An Oregon poll examines at a hot-button issue to gauge where Oregonians stand on privacy & liberty against the needs of security & law enforcement.
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Foundation,
There are two polarizing events that are pulling Americans in different directions, one being terrorist attacks (Brussels, Paris, San Bernadin0) and the other being corporate sacrifices to our individual liberty (FBI ordering Apple to unlocks its iPhone and Congress recently scaling back NSA personal data collections). Last year, the Foundation asked over 300 Oregonians in a telephone poll on how they felt on the pressing issue of the National Security Agency (NSA) collecting phone data.
The results were bitterly split, nearly even. Continue reading
by NW Spotlight
CNN reporting 28 killed in the 3 Brussels’ attacks – around 130 wounded
Brussels, Belgium was rocked by three explosions today – one at a subway station and two at the airport.
CNN reported the Belgian Prime Minister told reporters “We were fearing terrorist attacks, and that has now happened.”
CNN also reported “Belgian federal Prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw said it was too soon to know exactly how many people died in the bombings. Yet the Brussels Metro Authority reported that 15 died and 55 were wounded in the subway station blast. And public broadcaster VRT said at least 13 more were killed, and about 35 were injured, in the two blasts in the Brussels airport departure hall.” As of 5:00 AM Pacific, CNN is reporting 130 wounded in the three attacks. Continue reading
By John A. Charles, Jr.
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced last week that Portland is one of seven cities still in the running for a $50 million grant as part of DOT’s “Smart Cities” challenge. Portland is proposing to build “smarter streets” that talk to self-driving cars and to develop an app that will decrease reliance on private automobiles.
This is not a joke, and it’s not another episode of Portlandia. There are actually federal bureaucrats who think that putting sensors in streets to talk with computerized cars is important, and that Portland is capable of running such a system.
Apparently, they are unaware that Portland’s street system is so run down that the city could be the film location for a Mad Max movie. Continue reading
10 Essential Cuban Facts from an Oregon visit
By Jason Williams
Taxpayer Association of Oregon
Recently I went on a private charity trip to Cuba and had a chance to see first hand how Cuba operated. The real-life stores from actual Cubans living there helped to dispel many political myths.
The photo on the top right shows the disabled school I visited. Continue reading
by NW Spotlight
John Kitzhaber resigned as Oregon governor a little over a year ago, just one month into his historic 4th term.
Kitzhaber and former Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes were facing criminal investigations by the Oregon Attorney General, the FBI and potentially the IRS – in addition to a civil investigation by the Oregon Government Ethics Commission.
The day before Kitzhaber resigned, Nigel Jaquiss at Willamette Week reported that “Gov. John Kitzhaber’s office last week requested state officials destroy thousands of records in the governor’s personal email accounts.”
Willamette Week reported this week that the FBI investigation is ongoing. Continue reading
by Senator Ted Ferrioli
I can’t remember a more contentious or difficult legislative session. The issues of the urban-rural divide loomed large over the session, and many large and complicated bills that will have a negative impact on Eastern Oregon were forced through at record speed.
One of the most obvious effects of the urban-rural divide can be seen in the map of three different minimum wages across the state. How can I possibly explain to people in Jefferson County that one hour of your work is worth less than one hour of work in Wasco County? And to both, your hour of work is worth far less than one hour of work in PDX? Continue reading
by Sen. Doug Whitsett
The recently concluded 2016 legislative session included the enactment of several laws and budget decisions that will be extremely destructive to Oregon small businesses and private sector job security. However, the 30-day session may also be measured by a number of other really bad bills that did not become law.
The twelve members of the Senate Republican caucus do not have enough votes to either pass or stop any bill from passing. But by using accepted parliamentary procedures, we were able to work together to slow down the process enough to help prevent many of the more destructive bills from reaching a floor vote during the abbreviated legislative session. We managed to secure amendments to several other bills that made them less damaging. Continue reading