by NW Spotlight
10. His parents always told him, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again…and again…and again…
9. SEIU threatened to send a mob to his house if he didn’t.
8. He vowed to stay on the job until Cover Oregon succeeded, and processing all those applications by hand may take a while.
7. Rudy Crew still needs him as a reference for his next job. Continue reading
by Dan Lucas
It can be very difficult to figure out what all the numbers mean as we sift through the news coming out about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) enrollment numbers.
To aid in understanding the numbers and to provide some context, here’s a high-level overview of the health insurance enrollment numbers. Continue reading
by Lars Larson
America’s postal system is in trouble. But now Canada may have found the answer.
America’s postal service is in trouble. It’s on track to lose billions of dollars every year, and the U.S. Postal Service doesn’t seem to be able to stop that slide to the bottom. I’ve suggested that the whole thing should be put up on the auction block, and sold off to somebody who can run it – either profitably or preferably without a multi-billion dollar loss.
Well now Canada has announced that it will phase out home delivery of mail in urban centers in the next five years. Continue reading
By John A. Charles, Jr.
Earlier this week, I wrote on Oregon Catalyst about the problems TriMet is having with its constantly failing rail system. On Wednesday, TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane announced that the agency is hiring an outside firm to review light rail maintenance needs. The contract will cost a maximum of $245,000.
This is an important acknowledgment by TriMet that the vaunted regional rail system is suffering from chronic breakdowns that will require ever-increasing levels of maintenance.
The ownership problems associated with rail transit are well known within the industry. Indeed, four years ago the head of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Peter Rogoff, gave a speech on this topic to a room full of transit executives. Mr. Rogoff reminded people that rail systems have significant long-term costs. FTA had recently concluded that there were more than $78 billion in deferred maintenance costs for public transit agencies in the U.S., and three-fourths of those costs were associated with rail systems. Continue reading
by Dustin Hurst and Shelby Sebens | Watchdog.org
Examining the Portland, Ore.-based Bus Project, one could use plenty of adjectives to describe the operation’s tactics and activities: aggressive, unique and innovative.
The one descriptor that group, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, wants you to believe, though, is the least-fitting: nonpartisan.
Sure, the group holds a banner that professes to soar above partisan politics. “Not left. Not right. But Forward,” preaches the site of The Bus Project’s Montana affiliate, Forward Montana. Continue reading
by NW Spotlight
Former Cottage Grove Mayor Gary Williams announced that he’s running for State Representative in House District 7, the district currently held by Rep. Bruce Hanna (R-Roseburg). Rep. Hanna announced back in September that he won’t be running for re-election in 2014. Williams, a Republican, filed with the Secretary of State back in October and made his public announcement yesterday.
In his announcement, Williams said “Governments should be in the business of helping us thrive, but rather they continue to produce overbearing regulations that hurt us,” said Williams. “We must create a business environment that encourages our agricultural and timber industries and cuts the red tape on job-crushing small business regulations. I’m about keeping families together—our children should not have to leave our community to find work.“
Right From the Start
During a trial, a lawyer is permitted to test the veracity of a witness by demonstrating prior inconsistent statements. The lawyers can also challenge the witness’ character for truthfulness and thus demonstrate the witness’ propensity to lie.
President Barack Obama lied about the effects of The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) prior to its passage and repeatedly after its passage. At a minimum he lied about the assertion that you could keep your existing healthcare plan, keep your current physician and keep your current hospital. Mr. Obama and members of his administration had the facts in hand that indicated just the opposite and yet continued to repeat what they actually knew was a false statement. Mr. Obama did not engage in an overstatement. Mr. Obama did not misspeak. Mr. Obama was not taken out of context. These were calculated and deliberate lies when the truth was already known to them but withheld from all the rest of us. Continue reading