Oregon only state without constitutional provision for impeachment of governor

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Rep. Jodi Hack

Salem, OR – Wednesday, Representative Jodi Hack (R-Salem) announced plans to increase state government oversight and accountability with a legislative proposal to amend Oregon’s constitution to allow for impeachment procedures of the executive branch.

“Oregonians deserve the highest levels of transparency, oversight and accountability from their elected officials,” said Rep. Hack. “As we move forward from this unfortunate moment in our state’s history, we need to ensure that we have a bipartisan formal mechanism in place to maintain the integrity of the Governor’s Office. This proposal allows Oregonians to directly participate in strengthening the state’s ethics and oversight laws.” Continue reading

Posted by at 06:23 | Posted in Cylvia Hayes, Gov. Kitzhaber, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Government | 6 Comments

Fun with corporate personhood in the Oregon Legislature

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by Rep. Mike Nearman

I keep running into the corporate personhood bumper sticker. You know these people. They get enraged at the idea of a corporation as a person.

On February 11, 2015, the Oregon House voted on a bill to clarify what the meaning of a corporation is. The bill, carried by Representative Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland) substituted in a portion of the statutes the phrase “a party that is not a natural person” for the word “corporation” (36:24 in this video). Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Free Speech, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon House | 18 Comments

Meet “The Man Who Could Bring Down ObamaCare”

CascadeNewLogoWould you like to meet the man the media says could bring down ObamaCare? You’ll have that opportunity next Thursday evening, February 26, when Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute speaks in Portland.

Cannon is an architect of the legal strategy that could force the Obama Administration to follow the letter of its own Affordable Care Act and stop subsidizing insurance unless it is purchased through a state-established exchange. Cover Oregon was established by the state, but its website was so flawed that it couldn’t sign up a single person. Continue reading

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in Economy, Federal Budget, Federal Government, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Regulation, Government Waste, Health & Human Services, Obamacare, Progressivism | Tagged , , , , | 11 Comments

Head of Oregon Ed Dept OKs teen ‘pony play’ fetish sex-ed

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by NW Spotlight

Portland, OR – KOIN TV on Tuesday did a follow-up story on their November 18, 2014, investigative report that exposed shocking details about the Adolescent Sexuality Conference (ASC) held in Seaside, Oregon.

Since the November 2014 report, the head of the Oregon Department of Education sent a letter in December 2014 to Oregon school superintendents that claimed “the content delivered by the presenters at the 2014 Adolescent Sexuality Conference was appropriate.”

KOIN literally had to chase down Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Rob Saxton in the state Capitol building to confront him about that. Some of the conference content deemed “appropriate” included teaching students to use interactive adult porn sites where they can act out a “pony play” fetish. Continue reading

Posted by at 06:42 | Posted in Education | 22 Comments

Willamette Week updates today on the Kitzhaber-Hayes scandal

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by NW Spotlight

Nigel Jaquiss: Relying On An Old Man’s Money
Gold-digging – Before she started dating John Kitzhaber, Hayes got nearly $40K from a former PSU professor 46 years older than her

Nigel Jaquiss: What He Left Behind
More Kitzhaber-Hayes emails reveal extent of Cylvia Hayes drive for income & publicity and Kitzhaber’s staff’s discomfort with her crossing state ethics laws

Nigel Jaquiss: Hit the Delete Button
Kitzhaber staff DID seek to delete emails that were part of the public record; explanations given last week were not true Continue reading

Posted by at 02:36 | Posted in Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kitzhaber | 10 Comments

Kate Brown is now Oregon Governor

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by NW Spotlight

Democrat Kate Brown was sworn in this morning as the new Oregon Governor. She replaces fellow Democrat John Kitzhaber, who resigned amidst a cloud of federal and state investigations.

Brown had been serving as the Oregon Secretary of State.

Click here to read Gov. Brown’s address to Oregon after her swearing-in, where she talked about restoring the public’s trust.

Posted by at 01:30 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber, Oregon Secretary of State | 2 Comments

SB 324 “Scandal Bill” passes Senate — see who voted

SB 324 “scandal” bill behind Low Carbon Fuel scheme passes senate 17-13
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Senate Bill 324 is the “scandal bill” because it is at the center of the Kitzhaber Cylvia Hayes scandal where the Governor’s first lady was paid $118,000 to promote the low carbon fuel program unlawfully as a public employee representative and did not report the income on her taxes.  This is why SB 324 has been fast tracked through the process and rushing through the public hearing process.

Senate Bill 324 vote results. Continue reading

Posted by at 07:40 | Posted in Uncategorized | 16 Comments

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