Colorado recalls: voter polling that matters

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by Dan Lucas

There was some shoddy journalism in The Oregonian and Statesman Journal earlier this week that allowed a very partisan gun background check poll to be passed along without revealing the partisan nature of the polling firm or the partisan nature of the organization that commissioned the poll.

Part of that poll was aimed at trying to intimidate members of the Oregon Legislature, with this question “If the state legislators who represent you oppose the background checks bill, will you be more or less likely to vote for them in the 2014 election, or does it not make a difference either way?”

If Oregon legislators want some real-world voter polling on gun control, they should look to the recent recall elections in Colorado. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2014 Election, 2nd Amendment, Gun Control, Media, Oregon Senate | 2 Comments

President Obama wrong to demonize oil and gas companies

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by NW Spotlight

The U.S. oil and gas sector is one of the bright spots of the economy.  So, naturally, it came under assault by President Obama during his State of the Union speech last night.  We can’t have people making “profits” in this country.  Remember, “there’s a time for profits.  Now’s not the time.”

Last night, the President said: “It’s not just oil and natural gas production that’s booming; we’re becoming a global leader in solar, too.  Every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar; every panel pounded into place by a worker whose job can’t be outsourced.  Let’s continue that progress with a smarter tax policy that stops giving $4 billion a year to fossil fuel industries that don’t need it, so that we can invest more in fuels of the future that do.” Continue reading

Posted by at 09:00 | Posted in Economy, Energy, President Obama | 14 Comments

Jason Conger: State of the Union response

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Rep. Jason Conger

Jason Conger for U.S. Senate

Oregon State Representative Jason Conger – candidate for U.S. Senate – released the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address:

“What we heard tonight was the 5th installment of the same speech given year after year. President threatening to circumvent Congress to get what he wants, doubling down on failed policies, and failing to take responsibility for the mistakes made by his administration.”

If President Obama is serious about helping bring people out of poverty and growing small businesses, he should start by repealing Obamacare and replacing it with a solution that actually reduces the cost of healthcare and really allows people to keep the doctor and the insurance plan they want. Here in Oregon, over 140,000 people lost their healthcare coverage when their plans were cancelled. Many will have to pay an Obamacare penalty tax for not purchasing healthcare… through an exchange that doesn’t work. Continue reading

Posted by at 08:00 | Posted in 2014 Election, Obamacare, U.S. Senate | 3 Comments

Fixing Obamacare

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Right From the Start

Last week, the stock market incurred its largest weekly drop since 2011.  Last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistic released its latest figures showing that the labor force participation rate (the ratio between those having jobs and the total available workforce) is the lowest in nearly forty years.  A recent revelation confirmed that President Barack Obama knew at the time of the attack in Benghazi that it was a terrorist attack and yet orchestrated the canard that it was a spontaneous uprising by locals incensed over some BS video produced about Mohammed.  A recent FOX poll demonstrated the nearly sixty percent of Americans opposed Obamacare.  Target, Inc. announced that it will cancel healthcare coverage for part time employees joining a growing chorus of large businesses that have done likewise – Trader Joe’s, Home Depot, Walmart, etc.  And Tuesday’s headlines in the Wall Street Journal announced “Obama to Face an Unsettled Nation.” 

Really.  Do you think? Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Afghanistan, Benghazi, Economy, Government Regulation, Health Care Reform, Obamacare, President Obama | 16 Comments

Oregon media peddling partisan background check poll

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by NW Spotlight

The Oregonian and Statesman Journal have articles on a recent poll on gun background checks. Both mention that the polling was done by Public Policy Polling. But both The Oregonian and the Statesman Journal neglected to reveal anything about Public Policy Polling.

Public Policy Polling is a controversial and flippant Democratic Pollster based in North Carolina that “polls only for Democratic and progressive campaigns and organizations.”

The link to the actual poll results in the Statesman Journal article goes to the Center for American Progress Action Fund web site. Continue reading

Posted by at 08:59 | Posted in 2nd Amendment, Gun Control, Oregon Senate | 5 Comments

Benghazi is Hillary Clinton’s biggest regret

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by NW Spotlight

On the heels of a Senate Intelligence Committee report from a few weeks ago that said the 2012 attack on Benghazi was “likely preventable,” former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton is now saying that Benghazi is her biggest regret. The Hill reported that when Hillary Clinton was asked yesterday to identify “do-overs” while she was Secretary of State, she answered “My biggest, you know, regret is what happened in Benghazi.”

Hillary Clinton has publicly taken responsibility for the September 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi that left four Americans dead, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Benghazi, Hillary Clinton | 19 Comments

Coming This January: The Largest-Ever Rally for School Choice Nationwide

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Millions of Americans nationwide will voice their support for educational opportunity during the fourth-annual National School Choice Week, which begins January 26, 2014. The Week will include an unprecedented 5,500 events across all 50 states, with a goal of increasing public awareness of the importance of empowering parents with the freedom to choose the best educational environments for their children.

National School Choice Week events will be independently planned and independently funded by schools, organizations, individuals, and coalitions. Events—which include rallies, roundtable discussions, school fairs, parent information sessions, movie screenings, and more—will focus on a variety of school choice issues important to families in local communities, including open enrollment policies in traditional public schools, public charter and magnet schools, private school choice programs, online learning, and homeschooling. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education | Tagged , , , , , | 9 Comments

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