Right From the Start
Last Friday’s Wall Street Journal announced that former Speaker of the House Denny Hastert (R-IL) had been indicted for attempting to evade reporting requirements for bank withdrawals exceeding $10,000 and for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) regarding those withdrawals. It appeared from the article that Mr. Hastert was withdrawing the money in order to pay for someone’s silence – hush money or blackmail depending on your point of view.
I have to admit that my first reaction was “how in God’s name does President Barack Obama’s administration have the temerity to investigate a Republican leader who has not been in office for over a decade when Mr. Obama cannot even bring himself to open an investigation against the Internal Revenue Service officials who had illegally targeted conservatives or against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who destroyed official records while cleansing her personal computers and servers?” Continue reading
Self-service gas likely coming to rural OR
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Foundation
A bill that would allow self-service gas at rural stations between 6 PM and 6 AM when no attendant is present has passed unanimously in the House. The bill (HB 3011), sponsored by State Representative Cliff Bentz (R-Ontario), applies only to counties with fewer than 40,000 people. Bentz said he expects the bill to pass unanimously in the Senate in the next few weeks.
“The issue here is the issue of access to fuel,” said Bentz. “This bill is designed to allow people to drive up in the dead of night when there’s nobody there and put a card in the machine and pump some gas.” Continue reading
by W. Scott Jorgensen
The aftermath of former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber’s resignation in February was surprisingly quiet, and it has been business as usual at the state capitol in Salem ever since. It was almost as if that whole bizarre series of events had never transpired in the first place.
For his part, Kitzhaber had largely dropped out of the public eye, and understandably so. Kitzhaber sightings have become increasingly rare, though he was spotted at a Starbucks in Northwest Portland in early May and had his picture snapped. Aside from the photographer, all indications are that nobody else even recognized him. Continue reading
Keynote Speaker: State Senator Jeff Kruse
Executive Club Meeting
7:00 pm • Wednesday June 3rd
Portland Airport Shilo Inn
By John A. Charles, Jr.
The Portland Sustainability Commission recently recommended that the City Council approve a $500 million propane export facility proposed by Pembina Corporation. However, as part of its approval, the Commission is requiring that 100% of the electricity used at the export facility be generated by Oregon renewable energy sources.
This is an impossible standard to meet. Therefore, the Commission is actually killing the proposal while appearing to support it. Continue reading
Allegations of withdrawing $1.7 million in cash to evade bank detection – to pay hush money to conceal sexual abuse of a former male student
by NW Spotlight
On Thursday, federal prosecutors announced the indictment of Denny Hastert. Hastert, a Republican, was speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1999 to 2007.
The NY Times reported the indictment was based on “allegations that [Hastert] made cash withdrawals, totaling $1.7 million, to evade detection by banks. The federal authorities also charged him with lying to them about the purpose of the withdrawals.” Continue reading
Rep. Knute Buehler
This week we learned the identity of an Oregon hero – Michael Rodgers.
Like many heroes, Michael Rodgers is neither wealthy nor powerful. But when confronted with a difficult choice, he simply did the right thing.
In the face of indifference at best – or intimidation at worst – he blew the whistle on potential corruption at the highest levels of our government.
Now Michael Rodgers must defend himself, his job and his reputation from the very government he has served and sought to protect. He deserves our respect and our support, not the burden of mounting legal bills. Continue reading