Cruz and Clinton Show Their True Colors

Right From the Start

Right From the Start

Last week, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was extended an invitation to speak during prime time before the Republican National Convention as it endorsed Donald Trump as its presidential nominee.  To the surprise of many at the convention – but not to those of us who have observed Mr. Cruz over his brief career – he used his time not to endorse Mr. Trump but rather to encourage voters to vote their conscience and vote for someone who would uphold the constitution – meaning him and only him.  Mr. Cruz is, as John Bright once said of Horace Greeley:
“He is a self-made man and worships his creator.”

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Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Bernie Sanders, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Donald Trump, Ethics, Government corruption, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz | 38 Comments

I may not have to hold my nose in November after all

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by Dan Lucas

Finally a ray of hope.

This has not been a pleasant election cycle for me. I have especially been disappointed in my fellow Republican voters in the presidential primary. I have been disappointed with Democratic voters for a much longer time.

I have been preparing myself to hold my nose and vote for Trump in November.

Hillary would be a disaster for the country. Her scandals are too numerous to count, she’s utterly self-serving and untrustworthy, and despite a very long and public career, she has few if any accomplishments. But most concerning would be her ability to appoint more liberal judges to the U.S. Supreme Court. Liberal judges who would legislate from the bench and “re-interpret” the U.S. Constitution – judges whose view of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” doesn’t include protecting life or liberty. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election | 60 Comments

Trust Lands Should Be Auctioned to High Bidder to Benefit Schools

CascadeNewLogoBy John A. Charles, Jr.

In his recent guest column in The Oregonian, Director of the Oregon Department of State Lands Jim Paul summarizes the history of the Elliott State Forest. He correctly notes that the Common School Trust lands within the Elliott must be managed as an endowment asset for public schools.

Since the Elliott is now a net liability instead of an asset due to environmental litigation, the State Land Board has appropriately concluded that the Trust Lands should be sold.

Unfortunately, the sale will not take place through competitive bidding, because this is not an auction. On July 27, the Land Board will announce the results of an appraisal and set the sale price as the appraised price. If you dare to offer even one dollar more, your bid will be set aside by state lawyers as “nonresponsive.” Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Environment, Gov. Kate Brown, Natural Resources, Oregon Government, Oregon Secretary of State, Rural Oregon, State Government, State Treasurer, Transparency | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Photo: Where Oregonian ran the email story

By NW Spotlight,

The breaking news of 10,000 leaked Democrat emails ran on the Sunday Oregonian on page 14 with the size of the article not much longer than your thumb. Absent from the article is anything negative despite the fact that the emails contained discussions of slandering Bernie Sander’s Jewish faith and posting false ads to attack Trump. Yet, it was damaging enough to oust the DNC leader (which did make front page today). Why can’t our newspapers be more fair?

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Posted by at 04:55 | Posted in Uncategorized | 27 Comments

Another VP pick, another European terror attack

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by NW Spotlight

It’s a sign of the times. A week ago Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s announcement of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his pick for vice president was overshadowed by the terror attack in Nice, France. That terror attack, by Tunisian Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, killed 84 people on France’s Bastille Day when he drove a truck threw the crowd.

Exactly one week later, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s announcement yesterday of Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) as her pick for vice president was overshadowed by the terror attack in Munich, Germany. Yesterday’s Munich terror attack, by German-Iranian Ali David Sonboly, killed 9 people near a shopping mall in Munich – Sonboly used a pistol in the attack.

Posted by at 08:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Terrorism | 66 Comments

Photos from the 2016 GOP National Convention in Cleveland

by NW Spotlight

Oregon state Rep. Bill Post (R-Keizer) and Dan Mason (GOP candidate for Oregon House District 30) travelled to Cleveland, Ohio, this week for the 2016 Republican National Convention. Bill was there as a delegate and Dan as an alternate delegate. They agreed to share their photos of the experience. Click on photos to enlarge them.

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2016 GOP National Convention (photo: Dan Mason)

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Posted by at 06:22 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Republican Party | 7 Comments

Frustration at Oregon DEQ

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Jeff Anderson

by Jeff Anderson

The best laid plans.

My lunch hour was to be spent taking my car through DEQ to pass the magic emission test and get new tags. I read the instructions provided by DEQ on how to prepare for my test.

I had all the paperwork ready, I brushed my teeth, combed my hair, brought a blood & urine sample along with driver’s license, passport, proof of address, proof of insurance, registration, title, cash and a happy attitude….attitude is everything.

I was greeted by a cheerful lady as I drove up, she put me through my first quiz, which I passed and she directed me to Lane #3.

After waiting in line, watching cars getting probed up the tailpipe (I’m over 50 so I can sympathize) it was finally my turn. Continue reading

Posted by at 06:09 | Posted in Environment, Oregon Government | 7 Comments

Obamacare is proving to be a failure of epic proportions

Sen Doug Whitsett

by Sen. Doug Whitsett

I wrote a column in June detailing the ongoing issues with national health care reform under the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare. More developments have emerged since then, causing even more severe problems for rural Oregonians and consumers across the United States, as well as the Obama administration’s credibility.

Oregon insurance regulators announced their plans last week to take the first steps to place the state’s Health Co-op into receivership. This July 8 article in the Oregonian states the company’s board has voted to agree to the receivership order. This agreement would enable the state to liquidate the Co-op’s assets. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Health Care Reform, Obamacare | 19 Comments

Portland Schools Need More Than a New Superintendent

CascadeNewLogoBy John A. Charles, Jr.

Portland school superintendent Carole Smith announced her resignation this week after nine years on the job.

The next steps are predictable: The school board will conduct a national search for a successor and eventually sign someone to an expensive contract. After a short honeymoon, the new leader will sink into the bureaucratic quagmire and leave after a short and forgettable tenure.

Management experts know that if system results are disappointing, you need to change the system, not the people. The single most important change Portland could make would be to redesign how the money flows. Continue reading

Posted by at 12:00 | Posted in Children, Education, Ethics, Portland, Portland Schools | Tagged , | 5 Comments

Oregon TV shots from convention

By NW Spotlight,

TV screenshots of Oregon show the State’s delegate reporting (State chair Bill Currier next to State Director Margie Hughes and Young Republican leader Julia Rabadi).

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Posted by at 11:00 | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Tumult in Turkey: Obama’s Latest Mistake

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Right From the Start

Last Saturday elements of the Turkish military, intent on removing President Recep Erdogan from power, staged an attempted coup.  It failed primarily because, for the first time in a long list of Turkish coups, the military failed to act as a unified body.

President Barack Obama called upon people to resist the attempted coup and to support the “democratically elected” government of Mr. Erdogan.  Mr. Obama’s decision will continue an unbroken line of mistakes and missteps on both the foreign and domestic fronts.

First, let’s understand that Turkey is far from a model democratic government.  Mr. Erdogan is just the latest in a long line of democratically installed Turkish governments that almost immediately engage in corruption and repression until the military stages a coup and throws them out.  While it appears that Mr. Erdogan enjoys popular support in Turkey so did now deceased President Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. It did not prevent Mr. Chavez from engaging in a systematic repression of dissent – including imprisonment and execution of his opponents – and it has not prevented Mr. Erdogan from doing likewise. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Foreign Relations, Hillary Clinton, Iran, Israel, Leadership, Liberalism, President Obama | 3 Comments

Oregon GOP legislative leaders respond to Gov. Brown’s anti-gun agenda

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Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli
House Republican Leader Mike McLane

Salem, Ore. – Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) released the following statement following Governor Kate Brown’s announcement Friday of her gun control plan that includes requiring Oregon State Police to retain firearms transaction data for five years:

“Kate Brown’s reckless attempt to politicize gun control while tension is significantly heightened across the country may propel us into a debate on the confiscation of private property and criminalization of law-abiding citizens and cause the kind of provocation almost guaranteed to produce more violence and anger. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2nd Amendment, Gov. Kate Brown, Gun Control, Oregon House, Oregon Senate | 5 Comments

Children’s Scholarship Fund Closes the Achievement Gap for Low-Income Kids

CascadeNewLogoBy Kathryn Hickok

Since 1999, the nonprofit Children’s Scholarship Fund has empowered more than 152,000 low-income children nationwide to receive a quality education in private and parochial grade schools through privately funded partial-tuition scholarships.

Children’s Scholarship Fund parents value high-quality education as the way out of poverty for their children and sacrifice financially to give them that opportunity. It is a feature of the CSF program that all families pay part of their tuition bill themselves, ensuring a family commitment to education.

The investments of both parents and scholarship benefactors are reaping great rewards. Over time, studies of college enrollment and graduation rates of scholarship alumni are showing that, despite coming from socioeconomic backgrounds associated with lower rates of college enrollment, CSF alumni enroll in college at an average rate that is similar to or higher than the general population. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Children, Education | Tagged | 6 Comments

Gov. Kate Brown using deceptive gun death numbers

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by Dan Lucas

Gov. Kate Brown announced today “‘Oregonians United to End Gun Violence,’ a plan to reduce gun violence in Oregon and across the country.” She is joining other anti-gun officials “to release new policies and legislation that protects Oregonians from gun-related acts of violence.”

According to OPB, “Brown is calling on the legislature to pass three new laws to improve gun safety in the 2017 session.” Her proposed legislation would 1) allow the Oregon State Police to further delay background checks for gun sales, 2) expand the types of relationships that qualify as domestic violence and 3) prohibit the purchase of expanded capacity magazines. KTVZ has additional detail on Gov. Brown’s three anti-gun legislative priorities.

In her announcement, Gov. Brown states “In Oregon, 2,280 Oregonians – an average of 456 people each year – died from firearms-related injuries between 2010 and 2014.”

Those are extremely deceptive and misleading numbers. Continue reading

Posted by at 11:57 | Posted in 2016 Election, 2nd Amendment, Gov. Kate Brown, Gun Control | 76 Comments

Trump delays VP announcement after attack in Nice, France

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by NW Spotlight

Reuters is reporting that “Donald Trump abruptly postponed his planned announcement on Friday of his vice presidential running mate because of a deadly truck attack in France, but Republican sources said his choice was expected to be Indiana Governor Mike Pence.”

At lease 84 people were killed when a truck driven by Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel drove through a crowd in Nice, France – the crowd had been watching fireworks on Bastille Day – France’s equivalent of our Fourth of July.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said via Twitter “The city of Nice has been hit by terrorism on the day of our national holiday. Immense pain, the country is in mourning. The French will face it,” and French President Francois Hollande said “We cannot deny that it was a terror attack” in a national television address, according to CNN.

UPDATE 7/15/2016: CNN is reporting that Trump tweeted “I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate. News conference tomorrow [Sat 7/16/2016] at 11:00 A.M.”

Posted by at 07:45 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Terrorism | 7 Comments

Climate Change: The Paris Agreement’s false promises

Sen Doug Whitsett

by Sen. Doug Whitsett

The Paris Agreement on Climate Change (Agreement) is being hailed by its proponents as a huge step forward in reducing global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and saving the environment. However, further review of what the Agreement will actually accomplish raises several questions about its effectiveness, true costs and impacts on energy availability, grid reliability and the average citizen’s standard of living.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) director Gina McCarthy called the Agreement “an incredible achievement” during recent testimony before the Congressional House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. But in response to direct questioning by committee members, she was unable to even estimate its potential cost and repeatedly failed to explain how much its implementation would delay any increase in global temperature. Continue reading

Posted by at 06:57 | Posted in Energy, Environment, Global Warming, Green Energy | 15 Comments

FBI Director Comey Got it Wrong

Right From the Start

Right From the Start

“Yes officer, I know I was going 80 miles per hour but I did not intend to violate the law.”
                                                                                                       TJH (circa 2016)
On last Thursday, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, James Comey, delivered up a whitewash of the latest Hillary Clinton scandal – the use of an unsecured private server and email account to transact State Department business including the sending and receiving of classified documents accompanied by the destruction of records properly belonging to the State Department.  While Mr. Comey provided direct and damning testimony about Ms. Clinton’s conduct, including a litany of the lies told by Ms. Clinton to the public and to the United States Congress – the latter being under oath – he swept it all under the rug by claiming that Ms. Clinton was merely careless and not criminally liable.

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Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Corruption, Crony capitalism, Ethics, Government corruption, Hillary Clinton, Preident Bill Clinton, Scandals | 13 Comments

George W. Bush joins President Obama today for Dallas fallen police

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by NW Spotlight

CNN reported yesterday that “President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush on Tuesday will speak at an interfaith memorial service in Dallas for five police officers slain late last week, as well as meet with the victims’ families.”

The interfaith memorial service will be held today at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, with the Arlington Police Department providing security for the memorial. Continue reading

Posted by at 06:40 | Posted in Law Enforcement | 10 Comments

Like a Sales Tax on Steroids

CascadeNewLogoBy Steve Buckstein

Now that the massive Gross Receipts Tax measure IP 28 will be on Oregon’s November ballot, we likely will see many estimates of its impact on the state economy.

An economic research center at Portland State University just came out with its report on the measure, funded by the measure’s sponsor, union-backed Our Oregon.

Too bad that the sponsors picked a center headed by a respected former Oregon State economist who said publicly in March that their proposal would be “like a sales tax on steroids.”

Dr. Tom Potiowsky now chairs the PSU Economics Department and directs the Northwest Economic Research Center at the university. While the new PSU report doesn’t include the “sales tax on steroids” language that he personally used in March, it does confirm that such taxes “share many characteristics with sales taxes, and thus a greater burden on lower income households.” Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, IP28, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged , | 9 Comments

IP28, Hillary and Kate Brown lead in new Oregon poll

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by NW Spotlight

A poll conducted in Oregon in late June found that IP28 currently enjoys majority support, Hillary Clinton has a double-digit, 14-point lead over Donald Trump, and Governor Brown takes a 7-point lead into the summer against Bud Pierce. The poll was conducted by icitizen.

Key findings for 2016 November General Election Races:

Democratic candidates currently lead four of the marquee races, but some leads are slim and there are sizeable percentages of swing voters at this stage in the race. Among registered voters:

Hillary Clinton owns the most commanding advantage over Donald Trump, 14-points, due in large part to her consolidation of the Democratic base (89% of Democrats currently support her compared to 70% of Republicans for Donald Trump).  Independents are split.  Clinton outpaces party identification in the state by three points.  The ballot stands at 46% Clinton, 32% Trump, and 22% undecided. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:38 | Posted in 2016 Election, 2016 Presidential Election, Gov. Kate Brown, Oregon Secretary of State, State Treasurer | 4 Comments

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