Portland Set to Approve Public Shaming of Building Owners

By John A. Charles, Jr.CascadeNewLogo

For members of the Portland City Council, the end always justifies the means.

Their current obsession is energy use in commercial buildings. On April 15 the Council likely will approve a regulation to require the owners of such buildings to: (1) monitor energy consumption; (2) calculate an “energy use intensity” score; and (3) file annual reports with the city.

Advocates claim that this will be good for building owners. It will give them information they would never get without prodding by bureaucrats, and provide market recognition for high-performing buildings. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment, Global Warming, Government Overreach, Government Regulation, Green Energy, Individual Responsiblity, Portland, Portland Politics, Privacy, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

5 ways Rand Paul is not making past GOP mistakes

campaignBy Jason Williams

It does not matter who you support for President to appreciate any candidate who is actively trying to avoid the political mistakes of the past. For a brief moment look at performance (not politics or policy) to see how Rand Paul is running his campaign and you will pick up some useful tactical tools that can be used in other campaigns – like Oregon. I will also include in this article other presidential candidates who also share the same campaign strengths in a particular area. Continue reading

Posted by at 06:00 | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Rep. Knute Buehler: Oregonians looking for leadership on Ethics Reform

Posted by at 10:04 | Posted in Ethics, Government reform, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Government | 5 Comments

SB 941 closes marijuana-user gun purchase loophole


by NW Spotlight

Sen. Floyd Prozanski (D-Eugene) & Sen. Ginny Burdick (D-Portland) are pushing a bill that will close a loophole for Oregon marijuana users looking to buy firearms.

The bill, SB 941, will expand background checks required for most personal sales of firearms. The bill requires people selling a gun to go to a gun dealer and request a background check on the person they want to sell the gun to. As part of that background check, the person wanting to buy the gun will fill out ATF Form 4473. Continue reading

Posted by at 12:57 | Posted in Gun Control, Marijuana, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate | 9 Comments

Anti-gun SB 941: More feel-good Dem incompetence


by NW Spotlight

We’re used to Oregon Democrats having grandiose ideas and being utterly incompetent at implementing those ideas – much to the detriment of taxpayers. Think Columbia River Crossing where $200M was spent and NO BRIDGE WAS EVER BUILT or the complete disaster of the now-scrapped Cover Oregon where $310M was spent and NOT ONE OREGONIAN WAS EVER ABLE TO SIGN UP FOR HEALTH INSURANCE ONLINE.

Now comes SB 941 – the unnecessary bill expanding background checks for almost all private firearms sales. It’s payoff for all the Bloomberg money dumped in Oregon’s 2014 elections and it’s been the obsession of Sen. Ginny Burdick (D) and Sen. Floyd Prozanski (D) for the last several sessions. They claim it will make Oregon safer, and yet when the Legislative Fiscal Office came out with their fiscal impact for the bill this week they are conceding that this proposed law would only result in 1.5 to 3 people going to prison a year! Continue reading

Posted by at 10:48 | Posted in 2nd Amendment, Gun Control, OR 78th Legislative Session | 1 Comment

Kitzhaber ghost returns with 16% business tax hike

dog-logo-stampHouse bill 2398: Kitzhaber ghost returns with 16% business tax
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon

The ghost of Kitzhaber has returned to the Oregon State Capitol with a bill he is chief sponsor of which would increase the cost of doing business in Oregon. House Bill 2398 increases rate of the corporate excise tax by 16%. House Bill 2398 is up for a hearing on Tuesday in the House Revenue Committee.

Kitzhaber’s taxes are a thing of Oregon legend as the ex-Governor once confessed “That he had more tax increases, proposals I ought to say, than any other governor in Oregon”. Continue reading

Posted by at 07:53 | Posted in Uncategorized | 14 Comments

Financial disarray left by Kitzhaber’s grandiose healthcare reform plans

Sen Doug Whitsett

by Sen. Doug Whitsett

The remarkably rapid and very public fall from grace of former Governor John Kitzhaber has been well-documented.

Also well-detailed is the spectacular failure of his Cover Oregon portal to health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Nearly $300 million of public federal funds were obtained at his request and “invested” to create the website insurance portal. That operation failed to operate in its entirety and was officially discontinued, scrapped by the State because it was allegedly not even repairable. Oregon is now faced with spending at least an additional $62 million to convert to the Kentucky portal system. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Cover Oregon, Gov. Kitzhaber, Health Care Reform, Oregon Health Authority | 1 Comment

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