Reminder: Obama, Dems punted on immigration reform


by NW Spotlight

In his press conference this past week, the day after the stunning Republican victories, President Obama gave Congress a six-week deadline to send him an immigration reform bill or he’d take executive action.

Answering a question on immigration reform, the President said “You send me a bill that I can sign, and those executive actions go away,” followed by a warning reminder that he would “act in the absence of action by Congress. So, before the end of the year, we’re going to take whatever lawful actions that I can take.” Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Illegal Immigration, President Obama | 44 Comments

No wonder people don’t trust the media

Dan Lucas_July 2012_BW

by Dan Lucas

A Gallup poll from September revealed that public trust in the media is at an all-time low. Some recent national developments shed some light on why that might be.

The first of those developments is a new book by Sharyl Attkisson. Attkisson is an investigative journalist who worked for CBS News for two decades and had worked for CNN and PBS previously. She has won four investigative journalism Emmy awards and a RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award. One of her Emmy awards was for reporting that was critical of the Bush administration. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Media | 42 Comments

Oregon SD 15 race still not decided

Starr - Riley

Starr – Riley

by NW Spotlight

The race in Hillsboro for Oregon Senate District 15 is still too close to call. Washington County Elections posted an update at 3:30 PM today that now shows Democrat Chuck Riley up by 13 votes, over incumbent Republican Sen. Bruce Starr. In the previous update, at 07:50 PM on Wednesday, Sen. Starr held a 64 vote lead over Riley.

The Oregonian reported that “The 13-vote margin separating Riley and Starr is well within the number that would trigger an automatic recount.”

Oregon law requires the Secretary of State to order a full recount of the votes if the difference in the vote between the top vote getter and the next closest vote getter “is not more than one-fifth of one percent of the total votes for both candidates.” In this case that would currently be 65 votes – 16,230 votes for Riley + 16,217 votes for Sen. Starr x 0.2%. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:07 | Posted in 2014 Election, Oregon Senate | 46 Comments

Rep. Mike McLane re-elected as Oregon House GOP Leader


by NW Spotlight

House Republicans Select 2015 Leadership Team

Salem, OR – Representative Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte) yesterday was reelected as Oregon House Republican Leader for the 2015 legislative session. Rep. McLane was first elected as leader in 2012 and led House Republicans during the 2013 and 2014 legislative sessions, as well as the 2013 special session and the 2014 election cycle.

Rep. McLane also announced the additional members of the 2015 leadership team: Continue reading

Posted by at 06:16 | Posted in Oregon House | Leave a comment

Good for America, Too Bad for Oregon

Right From the Start

Right From the Start

November 4 was a good day for conservatives and Republicans everywhere – except, of course, Oregon. The election was a complete and indisputable repudiation of President Barack Obama and his policies. You can try to spin it anyway you want but the scoreboard comes up LOSER with a picture of Mr. Obama prominently displayed.

The only thing surprising about the election is how poorly the pollsters and pundits performed in predicting the closeness of races that turned out to be cakewalks for the Republican victors. Some may suggest that the pollsters simply reflect the bias of their principle customers – the mainstream media – but the pollsters might be better served understanding that the populace is so disgusted by the intrusion of “all politics, all the time” that they simply lie to the pollsters – I do. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2014 Election, Gov. Kitzhaber, Leadership, Oregon Republican Party, Portland Politics, President Obama | 16 Comments

Election 2014: No bad idea is ever dead in Salem

Sen Doug Whitsett

by Sen. Doug Whitsett

An anti-Obama Republican red wave swept across the United States in Tuesday night’s midterm election.

For the first time since 2006, Republicans reclaimed control of U.S. Senate. Up until now, they have held 45 seats, but the defeat of incumbents and the pickup of seats held by retiring Democrats will give them a minimum of 52 of that chamber’s 100 seats. The possibility exists that the margin may grow larger, as Louisiana’s hotly contested race will go to a December runoff election and a seat in Alaska is poised to be won by Republican Dan Sullivan. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:51 | Posted in 2014 Election | 6 Comments

House-Senate target races latest results

WatchdogBy Taxpayer Association Oregon

Target Senate & House Races

Alan Bates(D) 22,935 51.9%
Dave Dotterrer(R)19,732 44.7%

Bruce Starr(R) 13,497 45.9%
Chuck Riley(D) 13,399 45.5%

Sara A Gelser(D) 23,809 55.3%
Betsy L Close(R) 19,027 44.2%

Peter Courtney(D) 9,486 53.5%
Patricia Milne(R) 8,155 46.0% Continue reading

Posted by at 07:31 | Posted in Uncategorized | 20 Comments

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