex ceremonies. But the law discriminates against individuals of faith who wish to choose nonparticipation. A Jewish pianist or a Christian violinist who may not want to participate in a same sex ceremony based on deeply held religious beliefs is currently subject to government penalties and civil actions. They face a Hobson’s choice: violate your faith or face prosecution. Continue reading
Taxpayer Association of Oregon PAC
This week Taxpayer Association PAC sent out a message to 50 candidates about what voters want. It included three different polls.
- 76% of Oregon GOP voters think taxes are too high and want local control
- 60% of primary Oregon GOP voters said the “economy” was their #1 issue.
- 52% of all Americans say federal income taxes are “too high”
The economy, taxes is the key issue to winning.
For Democrat candidates there is a push to change the subject away from the economy and unto Global Warming and income inequality. This was even demonstrated by Obama this week alone. The number of Oregonians who are dropping out of the workforce is staggering. The solutions being talked about have little connection to the real-life crisis of dropping out of the workforce. In fact, some of the issues talked about will only increase the joblessness. Continue reading